"Here's a favorite. This is a faithful reproduction of the very first guitar that I ever layed my hands on back in Christmas day when I turned thirteen. I got a Gibson Melody Maker, and on that same day we took it over to the Axel Custom Shop where Fearless Fred put on these fine pinstripe lines down. This thing is outfitted with Seymour Duncan's Stack Humbucker, so it's a little bit different than the original but it sure does play and feel great. This is a good one," says Billy Gibbons about the Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar.more
Barät can be seen in this photo playing a Melody Maker. According to a post from [GuitarPlayer](https://guitarplayer.wordpress.com/2007/10/26/the-sound-of-the-libertines/), "Barät grew up obsessing over his father’s own Gibson Melody Maker, but wasn’t allowed anywhere near it. 'That didn’t stop me of course,' he grins. 'I just went behind his back. He relented in the end and gave this one to me a few years ago, as a present'".more
One of the reason's I got my black 2010 Melody Maker, which is right now back home over the Atlantic unplayed almost for 2 years, is that it is USA made, which I got for less than $350 brand new with 3 years warranty.
I got the guitar as as better guitar compared to Epi SG Jr. when I was progressing with my former band. It is, I would say, US made Les Paul Special on a diet. One single coil, high out put pickup with one T and one V control and wrap around bridge - that works really good, once you fine set it. For straight up rockers who love to be loud, but know how to play highly recommended as well -my case- for players, who need just one pickup and have shizload of pedals.
I pretty much got the guitar for its craftsmanship in the USA while giving up some higher standards I could get on Chinese or Indonesian made Epiphone LP Custom or SG G400, so if you are looking for a high quality craftsman ship by Gibson and need just on single and are on a budget go for it!
I got it for around £300 in Denmark Street which i think is an amazing deal. This guitar can make lovely clean sounds from lush to quite twangy, and in Gibson's nature some lovely overdriven sounds. Some people may complain about having only one pickup which is being honest a limitation but you can get some darker sounds with the tone knob but as I'm someone with many effects pedals i have still managed to get a very wide range of tones out of it and even without many effects the guitar sounds truly lovely and is the only electric guitar I've ever needed.
I wanted this guitar ever since seeing Carl Barrat (The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things) play an original vintage model. The re-production was my first Gibson and a great entry point guitar. I love the tone, it's lightweight, however, have encountered many issues with tuning slipping.