NGD '63 Hot Rodded Melody Maker

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Melody Makers are my favourite Gibsons; they're lightweight, play awesome, are affordable and it's cool to mod them exactly to your liking. I have a '65 cherry, a modern reissue that I stripped and refinsihed, and a couple of months ago I found this (I think) '63 husk for a good price and couldn't resist.

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Since my other two MM's are single pickups, single volume simple rock machines, I wanted this one to be a bit more versatile.

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  • DiMarzio Super Distortion - Super 2 set,
  • 500k CTS pots (bridge tone pot not connected)
  • Two miniswitches for split-series-parallel operation
  • TonePros AVTII bridge
  • Grover tuners
  • Schaller S-locks
  • Gibson knobs and rings
It's still not fully ready yet (minor setup things to go through, and I'd like to screw down the pickup rings too), but so far so good. There's nothing like a good Gibson with a Super Distortion through a Marshall, and all the switching options are very cool to play with! And I LOVE how this thing looks...

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Some pics of the build process... Not a pro by any means, but I really enjoy the process of modding, updrading and refinishing guitars. The ones I put some time and love into always end up being keepers

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You may want to put a 2 inch piece of insulation on the braided cable that connects the pickup selector switch to the output jack.
The way it is now, it looks like the outer braid could rub up against the terminals of the volume control.
You can strip a piece of insulation from an old length of straight guitar cord.
Then, with small sissors, cut it down the side, cut it to length and fit it over the braid in that area then tie-wrap it in place.
That way you won't have to un-do any of the wiring thats there.
You could just use electrical tape but tape gets nasty and comes loose over time.
BTW, usually the long lead of the tone capacitor gets fitted with insulation to prevent it from shorting to ground also.
Jam on !
 
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You may want to put a 2 inch piece of insulation on the braided cable that connects the pickup selector switch to the output jack.
The way it is now, it looks like the outer braid could rub up against the terminals of the volume control.
You can strip a piece of insulation from an old length of straight guitar cord.
Then, with small sissors, cut it down the side, cut it to length and fit it over the braid in that area then tie-wrap it in place.
That way you won't have to un-do any of the wiring thats there.
You could just use electrical tape but tape gets nasty and comes loose over time.
BTW, usually the long lead of the tone capacitor gets fitted with insulation to prevent it from shorting to ground also.
Jam on !

That's actually a great idea! I rushed the wiring and didn't have any tubing, and now I kinda don't wanna desolder the wires to insulate them. Not that there's any shorting-out happening now, but I'd like to make sure regardless. And cutting the tubing and tie-wraping it sounds like a great plan! I'm certainly doing that when I open her again, thanks!!:thumb:
 

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View attachment 36870 I love melody makers as well. Here’s my modded 66.

Man, what an absolute stunner! Would love to own one like this

Here's the guitar nerd in me coming... How come it has a bound neck? Did you add it? Can you list everything that was done to it?
 

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3B417231-BA51-432E-92EA-44BEA98234AA.jpeg It started as a 1966 melody maker in Pelham blue finish. I bought it because I love the finish and one pick up guitars. I couldn’t get along with the narrow nut and odd neck shape.
 

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8F190248-A3D8-4DDB-A59C-F3DB01404722.jpeg I had Dan from MojoAxe cut a new guard for a Humbucker using the Black, white, black, wide white and black vintage style pick-guard material. I installed a Seymour Duncan antiquity Humbucker. But given the neck issues which also included a low neck angle I decided to have the guitar renecked using the original fret board and truss rod. It now has a C neck profile and a 1 11/16 nut width.
 

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Man, what an absolute stunner! Would love to own one like this

Here's the guitar nerd in me coming... How come it has a bound neck? Did you add it? Can you list everything that was done to it?
Thanks man. I had Lay’s guitar do the neck work and went for a special type look with period correct binding and logo.
 

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You're the KING Herbie !

You gave it the care and expertise every vintage GIBSON deserves !

And then some . . .

Those FRETS & BEVELS . . . MAGNIFICENT !
 
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How many pickup cavities are under your pick guard? I have a '66 SG Melody Maker III(3 pickup)that I've modded for a single P90. The guitar weighs about 4.5 lbs. The neck wasn't a problem for me. What kind of $$ did you have to give for yours?
 

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7AAAD242-CAD2-45F5-ADB3-4EE881350C11.jpeg It has two pickup routes from the factory. Had to widen the route slightly to fit the Humbucker. I paid 1100 for the guitar. And approximately another 1100 for parts and luthier work. I have a period correct case as well. So let’s say I have 2500 in it. It is my dream guitar.
 
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View attachment 37006 It has two pickup routes from the factory. Had to widen the route slightly to fit the Humbucker. I paid 1100 for the guitar. And approximately another 1100 for parts and luthier work. I have a period correct case as well. So let’s say I have 2500 in it. It is my dream guitar.

I think this guitar deserves her own thread. More detailed info, more pictures about every stage. Do that, please!
 

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You're the KING Herbie !

You gave it the care and expertise every vintage GIBSON deserves !

And then some . . .

Those FRETS & BEVELS . . . MAGNIFICENT !
Thanks it is my dream guitar
 


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