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Vintage 1968 Gibson Melody Maker III!
All Original Condition with Gibson Case!
From 1967-71 Gibson only built approximately 350 Melody Maker IIIs, the 3-pickup version of their entry level solidbody electric guitar. This '68 walnut-finished instrument appears to be completely original and is likely a transitional model. 1968 was the first year that walnut was an optional finish in the Melody Maker line, and by 1969 walnut was the only finish available. In 1969 Gibson went to the wider peghead seen here. See my other vintage Melody Makers for sale for the narrow style. The pots are coded the 33rd week of 1968 making this almost certainly a '68 model. Gibson serial numbers during the late 1960's are inconsistent and unreliable, at best.
Overall this '68 Melody Maker III is in excellent condition and plays effortlessly. My camera flash makes the wear along the edges of the headstock look obvious but it is not. There are no chips present. This guitar really only has a few minor cosmetic issues. There is a one inch long crack in the pickguard at the treble edge, and there is some discoloration and staining from age. The original wide frets show almost no wear and the rosewood fingerboard and back of the neck have just a couple of inconsequential marks on them. There are some small marks on the walnut top, a few stand out, and the back is similar plus some buckle scatches. There is a deeper scratch and some finish cracks near the heel, and some typical dings and marks along the contours, none of which are very large. All chrome-plated hardware is bright and shiny and all controls work correctly. The action is low and fast and the guitar sounds great, all three pickups delivering loudly and brightly. The newer Gibson locking hardshell case is in very good condition inside and out and fits the guitar snugly.
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