Traded for this 2007 Melody Maker, almost didn't make the deal because it was so dirty, rusty strings, so much crud on the board that I thought there were worn grooves in the wood, rusty P/G screws and tarnished frets. Intonation was way off, action was crazy high, but past all that, I could see some potential even though it didn't sound all that great through an amp. I wish I had taken pictures of it "before", but I actually left it in the garage over night and when i got up, I went right to work with the steel wool and cleaners before I brought it into the house to put on my bench. The fretboard under the crud was as good as new, the frets polished up nicely and a nice new set of 11/49s enabled me to get the intonation dead nuts on the money at the 12th fret. Spent some time playing around with the pickup heights and finally landed on the right combination for a nice balanced sound. Had a set of black chickenheads in the drawer, so I threw them on and really like the way they look. Replaced all the pickguard screws with nickel slotted heads. Now I have a nice fun, CLEAN guitar to add to the pile. I really like the simplicity of this Melody Maker, similar to a telecaster, but also nothing like a telecaster. I have never seen a natural mahogany one before, but it doesn't appear to have been stripped. Probably a special run for a retailer or something.