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Gibson Michael Clifford Signature Melody Maker

Gibson Michael Clifford Signature Melody Maker  ·  Source: Gibson


Michael Clifford, guitarist with Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer gets his own signature Gibson Melody Maker model.


Gibson Michael Clifford Signature Melody Maker

This new Gibson Michael Clifford Signature Melody Maker model is a BurstBucker-equipped, stripped back guitar inspired by another Gibson signature model, the Joan Jett Melody Maker. Clifford says the JJ model was the “best guitar I’ve ever played”.

Gibson Michael Clifford signature Melody Maker

Gibson Michael Clifford signature Melody Maker · Source: Gibson

 Swamp Ash

Instead of a traditional mahogany body, Clifford’s signature model uses swamp ash and a slim-taper maple neck that has a Richlite fingerboard with red acrylic X-shaped inlays. That single single Burstbucker 3 humbucker, has a hot PAF-like tone and a coil-split option that you engage via a push/pull switch on the guitars volume control. There’s also a single tone control knob.

The toggle switch positioned near the pickup controls is a kill switch that lets you cut the signal and get percussive with your riffs. This guitar has a GraphTech nut and mini Grover Kidney tuners, so tuning should be nice and stable.

5 Seconds Of Summer

Overall, this is quite an interesting ‘stripped-back’ guitar with some nice touches. It may have lots of appeal for the punk rock/indie crowd and should suit riffage with plenty of attitude and swagger. The Jet Black Cherry finish and black chrome hardware suits it nicely and I’m pretty impressed with the overall design of this guitar.


It is relatively affordable for an American-made signature model and the retail price includes a Gibson hard case. You can check out the official Gibson demo video below, where Michael Clifford explains how this guitar came into being and tells us about the inspiration for this guitar: a Joan Jett signature model he encountered when he was 17…

RRP – GBP 1099

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One response to “Gibson launches Michael Clifford Signature Melody Maker, inspired by Joan Jett!”

    William Paxson says:

    Well, I guess that’s one way to get rid of some of the Richlite.

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