Melancon guitars

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by thijs, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. thijs

    thijs Guest

    I own a pro artist (serial is 946) and it is the best guitar I ever owned!!)I owned too many...).

    Chech gerard melancon's guitars and you'll be convinced..

    greetings,

    thijs
     
  2. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    Even though the Pro Artist's I've tried weren't a good fit for me, the construction, fretwork, and attention to detail was some of the best I've seen. Also, being located in the Louisana swamplands, Gerard has access to some of the best swamp ash on the planet.
     
  3. Kappy

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    Welcome to the forum, thijs. You'll find no shortage of Melancon fans here, myself included (I have a Pro Artist and a Pro Artist T). There are other good Melancon threads here, here, and here.

    Have fun!

    Dave
     
  4. Scott Peterson

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    Did you say Melancon? :D Flat out, my #1 guitar

    My 2004 Custom Artist "S"

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    And tied for #2 with my Thorn, my 2005 Custom Artist "T"

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  5. Brian Scherzer

    Brian Scherzer Staff Member

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    I almost feel silly replying to threads about Melancon, simply because I run the Melancon Forum and am friends with Gerard. Yet, I'll say it again......After getting a Melancon bass, I sold all of my other basses because this one did what I needed. By the end of July I will have a Melancon guitar to "noodle" with. I didn't want anything fancy, so I just asked Gerard to make the body Olympic White with a matching headstock, and everything else was up to him to decide. He knows what I like to play, so I figure that letting a luthier do his thing unimpeded was the way to go (I did specify neck size!).
     
  6. John Bell

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    I have a secret and I must not tell.;)
     
  7. thijs

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    Good to hear that a lot more people like well-made guitars.
    Most of the stuff that comes from a large company (fender, gibson) is too badly made considering what you pay for it..

    I am considering buying another Melancon. First I will sell some other guitars (like a Blade strat and tele and a Gibson jazzguitar).

    See you guys soon!!

    Thijs
     
  8. CS'56

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    Absolutely stunning!:dude
     
  9. +1!

    My Mel Classic Artist is a keeper. One of the finest strat style guitars I've ever had my hands on.
     
  10. OldSchool

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    I can't believe the prices on used Melacons.........maybe the best deals in guitarland..............:cool: :dude
     
  11. hemlock

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    I just got a used Pro Artist T and I have to agree. Wonderful guitar and an astounding deal considering the quality.
     
  12. P351

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    You could send me another check- if you want Hemlock!!!!!!

    Mark:)
     
  13. hemlock

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    But then the deal wouldn't be nearly as astounding.:D
     
  14. P351

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    This is true.......
     
  15. hendrix2430

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    Gaaah..!

    Did you get those through a dealer?

    How long did it take Gerard to make them?


    Really sublime...:eek:
     
  16. Mutley

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    I own a Melancon Pro Artist T and originally ordered it w/Bardens in all three pup positions. The Bardens became scarce and expensive during construction and so I had Gerard put his (DiMarzio stacked) in. Unfortunately I am quite underwhelmed by those pups. I have a chambered ash body w/burled top and RW board and love the feel of the guitar. Can anyone recommend pups that could get me that big glassy sound I might have achieved with the Bardens. I am looking for this guitar to have more character than the current pups give me. I couldn't ask for a better made axe, just couldn't get the pups I had originally spec'd for it.

    Ned
     
  17. elterrell

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    What is the setup? Is it two singles and a tele bridge?
     
  18. Mutley

    Mutley Supporting Member

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    The routs are all single coil routs that I just put the stacked SC into. Yes, so there is a neck, middle and bridge all SC. Thanks
     
  19. hemlock

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    If you want to stay noiseless, try Kinmans.
     
  20. Scott Peterson

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    WCR SR's man. If you don't need noiseless, you'll not find a better SC pickup IMHO. Both my Melancon's (chambered swamp ash with Koa tops) have them in the neck and middle positions. They just work perfectly for my ear.
     

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