Maestro Experience 31 Oct

Seems like there is a trend by guitar manufacturers to hold such events. We’ve just had the Martin Experience and the launch of LAMB guitars recently.

Happy to see Maestro doing so well.

Event is on 31 Oct, 5pm to 630pm at their Esplanade boutique.

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Guitarbear is a supporter of local brands and has briefly owned a guitar and a uke from Maestro. They are nicely built guitars with some interesting tonewoods (especially higher models) such as mango or purple heart.

The problem here in SG is, not many people dare to venture out from the “usual established” brands. It’s the same with almost everything – cars, watches, electronics. Buyers tend to stick to the familiar brands, fearing big depreciation if they purchase a lesser known brand.

I personally took a bath when I tried to sell my limited edition Maestro guitar earlier this year. What’s supposedly only 5 pieces made took a long and hard time to sell.

The lowest-end Martin could sell within an hour with minimal loss. Crazy world indeed.

*photo from Maestro Guitars Facebook

Fender Jimi Hendrix Strat

New release by Fender for the holidays.

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Although this isn’t a lefty Strat, it bears features such as the reverse big 70’s headstock that started when the man himself flipped over a regular Strat to suit his left hand playing. I just read that reverse headstocks creates longer bass strings and enables easier bends on the treble strings. Pretty clever idea.

These are Mexico made guitars and retails for about US$900. Not bad for a signature model. Other features include special neck plate and Hendrix’s autograph on the headstock.

There’s a black one too.

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*photos from Fender.com and PremierGuitar.com

Taylor GS Mini bone saddle upgrade

Took in a GS Mini e Rosewood for bone saddle replacement. The owner is a serious guitar collector who knows exactly what he wants.

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I had only one previous encounter with the GS mini. They are good guitars. Very well built and sound great. But nothing is perfect. Obviously Taylors come with a hefty price tag. Secondly, the stock medium gauge strings combined with the unique bridge design may cause bridge lift problems. This has been repeatedly discussed over guitar forums and highlighted by local guitar hero Jarvis Wong.

So the owner is somewhat lucky that he prefers 11-52 gauge strings for all his acoustics. The lighter gauge strings probably adds less pull to the top, hence bridge lift is avoided in this case.

This particular GS Mini rosewood sounds really damn good. The owner needs to lower the action to his preference and swap out the stock tusq saddle to a bone saddle.

Upon initial checks, nut height and neck relief were actually healthy. In fact neck relief measures under my recommendation of 0.3mm. Since there’s no fretbuzz, let’s not change anything for now.

String height at 12th fret was slightly under 8/64 of an inch, so I aimed for 6/64 to suit owner’s style of mostly fingerpicking.

Moisturising the fretboard and bridge before getting down to the main chapter. Not that this guitar was neglected at all, but it is always good to do periodic maintenance.

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I can’t find the official word on the GS Mini’s fretboard radius. Although internet forums widely report it to be 15inch, a quick measure on my radius gauge shows it is really closer to 12inch.

Careful measurements and sanding will transform my regular 16inch radius saddles to fit.

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Wombat comes out to inspect Guitarbear’s work quality. So far so good. 🙂

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More adjustments made to the new saddle to ensure a good fit, especially the curve for the thinner strings that should sit lower.

Now it’s good. Note the lower saddle on the left with a better fit.

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Put on the bridge pins and checked that action can be lowered a wee bit.

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Just a bit of final sanding to go and action is now a fine hair over 6/64 to ensure no buzzing even when strummed by Guitarbear (who is quite strong). 🙂

Final tuning and checks for intonation. The part where B and high E sit on the saddle needed some more adjustments to get a better intonation.

All good to go.

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Guitarbear is glad that the owner is satisfied with the work done and even gave feedback that plugged-in sound actually got better. 🙂

F*ck Cancer

Classy move by Lace Sensor.

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A portion of proceeds from sales of these special pickup sets will go to the FC Cancer Foundation to promote early screening and detection of the deadly disease.

Comes in black as well. I need a set or two of these covers.

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F*ck cancer indeed.