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Melody Maker XII, III, and 3/4: VG Archive.

A '68 Melody Maker XII in Fire Engine
Red, '66 MM III in Pelham Blue, and
a '65 3/4 model in Cherry Red.

leftovers were shipped through '79. From
'77 through '83, Gibson built the Melody
Maker Double, with a double-cut slab
body, rounded-horns, and two of the
original pickups. The earliest examples
had a three-piece mahogany bolt-on
neck with stud/wrap-around bridge/
tailpiece; later examples were set-neck
with Tune-O-Matic bridge.
When Gibson introduced the Melody
Maker, it made fewer than 650 Les Paul
Standards for the 1959 model year while
cranking out more than 3,000 Melody
Makers; the only Gibson made in greater
numbers that year was the Les Paul Junior
(7,800). Though not on any list of "highly
collectible" guitars, the Melody Maker
held its own, outselling the Les Paul Standard every year until it was reintroduced
with the classic single-cut shape in '68.
A revamped Melody Maker was introduced in mid '86 with a single-cut slab
body, high-output humbucking pickup,
Tune-O-Matic bridge, and the "straight
and narrow" peghead. Initially available
in Ferrari Red or Ebony finish, Antique
White became an option in '88. This
model was discontinued in '92.

The Les Paul Melody Maker debuted in
2003 with single-cut slab body, "straight
and narrow" peghead, P-90, and a TuneO-Matic bridge. It was available in Satin
Yellow, Satin Cherry, or Satin Ebony (with
"Faded" variant) finish. Specifications
changed in '07, with one or two single-coil
pickups and wrap-around stud bridge.
Interestingly, while its name officially
included "Les Paul," the headstock was
never given the screen-printed LP signature logo. The guitar was last produced
in '08.
From '08 through '12, Gibson offered
the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker,
with a double-cut body, exposed "zebra"
Burstbucker pickup, and Tune-O-Matic
bridge. Its standard finish was called
Worn White, but a Blackheart Edition
with black finish was added in 2010. In
'14, Gibson made a Melody Maker with
full Les Paul headstock (including LP
gold-script logo) and a 120th Anniversary
inlay at the 12th fret.

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