Gibson Debuts The Joan Jett 'Blackheart' Melody Maker

Wow, tons of new stuff coming out of Gibson these days… hot on the heels of the recently announced Slash ‘Appetite For Destruction’ Les Paul and gorgeous 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335TD comes word that the company has released yet another ‘artist model’ guitar, the Joan Jett Blackheart.

Apparently based on Jett’s heavily modified mid-’60s Melody Maker –– the guitar she acquired in 1977 and would ultimately play on a number of her most popular hits with The Blackhearts –– the Joan Jett Blackheart will be built upon a “light and incredibly resonant” body of solid mahogany, hand-finished in satin ebony nitrocellulose, and with a body weight coming in at less than four pounds.

The list of stand-out features includes a solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck, ebony fretboard with 12″ radius and 22 Jumbo frets, Corian nut cut with Gibson’s PLEK system, and red dot fret position markers offset by two white hearts inlaid at the 12th fret.

Electronics will include a single zebra-coil BurstBucker 3 humbucker (black-and-cream) at the bridge position, single Tone and Volume controls, an on-board kill switch, and 1/4″ Switchcraft output jack. Hardware includes a traditional ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, a stopbar tailpiece, 14:1 gear ratio Mini Grover tuners, black “Witch Hat” knobs, and a black truss-rod cover engraved with Jett’s signature.

The GIbson Joan Jett Blackheart will ship with a plush-lined Joan Jett hardshell case and Owner’s Manual (not a lot of case candy, Gibson,) and is currently selling for a surprisingly low street price of just over $900.