Let's talk about Vintage Melody Makers...

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  1. morbidalex666

    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    No, not really. This kind of difference can be found within bursts of the same year.
    Really, they are all over the place.
     
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    double post
     
  4. freebird2

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    From Danelectro: "I pickup this guitar up on eBay. It had a Duncan JB Junior screwed down to the body and lousy auction photos so I got a good deal on it. When I received it I was pleased to find that it was in better condition than expected and the original wide pickup and cover were in the case. I mounted the original cover over the JB Jr (again with double-sided tape) which gives it a stock appearance. The JB Jr is actually a very good sounding pup for something so small."

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    I would have thought some string spacing issues would arise since the JB Jr. is designed for a Fender and somewhat wider string spacing. Nice to know these types of pickups might be a viable option for a different output with noise cancelling.
     
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    Resurrecting an old thread. What is going on with the MM pictured? Neck looks much shorter than the ones pictured in this thread? I was seriously considering buying this thing, should I run?? :shock:

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  6. hecube

    hecube Senior Member

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    Picture is angled so it's hard to tell but it does look like a genuine Melody Maker.
     
  7. hogluvr

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    Last pic I have, the headstock. Looks like but was replaced, tuners also?
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  8. hecube

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    The truss-rod cover looks definitely too big.

    The nut on all MMs in this thread are white, not black. So there's something to think about.

    Tuning pegs are definitely not original.

    It may simply be a MM like mine (see earlier post in this thread) which was gutted and restored not to specs.
     
  9. hogluvr

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    Figured out at least part of it, it's a 3/4 scale neck, that's why it looks a little funny. Good eye on the truss rod cover, found some pics of similar-sized one's, maybe it's a later cover?
     
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    There are some seriously inventive ways of restoring/altering these guitars. I am loving these pics.
     
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    As you deduced, it is a 3/4 model. Will have the same tone as a full-scale, but most likely you will never be satisfied with the playability unless you're a cowboy chord kind of guy.
     
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    All a moot point now, somebody got to it before I did. Guess I'll never get a chance to play on of those beauties, what a bummer. BTW WTF is a cowboy chord?? That one made me laugh! Yee-haw, let me put on my spurs and play my gee-tar!! :acoustic:
     
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    I think it's just the simple open chords we all learn when we start playing guitar!
     
  14. 69 Goldtop

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    1965 lp killers
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    ^ Those are sweet!

    I've owned this one since '77.

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    Nice! From what I've read originally those were the least-loved of the Melody Makers, but I dig the fact that they have a body style original to the "higher-end" Gibby guitars of the time, and would love to have one! :applause:
     
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    Things I like are the placement of the control knobs. Not too
    close. Braz board on the early 65`s. Big neck. Heel.
    Most like a 1955 neck profile. No shoulder around the neck/body joint. Real comfortable to fit hand. Light. Most around 5lbs. Cheap vintage.
    Very gigable. Simple.
     
  19. Breakrite

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    Agree with the "Very gigable". I used that one 99% of the time for almost 4 years of road band travels in the early 80's. Still a favorite.
     

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