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

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Melobar Help

If you look to the right you'll see a new page on Melobar Tech Help. This is to answer a lot of questions I get about how to set up an old Melobar Nut and Bridges. It also has notes on Melobro check-ups in that a video was posted of a Melobro lacking a lot of bark which is the one thing they normally do not lack so a check-up page to use on your Melobro to make sure it's cone has not moved or something else is not set up right.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Melobar Rosac 8

This is a guitar that's been on the shelf half built and I decided to finish it.
It's one of the 1972 Rosac (former employees of Mosrite that went out on their own for a while) built Melobars - originally a 10 string with tight spacing I converted it to an 8-string, staggered two sets of Paul Barth pickups to widen the spacing. The front two pickups are wired together then the back two, with a Gibson 3-way switch. Fingerboard was replaced with one of the Sweet Address boards. It's in nice shape for a 40 year old guitar -now in grateful hands in CA

Monday, December 16, 2013


Well I don't know about you but we got hammered by cold that has me frozen indoors looking at a few of the old Melobar parts I have still on the shelves.
I think I'll break down and build the two CC-8 CNC bodies I've been saving in mahogany and ash - probably with Lollar pickups.  If I can find a decent painter...I'm getting too old to do that part. I hope to get a Black Melobar Skreemr done, last couple of CC-8s, a Teleratt SXL and maybe...maybe, a Telobar double neck using the custom Tele with the dual p90s, I'm just not sure if I want to make the Melobar neck a 6 or 8 string on the bottom...we'll see