1967 Gibson Melody Maker D

1967 Gibson Melody Maker D

"MELODY MAKER:¬†Greatest value ever in a Solid Body electric with full sized neck and scale length. Acclaimed by players, teachers, and students for its fine sound, big tone, sensitive pickup, feather-light touch. Beautiful Fire Engine Red or Pelham Blue finish, Gibson Vibrola." -- Gibson catalog, 1967 Make and Model:¬†Gibson Melody…
1968 Gibson Melody Maker D

1968 Gibson Melody Maker D

        From the 1968 Gibson catalog, "MELODY MAKER: Very easy on the budget, yet this one has everything. Ultra thin contoured solid body with single or double pickups and Gibson Vibrola. Great sound and easy to handle touch through a full scale and 22 frets. And many…
1968 Gibson Melody Maker D

1968 Gibson Melody Maker D

The mid 1960s saw a large surge in the popularity of student level solid body electric guitars. Gibson's Melody Maker line was in competition with Fender's Mustang and Duo-Sonic II for a quality solid body electric at an affordable price. Unlike Fender's offerings, the Melody Maker actually had a full…
The $200k Les Paul’s little brother: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker

The $200k Les Paul’s little brother: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker

According to Gibson's website, the Melody Maker was the best selling guitar at the time.  It was cheap and looked cool too.  They produced them on the same line that made Les Pauls, ES-335s and J-200s.The Melody Maker was a full scale guitar with trimmed down features. The body is…
How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

Determining the year of manufacture for your vintage guitar is very important. It's one of the most fun parts of vintage guitars but it can also be the most frustrating. Fender used at least four different serializing schemes from 1950 to 1980. Gibson used countless schemes and also reused numbers…
1972 Gibson ES-320td

1972 Gibson ES-320td

The Gibson ES-320td was introduced in 1971 just as the ES-120 was being discontinued. The 320 had the same pickups as Gibson's Melody Maker series but featured a 335 style body without the solid center block. This 1972 Gibson ES-320td came to me via the daughter of the original owner…