Friday, June 6, 2008

Gibson USA Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker

In recent years, Gibson Guitar has revived their old classic- the Melody Maker. The Melody Maker was a staple on stages everywhere back in the old days. Especially in the punk genre, where the Melody Maker's stripped- down simplicity and legendary affordability made it the choice of punks everywhere. One of those punks was a raven haired chick named Joan Jett (you may have heard of her). Over the years, Joan's mainstay ax has been the white Melody Maker she got in 1977. Gibson's Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a Worn White finish. The slim-tapered neck profile is handcrafted to the same specs as Jett's original guitar, with an ebony fingerboard and Gibson's classic, silk-screened gold logo on the headstock. The tuners are mini-Grovers with authentic "witch hat" knobs, exactly as they are on Jett's guitar. A "kill" switch (a la Tom Morello) replaces the normal Gibson toggle switch, and the body is outfitted with a period-correct black vinyl pickguard. The classic, snarling growl of Jett's original Melody Maker is accurately captured by a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 zebra humbucker, slightly overwound with asymmetrical coils, unpolished Alnico II magnets, and all the punch and power of an original Gibson PAF pickup. Add some typical Melody Maker appointments-24 ¾-inch scale length, and standard Gibson Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece-and you've got an ax guaranteed to snarl it's lip and gnash it's teeth. "BUT WAIT- THERE'S MORE!"-Each Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker comes with a Gibson USA hard case... Would you look at that?


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