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1964 Gibson Melody Maker D Double Pickup Vintage Guitar Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson Melody Maker D (Double) in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for a vintage replica wraparound bridge intonated for a plain G string. With a particularly vibrant three-tone Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer 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 sparkle with the fuller midrange and low end punch that mahogany provides. The Melody Maker has a raw, bell-like sound and a tonal profile all its own, and each position on the three-way pickup selector is distinct. Featherweight at 5lbs 11oz, this Melody Maker has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with full-feeling shoulders in every register and notable heft and chunk up the fingerboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and 1.030" at the 12th. On the dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the practically perfect original medium jumbo frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck, and the original nylon nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports the Melody Maker's signature slender "open book" shape, with original clean Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with original white buttons.

The headstock exhibits a V-shaped repair favoring the treble side. The fracture doesn't extend to the headstock face and has been professionally repaired.

On the body, the electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints on the original wiring harness, CentraLab pots that date to the 14th week of '64, and ceramic disc tone caps. The original pickguard, pickup covers, switch tip, and strap buttons are intact, and the quartet of gold reflector cap knobs are near mint with flawless text. The strings are anchored to a vintage replica wraparound bridge with a saddle properly intonated for a plain G string.

The Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the finish is warm and saturated, with broad lacquer checking across the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to a bit of light strap wear central to the waist on the back and a tiny bit of cable worming on the upper bout as well, with just a few additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth, free of palm wear.

A modern heavily padded Gibson premium gigbag is included.