Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson SG Melody Maker in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Finished in gloss Walnut nitro lacquer, this two pickup iteration of the Melody Maker platform features the distinctive SG body shape introduced in the mid-60s. 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, featherweight at 6lbs 3oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, the SG Melody Maker offers easy playability, freshly restrung with 10-46 roundwound strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C profile carve at the nut with generous shoulder in every register and significantly more heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. On the dark rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets are intact, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays easily in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock sports the Melody Maker's signature slender "open book" shape, with original Kluson Deluxe double line tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with original white buttons.
On the body, the electronics function as intended with untouched solder joints on the original wiring harness, CTS pots that date to '68, and ceramic disc tone caps. The original pickguard is intact with one missing tip, and the knobs include three original witch hats and one closely matched vintage Gibson witch hat to round out the quartet, indistinguishable save for its gold tap. The bridge can double as a wraparound if bypassing the vibrato is desired, yet the bridge has ideal height on both thumbwheels, working in concert with the short frame Lyre Vibrola tailpiece. The Vibrola has a smooth, quick response with gleaming chrome plating on the bridge and tailpiece.
The Walnut gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, dark and saturated with light horizontal lacquer checking across the body. There is a slender repaired split extending from the edge of the control cavity across the bridge pickup Volume pot, very difficult to spot and extremely cleanly addressed. Wear is otherwise limited to some scattered minor marks, largely clustered behind the bridge on top and on the body parameter, as well as a bit of extremely faint finish scuffing just north of the control cavity cover on the back, far shy of buckle rash. The neck profile gloss is extremely smooth with zero palm wear.
A modern Roadrunner plastic molded hardshell case is included.