Gibson Melody Maker 1964 Tobacco Sunburst


Product Specs

Excellent (Used)
Melody Maker
Tobacco Sunburst
Made In
United States

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Years ago, Lee was down in the Elkcave, playing an ES-356 we had just gotten in. He had the guitar strapped on and was just jammin’ on some chords when I came bounding into the office. “What’s happening, Pimp?” I asked and that’s when he turned around. Man, I saw that 3/4- sized guitar on him (he’s 6′ 3″ mind you) and burst out laughing. “You look like a circus Frankenstein with a ukulele.” I garbled between howls and all it got me was a really dirty look and the silent treatment for the rest of the day. I didn’t care- if a guitar doesn’t fit the guy playing it, things can look “a bit off,” as they say in England. Fast forward to the beginning of this year when I decided to try to work on my guitar playing skills. I just happen to have a vault full of guitars next to the office, so what did I do? I went over there and pulled out a J-200. Why? I don’t know but that was the guitar I chose and so next to my desk it went and almost every day, I spent a little time working on my chords and cool- ass Jazz licks. Now to the other day…

I’m sitting at my desk, playing my J- 200 and working it out, folks. I still sound terrible because I’m used to things with four strings, but I’m still giving it the ‘ol college try. In walks the “tall one” and boom- now he’s laughing like he’s got the sickness. Just won’t stop howling and pointing at me. I look up and say, “What the hell you laughin’ at?” but by now, he’s almost in tears. “You look like a circus mouse playing a doghouse bass.” he choked out and all that got him was a really dirty look and the silent treatment for the rest of the day. I don’t think he cared much because he would chuckle to himself for a good while after this all went down. Glad I’m good for a laugh…

Fast forward to the Columbia Guitar show this month. We’re standing in a group of guys, just chewing the fat when a man walked by with this Melody Maker in his hand. Lee stopped the guy, they chatted for a few minutes and the man handed the guitar to Lee. I was still rappin’ with the boys when Lee walked into the middle of the circle, handed this guitar to me and loudly proclaimed, “Here Cub. I finally found a guitar that fits a midget.” This sent the entire group of guys into bent- over, belly hurting laughter and once again, I was the butt of a joke because I’m short. Well, all that got him was a really dirty look and the silent treatment for the rest of the day. I don’t think he cared at all- the act was more than worth the laugh, so if you’re really digging a vintage, student level, clean and original, twin- single coiled little beast to make some noise with, here it is. And, I promise to whomever buys this guitar that there will be no circus midget jokes in the case. I take my height seriously…


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