Musikmesse 2011: Gibson Melody Maker series in pictures

11th Apr 2011 | 11:58

Musikmesse 2011: Gibson Melody Maker series in pictures
Gibson Melody Maker series
Pictures from the show floor at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011

Musikmesse 2011: In characteristically idiosyncratic style, Gibson chose to launch its new range of affordable USA-made Melody Maker electric guitars at Frankfurt without a sniff of any detailed information or pictures being sent out to the media. Indeed, at the time of writing, there's only a very brief mention of the new line and one blink-and-you'll-miss-it gallery image on Gibson.com.

However, MusicRadar was on hand with a camera in the darkest recesses of the Gibson booth at the show to not only bring you pictures of the whole range, but tell you everything you need to know about the new Melody Makers. Not to be confused with the company's traditional Melody Maker design, the new range comprises four models utilising the iconic Les Paul, SG, Explorer and Flying V outlines.

Key specifications across the board include maple bodies, mahogany slim-taper necks with torrefied maple fingerboards and wrap-around tailpieces. All four shapes are available in satin blue, satin ebony and satin white, and they come stripped-down and ready to rock with just a single 491T humbucker at the bridge and a master volume control.

We've already seen UK street prices for these models as low as £449 including a gigbag, which, for a 'proper' USA Gibson is very tempting indeed. Whether these will be a roaring success for Gibson or merely cannibalise Epiphone sales remains to be seen, but the office consensus is that they look very cool indeed, albeit with something of a 'thrown together on a Friday afternoon' vibe. We'd like a white V and an Explorer in blue please.

Click onwards for a closer look at Gibson's new-for-2011 Melody Maker series...

Musikmesse 2011: Gibson Melody Maker series in pictures
Black and blue
The black models have a mean, lean heavy rock vibe but you can bet that garish blue looks killer under stage lights
Musikmesse 2011: Gibson Melody Maker series in pictures
Explorer Melody Maker
The new scratchplate outline may polarise opinion amongst Explorer fans but we're big fans of the three-a-side peghead
Musikmesse 2011: Gibson Melody Maker series in pictures
Les Paul Melody Maker
The closest thing to an original '59 Melody Maker in the new line-up
Musikmesse 2011: Gibson Melody Maker series in pictures
SG Melody Maker
1966 saw the Melody Maker go SG-shaped, but the class of 2011's humbucker makes it an altogether meatier proposition
Musikmesse 2011: Gibson Melody Maker series in pictures
Flying V Melody Maker
Finally, here's our favourite. Tune to open G and just add slide for some seriously naughty blues-rock

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