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36 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street. Tam Hiep is the name of the shop.

There are 2 Tam Hiep shops - 1 door down from each other.

Binh's is at #36.


Nguyen Thien Thuat is known as 'Guitar Street'.

There are at least a dozen shops on the street.


It is between Nguyen Thi Minh Khai at one end and Nguyen Dien Chieu on the other.




I don't know. I'll have to look. They're probably the same as yours.


Why are you selling it already? Did you buy it to sell it?

 

I need the money for the price of the ticket (apprx.$1450 round trip) and to fix my teeth and remove some tattoos and pick up another one along the way! My wife had 9 root canals 2 bridges and about 6 crowns in vietnam for dirt cheap! I think it would of cost about a new car over here in the States.

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I need the money for the price of the ticket (apprx.$1450 round trip) and to fix my teeth and remove some tattoos and pick up another one along the way! My wife had 9 root canals 2 bridges and about 6 crowns in vietnam for dirt cheap! I think it would of cost about a new car over here in the States.

 

Sound-wise, it's probably worth a lot more. Good luck.

But I'm wondering if you did not get hit with a baggage charge,

not a customs charge. Did you fly economy?

 

I looked at selling guitars from here. It made no sense for me.

I know people who do it though. An Aussie, a guy from Seattle

and a Brit fly here & buy them several times a year.

 

The market competition in flat-tops is too intense AFAIC.

And shipping is a HUGE headache. Taiwanese makers like

Ayers or Baden - ship through Taiwan & save money that way.

Shipping from VN to the US or EU is too expensive.

 

So I don't do it. IF I ever did, I would not sell flat-tops.

I'd sell big arch-tops like mine. 18 inch bout & 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches deep.

 

AFAIK, there are none in the market right now that compete with that size

guitar. The 18 inch arch-tops Heritage sells are an inch more shallow. And

cost 5x what mine cost.

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Sound-wise, it's probably worth a lot more. Good luck.

But I'm wondering if you did not get hit with a baggage charge,

not a customs charge. Did you fly economy?


I looked at selling guitars from here. It made no sense for me.

I know people who do it though. An Aussie, a guy from Seattle

and a Brit fly here & buy them several times a year.


The market competition in flat-tops is too intense AFAIC.

And shipping is a HUGE headache. Taiwanese makers like

Ayers or Baden - ship through Taiwan & save money that way.

Shipping from VN to the US or EU is too expensive.


So I don't do it. IF I ever did, I would not sell flat-tops.

I'd sell big arch-tops like mine. 18 inch bout & 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches deep.


AFAIK, there are none in the market right now that compete with that size

guitar. The 18 inch arch-tops Heritage sells are an inch more shallow. And

cost 5x what mine cost.

 

I'm not trying to get into the Resell biz.. just finding an excuse to build a new one with all the stops!

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I'm not trying to get into the Resell biz.. just finding an excuse to build a new one with all the stops!

 

Make a video review of it before you sell it. I'll put it on my Vietnamese

guitar youtube channel.

 

I have a couple more lined up.

 

A guy brought one over that he bought from a shop across the street.

I'll review it. But I have to change strings on it first.

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Scotty Moore played Gibson electric hollow bodies mostly - the ES295, L5 and Super 400.


Cliff Gallup played a Gretch Duo Jet. I think it was solid.


Not sure about Bill Haley. Pics look like a Gibson hollowbody of some kind.


None of these were archtops.

 

lol..Thosa are ALL arch-tops..A Les Paul also has a carved very arched top..

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Maybe for the Gibson hollow bodies. But I wouldn't classify a Duo Jet or Les Paul as arch tops.

 

Nah, a Les Paul is a carved-top, sure, but it doesn't have a sound chamber.

 

I don't mind Etienne's rockabilly recording -- it's his dream, after all. His dream for the feel of the song and the instruments to play it on. But I think some of the others Chordchunker posted have the more classic rockabilly feel to them.

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I have a new review up. This is of a Vietnamese Maple-Spruce cutaway dread. It was not made by Mr. Binh.

It was made by a shop across the street. I compare the tone with my Guild D60 dread.

 

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Interesting, to my ears playing the guitar, the VN dread sounded better. But on the video, the Guild

comes across as better to my ears. I hadn't noticed how much the sound of a guitar is different,

depending on where you hear it from.

 

Recording might be a little hot. I'm still learning this video stuff.

 

Let me know which one sounds best to you. AFAIC, the F65ce blows 'em both away.

That's why it is the guitar I record with. The sound is perfect. And it doesn't overwhelm the mic.

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ES335-style semi-hollow body. Made by the shop across the street from Mr. Binh's, Duy Ngoc.

 

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It's being played through a Roland AC60 amplifier. Later on, it's played through a Wattson Electronics Classic Fuzz pedal.

 

The bridge pick-up is a custom Gibson pick-up. The neck pick-up came with stock on the guitar & is Korean.

Guitar cost $450 before mods. Really nice sunburst top.

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Interesting, to my ears playing the guitar, the VN dread sounded better. But on the video, the Guild

comes across as better to my ears. I hadn't noticed how much the sound of a guitar is different,

depending on where you hear it from.


Recording might be a little hot. I'm still learning this video stuff.


Let me know which one sounds best to you. AFAIC, the F65ce blows 'em both away.

That's why it is the guitar I record with. The sound is perfect. And it doesn't overwhelm the mic.

 

Mr. Rambert,

 

That guild is an amazing very special sounding guitar :love:

 

P.S. FWIW I always enjoy your threads/posts :thu:

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Mr. Rambert,


That guild is an amazing very special sounding guitar
:love:

P.S. FWIW I always enjoy your threads/posts
:thu:

 

Thanks. That's interesting. I expected the Maple to sound better. And while I was playing it -

it did sound better to my ears. But on the recording, the Guild smokes it.

 

IMO, that is a weak-sounding VN Maple-Spruce. That particular shop makes

good guitars, but in my experience, they're over-priced & usually don't sound

as good as Binh's. I heard an acoustic bass come out of his shop though,

that sounds better than any I've ever played. It was a real work of art.

 

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I should make a special video about the proper protective gear to wear when playing a Vietnamese guitar.

Basically, you need a helmet, goggles, Kevlar jock-strap & vest, leather jacket & some kind of fire-proof gloves or mittens,

like welders' use, to protect your fingers your fingers from being blown off.

 

A lot of good players have been killed or maimed playing exploding Vietnamese guitars.

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