Loaded Pickguard for Vintage Gibson Melody Maker • Mini Hum Pickups
A while back, a customer brought in his original 1964 double-cut Melody Maker. It was all original and in great shape, but he wasn't thrilled with the tone of the single-coil pickups or the look of the factory pickguard, and by '64 Gibson had already moved away from the Bumblebee and Black Beauty capacitors, and was using ceramic discs, so he wanted that changed too.
The old Melody Makers are amazing guitars that are still affordable for a vintage Gibson. His request was simple: Turn it into something really cool, but absolutely no permanent mods allowed—no routing out for big humbuckers, drilling any extra holes, or any other funny business—everything has to fit just like the old parts. It turned out so sweet, we were sure owners of other Melody Makers would want one too.
This loaded pickguard was designed and made right here in our shop. It features an aged five-ply, wide-bevel black pickguard, a set of our brand-new LIX Patina A3 Deluxe mini humbuckers that sound amazing (there's nothing mini about their tone!), and a harness with the finest CTS vintage-taper pots and vintage Bumblebee capacitors. It sounds fantastic and will turn an ordinary Melody Maker into a guitar you'll never want to put down!
This complete package includes:
Our custom-designed, handcrafted, aged pickguard in five-ply black
A3 Deluxe Mini pickup set with aged nickel covers
Harness with drifted vintage Bumblebee capacitors, CTS pots, and Switchcraft toggle and jack
Aged Gold Reflector knob and pointer set (photos of the customer's guitar show black knobs)
Aged black poker chip with the correct vintage font, switch nut, and bone toggle tip
Purchased separately, these parts total over $600, and would need to be assembled. We're offering an introductory price of $499 completely wired, assembled, and ready to drop into your guitar! No routing necessary for the pickups, the minis fit the original single routes on the Melody Makers, and the screw holes line up with the originals. All you have to do is connect the ground wire coming from the body, and you're done!
This model fits pre-1965, double-cut Melody Makers. Each one is made to order so please allow up to 3 weeks build time. We offer options on pickguard material. control layout, knob color, etc if you'd like to discuss prior to ordering. Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions.
Made in USA.
This listing is for the loaded pickguard as described above. Guitar is shown for illustration purposes and is not included.