Michael Spalt "Kalamare"


"As much as I enjoy making a "traditional" instrument out of the finest "tonewoods", I also love making instruments which push the boundaries and open new possibilities to musicians willing to explore and expand the scope of their music. The influences manifested in the Totemguitar line, to date close to 400 instruments, go back to Dada, Surrealism, collage and assemblage art, Pop art, and sometimes a more conceptual approach, along with the occasional dose of pure kitsch." - Michael Spalt

We are very excited to be carrying the brilliant guitars of Austrian luthier and artist, Michael Spalt. First up is a guitar known as "Kalamare". Let us start by saying these are stunning instruments in every regard. Thinking these might just be cool looking? You'd be dead wrong. The build quality of Michael's guitars is incredibly high and they sound amazing. The second you pick one up, it's clear the attention to detail isn't just reserved for the tops. These guitars have an amazing feel thanks to the nearly flawless fretwork, nut installation, setup, light weight, and the satin/open pore back finish.

So, what exactly is the story with these guitars? Michael has worked for many, many years to develop an acoustically transparent resin for the guitar's top, which allows him to stretch his creative muscle by treating each guitar as a blank canvas - quite literally. Found objects, various cuts of wood, and other objects are suspended in the clear resin, creating stunning works of art. Sonically, this guitar has a beautiful, articulate top-end that can twang as good as any Tele, crossed with the warmth and punch of its Honduran mahogany body.

A stunning, highly original, master built guitar that should be at the top of the list for anyone tired of the same old, same old. Priced with hardshell case.

  • Honduran Mahogany body
  • Flame Maple neck, fat C, 2-way truss rod
  • Indian Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25 1/2" scale
  • 10-12" radius
  • 22 frets
  • Dunlop 6150 fretwire
  • Bone nut
  • Gotoh vintage style tuners
  • Tele bridge w/ compensated brass saddles
  • BoneTop P-90 style in neck
  • BoneTop Tele style in bridge
  • 3-way switch
  • CTS pots and Orange drop cap
  • Push-pull tone pot for series/parallel mode
  • Dunlop Straplocks
  • 7lbs 2oz

Free Freight: The Music Emporium is happy to provide free ground shipping on all merchandise priced over $100 and purchased online at themusicemporium.com. This offer applies to all merchandise shipped within the 48 continental US States.* If you wish to expedite your shipment or your order doesn't qualify, we provide competitive rates. Once you enter your shipping info, you'll be given a selection of services from UPS, FedEx and USPS.

Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

Approval Period, Taxes, Duties: Most instruments ship with a 48-hour approval** period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities.

The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Priority Mail, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

**There are instances where the approval period does not apply. If you've played the instrument in our store and we then ship it to you, there is no approval period. If the item is a Sale Item (special discounted price, an item listed on our Specials Page), there is no approval period. There are no returns accepted on electronics (amps, pickups, pedals, etc.) unless the product is received in damaged or defective condition.

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