Gibson explorer melody maker review

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Gibson SG Manual - Includes Junior, Special, Melody Maker and Epiphone models: How to buy, maintain and set up Gibsons by Paul Balmer

Introduced in 1961, the Gibson SG is Gibson’s biggest-selling guitar of all time, and is synonymous with Angus Young (AC/DC lead guitarist), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Robby Krieger (The Doors). The SG was originally produced as a more easily manufactured ‘mass-production’ version of the Les Paul, sales of which were diminishing at the time, but the solid-bodied SG (‘Solid Guitar’) soon became a revered instrument in its own right. Superbly illustrated and designed, this manual includes case studies of key models – everything from a vintage SG ‘Les Paul’ to a 2011 SG 50th Anniversary model – but also gives appropriate attention to today’s affordable Epiphone versions, Specials, Juniors and Melody Makers.
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The 'big two' companies arguably dominate both the guitar market and the airwaves with unprecedented levels of saturation. But while Fender is expert at making sure there's a 'proper' Stratocaster for every pocket, Gibson's efforts at making its classic outlines affordable for everyone have so far been less effective. Sure, you can pick up a Les Paul or SG from Gibson's Chinese-made Epiphone range for reasonable money, but it's the idea of owning a USA-made guitar with 'Gibson' on the headstock that possesses as much allure today as it ever has. No amount of fanfared hi-tech misadventure or reports of poor quality control seem to be capable of causing anything more than minor dings in the lustrous gloss of the brand's heritage and desirability. Of course, this isn't the first time that Gibson has manufactured Melody Makers in the USA and marketed them squarely at the affordable end of the spectrum. Of course, the Melody Maker name has plenty of heritage of its own. Production began in , when Gibson was struggling to shift Les Paul Standards but making great inroads by selling 'student' instruments to youngsters having music lessons in retail stores.

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5 thoughts on “Gibson SG Manual - Includes Junior, Special, Melody Maker and Epiphone models: How to buy, maintain and set up Gibsons by Paul Balmer

  1. The Limited Run Gibson Melody Maker Explorer Review – Three to play, two to own for first impressions. I am constantly on the prowl for.

  2. This is a faithful reproduction of the very first guitar that I ever layed my hands on back in Christmas day when I turned thirteen.

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