Maestro guitars

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Maestro Guitars
Private
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004) [1]
FounderHo Zen Yong [2]
Headquarters
ProductsAcoustic guitars, ukuleles
Websitemaestroguitars.com

Maestro Guitars is a guitar manufacturing company based in Singapore. It is best known for creating custom-made acoustic guitars and ukuleles. The founder is Ho Zen Yong, a former Singapore Management University (SMU) graduate.[2] Their instruments are used by professional Italian musician Franco Morone and were also used by guitarist Paul Ponnudorai.[3]

History[edit]

The founder of Maestro Guitars, Ho Zen, started off learning how to fix guitars in his father’s piano shop.[4] In 2004, he improved his guitar-making skills by learning them from an English luthier Chris Horton, in Goa.[2] Upon his return in 2011, Ho Zen started Maestro Guitars in a shop in Peninsula Excelsior Hotel and soon opened a workshop.[2][4]

The company's name, Maestro, was inspired by the Spanish word of the same spelling which translates to mean "master". In music, a "maestro" refers to someone who is a master in his art, especially a composer, conductor or music teacher.

In 2015, Maestro Guitars launched two new acoustic guitar models and showcasing a few models from their Double Top Series and Island Series ukuleles at the NAMM Show.[5]

Company Profile[edit]

Maestro Guitars is best known for its custom-made guitars. The guitars are handcrafted in a 100% humidity controlled facility to ensure its stability and dependability.[6] They also use new technology such as the flame-resistant material, Nomex, to craft their guitars.[2][7]

The company is presently looking to expand to Asian countries such as Hong Kong and Malaysia. Their products are also available in Australia, Belgium and France.[2]

The company works with various companies to provide materials for their custom-made guitars, such as Elixir Strings, Grover Musical Products and d'Addario.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Our story on Maestro website, 13 Oct 2019
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Strumming to his own tune". The Straits Times. 2009.
  3. ^ "Made in S'pore, coveted abroad, shunned at home". The Straits Times. 28 March 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Handmade attraction". The Business Times. 2013.
  5. ^ "Homepage". Maestro Guitars.
  6. ^ "Maestro Guitars". Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Double Top Series'". Maestro Guitars.

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