Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson Melody Maker D (Double) in excellent condition, retaining all original electronics with an aftermarket gloss white finish. This Melody Maker D features solid Honduran mahogany body construction with a one-piece mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The pair of robust-sounding single coil pickups combine a Fender-esque snap and twang with the fuller midrange and low end punch that mahogany provides. The Melody Maker has a raw, bell-like sound and tonal profile all its own, and the single coils have plenty of detail and cut. This guitar is very easy on the back too, weighing 6lbs 2oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, the Melody Maker features coveted tonewoods and offers easy playability, freshly restrung with 10-46 roundwound strings.
The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder at the nut and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining just a hair more overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .770" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. On the Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the guitar boasts a flawless refret with medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports the Melody Maker's signature slender "open book" shape, with original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with original white buttons. As with the body, the neck has also been refinished in a high gloss, and the gold Gibson headstock logo is a replacement.
On the body, the electronics function as intended with the stock single coil pickup pair wired to the original harness with CentraLab pots that date to the 32nd week of '62. The original pickguard and pickup covers are intact, and the guitar features a modern switch tip and quartet of gold reflector cap knobs. The strings are anchored to a nickel MojoAxe compensated wraparound tailpiece, and the tailpiece also has proper compensation for a plain G string.
The gloss white finish is a semi-professional job, exhibiting some scattered pinhead-sized marks on the back and on the lower bout on top, and a few additional dings beneath the finish just beyond the treble-side edge of the pickguard.