WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

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WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by Crow » February 14th, 2013, 7:01 am

I know a lot of you have swapped out your old wide single-coil Gibson Melody Maker pickups for something cooler. If those old pups are still around, please PM me.
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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by EzraplaysEzra » February 14th, 2013, 10:52 am

Are you looking to purchase them or have some built? - I have all the tech data from a '59& '61 single cut away if you're looking to build. I don't know if the new reissues are the same.

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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by Crow » February 14th, 2013, 2:36 pm

Wow, the tech data would be awesome to have! I'm not looking to build -- not yet -- but make me an offer.
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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by s1120 » February 15th, 2013, 7:09 am

Did the MM use a diferent P90 then the other Gibsons of that time?
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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by Crow » February 15th, 2013, 8:26 am

The original Melody Maker pickup was a wide, narrow single coil, wider than a Strat pup. I'm not sure why Gibson bothered, as it already had a fine single-coil in the P-90. The MM version must have been cheaper to make. They also put that pickup on their Kalamazoo line of low-budget solid-bodies.
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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by EzraplaysEzra » February 15th, 2013, 1:43 pm

I haven't located that data yet - many many note books down there... after '59 they had the "skinny" which was basically a mini PAF bobbin with 43 gauge poly wound to 6.7 - 7.1 with a standard V magnet - so all of the parts were available in the bins and would have cost about half that of a p90. But really I think the idea was not use one of there "good" pickups on a student model as well as the obvious Fender thing with the "skinny".

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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by Crow » February 15th, 2013, 1:55 pm

EzraplaysEzra wrote:... after '59 they had the "skinny" which was basically a mini PAF bobbin with 43 gauge poly wound to 6.7 - 7.1 with a standard V magnet - so all of the parts were available in the bins and would have cost about half that of a p90. But really I think the idea was not use one of there "good" pickups on a student model as well as the obvious Fender thing with the "skinny".
Yeah.... My 1968 P-90 (on a single-pickup SG Jr.) sounds different from my MMs (on my Kalamazoo). The Zoo is sweeter sounding; that P-90 just BARKS. But the guitars are totally different instruments, so what do I know. And that's why I want some more "skinnies." I want to put them in different guitars to see what they can do. I have a fake Strat, some pickguard material and time on my hands.... :)
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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by EzraplaysEzra » February 15th, 2013, 3:48 pm

The skinny's are very similar to the early sixties neck pick up to my ear. I have a 60 melody maker (that had always thought was a '59 because my father purchased it in '62 from a guy that said it was 3 years old) and a '61 3/4. I love melody makers. If you're interested I have a guy who repro's the covers - the rest of the parts are very available, I think they come out around $15/per pickup minus wire - you could wind them up yourself if you have a drill, I'd walk you though it. You'd need a drill, a sanding disk ($7) a length of board, some felt and a couple of other dollar store items. A crude winder is easy if you're only making a set. Some decent wood working tools and basic building and electronics skills and a sophisticated winder isn't much harder, because it is addictive.

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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by Crow » February 15th, 2013, 4:25 pm

If I start building guitar pickups my wife might kill me... so... sure. 8) The MMs seem to be hard to find, so building my own might be my best option. Thanks!
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Re: WTB: "Melody Maker" pickups

Post by Willabe Storms » January 28th, 2014, 4:40 pm

EzraplaysEzra wrote:Are you looking to purchase them or have some built? - I have all the tech data from a '59& '61 single cut away if you're looking to build. I don't know if the new reissues are the same.
Wow... Just what I am looking for... My son builds/designs all kinds of effect pedals and pro-tube amps... He would help me.. Any info on a 1960 MM Single cut would be great...

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