Gibson unveils the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker

Lightweight "California" body

"I got my Melody Maker in 1977," says Joan Jett. "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."

And in designing a Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker, Gibson has treated the guitarist's baby with tender loving care. Carefully developed in close cooperation with Jett herself, Gibson's Joan Jett features a lightweight, slab "California" mahogany body with a Worn White finish.

The slim-tapered neck profile is handcrafted to the same specs as Jett's original guitar, with an ebony fingerboard and Gibson's classic, silk-screened gold logo on the headstock. The tuners are mini-Grovers with authentic "witch hat" knobs, exactly as they are on Jett's guitar.

A "kill" switch replaces the normal Gibson toggle switch, and the body is outfitted with a period-correct black vinyl pickguard. The classic, snarling growl of Jett's original Melody Maker is accurately captured by a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 zebra humbucker, slightly overwound with asymmetrical coils, unpolished Alnico II magnets, designed to deliver the power of an original Gibson PAF pickup.

Add some typical Melody Maker appointments - 24 3/4-inch scale length, and standard Gibson Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece - and the result is a heartfelt tribute to one of rock's most fearless artists.

Each Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker comes with a Gibson USA hard case. Retail price is $839.00US.

For more information, visit the official Gibson Guitar website.

By Joe Bosso

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