This Cleaned Up Nicely

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bones, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    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.

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  2. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Looks great, so does the quality of the pics. Very cool.
    Makes me want to go guitar shopping.
     
  3. Black guard FSR

    Black guard FSR TDPRI Member

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    I agree. That Gibson had much more to offer the world now, and bringing it back from the wild is a noble cause. Well done!
    I also want to go guitar shopping, BTW...
     
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    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    It looks brand new, even catalog quality. I picked up a guitar that had been stored in cruddy conditions, and the best I was able to do was de-stink it and wipe it down.
     
  5. Ducerro

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    Very nice!
     
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    HoodieMcFoodie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I was going to ask how do you intonate a guitar with a bridge like that, but then I saw the two grub screws at the back and it became self evident.

    Nice looking guitar.
     
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    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Looks nice. Why chickenheads?
     
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    I did a little reading and it seems they intonate best with 11s, which happens to be my size, it had what felt like rusty 9s on it and it was horrible.
     
  9. Bones

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    Why not?

    I think they look better on this than the standard witch hats.
     
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    jhundt Doctor of Teleocity

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    yeah, that's nice! I have a Les Paul Special that's like that - two pickups (P90s) one volume, one tone, and a wraparound bridge. Like you say - it is simple like a Tele, but a whole different thing.
     
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  11. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I love cleaning up old neglected guitars, I seem to have a knack for recognizing the potential, though I'm not sure why people do not invest in a little cleanup time and a fresh set of strings when they are trying to sell/trade gear.
     
  12. Daddydex

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    Gets a thumbs up from me!

    Dan
     
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  13. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    image.jpg Turned out great nice axe. Reminds me of a dobro I got. The thing reeked of cigarettes and sweat. I didn’t want to touch it. A diamond in the rough.
     
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    Sweet! Enjoy!
     
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    You probably know you can buy a retro-fit adjustable bridge that doesn't require any alteration to the guitar. I put a Leo Quan "Bad-Ass" on my Les Paul Jr back in the seventies....made all the difference in the world. (in intonation)
     
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    I have a sunburst 2008, as my regular gigging slide guitar, strung 52-12. Grovers and Fender amp knobs. Weighs nothing. Lost count of the number of rehearsals and shows I've taken it to.

    You're going to be happy with this one. ;):cool::D
     
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    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    I reckon it's the nearest thing- in character, and tonally- to a Tele that Gibson make. If I could find a second one, I'd snap it up. :)
     
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    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Quite nice Bones !
     
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  19. Believer

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    Love Melody Makers (I have three). Something about them makes me want to rock&roll, Johnny Be Goode, Roll Over Beethoven, etc.
     
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    Nice!

    Long ago and far away, I used to get to play all varieties of vintage guitars at my (short-lived) lessons. I could choose from just about any fantasy guitar you can imagine. An original Melody Maker quickly became one of my favourites.

    There's one of these things in my future, for certain.
     
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