I used to play/collect guitars, and was wondering if anyone knows where a quality Philippine made acoustic guitar can be found.
I did some research a couple years back, and learned that "Lumanog" guitars are supposed to be the best. And I also found Santa Mesa, Manila, where there are 50 music stores that carry nothing but Lumanogs.
I went from store to store, and was shocked by the poor quality, and price variations. I'm thinking that most of the guitars must have been fakes.
I found one beautiful guitar, with solid top, and decent detail, but when I tried to play it, the intonation was so terrible, it was unplayable.
I finally found one that had tuners that weren't garbage, and sounded good even with the cheap China made strings. It had a solid top, and back, and the bridge was fitted tightly onto the top. The action was set up really good, no buzzing, and the intonation was good also.
I got that guitar for about $38. The price wasn't what sold me though. I must have looked at a hundred guitars, and I simply bought the best instrument.
After a week or so, the strings were totally dead, so I bought a set of quality strings, and went up to medium gauge.
I was playing quite a bit, and getting some callouses on my fingertips again.
Then I tuned it to an open D, so I could teach my niece an easy tune, and the neck snapped at the base~
Anyone tried a "Mactan" guitar? Is there a music store in the dumaguete area that sells music instruments, and not souvenirs?
I know I'd have better luck finding a quality piece, actually going to Mactan, and looking myself. But if it's going to be like my Santa Mesa/Lumanog experience, I won't even bother.