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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:06 pm    Post subject: Les Paul Melody Maker 2014 Reply with quote

New Melody maker is pretty cool (link)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice guitar, but its conception(and price) is closer to Studio line than to MM. Did you notice big Norlin headstock? I bet they use spare necks(maple) that were produced for now discontinued 70's Tribute line(with minibuckers). I would prefer 70's Tribute LP Studio with newly designed alnico mini humbuckers to this one.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those gains tones were awful lol. On the whole I'm not impressed by the aesthetics or sounds. Kind of meh coupled with a fatty 50s neck too. Would be interested to see how it plays though
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep polishing those turds, Gibson.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it just me or are the pole pieces flat like a fender?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is it just me or are the pole pieces flat like a fender?


Yes,That is what is interesting about this guitar.They are "P-90S" pickups. They were the for-runner to the P-90. these didn't have adjustable screws and were originally made for lap steel guitars.Gibson put them in the ES-125 from 1946 to 1950. They were replaced by the modern P-90s with adjustable pole pieces around 1950 They later became known as "ES-125 pickups" by some collectors who liked them because they have a brighter tone than the latter P-90s.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it doesn't have the narrow headstock, it's not a melody maker IMO.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's like DIET DR. LES PAUL
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

theshadowofseattle wrote:
It's like DIET DR. LES PAUL


Pretty much nails it, and that silly 12th fret inlay just puts it in a commemorative recyclable alumin(i)um can.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

h8mtv wrote:
If it doesn't have the narrow headstock, it's not a melody maker IMO.


Yes,I liked the 2003 Les Paul Melody Maker.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And once again for the record, the pre-emptive LES YAAAAAWWNs for 2014:












LOLZ, MAN.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But to add on a positive note, the good news about that tall-sitting stop piece is that a Bigsby B3 and bridge of choice would be easier than ever to fit if needed.


If I had money to blow I'd consider going with TEH BALCK and a TOM, and maybe even consider mini-hums.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the hell is going on with the twelfth fret marker?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

However on a group shot headstock looks like regular Les Paul, not Norlin. I like 50's profile ad maple, my left hand cramps when I play thin necks.
Gibson had problems selling Melody Makers recent years. Nowadays when you can buy decent Indonesian or Chinese guitar for $300 nobody wants to pay $400-500 for single pickup Gibson that is not Les Paul at all(it's vitally important for some people). Maybe single coil equipped Melody Makers would have been more popular in Europe, where indie rock bands are quiet popular, but they usually cost there around $600 new. So Gibson decided to attract consumers with a new conception of Les Paul for "very poor man", while Studio is just for "poor man"
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the curious devaluation tale of the affordable MM continues...






And continues...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like mine betta.


IMG_3678 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HNB wrote:
I like mine betta.


IMG_3678 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr


I has this in black cracking guitars...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are sexy.....
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well,I finally found a used one locally. I think it is an awesome guitar.It's not only a real Melody Maker,it's a real Les Paul too!















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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That 120th inlay is so goofy, glad you like it though.
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