Hi Cao, the standard price of a his new top level is about $2500 plus shipping, import tax and 1.5 years on waiting list. I'm selling this guitar for 2 reasons: First is financial reason and the 2nd is I prefer the tone of traditional guitar. I also owned his 1992 traditional and a Sakurai No 5 with Torres bracing and even though it's not as loud as the lattice one, I still enjoy playing it very much. I'm working on the sound sample and I will get back to you soon. I would say Cuong Luthier craftmanship is more than excellent if you have to make a comparison. For the sound, as I've never had a chance to try out any Western Luthier-built guitar, I wouldn't know which one is better. Yes the cost is vastly different there but I think you get for what you pay Cao. Here in North America, you would have to pay atleast $5000 for a custom built luthier guitar.Cao Nguyen wrote:I want to say something about the price: in Vietnam most people will think you're crazy if you spend more than a thousand USD on a guitar. The living standard is just vastly different: the average income is about $200 per month. If Cuong luthier lived in the US or EU, he would charge much more than that. Currently, I guess, based on old information that I know, $1500-$2000 for a new top level guitar.
I've heard many positive things about Cuong as one of the best luthiers in Vietnam. He's specialized in lattice bracing guitars. His guitars are used by many professional guitarists and conservatory students in the country. Sadly, I've never seen or heard any of his works live in person. I don't know if his guitars are comparable in terms of sound quality and craftsmanship to those of American/Canadian or European luthiers, but perhaps they have higher value/price ratio.
I'm interested, why are you selling this guitar? It seems you haven't owned it for long (viewtopic.php?f=107&t=96997)? Would like to listen to some sound samples.
Cao Nguyen is totally right, u get what you pay for. But I think if you're a beginner, a C40 Yamaha is gonna be just fine. I used to try the Cordoba C9, very nice guitar with decent sound, but I think they are still factory made guitar. It's not easy to order a guitar from Cuong directly nowadays, like Cao said, you must have a good reference and playing skills.bongsungbmt wrote:Should I have someone buy a guitar by Cuong instead of Paco Castilo, Kremosa or Cordoba c9 ?! I am so disappointed with my new yamaha c40!
Thanks alot Mr Marcus, Greetings from Vancouver!! I didn't know that he had been here in Canada. Was it long time ago?Marcus Dominelli wrote:Gorgeous looking rosewood on this guitar.
Cuong Luthier is a very nice guy. He visited my shop a couple of years ago. He's very experienced and knowledgable.
You are getting a lot of guitar for the money here...
Hey no problem. He came here I think it was two and a half years ago. He has immediate family in Vancouver, and was visiting.Neil Patrick wrote:Thanks alot Mr Marcus, Greetings from Vancouver!! I didn't know that he had been here in Canada. Was it long time ago?
Hi Nguyen!Cao Nguyen wrote:bongsungbmt,
You get what you pay for, that's true. I thought you got a Cordoba C9? Why did you end up with the Yamaha C40? My friend has a Yahama C80. If I'm not wrong, they're made of plywood. The C80 has a solid top but still sounds unbalanced and dull. A good guitar by a good luthier is better than any of them.
Hi Nam,bongsungbmt wrote: Hi Nguyen!
Thank you for your comment! I don't have such a good beginner guitar like Cor C9. As you know, BMT is a small city to buy a CG. I wanna buy a CG for all my life about 1000$. Is this better to buy a guitar by Cuong luthier than a factory guitar like Kremosa, Cordoba? I have no chance trying a guitar before buying. Is this wrong to have someone in music school buy a CG by Cuong?