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1967_Gibson_SG_Melody_Maker_-_Cardinal_Red,_Part1

1967 Gibson SG Melody Maker - Cardinal Red, Part1

The Melody Maker was Gibson's most inexpensive solid body electric model, slotting below the Junior. It was originally introduced in 1959 with a body shape similar to the single-cutaway Les Paul Junior, and a narrower headstock design that makes it cheaper/easier to build by not requiring wings to be glued on like the regular open book headstock. This changed to the double cutaway Les Paul style in mid-1961. It wasn't until late 1966 that it finally adopted the SG bodystyle. A 12-string and three-pickup version were added in 1967. In 1969, the 3/4 size model was discontinued and the headstock was upgraded to full-size.

In 1971, the Melody maker was effectively replaced by the short-lived SG 100/200/250 models.

In 2011, it was reissued with the SG shape and a Maple body.

1966-1968

ca. 1966 Melody Maker D in Fire Engine Red

  • 1966:
    • $149.50
    • $149.50 (3/4 size)
    • $179.50 (Two-pickups)
  • 1967:
    • $159.50
    • $159.50 (3/4 size)
    • $189.50 (Two-pickups)
    • $189.50 (12-string)
    • $199.50 (Three-pickups)
  • 1968:
    • $169.50
    • $169.50 (3/4 size)
    • $199.50 (Two-pickups)
    • $199.50 (12-string)
    • $214.50 (Three-pickups)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Natural finish
  • Color-matched (less common)
  • Set-in construction
    • Titebond glue
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Melody Maker headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
      • Classic font style
    • 14o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

ca. 1968 Melody Maker-12 in Sparkling Burgundy

Electronics:

  • One single coil pickup
    • AlNiCo (probably V) magnet
    • 6.5 - 7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Two single coil pickups (Melody Maker D & 12)
  • Three single coil pickups (Melody Maker III)
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS pots
    • Ceramic capacitor
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone (Melody Maker D, III & 12)
    • On/off slide switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Chrome or white plastic oval buttons
    • Closed or open gears
  • Single-ply white pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Reflector knobs (late 1966 - mid 1967)
  • Black Witch Hat knobs
  • Nylon strap buttons
  • Compensated bridge
    • Compensated for wound G string
  • Short Maestro Vibrola
  • Stop tailpiece (12-string)

Finishes:

  • Pelham Blue
  • Fire Engine Red (1966)
  • Sparkling Burgundy (1967-1968)

1969-1970

1969 Melody Maker D in Walnut

  • 1969:
    • $179.50
    • $212.50 (Two-pickups)
    • $210 (12-string)
    • $225.50 (Three-pickups)
  • March 1970:
    • $195
    • $225 (Two-pickups)
    • $225 (12-string)
    • $245 (Three-pickups)
  • September 1970:
    • $225
    • $250 (Two-pickups)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel (early 1969)
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (mid 1969-1971)
  • Set-in construction
    • Titebond glue
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Melody Maker headstock (early 1969)
  • Open Book headstock
    • Body color matched
    • Volute (Late 1969-1970)
    • Gibson logo decal (1969-1970)
      • Classic font style
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo (1970)
      • Squared font style
    • 14o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Electronics:

  • One single coil pickup
    • AlNiCo (probably V) magnet
    • 6.5 - 7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Two single coil pickups (Melody Maker D & 12)
  • Three single coil pickups (Melody Maker III)
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS pots
    • Ceramic capacitor
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone (Melody Maker D, III & 12)
    • On/off slide switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • White plastic oval buttons
    • Closed gears
  • Single-ply white pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Witch Hat knobs
  • Nylon strap buttons
  • Compensated bridge
    • Compensated for wound G string
  • Short Maestro Vibrola
  • Stop tailpiece (12-string)

Finishes:

  • Walnut
  • Pelham Blue (12-string)
  • Sparkling Burgundy (12-string)

2011

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  • $829 MSRP
  • $539 Street
  • $449-499 Street (2012 price drop)
  • $399 Street (2012 clearance)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Maple body
  • Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Mahogany
  • "Melody Maker" profile (.835"/.930")
  • Set-in construction
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
    • 1.75 degree angle
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • Baked Maple fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Melody Maker headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Corian nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width
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Electronics:

  • One uncovered 491T Humbucker
    • Ceramic magnet
    • 14k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Volume
    • Mounted on pickguard w/ output jack
    • CTS 300k linear
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Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" individual tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • White oval buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • Single-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Single-ply black
  • Black Bell knob
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Satin White
  • Satin Ebony
  • Satin Blue
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