The Melancon Forum is no more. Sigh. So it struck me as a good idea to start an (Un)Official Melancon Guitars thread here on TGP. Gerard is a one man shop; he's building guitars in Thibodaux, Louisiana with some of the best quality tone-woods and craftsmanship on Earth. My Melancon Guitars story has been told on these pages many times; but in short, I had a lot of guitars at one time and wanted a back up to my Anderson Drop Top I was playing at the time. Having met Gerard and seeing his guitars at a NAMM show, I pursued having him make one for me and at the time, it was to be a back up guitar. Well, that guitar showed up in early summer 2004 and it was like a bolt out of the blue. It was one of those watershed moments in your life where you just all the sudden know everything has changed. Since that day, I whittled my guitar harems down from well over 30+ prime instruments to well into the single digits and that one guitar, a Melancon Custom Artist "S" shape has never let me down. It's been my #1 from the day it hit here. I loved it SO much that in fall 2004 I commissioned a second Melancon based on my first but in a Tele shape, that guitar is #1-a here. The tones, playability, resonant necks, top notch finishing, pristine workmanship in crafting these guitars has stood the test of time for me. My main guitar has had 2 partial refrets and I wore the finish off the back the "T" from simply playing them so much. Everything from hard rock, country, funk, pop, classic rock, R&B and Motown has been no problem for these two guitars. On top of all this is the man himself. Humble, honest, straightforward; Gerard would give you the shirt off his back. He's a helluva player himself too - the man has guitars in his blood. His shop has been through hurricanes and floods; and he's survived these disasters and economic times by going back to his roots and just building guitars that he can take pride in having his name on. I just had him refinish the back of my Custom Artist T's neck; he turned that thing around inside of a week for me. The guitar's like new again; and with that sort of customer service on top of everything else... this man deserves a thread here in the Small Company Luthier's section on TGP. Share your pictures, your thoughts, your stories, your experiences and your questions here - and I'll do what I can to make Gerard aware of this thread and if he can't answer directly; I'll see if I can get answers from him if you post them. His guitars can hang with ANY of the big boys, the high end boutique guys or anyone else. They are world class and deserve to be talked about.