Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Mikey Bustos: Uncanny Artistic Talents of Filipinos

Someday I'll get a very expensive acoustic guitar. It won't be made in America. I will go to the Philippines, either to Cebu (a popular tourist destination) or Baguio City (the "summer capital" of the nation, as it is in the mountains, and the climate is quite temporate), and find the best luthier around, and have one custom-made to my specifications. This is because Filipinos are known for their meticulous craftsmanship. And the American dollar goes a long way in that country, particularly in the area of any labor-intensive goods or services. (Manicurists who make house calls, personal drivers for your personal vehicle, etc.)

Just one question remains: must I settle for the back and sides being made of Indian rosewood, or does the country lack import restrictions which would allow for the superior (and increasingly rare) quality of Brazilian rosewood?

Just askin.'

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