Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker Satin Charcoal 2013
Gibson LP Melody Maker, 2014 model, satin charcoal finish. Gibson have messed around with their MM models, and this (short-lived) 120th anniversary example has got to be one of the best ones they've done! Two P-90s, super thin matte nitro finish, light body... it's such a winner. It's very light and comfortable to play, the body contours and thinner profile will feel familiar to Fender players. Tone-wise, this delivers: big screaming mids, articulate highs, heaps of natural body and warmth... the P90s plus nitro finish combo really gives the sound a lively, responsive feel. The satin not-quite-black finish is showing some fairly noticeable wear, but that's part of the appeal of this type of finish, they wear in nice and quickly. This is a no-fuss rock machine with a whole lot of swagger.
Model: Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker
Made: USA, docs show DOB as 17 Dec 2013 (serial 140019091)
Finish: charcoal, matte nitrocellulose
Neck: mahogany, rosewood board
Pickups: Gibson P-90 single coils
Case: original Gibson gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: moderate finish wear. Headstock has a couple of marks on the end and some join lines showing more obviously than you might like; the wood must've swollen slightly at some point. The neck is pretty clean, just some glossing on the back from play. The back has some scuffs near the switch cover and light scratches near the edge. The sides have some very light scuffing all around and a nudge of wood peeking through the rub wear on both horns and the shoulder area. The front is pretty clean, just some light marks around the knobs, some glossing in the shoulder area and some normal play wear marks above and below the strings. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have a little wear, nothing dramatic, 7/10. No headstock breaks. Playing with ease and attitude!