Earlier today I really wanted to blog about Gibson’s new Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker, but I couldn’t come up with much more to say than “DO WANT,” followed by a sort of boring tribute the Melody Maker in general and my ’72 MM in the SG body style in particular, with its neck that just blah blah blah. Scott Thill at Wired‘s Listening Post points out an obvious fact I overlooked: “the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker [is Gibson’s] first signature electric guitar ever for a female artist.”
“She has been a groundbreaking artist and a trailblazer for women in the genre,” praised Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. And of course, he is right. But it still feels weird that it took Gibson until the 21st century to find an influential female rock guitarist to honor. From PJ Harvey to Kim Deal and Carrie Brownstein to this shredding metalhead, there have been more than a few feminine ax grinders to fete with a custom hook-up. And while they might not all play Gibsons, one wonder whether a kind offer of the Jett variety might change their minds.
There’s a good chance I’ll end up throwing down for the JJSMM. If Gibson ever gets the genius idea to produce a Mary Timony Signature Les Paul, I’d cop that one too.