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2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

I'm thinking of picking up another guitar. I just started playing again after 14 years (and when I played before, I was a bass player). I did pick up an Epi studio earlier this month and I wil need at least 2 for when I start playing out again.

Being a Gibson/Epi whore I just can't do fender or anything else but Gibbys and Epis.

So now I have a chance to pick up either an LPJ or a '14 Melody Maker. Both are only separated by $10 in price, the problem is, I've only been able to play an LPJ since no stores around me have the Melody Maker in stock. So I have no clue as to how it plays.

I have no desire to spend more on a studio or anything else, just between the LPJ and MM.

I don't need anything above the "entry level" gibsons since the type of music lends itself with rowdy crowds in dive bars (punk).

So the question is simple. Just those two models, which one is the better of the two in the respect of those who have knowledge of both models.

I'm not looking for suggestions on other models just these two.


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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

"Better" is rather a subjective word.

But the LPJ will be full sized while the MM is a thinner and lighter guitar.

The 2014 MM has p90 pickups I believe whereas the LPJ will have humbuckers.
The bridge on the MM is a wraptail where the strings go in 'backwards' and fold back wrapping over the bridge.
The LPJ will have a ToM which allows for more accurate intonation.

They look similar but they're two pretty different guitars.


What kind of music do you want to play with the guitar?

Personally I'd use the MM for blues, rock and punk type stuff
And the LPJ for blues, rock, and metal.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

As Malikon said, they are two different beasts.

The MM is thinner and easier to sling around than a full size LP. I would think the deciding factor would be if you were looking for humbuckers or single coil pickups.
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"Better" is rather a subjective word.

But the LPJ will be full sized while the MM is a thinner and lighter guitar.

The 2014 MM has p90 pickups I believe whereas the LPJ will have humbuckers.
The bridge on the MM is a wraptail where the strings go in 'backwards' and fold back wrapping over the bridge.
The LPJ will have a ToM which allows for more accurate intonation.

They look similar but they're two pretty different guitars.


What kind of music do you want to play with the guitar?

Personally I'd use the MM for blues, rock and punk type stuff
And the LPJ for blues, rock, and metal.
I play punk, well more to the point of 70's UK and NY punk. I'm a big fan of The Sex Pistols, Dead Boys and The Heartbreakers.
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As Malikon said, they are two different beasts.

The MM is thinner and easier to sling around than a full size LP. I would think the deciding factor would be if you were looking for humbuckers or single coil pickups.
The studio has humbuckers and I'm wondering if the MM would be a good compliment with the 90's, but I haven't been able to play one yet. That's the problem I'm having.
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Being a Gibson/Epi whore I just can't do fender or anything else but Gibbys and Epis.


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I'm always gonna say MM. Not a shock to the other members heh

It's basically the custom lite with a wrap tail and p-90s and the traditional LP control layout

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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

MM. You already have buckers in one guitar. Ver-sa-ti-li-ty.
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I play punk, well more to the point of 70's UK and NY punk. I'm a big fan of The Sex Pistols, Dead Boys and The Heartbreakers.
I say melody maker. Its a different beast, but the MM should be pretty similar to my 2001 LP DC Special Lite, with the thin body and two P90s (except the new MM has a carved top IIRC) and that thing is a punk beast. Plus I'm pretty sure you can get the new MMs in yellow. I say go that route, crank it up, and play Sonic Reducer or Born to Lose till your fingers bleed!

Cool to see another punk around these parts, Welcome to the forum! I too am from Pa.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

hello and welcome!

i would go the other way from most and say lpj. i have a love-hate thing with wraptails and i could easily see me needing to put a new tailpiece on the mm - which is another 100 or so for a tonepros.

i have quite a few p90 guitars and they are great - but i think they are more limitted than a humbucker to be honest because you have a heck of a lot more choice if you want to modify a hb guit than a p90 one.

the lpj is a full size lp which you could keep for ever, refinish it, mod it etc etc and it will always be a full size lp. the mm is a new model and may well only last for a year or two and could possibly end up being a bit of an odd-ball model (oh yeah - the 2014 mm that wasnt a mm? i remember them!!)

end of the day, they are cheap and cheerful gibsons that will sound good and you will love playing - it's win/win
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Plus I'm pretty sure you can get the new MMs in yellow. I say go that route, crank it up, and play Sonic Reducer or Born to Lose till your fingers bleed!

Cool to see another punk around these parts, Welcome to the forum! I too am from Pa.

I am leaning towards a MM for the P-90's. Also it does come in (satin) yellow.

The songs I've started playing since picking up a guitar again are:
Sonic Reducer
Chinese Rocks
God Save The Queen
Anarchy In The UK
And Pretty Vacant


Where at in PA? I'm in Harrisburg.
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hello and welcome!

i would go the other way from most and say lpj. i have a love-hate thing with wraptails and i could easily see me needing to put a new tailpiece on the mm - which is another 100 or so for a tonepros.

i have quite a few p90 guitars and they are great - but i think they are more limitted than a humbucker to be honest because you have a heck of a lot more choice if you want to modify a hb guit than a p90 one.

the lpj is a full size lp which you could keep for ever, refinish it, mod it etc etc and it will always be a full size lp. the mm is a new model and may well only last for a year or two and could possibly end up being a bit of an odd-ball model (oh yeah - the 2014 mm that wasnt a mm? i remember them!!)

end of the day, they are cheap and cheerful gibsons that will sound good and you will love playing - it's win/win
I do wish I could pick up both (I could but my wife would have a headache for at least 3 months straight, and I don't want that), and I do see a few dealers selling the neck & body of the LPJ for reasonable prices, Iay go that route to totally mod a guitar.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

And thanks for everyone's input. Now I have to break the news to my wife that I need another guitar.
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I am leaning towards a MM for the P-90's. Also it does come in (satin) yellow.

The songs I've started playing since picking up a guitar again are:
Sonic Reducer
Chinese Rocks
God Save The Queen
Anarchy In The UK
And Pretty Vacant


Where at in PA? I'm in Harrisburg.
I'm in Bethlehem. Sonic Reducer is just a badass punk riff.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

the fact that you play punk makes this even easier than it already was,
MM all day long friendo!
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

As stated, the MM is probably what you want. For me, it would be the LPJ though. They look like awesome gigging machines and feel like an LP sTandard
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

The reason why I haven't picked up a prior year MM is the headstock. With this years model having a reg gibby headstock and in yellow kind of made me obsess for one.

Still wish I could play one first.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

You got the humbuckers covered already and you are going to play punk...Melody Maker all the way or an LP Jr.
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For classic punk I would go for the MM.
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HB's , everyday of the week .
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

As a guy who plays in a punk band and owner of Lp's with both Hbs and p90's i can tell you both work very well in the genre. Here is my input. Are you the only guitar in the band? That can make s huge difference. The other guitar player in my band uses a fender leadII wuth single coils so using the p90s took up alot of the same air space. After switching to my hb Lp it seemed to fill out alot of dead space in our sound. It sucks you cant try the MM first but hell if you go musicians friend if you dont like it just send it back and get the jr. Hope this helped. And play some ramones and Ny dolls!
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Totally bias on my part but, I'd be leaning towards the LPJ.



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I'm only doing rythm, no leads for me.

I'm hoping to to hook up with a band/start one and go gigging by mid summer. My playing as rusty as it is, is coming along faster than I thought after such a long layoff.

I'd like to do either chatterbox or jetboy, but them again trash is fun and no one around here ever played it. The Ramones? Not sure which one, gonna let my wife choose. She's the Ramones maniac in the house.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

Hey guys! I am having the same debate...MM or the LPJ series. I also play punk. More in the vein of Masked Intruder and the Lillingtons. Playing through a Soldano Hot Rod 50. Current guitar: 1971 SG with mini-humbuckers. Wondering what you guys think?
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

As the man who has both,


I'd take the Melody maker, out of the box. My stock LPJ was OK, but the addition of 57/57+ pups improved it a bunch. The Melody Makers are little thugs, ready to rock and roll. ymmv
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

I have an LPJ too. I love it. Love it. Love it.

That said, I don't think you can go wrong with the MM for what you're after. I tried one out when I was looking at my J and that MM felt reeeeeaal good with the carved top and slender body and awesome neck (same profile as LPJ), and it made deciding on my J that much harder.
Reason the J won out was HB's, and the full body felt at home with me. (And it had a gold-top.)
I was really torn! They're great guitars (the MM's).
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Hey guys! I am having the same debate...MM or the LPJ series. I also play punk. More in the vein of Masked Intruder and the Lillingtons. Playing through a Soldano Hot Rod 50. Current guitar: 1971 SG with mini-humbuckers. Wondering what you guys think?
The MM's I've played in the store sound a lot like SG's with P90's I think
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@Biddlin, I'm not a big LPJ fan, but that cherry one with the pick guard and pup covers could convert me I think, that looks pretty righteous.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

The LPJ is a stripped down rock machine....if my LPJ could talk I think it's first words would be, "what the f@#! are you lookin at"

Whats more punk than that?
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

I'd go with the MM. i'm a little biast, but i didn't like the stock pups in the LPJ. especially if you're palying punk you'll need something with a little more bite.
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Re: 2014 Melody Maker vs LPJ series. Which would you choose?

Another MM vote. It meets your needs AND frees you up to buy a Les Paul down the road.

If you have the Epi and LPJ, down the line.... how will you convince your wife you need a Gibson Les Paul?

With the MM, you'll never want to "sell it to get a different Les Paul”. With the LPJ, even if you love it, you'll always end up yearning for mods or another LP.
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