This 1964 Gibson Melody Maker came into my shop in need of a major overhaul. It had been modified numerous times, so retaining any vintage value wasn't a concern. The plan was to turn it into something different.
All the previous pickup routes and control cavity were plugged. Melody Makers have the 1/4 plug on top of the guitar. It was moved to the side. The bridge was changed from a Gibson wraparound tail piece to a Tune'o'matic with the strings going through the body.
A maple burl veneer was added to the front and back of the guitar. A matching piece was added to the headstock as well.
The pickup configuration and selection is definitely unique. We used 2 FENDER Jazzmaster and 1 FENDER Jaguar pickups. Fender and Gibson can co-exist!
On/off mini switches were added for each pickup. Also present is a PRS sweet switch.
There is no master vol or tone.
Rear control cavities were added for the electronics. This eliminated a need for a pickguard and kept the front nice and clean.
Sperzal locking tuners and new black Gibson logo (not shown) rounded off this great project.