NGD! Lovely 2009 Melody Maker - Rosewood or Granadillo?

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  1. BWOTW

    BWOTW Senior Member

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    I found someone was selling this little gem for very little and I couldn't resist. Featherweight, great sustain, and the pickup doesn't sound as bad as I thought (probably sounds better than my stock '65 Melody maker pickup). I'm thinking big project guitar with this: refinish, P90s (maybe even Filtertrons...), we'll see.

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    I'n not sure what the fretboard timber is, though. Specs say Rosewood (http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Melody-Maker/Gibson-USA/Melody-Maker/Specs.aspx), but this look more like Granadillo or other alternative woods to me, much more colored than my other RW boards.

    Not looking to bitch or anything, I think the board's lovely. I'm just curious. What do you think?

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  2. BWOTW

    BWOTW Senior Member

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    A couple more pictures!

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  3. dodona

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    great pictures! Thanks a lot!
     
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    musicmaniac Senior Member

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    Looks like rosewood to me. Congrats!
     
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    shupe13 Senior Member

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    Nice!
     
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  6. MooCheng

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    just guessing its rosewood, beautiful guitar btw.

    have just checked your pics with an old Ibanez I know is granadillo I happen to have in reach. Yous looks a lot more open grained with a lot more character....although bits of wood do vary
     
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    Congrats on the new MM guitar. I have one - same year and same colour as yours. It’s definately rosewood. Great little, fun guitar and good for travel or taking over to a friends place. Good to teach the kids on too. I like the pickup in it, it’s just enough, I haven’t found a need to change it. Enjoy playing your new MM, it’s a real treat.
     
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  8. BWOTW

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    Thanks guys! Might be RW, I don't know, it looks the same kind of reddish brown than a SigT I used to own, and that had Granadillo. Either way, it's a beauty.

    Here's a quick soundclip!

     
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  9. LocoTex

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    Rethink that pickup change - I have a 2007 and that pickup can get real close to a P90 with some gain. I wouldn't change a thing on mine.

    Oh, and it's rosewood.
     
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  10. mudface

    mudface Non-Deadbeat/Non-Prominent Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    Rosewood...... and a nice MM.:cheers:
     
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    Congrats on the MM. Almost bought a NOS one a couple of years ago, seem like great guitar for not much money.

    That rosewood on yours looks red af. Almost looks like my Granadillo board Junior:

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    Looks like Granadillo (in color) to me, but given the date it would almost certainly be rosewood.
     
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    Right, don’t think they used grenadillo until 2013.
     
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    Thanks, I didn't know that. That seals it then, it's Rosewood.
     
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    Brother, I don’t think I would change a thing on her! Outstanding!
     
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