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The standard
Melody Maker D
as it looked in '64
(left), and a '68
with later body
shape, headstock,
pickguard, vibrato,
and optional
Walnut finish.

had the standard Gibson
"open-book " peghead
shape and an unbound
rosewood f ingerboard
with dot inlays. In another
nod to Fender, they were
given a metal bridge cover
(engraved with the Gibson
logo). Catalog art depicted
them without pickguards,
but some had a triangular
black-plastic guard. All SG200s with Cherry Sunburst
finish made in the first half
of '72 became the "SG-250."
In mid '72, the SG-100,
200, and 250 were again rebranded, becoming the SG I,
SG II, and SG III. The singlecoil pickups were replaced
w ith mini-humbuckers
with black-plastic covers.
The adjustable bridge
with six saddles
was replaced by
a wrap-around
"lightning bolt"
stud-mou nted
t y pe, a nd t he
metal control plate
was replaced by a
larger, oblong
piece of black plastic. In '75,
some SG IIs were shipped
with standard humbuckers.
By '76, all three guitars
were discontinued, though

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Pretty gits all in the row (top) - the array
of finish options displayed on secondgeneration base models and a Melody Maker
III. In Gibson's 1962 catalog, the Melody
Maker was listed alongside the Junior.

Melody Maker III group: VG Archive. '64 and '68 Melody Maker courtesy of Chicago Music Exchange.

horns pointed outward a bit more and the
edges were even softer. Cherry Red finish
became an option.
In '66, the model was reworked, given an
SG-style body with horns pointing inward
(toward the neck), an enlarged white-plastic
pickguard, and white pickup covers. A
Gibson vibrato became standard equipment
and, while they weren't the variety of custom
colors offered by Fender, that year marked
the debut of Fire Engine Red, Pelham Blue,
and Walnut finishes on the Melody Maker.
In '67, Gibson introduced the threepickup Melody Maker III and 12-string
Melody Maker 12, both with an SG-style
body. They lasted only through 1970.
In '71, the base and D models were rebranded as the SG-100 and SG-200, respectively. While the catalog said they had poplar
bodies, there are mahogany examples. Control knobs were mounted to an oblong metal
plate (like a Telecaster) oriented on a slight
angle to the centerline of the body. They


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