Josep Melo’s family background allows him to combine intellectual work with craftsmanship. From a very early age he was obsessed with making guitars: as he grew older they went everywhere with him and he began to build up a collection. Apart from playing them he also studied their form, their design, their sound, the wood they were made from… The collection grew and so did his knowledge which was clearly contributed to by his training as a designer, and this afforded him a rigour in his work and in his thinking.
Guitars, guitarras, guitarres, sabadell, Josep Melo, Luthier, Luthier Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya, Acoustic guitar, Bandurria
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The proportions and geometry of this traditionally x-braced guitar are the result of having applied physical acoustic principles to the design in order to obtain the greatest harmonic resonance. This design also adds clarity and definition to the characteristically powerful sound of the flattop guitar. The selection of tonewoods for the back and sides provides further options in customizing the sound to the guitarists needs.


BODY Width: 406 mm (16”) | Depth: 95 to 120 mm (3-3/4” to 4-23/32”) | Top: European (pictured), Engelman or Sitka Spruce | Soundhole rosette: Wood and nacre | Back and sides: Indian Rosewood (pictured), Brazilian Rosewood or Maple | Binding: Padouk, Rosewood (pictured), Ebony or Maple with multiple woods | Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood NECK Scale length: 645 mm (25.4”) | Width at nut: 44 mm (1-3/4”) | Number of frets: 20 | Wood: Mahogany (pictured), Cedar or Maple. Adjustable truss rod | Fingerboard: Ebony | Binding: Multiple wood | Front headplate: Wood (Brazilian Rosewood pictured) | Inlaid side dots: White, Pearl or Abalone | Tuners: Gold-plated Grover super rotomatic model with Ebony knobs FINISH Body and neck: High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer