Lots of Attitude... Made to Rock!
What a value. With the Gibson Joan Jett Melody Maker BlackHeart, you get an unbelievable piece of USA-made Gibson workmanship at ridiculous value — and an axe that's primed for rocking. When it came out in 1959, the affordable Melody Maker caught the eyes of real-deal rockers, thanks to the guitar's stripped-down, cut-to-the-chase vibe and reasonable price tag. This was a guitar that gigging musicians with dreams of making it big could afford. And the fact that the thin slab-style mahogany body, streamlined pickup system, and no-frills design gave the guitar a certain attitude was an added bonus. Melody Makers found their way slung over many guitarists' shoulders, but there's one guitarist — Joan Jett — that made this axe as iconic as the music it made.
Jett got her Melody Maker in 1977 and hasn't looked for another guitar since. In her own words: "It was light and it sounded great. It was the guitar I had in the Runaways and then played on all my hits, like 'I Love Rock N' Roll' and 'Bad Reputation' and 'Do You Wanna Touch Me.' It's my baby." So to celebrate her 30 years of Melody Making, Gibson and Jett got together to design her signature Joan Jett Melody Maker — what you're looking at right now. The thin, close-to-your-body design and double-cutaway body style give it attitude. The Spartan single Burstbucker 3 pickup system and single tone control mean you can only do one thing: plug this baby in and start playing. And since there's only one pickup, Jett replaced the pickup selector with a kill switch to make way for momentary stutter-style madness that gives solos real personality.
There's no doubt about it, the Joan Jett Melody Maker BlackHeart has the stripped-down vibe and no-nonsense attitude to match your guitar playing — not to mention, it looks hot too. Plenty of punkers, rockers, and indie cats go with the Joan Jett Melody Maker BlackHeart for good reason: it sounds awesome and doesn't cost a fortune, and you just don't see it every day.Gibson Joan Jett Melody Maker BlackHeart Features at a Glance:
- Finish: Satin Ebony
- Kill switch
- Personalized pickguard
- Body: Mahogany
- Body style: "California" body shape
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Scale length: 24-3/4"
- Number of frets: 22
- Inlays: Dot
- Pickups: One Burstbucker 3 Pickup in the bridge position
- Neck: 1-piece mahogany
- Neck profile: Rounded
- Nut width: 1.695"
- Neck joint location: 16
- Truss rod cover: Joan Jett signature
- Tailpiece: Chrome
- Bridge: Chrome
- Knobs: Black "Witch Hats" with silver inserts
- Tuners: Chrome Mini-Grover Special
- Hardshell case included