Gibson Melody Maker shipping data

Production totals and original prices for the Gibson Melody Maker guitar line

Gibson Melody Maker shipping data

The Gibson Melody Maker was shipped from 1959 until 1970, then reissued, briefly between 1977 and 1979.

  1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 Total
Melody Maker 1397 243 2390 2386 2278 3685 6753 3012 1332 338 316 376 24506
Melody Maker 3/4 1676 42 225 171 200 364 348 158 73 14 46 39 3356
Melody Maker D   1196 1496 1611 1604 2528 4703 2499 1909 645 634 631 19456
Melody Maker 12                 27 123 40 20 210
Melody Maker III                 23 165 128 36 352
Total 3073 1481 4111 4168 4082 6577 11804 5669 3364 1285 1164 1102 47880

In 1977 the double cutaway Melody Maker D (two pickup was reissued) and shipped in small quantities compared to the 1960s original.

  1976 1977 1978 1979 Total
Melody Maker D 2 887 139 59 1087

As can be seen, almost 50000 Melody Maker guitars were shipped, with over half of them the single pickup version. The most abundant variant was the double cutaway non-SG style guitar, produced cira 1961-66 (for example, see a 1964 Melody Maker here). Although the SG body-style was very popular in the late 1960s, the change to this shape did not improve sales for the Melody Maker. In fact 1968, 1969 and 1970 were by far the worst years, in terms of sales, for this model.

Gibson Melody Maker guitar pricing

All prices quoted are United States zone 1, and in $US

  1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
Melody Maker 99.50 99.50 99.50
109.50
109.50 109.50
119.50
127.50 127.50
136.50
136.50
149.50
159.50 169.50 179.50 195
225
Melody Maker 3/4 99.50 99.50 99.50
109.50
109.50 109.50
119.50
127.50 127.50
136.50
136.50
149.50
159.50 169.50    
Melody Maker D   135 135
147.50
147.50 147.50
155
165 165
174
174
179.50
189.50 199.50 212.50 225
250
Melody Maker 12                 189.50 199.50 210 225
Melody Maker III                 199.50 214.50 225.50 245


  1977 1978 1979
Melody Maker D   539 569

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Adrian Bennett Comment left 30th July 2012 11:11:50 reply
Did Gibson ever produce a twelve string doublecut Melody Maker (ie not SG style). When was the changeover from DC to SG? Trying to find some info on this.