Fair point. I have 3 1965 Melody Makers, one with humbuckers fitted, but I am waiting for delivery of a 1959, so will be very interested to see the difference.I've never actually seen one of the early ones so don't know for sure but I would imagine the coil was larger - can't imagine they would fit an oversize cover on the smaller coil.
Interesting.I have a bunch of singlecut MM's and MMDs Gibson and Epiphone Olympic singlecut single and double pickup versions. They all sound like Fender pups more than p90's. They don't sound anything like p90's. More like 50's Blackguard Tele's or Strat's with the neck pickup on the D models.
Great clip but not representative of this model so much as the fattening effects of the amps. Yes, you can roll back the tone and get a great sound but that very lively dynamic tone is a hallmark and makes the MM such a great guitar. The D models do the SRV Texas Blues thing better than my Strats!
Nice to see some love for these killer guitars.
I own every version of the mkI MM except the 3/4. All the single pup,MM and the double pup, MM D. I also own the Epiphone Olympic mkI in single and double pup versions. They are identical to Gibson except for tortoise guard and longer headstock.After '59, Gibson stopped using the wider version of that pickup. The later, skinnier version of the pickup does indeed sound more like a Fender single coil, even though it's a bar magnet... back in the day I went through a number of early/mid 60s Epiphones that had these pickups. They always seemed a bit anemic to me when compared to the '59 MM pickup. But they're okay.
The '59 version however, is hotter. While not a P90, to me it is reminiscent of a P90....really, somewhere between a Tele bridge and a P90. It cleans up like a good P90 and screams like a scalded ape when you goose it and hit the strings hard, somewhat like a P90. The issue for me is I can't really get by for long with just one pickup ... I really need a neck pickup for so much stuff that I like to play. Interestingly, Gibson did make a few 59 Melody makers that were double pickup versions. I've got a friend in Pennsylvania who owns one. Very rare! Would love to find one.
And perhaps even odder, I believe @27sauce had a transitional Melody Maker that had a fat pick up in the neck and a skinny pickup in the bridge.