#1
Hey all - recently i thought i seen a Gibson Junior - but it turns out to be a Melody Maker...

so what exactly is the difference between these 2 guitars?

(apart from that they dont do melody makers anymore - according to this site)

Melody Maker

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Electric?sku=517842&src=3SOSWXXA

Junior

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Electric?sku=517341

looking at it - is it really the wood the only difference?
#2
Read the specs and the difference is pretty obvious.
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#3
they're both piece of ****, they just smell different, that's the difference, epiphone custom LPs sound better than either of them
#4
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they're both piece of ****, they just smell different, that's the difference, epiphone custom LPs sound better than either of them


I second, third, fourth and fifth that. Melody maker = noob abuse.
#5
o right... lol - but how come they look so similar?

is the Melody Maker the cheaper version of the Junior?
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#6
Whenever I've seen them they are roughly the same price, but some melody makers are double cutaway, which look really lame
#8
I'd read the reviews on MF of those who have played it, then find one at a dealer and try it out before I'd label it a POS. It's a lot of money for an entry level guitar, but it is a Gibson. You CAN get a lot more for a whole lot less money ........
#9
yeah, it has gibson on the headstock, but go compare one to an epi les paul standard even, the standard sounds better, go and try them out
#10
ah - i only seen it - as the guy from the libertines/dirty pretty things (carl barat that is) uses one - and i initially thought it was a Junior...

so basically the melody maker is the old version of the junior? hence why they look so alike?
#11
I've played both the Melody Maker (total garbage) and the LP Jr. The MM is junk, plain and simple. Yeah, it's well built, but with low-grade woods. To me, this thing didn't sound any better than an Epi LP Special II. While the Junior is an improvement, it's not considerably better.

I'd just get an Epi LP Standard instead. IMO, they're much better guitars, even though they're not Gibsons.
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#12
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i think the melody maker is the old version of the junior


I did a work on Led Pauls and teh Junior was released 1954, while the Melody Maker was introduced 1959...
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#13
look up the original melody maker its nothing like the new melody maker,


that is an original melody maker

the current melody maker is probably an affordable version of the les paul junior
#14
this kid at my school has a melodymaker his dad won at a musicstore opening and it it horrible for $530 or whatever it is, it is made of thin, probably low quality mahogany and a spanish cedar neck, and it has a stupid looking headstock IMO, the LP junior is definitely better and but still not worth the $650 you pay for it, and to the people saying the Epi LP JR is better, i wouldnt be too sure, it has a big strip of alder running through it and worse tuners and electronics, the one pup definitely takes away some versitility though
#15
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look up the original melody maker its nothing like the new melody maker,


that is an original melody maker.


I heard originals were quite good to. Robby Kregier used one in Break On Trough (TO Teh Otherside),
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#16
they are nice, its just something strikes me about the new melody maker, les paul junior design, the whole kinda.. one pickup kinda shows you are limited to one pickup now lets see what you can do with it
#17
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they are, theyre very rare too.
#18
There aren't a huge amount of differences between the two.

The melody maker has a maple or dedar neck instead of mahogany like the Jr.

The melody maker has a flat finish, while the Jr. has a gloss finish.

Obviously, the melody maker has a thin headstock instead of a regular Gibson headstock.

The melody maker also doesn't have a pickguard.

The only other difference I know of is the bridge. The jr. has a wrap-around bridge, while the melody maker doesn't.

Like others have said, you can get a better guitar for the price. I was looking at getting a Jr. up until a few weeks ago. I realised that I can get a much better guitar with more versatility for less. If you really like the look of the two, I would suggest getting the Jr. it's about $100 more, but it's definetly better than a melody maker.
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#21
I hate the melody maker, but don't see why everyone is dissing the JR.... is it because of all the Billie Joe hype? they really are not bad guitars, like the epiphone Casinos, they are not beauties, but are tone monsters, they resonate well and have good tone, much like another sought after one pickup wonder: the fender Esquire

But you guys are hating because they are not metal machines, they were made to sound beefy in the LP's case and Fender-y in the esquire's..... I think this should be put into perspective...... Since there is so little that can go wrong on a Les Paul JR. they are probably the only ones that are still any good with gibson's quality control!

PS: Now that Gibson has figured out fender has had a 1 pickup guitar for a long time too they are going to sue them, and lose. Again.