A few months ago I bought a standard guitar from MaxandBoyed Guitar Store along M.L. Quezon Highway. It’s where you can also find Guitar Master, World Class Guitars and more shops, it’s also the most accessible place to get your Cebu guitar as it’s along the main highway and you can see these guitar stores as you get down from the Old Mactan Mandaue Bridge.
So anyhow so I bought one as my friend requested, she’s going to bring it back with her to Manila. She paid for it, I was just the errand girl, have to clear that out before anyone ask me to buy them a guitar too hehehhe
The guitar looks the same as the picture from Jerry’s further down. The guitar’s original price was P1,600 but since I live close by they gave me a P200 neighbor discount heheh, so I end up paying P1,400 only.
Now, a week after that I was at SM Cebu and I saw exactly the same guitar, same design, colors and markings. I suspect it also came from the same source but the big difference is the price, the one they sell at that SM Kiosk is price at P2,100.
What can I say but you gotta pay premium as space rentals in SM malls are expensive. If you want to score a great deal in buying a guitar, head to Lapu-Lapu City.
Fast tracked to October 2011, me and friends from Laguna had this mini-tour around Mactan and one of our stops was the guitar factories in Abuno, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.
Abuno is where you can find backyard guitar makers and shops as well as the well established and popular guitar factories of Cebu like Inday Celia’s, Susing’s Guitars and Alegre Guitars. We also visited a smaller player in Abuno Jerry’s Guitars they are almost adjacent to Susing’s and offers more affordable choices.
I have written a comprehensive post on the New Susing’s Guitars when we visited it last summer. This time we spend more time exploring the guitar showroom of Alegre Guitars.
Alegre Guitar Factory Showroom in Abuno, Lapu – Lapu City
If you search online Alegre Guitar comes up often and rightly so as Alegre is very popular among tourists especially foreign tourists. It is where van-full of Korean tourist are usually brought to by their respective travel guides. Prices in Alegre are really expensive for the average Filipinos but I guess foreign tourists can afford them.
Poor tourist pa picture nalang hehhehe
But when it comes to quality, wala akong masabi. Alegre Guitars are finely crafted, sounds good and uses high quality materials (no wonder the price heheh). And you can visit, explore and see their guitar factory showroom for free hehehe. Another good thing I should mention is that usually there are price tags attached to the guitars so you know exactly how much it is before you even lift it from the display heheh or you can always ask their very attentive staff.
Alegre Guitars exports most of their guitars and ukeleles so they really have to keep their quality so high to meet the expectation and demands of international markets and clients.
Guitar and Ukelele Available from Alegre Guitars
P50,000 Finely Crafted Guitar from Mactan, Cebu for Export
The way I understand it is the guitar makers of Alegre also comes from the local community of Abuno as is the case with Susing’s. While the guitar industry in Mactan thrives so is the livelihood of these local guitar makers.
If you want to know how to go to Abuno, kindly check this post: The New Susing’s Guitar: Cebu’s Pride.
From a smaller guitar factory in Abuno: Jerry’s Guitar
I had the opportunity to know some of the sellers along the main highway of Opon and I know for a fact that the guitars being sold on the stores in the main highway also comes from Abuno guitar makers. And if you are looking for a place to have your guitars repaired you can also pay them a visit as stores like Guitar Master can repair it for you or do color makeover. Bongga! heheheh
If you are looking for cheaper but good quality alternatives to Alegre I suggest you check out the guitar shops along the main thoroughfare of Lapu – Lapu City, in the old bridge intersection. This way you don’t have to travel all the way to Abuno. Just take the old bridge and then when you arrive in Opon you can see these guitar shops all lined up on the left side of the road.
Today, the starting price for really good standard guitars along Opon’s main highway is P2,500 and it goes higher, depending on the materials. My first guitar was customized and my father ordered it from a friend in Abuno who knows someone who makes guitar. Wood used for my guitar was langka, it cost higher than plywood but sound more nice ^_^
Yep I can play the guitar and the first guitar tab I mastered was Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters. 🙂 I’m kidding hahaha I can play the first few lines of that tab but not the whole song though I really wish I can hehehe lol
Anyway, if you are in Cebu and wants a different kind of pasalubong, check out and bring back a Cebu made guitar!
Oh please don’t get confuse if I used these terms interchangeably: Opon, Mactan and Lapu – Lapu City.
Mactan is the name of the island, hence “Mactan Island”, while Lapu – Lapu City is the city’s name and Opon used to be the old town name before it became a city. 🙂
UPDATE: My brother bought a guitar from GUITAR MASTER last January 2013, you can read details and know why you should negotiate — Click HERE.