"The Melobar Guitar was invented by Walt Smith. Patented in the late 1960s it was a combination of a steel guitar and a standard guitar using a standard guitar body and twisting the neck of the guitar up at a 45 degree angle so a player could play over the top of the neck in the traditional steel guitar method." Excerpt from Wikipedia page

10 string Smith Melobar manufactured in 1988. These were designed to be easy for beginners to play without all of the complicated mechanisms of a lap steel. This is one of 12 of this style made so it is very rare . Body is vinyl covered foam in an explorer shape. The neck has a floating fret guide and the pick ups are Bill Lawrence . This one was purchased from Walt Smiths son Ted, and has been stored in a collection with little to no use. It is in VGC overall other than a little nick at the headstock, and works as it should . It needs new strings due to age but some players prefer just 6 strings which I can oblige, or leave it up to the buyer to install. Own a rare piece of music history. If you have any questions please ask. No case include with sale but it will be securely packed for shipping. I posted a link to a YouTube video with a guitar like this being played to show the operation of the instrument. If you have any questions, please ask.

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Listed7 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • Steel
  • White / Burgundy
  • 1988
Made In
  • United States
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Number of Strings
  • 10-String
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Hardtail

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Blue Note Vintage Music LLC

Salem, VA, United States
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