Jettheads first noticed Joan playing a black Melody Maker guitar at the January 23, 2010 show in Park City, Utah. None of us had ever seen it before, and we speculated that maybe Gibson was going to make a new Joan Jett signature-series Melody Maker in black to go with the worn white one they introduced in 2008. We were right!
Gibson has finally announced the release of the Joan Jett Blackheart Melody Maker, and it looks fierce!
Examiner.com talks about the announcement HERE, and says that the guitar will be available in select stores on March 19th to coincide with The Runaways movie release:
Says Joan, “I needed a black guitar. This guitar has the same body and the neck runs smooth as silk.“ I wanted some flash of color, so the fret inlays are bright red, and the 12th fret is marked by mother of pearl inlay hearts lying end to end. I am using it onstage now, and it sounds ferocious. But of course, she can play gentle as well. Just like the earlier white Joan Jett Gibson model, it is a great guitar for anybody.”
The original white Joan Jett Melody Maker was back-ordered almost from the word “go”, and it originally retailed for somewhere around $850.00. The ebony model will retail for $1,533.00. I have a feeling that the ebony guitar will be even more popular, despite its heftier price tag.
My dear, creative readers: Can someone with Photoshop skills make me a yin/yang symbol out of these black and white guitars? That would make a fantastic graphic, if it’s even possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. I can’t pay you or anything, but I will pimp your art on this site and I will be grateful forever. Thanks!