From the Bernie Marsden Collection we have this stunning 1967 Pelham Blue Gibson SG Melody Maker. This guitar is featured on page 241 of Bernie's hardback book 'Tales of Tone and Volume' a copy of which will be included with this sale.
Introduced in 1959, the Melody Maker was designed as an inexpensive guitar with a thinner body, straight sided headstock and all the electronics being pre-assembled on the scratchplate, this was aimed at the beginner market. Relaunched in 1966 with the new SG shape, it was offered in either Pelham Blue or Fire Engine Red with the controls now mounted to the body but still retaining the single coil pickups.
The finish on this is in lovely condition, particularly as these guitars were often starter guitars, its unusual to see one that’s led a relatively charmed life. If you look under the pickguard you can see that the finish has faded a little, but overall this is a great example of a Pelham Blue finish.
The neck has a nice Medium C profile and is very comfortable to play, while the original frets are in great condition with minimal wear on the fingerboard. Just take a look at the pics...
Electrically everything is correct.
Hardware and plastics are in great shape.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case
Do not be fooled by the single coil pickups, they really pack a punch. The tones available are sweet with a rounded warmth front the neck pickup and great bite from the bridge.
One of the better Melody Makers out there at the moment? Most probably… If you’re after something a bit different to add to your collection this is definitely a guitar you need to consider…