Gibson 1966 Melody Maker SG Bass Vintage Refinish EB-0 90825
This is a vintage 1966 Gibson Melody Maker bass. These are pretty rare and are closely related to the EB-0 bass, with the Melody Maker being the student model. It had a much shorter manufacturing run, and is therefore, much more rare (only around 500 made). Serial number for this era are sketchy, so it could be 1966 or 1967, but the pots date to '66, and it was sold to me as a 1966. The body has been refinished in a decent but not great paint job. The pickguard is not the original.
The "Mudbucker" pickup, bridge and tuners are all original. The frets are actually in pretty good shape, and the bass plays and sounds nice. Neck is 30.5" scale and the bass is all mahogany. Comes with what may or may not be the original case, in rough but working condition. Though I'm not up to the task, if someone were to take this back down to the original mahogany and get a decent pickguard, it could be an amazing one for any collection. The sound it produces is a deep, dark growl and can be heard on numerous 60s recordings. Please ask all questions before buying. I do a full cleaning and setup on all guitars. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing.) I may end auction early if it sells elsewhere. Thanks for looking!
PS: There is an excellent short article on this model in PremierGuitar. Find it by Googling "Vintage Vault: 1968 Gibson Melody Maker Bass."
What You Get
-- Full setup, cleaning, and new strings.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.
All our setups are done by our in-house trained luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!
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