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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.
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About Us

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.

Moved by his thirst for learning and travel, he benefited from the experience and friendship of guitar-makers such as James L. D’Aquisto in New York, José Luis Romanillos in Guijosa, and Steve Klein in California. In addition he often visited factories such as Martin&Co in Pennsylvania, Gibson in Nashville, Bozeman in Montana and Fender Custom in Corona, California. In the meantime, he studied classical guitar, and later, jazz guitar.

His dedication has meant that he can pour all of the experience, discernment and hopes, which make him the person that he is, into his guitar malking. The end product is a collection of musical instruments of the highest quality, made with meticulous care, and whose components, which are as noble as wood, are from natural origins and have been made according to the oldest and most esteemed traditions.

BIOGRAPHY

(seen by Benet Ferrer)

Josep Melo i Valls

1952  Born in Rubí on 28 December.

1967-68 Studied drawing a the Escola Industrial d’Arts i Oficis, in Sabadell.

1968-73  Studied painting and industrial design at the Escola Massana, in Barcelona.

1975 Set up his studio in Sabadell.

1981  Director of the collection “Some Designs by C.R. Mackintosh”.

1984-99 Lecturer in design at the Escola de Disseny Elisava, Barcelona.

1985 Scholarship from the Regional Government of Catalonia’s Department of Plastic Arts to build furniture.

1991 Second prize in the “V Concurso del Ministerio de Industria”, run by the Spanish Ministry for Industry.

1993 Set up his luthier’s workshop.

2003 ARTESANIAESARTESANIA” Exhibition at the Centre Català d’Artesania. Regional Government of Catalonia. Barcelona, Casablanca and Rome.

2009 Opened new workshop.

2018 25th Anniversary MELOGUITARS.