Gibson Melody Maker Solid Body Electric Guitar (1968)

Gibson  Melody Maker Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1968)

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Gibson Melody Maker Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1968), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 530544, red lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, molded plastic hard shell case.

This is the final iteration of the Melody Maker, Gibson's entry level solid body of the 1960s. This version debuted in 1966 and was sold into the end of the decade, when the Melody Maker name was retired. These fully evolved Melody Makers streamlined factory effort by using the standard SG body shape, "for the kids" finished in one of several eye-catching solid color finishes -- Cardinal Red in this case.

This set of serial numbers in the 530XXX range were used multiple times in 1966, '68, and '69, so this one is hard to date exactly. The pot codes unfortunately are neatly soldered over! No matter, with a slim neck, one single coil pickup, and Gibson vibrola, this is a lean little rock machine; not as dark or crunchy-sounding as an SG, but potent in its own right. A great value in a solid body at the time, and a fine value in a 45-year old vintage Gibson today.
 
Overall length is 39 in. (99.1 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

Super clean all-original condition with just some checking and minor dings to the finish -- almost looks like it's been sitting in some music store basement since the early '70s. Complete except the vibrato arm and string-mounting bar section are missing, and the guitar set up as a stoptail, which is a better playing situation on most of these! Overall a really cool example. Includes a modern HSC. Excellent + Condition.