How much? Today it’s just £342.99, reduced from £428.21
Why buy? As all American as apple pie and sports that involve lots of numbers, few electronic guitars are as iconic as Gibson’s Melody Maker line. Made in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s a guitar that is authentic Gibson at every nook and cranny. Since entering the world in 1959, it’s popularity has endured thanks to its fat tone, beautiful maple neck, and the fact that it won’t break the bank to get one. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has often been spotted playing a Melody Maker, as has Mick Jones from The Clash, as well as Paul Westerberg from The Replacements.
There’s some commonality there, in that they’re an instrument so beloved by the punk community largely because they look amazing hung around your neck, and they can take a whole load of punishment! But as well as being a staple of great punk rock, they’re also beloved by Slash and Keith Richard. Billy Gibbon’s from ZZ Top actually learned to play on one. “On Christmas Eve in ’63, Santa stopped by with a Gibson Melody Maker,” Gibbons once told Gibson.com.
“While the kids from my neighbourhood were into The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, I was trying to learn licks from Little Richard, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed records.” They’re an instrument that has been at the forefront of rock ‘n’ roll history too. In 1977 Joan Jett was the first woman to receive her own Gibson signature electric guitar model; an instrument she describes as her ‘baby’ and a beautiful white axe she made a whole load of magic on. “It was light and it sounded great. It was the guitar I had in the Runaways and then played on all my hits, like ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll’ and ‘Bad Reputation’ and ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me.’ Gibson has given the rock world a host of pioneering guitars, from the Flying V, to the Explorer and the Thunderbird, as well as the Les Paul, arguably the world’s most iconic guitar. But even in such esteemed company, the Melody Maker is a truly unique, play-it-and-love-it instrument.
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