Excellent condition featuring single rounded cutaway 1 3/8” thick slab mahogany body with sunburst top finish, single ply black pickguard with “Melody Maker” in white text below the fingerboard extension, one original 7/8” wide oblong single coil pickup in the bridge position with black plastic cover and no visible pole pieces, one volume control and one tone control with original black bonnet knobs, wraparound stud mounted tailpiece, set mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays starting at the third fret, bone nut, narrow 2 1/4” wide Gibson peghead with gold Gibson logo, single ply black bell shaped truss rod cover, original three on a plate per side open back tuning machines with white oval plastic buttons, serial number stamped in yellow on the back of the peghead, two original black plastic strap buttons and original alligator grain soft case.
This 1959 Gibson Melody Maker 3/4 guitar is in overall excellent vintage cosmetic condition. The neck profile on this guitar is that of a medium size and is very comfortable in hand. The original frets show virtually no signs of use and have tons of life left in them. This guitar plays excellent up and down the fingerboard. The bridge studs on this Melody Maker are straight and are not leaning towards the pickup like many I have seen in the past. The electronics are original, the potentiometers are Centralab and date to the 52nd week of 1958 and operate perfectly. This guitar features the early style single coil pickup that is slightly wider than later variations and sounds great. The original tuning machines operate smoothly and the original finish is very vibrant and attractive especially paired with the dark Brazilian fingerboard. Gibson Melody Makers in this configuration are sought out by collectors and players alike and are not very common. This one is by far the cleanest one I have ever seen. It is housed in its original soft case which is, however, a bit worse for wear (see photos). 1959 is the first year of issue for the Melody Maker and this early example is fully original, fully functional and would make a great addition to any guitar collection. A gem of a guitar shipped out safely and promptly from our little shop here in Clarksville, Tennessee, to your front door.