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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Made with the smaller bodied steel string guitars of the past in mind, this instrument, despite its small size, has a surprisingly big sound and as such, it is able to share the stage with other larger size guitars. It has a bold, smooth low end with crisp, sweet highs, which makes this a perfectly balanced instrument. This tonal richness makes it ideally suited for fingerstyle playing, slide guitar and especially the blues.


BODY Width: 368 mm (14-1/2”) | Depth: 95 to 110 mm (3-3/4” to 4-5/16”) | Top: European (pictured), Engelman or Sitka Spruce | Soundhole rosette: Wood and nacre | Back and sides: Indian Rosewood, Brazilian Rosewood or Maple (pictured) | Binding: Padouk, Rosewood (pictured), Ebony or Maple with multiple woods | Bridge: Ebony (pictured) or Rosewood NECK Scale length: 633 mm (24.9”) or optional (pictured) 645 mm (25.4”) | Width at nut: 46 mm (1-13/16”) | Number of frets: 20 | Wood: Mahogany, Cedar (pictured) or Maple. Adjustable truss rod | Fingerboard: Ebony | Binding: Multiple wood | Front headplate: Wood (Maple pictured) | Inlaid side dots: White, Pearl or Abalone | Tuners: Gold-plated Grover super rotomatic model FINISH Body and neck: High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer