1968 Gibson Melody Maker III. Sparkling Burgundy. #01625.
Color: Sparkling Burgundy, Rating: 9.00, Sold (ID# 1625)
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An All Original 'Sparkling Burgundy' Melody Maker lll.


1968 Gibson Melody Maker lll.

This super rare little 'Sparkling Burgundy' Melody Maker lll weighs just 6.40 lbs. and has a nut width of just over 1 9/16 inches and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck with a medium profile. Rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers. Headstock with gold silk-screened "Gibson" logo. Closed-back dual-line Kluson Deluxe strip tuners with white plastic oval buttons. Serial number stamped on the back of the headstock. Three hot Melody Maker pickups (white plastic-covered single-coil pickups without adjustable poles) with outputs of 7.01k, 7.11k and 7.04k. Single-layer white plastic pickguard with Gibson logo engraved in black and ten screws. Four controls (two volume, two tone) on lower treble bout plus three-way sliding pickup selector switch mounted on pickguard. Black plastic ribbed-side conical-shape "Witch Hat" control knobs with metal tops. The potentiometers are stamped: "137 6737" (CTS, September 1967). Stud wrap-around bridge/tailpiece with pre-set intonation and Maestro vibrato tailpiece with 'Walrus-tooth' plastic tip. The Sparkling Burgundy finish on the top has slightly faded to a 'Golden Burgundy' and there is some light finish checking. There is a tiny crack in the plastic pickguard near the bass horn and there is a tiny 'sliver' of wood chipped away from the top of the back of the headstock. With all that said this Melody Maker lll is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition - and certainly the best example of this rare color on a MM lll that we have ever seen. Housed in the original three-latch, shaped black softshell case with red felt lining (9.25).

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