Magazine article Guitar Player

Will Ray's Ebay Strategies. (Auction Block)

Magazine article Guitar Player

Will Ray's Ebay Strategies. (Auction Block)

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AUCTION TEAM: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker WINNING BID: $356

I have a confession to make. I'm a sucker for old Gibson Melody Maker guitars from the early '60s. They're built solid, have great necks, and are a hoot to play. The only downside to these guitars are the original single-coil pickups, which I find to be weenie sounding. In my early days, I had two double cutaway MMs, and I replaced the pickups on both guitars with beefier Gibson humbuckers. Those guitars screamed! But alas, over the years, I lost them in guitar trades---something I always regretted.

I was determined to find another Melody Maker, but, this time around, I lusted after the cooler-looking, single-cutaway version. They were going for approximately $800 at music stores in my area so I kept my eyes peeled until I found this one on eBay. It was a single pickup model, and the previous owner had replaced the original pickup with a Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker. Because of that modification, I knew most collectors would be scared off.

I was willing to go up to $425 for this item, so I bid $427.52, and I ended up getting it for $356! I received the guitar in about two weeks, and, upon unpacking it, I was pleasantly surprised that it came with a late '60s/early '70s Gibson Les Paul hardshell case. Cool! A hard case like that is worth another $75 or $100 to me. So how did it sound? Really cool! The Seymour Duncan pickup gives it a nice ballsy tone, and the neck is to die for. It's a keeper. …

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