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1963 Vintage Gibson Melody Maker D - $3,500 (Selden)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Gibson
model name / number: Melody Maker D
I have every reason to believe that the guitar is pretty much original except for the reproduction pickguard, pick ups, wire harness and bridge that are in the first few photos. I have 2 pickguards, which may be original, in fair (to poor) condition but I believe all of the controls on the one extra pickguard are original. Maybe someone more qualified would be able to comment on that observation. Those components are included in the auction. 

My goal was to get it playable and then go from there. I bought a reproduction pickguard and a modern wiring harness and wired it to a pair of (what I believe to be) Melody Maker pickups from the Re-issue years in the 2000's. Without altering the route of the body, I jammed in a set of solderless quick connects for the pickups. It is definitely a bit crowded but I didn’t modify the body rout. This would allow me to sort it out to allow me to change pickups if I so desired. I would assume the new owner would go to soldered connections in the future. I also got an aftermarket lightning bridge and installed it to check it out. There is some visible fret wear and a slight buzz on the open D string but it still plays good, holds tune and intonates pretty closely as it sits. I have a video which doesn’t highlight my playing skills but gives you an idea but seems like I can’t upload it. Obviously could use a nut replacement and maybe replacement tuners. Action right now is about 1.75mm on 6th string and about 1.5mm on 1st string. Depending on what you want to do it may need some more sorting out but in the right hands it is a good start point to bring this back to the glory it deserves.

The serial number is inked at the top back of the headstock. Very hard to read but I believe it is 125800. I have a chip board hardcase that can go with it. Might be the original, I just don't know.

I have posted this as a local pickup. That is by far my preference. I would not rule out shipping but it would come with certain conditions that would include the buyer arranging for all packaging and costs of shipping as well as payment in advance. It is far too valuable an item for me to want to take responsibility for its safe arrival.

I apologize for this wordy posting but I thought it was important to get as much info into the hands of any potential buyer. Any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Any specific pics, just ask and I will provide. Thanks

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