Could this '65 Melody Maker D be a Refinish?

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I was looking at this '65 Melody Maker D. It has mostly replaced electronics and hardware, but all the original stuff is included. My question is could this be a Refinish? The natural headstock and logo look odd to me. Seller claims all original. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!

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If you get no answer here, try posting in vintage section...

Cool guitar either way...
 

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Cool guitar.

What makes you think it could not be refinished?

I would leave it as is and put white button tuners and a vintage wrap around bridge and reflector knobs on it and play it to death. But that is just me. :thumb:
 

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The cherry finish on the headstock makes me think something is up. I've never seen one like that, so wondering if others have.
 

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The cherry finish on the headstock makes me think something is up.
Like what? It is a heavily modified, refinished guitar. The Holly veneer is removed from the headstock.

It looks like a nice, unbroken, but highly unoriginal guitar.


FWIW - I would only pay about half of what they are asking. JMHO.
 

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The original tuners, pickups, knobs, and bridge are included. I was only asking if it had been refinished as per the headstock. I also agree its too expensive - but if you look on Reverb, '65 MM D's are in the ~$1400 range ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 

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yeah been looking at MMs and their prices seem to be creeping up there ........where the hell is the Covid discount? :slap:

not a fan of the tick body...dont know what years they were

juniors as well are creeping....maybe thats a good sign really?
 
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Yep. All of the lower level Gibsons are creeping up.

I'd pay $1500 for a straight, all original MM.

I shop ES 125s all the time. They are asking ridiculous $$$$ for TDCs.

The good news is, I don't think anyone is actually paying those prices.

@themollusk79 I believe that is simply a stripped and refinished guitar. No funny business imho. It should be a ripper with the dual P-90's. And it sounds like it has a nice chunky '64/'65 neck.
 
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yeah been looking at MMs and their prices seem to be creeping up there ........where the hell is the Covid discount?
Yeah I think it's moved the other way. When the pandemic started, I was sweating a bit because I had just picked up some historics with the idea I'd launch some other stuff. I was so worried the market would bottom out. But it seems the opposite happened - people are still buying guitars and prices are up. I have had zero trouble moving anything!
 

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Can't read the SN too well, and the one they provided dates it to 1961. If that is true, it started it's life as a sunburst and was refinished in cherry. Interesting.
 

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Like what? It is a heavily modified, refinished guitar. The Holly veneer is removed from the headstock.

It looks like a nice, unbroken, but highly unoriginal guitar.


FWIW - I would only pay about half of what they are asking. JMHO.
I don't think they had holly veneers on the headstocks, as I recall it was just black paint as the MM was a student guitar, so it was probably stripped off and refinished along with the rest of the guitar.
Also, that is not a '61 if that is how it was represented, that double cut body style is mid-sixties IMO.
Al
 

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Definitele a refin. It's very cool though.
 


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