New For 2021
Introducing our Travel series of full scale thru-neck eMandos.
No compromise in the acclaimed Belmuse build quality or construction materials results in a robust yet high quality instrument that's ideal for a range of situations; whether taking it out on the road, sitting round the house, visiting friends, local jam session, backstage, tour bus or hotel room.
Featuring a natural thigh carve on the lower bout for seated playing & to prevent the dreaded neck dive inherent in any compact body design stood up, we have added a removable strap arm which brings the upper strap button into the conventional position: allowing complete ease of movement and that familar feel on stage.
To streamline the design and optimise the ergonomics both jack socket & volume control are easily accessible on the end of the instrument & a series/parallel micro switch is recessed into the upper bout.
Every build features a multi-laminate thru-body neck & smooth carved heel allowing optimum upper fret access with a Wenge centre section, fixed fully adjustable bridges, a single humbucking pickup, 2mm fret wire, handcut bone nut, Switchcraft jack socket, shielded control cavity and satin nitro cellulose finish as standard. We are currently able to offer these models in both 4 & 5 string layouts with overall lengths under 60cm (24") and weight of 1.1kg (2.4lb).
Thru-neck designs are inherently stronger than a bolt on and are far less likely to be affected by temperature & humidity changes. Due to the nature of neck-through instruments, they tend to have better craftsmanship than their bolt-on counterparts.
It takes time to make these instruments, and doing it wrong can potentially ruin the entire project, which is why you typically see neck-through-body options on more expensive instruments, like high-end production models and custom shop designs.
For mass-produced guitars, bolt-on is much easier and cost-effective to make compared to neck-through-body, and this is why it’s the preferred choice for many manufacturers and millions of consumers.
Unfortunately, this can also mean that those guitars don’t have as much attention to detail and care than neck-through models.
However, this isn’t always the case, and it’s highly dependent on the models that you’re comparing. Neck-through guitars are almost always more expensive than a bolt-on one that is at a similar level. The same goes for comparing neck-through vs. set-neck.
This is because of the craftsmanship mentioned before and the time it takes for a luthier to make one. With bolt-on guitars, attaching the neck onto the guitar is quite straightforward, and it doesn’t take nearly as much work to put together.
Additionally, the parts don’t need to be made and assembled at the same spot, but that’s not the case with neck-throughs.
You’re paying extra for the look, consistency, and quality that comes from the attention that making a neck-through requires, and that’s why you’ll typically see this kind of work on mid-to-high-end instruments.