The Smith Family Melobar Guitar - the real story of Melobar from Ted Smith -

Friday, March 25, 2011

Melobar Trade Mark

MELOBAR back in the family again!
Well - I guess I'm back into the frying pan. It's now official; I own the Melobar trademark again. I just couldn't let it get stolen like Peavey stole the Powerslide name. So I filed and here is the confirmation:
Order 22506. Your trademark application for MELOBAR -Word mark is now filed. Attached, please find the official government filing receipt for your trademark.
My wife is going to kill me...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Can't help it - have to build these

I have been working on a way to be able to build these again and it looks like we are going to get started.

Here is an email I just released to players that have been asking about it:

The stock model Steelgitr (changing the name to Melotar with these new ones I'll build) will have a inexpensive Fender Tele (complete, we buy the guitar retail with a receipt so we can legally resell it,  we just take it apart, work the upper part of the body over to fit the bottom and put it back together, it has been reshaped on the back to better fit the player and reduce the weight and paint the body with the new bottom - finished the entire guitar weighs less than a Les Paul) stock model will have a 6 - string bottom Melobar neck with Rattler components for $995. Case is extra and the choice is the Roadrunner gig bag or ATA keyboard case.

An 8-string on the bottom neck would be a custom and would cost more for the pickup and set up so depending on what pickup you wanted on the bottom (I'd probably go with Lollar for a D8 sound) you would add $450.

If you want a higher end upper neck Fender or something else you can purchase it and send it to us - it's about $785 to build with the client supplying the standard guitar portion.

This double neck design is my real passion and what is driving me to get back into building. It puts the Melobar lower neck in the right position and it's just an amazing guitar to get on stage with - people just go nuts when you strap it on. Of the first five Steelgitrs we built - 3 went on stage the day the players got them. That says a lot to how easy and friendly they are to adjust to and play. They just fit you and work.