Gibson Sg Melody Maker

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  1. Evo

    Evo Junior Member

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    DSC_0166.JPG DSC_0166.JPG DSC_0166.JPG DSC_0166.JPG kHi all new to this forum and could do with a bit of help. I've recently acquired a Gibson Sg Melody Maker early 60's. It has a few issues and would like to put them right. Can't seem to find a replacement scratch plate and pick up selector switch. The original pick up selector switch has been replaced with a toggle switch. Would like to find an original switch and scratch plate any ideas where to find them. Also any ideas on what kind of case this guitar would of had?
     
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    Welcome! Nice guitar! I can't tell you about your parts search , but, someone here can.
     
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    Not early 60's..more like mid- LATE 60s (HAS to be '66-69ish, as that is the only SG MMs) ..we'll need brighter pics..is the headstock full size? AND since it walnut brown..I'm gonna say 1969 for the year..as that is when Walnut debuted..
     
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    Cardboard case for those also...
     
  5. Evo

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    1498767869778609614061.jpg 14987676739861850015951.jpg 149876779925194284753.jpg 1498767869778609614061.jpg 14987676739861850015951.jpg 149876779925194284753.jpg 1498767869778609614061.jpg 14987676739861850015951.jpg 149876779925194284753.jpg Hi many thanks for your reply fellas, the headstock is small and the serial number suggests it's an early 60's from what I can find out, serial number is 836069 if you want to do some digging. Anyway I'm after some replacement parts like a scratch plate which is cracked at the horns and has a modified pick up selector switch.
     
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    Sorry about the pictures I'm on my phone and have sausage fingers. :doh::doh:
     
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    Many thanks for your advice and the link. To be honest I would really like to have original Gibson parts if possible. Don't get me wrong if I can't find one then this would be my last resort. Any ideas on the switch?
     
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    Serial dates it to either '66 or '69 according to guitarhq. The headstock doesn't look like the typical thin Melody Maker headstock.

    If it's a '69, it would have had witch hat knobs as well.

    You might try contacting Vintage Correct Parts on the switch.

    :welcome: to the forum!
     
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    Hi and welcome! Hope you find the parts you are looking for.
     
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    Yep, That's a '69 alright..thought so.
    Bottom line..walnut='69..

    That's not a small MM headstock..THIS is:
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    The combination of feature, and COLOR, make this is '69.
    Still cool, and perfectly OK AS a '69.

    For the guard, you will have to keep a watch out for an original if that's the route you wish to go, otherwise, any of the top guard makers could cut you one, if you provided a tracing, with the (missing)points of the guard drawn in.

    IF you need original witch hat knobs, I can help. (though the ones you have could be vintage Gibson, just incorrect for 1969 model)
     
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    Many thanks for your info, I see what you mean with the headstock. With regards the witches hat's, again all the guitar's I've seen have these knobs fitted. To be honest I'm finding it hard to find stuff out about these guitars. Not really my thing, I'm more of a les paul man myself. So please keep the info coming. Just out of interest what would you want for a set of witches hat knobs?
     
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    Just regards the age, just so I can get my head around this. From what I can find out the serial number suggests an early year? Surely this indicates the year, not if it's walnut and hardware? I know thing's with older Gibson's aren't straightforward. Again I'm finding it hard to find the correct information on these guitars hence why I'm on here for info. Like I said please keep the info coming☺️
     
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    What are you using to date the serial?
     
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    I took this guitar to a well-known and respected guitar shop near Manchester and Chris the owner has an app which he uses for dating when he's buying and selling guitars. He said it was an early to mid 60's and to be fair he's right. Just had the cover plate off and checked the pot dates and they are 66. My issue isn't what year it is by the way but where can I get some original parts. The scratch plate and pickup selector switch could do with replacing. One chap has said the control knobs should be witches hat style. I've looked on the web and it appear some have witches and some don't. And my other question was what type of case should it have again one fella has cardboard type case again looking on the web it would appear some hard hard case.
     
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    The year may not have been your primary inquiry, but knowing what year it is will dictate to some degree what parts you want. For example, a '66 would have the reflectors like yours has; a '69 would have had witch hats. If the pot codes date to '66 and the serial number is '66 or '69 as I said earlier, then perhaps it's a '66 that has been refinished.

    Again, for parts, check VCP. You can send him an email to keep an eye out if he doesn't have what you need in stock.
     
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    It's a 69
     
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    Couldn't be.
    That headstock was 69-70 only..

    Gibson had a shiit ton of 66 dated 250Kpots, like Fender...musta been a huge sale at CTS in '66!
     
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    In fact this very well could be an early 70..apps, experts aside..NOTHING can change that unique production trait..
     
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    Early 60's (Les Paul) Melody Maker
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    '65 Melody Makers
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    The 62-64 body was different ,double cut ,but a more squared off heel and pointier horns
    66 they went to the SG

    69 they changed the headstock to big & natural finish and maybe changed the guard to single ply black in 70. I think they discontinued 'em after that until 76-77 . But then ,tey went back to the orig headstock design IIRC
    I had a walnut stained SG body , big headstock 69 / 70 for quite awhile but can't find the pic at the moment

    Melody Maker pickups basically .....suck, as does their general setup ....which is why you'll find p-90s on all mine . I got about a 35 year relationship with em . I KNEW there was some potential in that wood . Thanks to Travers & Moore for kinda showin me the light
    In fact , I had to pry that 60 up above out of Moore's hands (while he was still livin' of course) he dug it so much
     

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