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A very rare Smith / Mosrite built Melobar slide guitar. A very rare collectable. A surrealistic work of art!
From what I was told; these guitars were manufactured in the mid 1960’s by Semie Moseley in California and not marketed till the late 60’s - early 70’s. This one is the rarer 9 string version. The headstock has 9 tuning pegs and the string nut has 9 slots, but the bridge and saddle are slotted for 10 strings, so some parts may have been replaced, possibly a transitional piece or prototype. This guitar has a serial number of 106 stamped into back of headstock (close-up photo available to serious buyers) and may be the 6th one of these ever built as many guitar builders of the time started with the number 101 in production. Either way there were not many of these ever manufactured.
These guitars share the same basic shape as the Mosrite Ventures guitars and are surprisingly light in weight, about 7 ½ lbs.
This guitar can easily be converted from a 9 string to a six string by changing the string nut and bridge saddle. It is currently set up for 9 strings and the 6 string nut and saddle are included. Guitar is in overall excellent condition and electronics function perfectly.
It was designed with its neck at a 45 degree angle so it can be played with a guitar strap while standing, unlike a steel guitar or lap steel that must be played seated.
I bought this for some sound effects I needed on a recording years ago and have not used it since. It can play beautiful Hawaiian music, slide blues and even futuristic space music. A very versatile instrument in the hands of the right person.
Case in in good “vintage” condition with all original hinges, hasps, locks and handle functioning. photo available.
Here is a link to a musician playing a similar Melobar guitar:
The case is wood and heavy so postage will be a little more than a regular guitar, especially to the west coast.
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