I miss my ole Melancon

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  1. RSRD

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    I owned a P90 Pro Artist for a year and DAMN do I miss it. It was such a smooth sounding guitar. It just felt so sleek to hold and play. The tone just didn't fit the music I am playing and I couldn't justify holding on to it. Now I am starting to save up for a second guitar and I'm leaning towards a used Custom Artist T with H/H. If only I could find one! I miss playing/owning a Melancon!!!



    ~t
     
  2. Scott Peterson

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    I hear you and understand a bit; I have two Melancons and brother - they ain't going NOWHERE. I'd go hungry before I'd even consider ever selling these.

    They are without a doubt my favorite guitars, especially my Custom Artist "S". That thing is like my arm.
     
  3. P351

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    Tom,

    Would you like to repurchase your old one? I have joined a band as a drummer and have hardly had time to play the beautiful Melancon that you sold me. It is in the same condition as when I got it from you. Let me know- I remember you saying that someday down the road you would buy it back....... Mark
     
  4. hemlock

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    If Tom's not interested in buying it back, I might be. I am currently sold on P90s and have been wanting to try a Melancon.
     
  5. Kappy

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    +1 I bought my 2nd Mel on Friday (a daphne blue pro artist strat), played it as much as I could over the weekend and am digging the hell out of it. Then today I was working on some country stuff and was like "my Mel pro artist T would be better suited to this", picked it up and was so jazzed about the way it felt and sounded! Between the tele and the strat I felt like I'd arrived at guitar nirvana.

    Simple guitars, broad range of tones, huge sound, great classic feel. Man I don't know if it gets much better than this. I'm thinking I can sell all my other guitars and just get backups of these and focus future GAS on amps and pedals.
     
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    Hey Big Country,

    if you remember, I almost bought your red Mel, but had already swung a deal on another. I'm ready to sell it if you're interested!

    dave
     
  7. I hope this works out. It's always nice to see a guitar 'go home'.
     
  8. RSRD

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    mark, good to hear from you. I love that guitar. It was so pure. I wish I could afford a P90 guitar to play around with. Unfortunately I need dual humbuckers for the music I play. Hopefully it will find a loving home. I still dream of that guitar!!!

    ~thomas
     
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    This could be the greatest purchase you will ever make!

    ~t
     
  10. AJ Love

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    thats cool to hear you guys talk about Melancon like that. That's how I feel about my Grosh

    Can you guys do a comparison/contrast regarding Melancon with Grosh, Lentz, Suhr etc? What makes Melancon stand out, to you?

    They are extremely reasonable pricewise on the used market, I've seen 'em for less than $1000!
     
  11. Kappy

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    I'm not good at doing comparisons, and everything I say is completely subjective. I can only really say that you should try a couple of Mels if you can get your hands on them locally. I fell into my Mel tele by taking a risk based on all the good things I'd heard about Melancon teles (and about Mels in general). When I went to Magdon music to pick up the tele, I tried a Pro Artist strat they had on the wall. I like it so much I almost bought it in place of the tele, but I'd already committed to the tele, so I just bided my time until I could buy the strat too. Luckily it was still available.

    I have a Grosh bent top custom. It's a lovely guitar, sounds and feels great. It's also very beautiful with a gorgeous flamed top. I have a hard time really digging in and playing it the way I feel a guitar should be played (with reckless abandon) because it's so damn nice! For that simple reason I've not bonded with it the way I have with my two Mels.

    My subjective take is that Grosh guitars (as well as a couple of other great boutique guitars) are a little bit on the highly manicured side...extremely well made almost to a fault (can that be said?). The Mels I have just feel right, like guitars that should be played and that I don't feel so hung up about getting some dings and scratches on them.

    Maybe this is all just where I'm at right now. I'm starting to feel like really beautiful burst-y guitars are better pieces of collectible furniture than they are daily drivers (for me), and also because I have a fondness for simple, traditional designs/sounds.

    FWIW, I still plan on trying one of Don's teles as well as one of his retro classics. I'll probably sell my bent top custom to fund it though. I do love Don's push/pull tone blend....that's a really terrific feature...and his neck carve (at least the medium c that I have) is top notch as well. (The Melancon +.020 and +.040 that I have are also stellar cuts) I would never argue that my Grosh is not one of the best guitars I've had, but for some reason I just love playing the Mels a lot more.

    Good luck finding one to try, and I hope you find them as cool as I do.

    Cheers,

    Dave
     
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    From the 2 groshs I've played (strat and p90 tele) versus the 3 Mels I've played (1 strat, 2 tele p90s) I'd have to say they are very similar. Both very nice, very well made guitars that sound great. The Melancons just happen to talk to me. But I really dig Don Grosh guitars too.

    ~t
     
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    I won't do a comparison, because I have only played a few Suhr's and Grosh's; never a Lentz. I have owned Anderson's.

    The Melancon I bought originally was a custom order; and honestly I bought it as a backup to my then #1 Anderson Drop Top. The Melancon just won me over inside a month and has stayed my #1 guitar now for over a year.

    It simply speaks to me, and fits me better than any other guitar I have ever owned. It is far beyond fit, finish, looks, tone or anything else. This "S" shaped Melancon *is* me. That's the truth of it, silly as it looks on the screen right now.

    I have a Hamer that I adore, another custom spec'd Melancon (a "T") that I adore and a Thorn also. The Thorn is a spectacular guitar on many deeper levels and I adore it too.... but the Melancon Custom Artist "S" I own is one of those very rare things that get inside of your soul and your emotions. I am very connected to it. (Though not in some, ahem, perverted way!). I honestly can't explain it.
     
  14. P351

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    The guitar has been sold...Thanks Hemlock!!!

    Mark
     
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    I just pictured you wrapping your mel up in a blanky and cuddling with it when no one is around :eek: :D

    Seriously though, its true that the melancons seem to really have their own personality. it must come from the incredible care,time and love that is put in when they create their instruments.

    BTW, when you deal with the Melancon family you love your guitars even more!
     
  16. hemlock

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    Good! That would really kill the resale value!:D
     
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    I'm familiar with Lentz, Grosh guitars. I have a Fender refret by Suhr.
    I've wanted to try a Mel for the last 4 years! Those guitars really attract me. I wonder what I missing?!
     
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    You may not want to rule out Gerard's H/S/H setup (Studio Package) . His 5 way switch is wired up so that the #3 position is the humbuckers together rather than just the middle pickup.

    This way you get the #2 and #4 positions for a convincing strat quack as well #1, #3, and #5 are the traditional H/H configuration. If you put a Kinman in the middle position then everything remains noiseless as well. A very versatile setup and one that I'm glad I went for.

    Chris... :cool:
     
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    Custom Artist T, with P-90's, yeah, that works for me!
     

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