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.
Its construction and materials combine the tradition of the classic Bandurrias and the Archtop Mandolins. The sound is extremely accurate with great power and balance.
BODYWidth: 316 mm (12-7/16”) |Depth: 90 mm (3-35/64”) |Top: European Spruce (Bearclaw pictured) |Back and sides: Honduras Rosewood (pictured), more options available |Binding: embedded |Bridge: Ebony (pictured) or Rosewood NECKScale length: 266 mm (10-15/32”) |Width at nut: 48 mm ( 1-57/64”) |Number of frets: 19 |Wood: Cedar, Maple or Mahogany (pictured) |Fingerboard: Ebony |Front headplate: Wood (Ebony pictured) |Inlay: White, Pearl or Abalone |Tuners: Golden Age FINISHBody and neck: High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer