#1
I recently inherited a Gibson Melody Maker from my grandfather, and it is ancient. This is a really old model, because it has been in my grandmother's attic for over 30 years.

But the other day, I got up there and pulled it down. I cleaned the body, neck and headstock of the guitar, and stringed it. However, it seems to have a problem playing the higher notes. On the E string, the notes refuse to ring after the 12th fret. Is this a truss rod problem, or is it just a natural thing that comes with guitar age?

Basically, I need 2 questions answered.
1. What model is this?
2. Why do the notes not ring on the E string, and is is there anything I can do about it?

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#2
raise the action via the tune-o-matic on the lower end
if that doesn't help... truss rod
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#4
firstly, what a score!

second - as mentioned above, adjust the action, or you might need to bring it in for a truss rod adjusement

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#5
How do I adjust the action? THis is my second guitar, and my first one never had to be adjusted.
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#6
Quote by Tyler Durden
firstly, what a score!

second - as mentioned above, adjust the action, or you might need to bring it in for a truss rod adjusement

You're obviously just judging it like that because it's a gibson, melody makers are 400 dollar piece of shit guitars, epiphone stuff is better, just because it's old doesn't mean anything.
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#7
Quote by DSchmitty
You're obviously just judging it like that because it's a gibson, melody makers are 400 dollar piece of shit guitars, epiphone stuff is better, just because it's old doesn't mean anything.


Or maybe it has sentimental value? How would you like to have a guitar from your Grandfather(Who you never met) to be passed into your hands? SOme people appreciate things liek that. I honestly could not give a shit if it is a Gibson or not. Just knowing it was his is good enough for me.

Please don't bring offensive comments into the thread.
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#8
Quote by Dwarfish
Or maybe it has sentimental value? How would you like to have a guitar from your Grandfather(Who you never met) to be passed into your hands? SOme people appreciate things liek that. I honestly could not give a shit if it is a Gibson or not. Just knowing it was his is good enough for me.

Please don't bring offensive comments into the thread.

I was bringing offensive comment to his
*Gibson fan kid voice* "WHAT A SCORE!"
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#9
Quote by DSchmitty
You're obviously just judging it like that because it's a gibson, melody makers are 400 dollar piece of shit guitars, epiphone stuff is better, just because it's old doesn't mean anything.

Actually, new melody makers are often considered exceptions to the "cheap Gibsons are crap" rule, along with old LP Juniors. I can't speak for older melody makers, though.

Edit: And I doubt that guy is a Gibson "fan kid." According to his sig, he doesn't even own a Gibson. Any free guitar is a "score." Especially a vintage one. Whether it's high quality or not, it's probably pretty valuable.
Last edited by werty22 at Sep 9, 2008,
#10
Quote by DSchmitty
I was bringing offensive comment to his
*Gibson fan kid voice* "WHAT A SCORE!"

Well in that case, sorry for my whole rant thing.
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#11
i wanna say its a 1964, or a 1962. idk which, but i know for sure its from the early sixties. and just for the fact its been in an attic for 30 years, you should probably take it in to a professional just to get everything checked out anyway.
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#12
I would take it to a pro to have a look at it and set it up for you so its like new again
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#13
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I would take it to a pro to have a look at it and set it up for you so its like new again


+1

but make sure that its someone good
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#14
Quote by DSchmitty
You're obviously just judging it like that because it's a gibson, melody makers are 400 dollar piece of shit guitars, epiphone stuff is better, just because it's old doesn't mean anything.

You're obviously just judging it because current MMs are $400. Something from the 1960s will be a lot higher quality than current ones. I swear everyone on here is biased beyond help.

Anyways, it sounds like a truss rod or action problem. I recommend taking it to the most experienced and well known luthier around, even if they're expensive.