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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Singapore Guitar Maker ~ Ho Zen Yong (Hozen)

Weekend CEO: The Guitar Maker
The world of music is a highly competitive industry but that hasn't stopped Singaporean Ho Zen Yong from pursuing his dream. He started making his own guitars and made them affordable to the masses. Suzanne Jung talks to the enterprising entrepreneur in this Friday's edition of Weekend CEO.

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Maestro Living Room
Where: 35 Selegie Road, #01-17, Parklane Shopping Centre Singapore (188307)
Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat, 12pm - 7:30pm, Sun, 1pm - 6pm
Tel/Fax: (+65) 6336 4788

Maestro Living Room was opened on 14 March 2009 as the latest addition to the retail section. Located at the next musical instruments hub of Singapore, the purpose of this outlet is to serve as a venue for Maestro events, with a stage and fully-equipped sound system for acoustic performances. The product range comprises of a full range of acoustic and classical guitars from Maestro, Blueridge, Alhambra and Francisco Bros as well as a focus on ukuleles.

Maestro Concept Store
Where: 5 Coleman Street, #B1-30, Excelsior Shopping Centre Singapore (179805)
Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat, 12pm - 7:30pm, Sun, 1pm - 6pm.
Tel/Fax: (+65) 6337 8687
Our Concept Store is located right in the guitar hub of Singapore, at Excelsior Hotel and it promises to be the most complete acoustic guitar store you can find locally. With quality handcrafted guitars, top of the line accessories and consummate repair services for all guitar types, we are a guitar connoisseurs dream come true. Visit us today to savour our full range of Acoustic/Classical Guitars and experience the qualities that make our guitars so sought after.

Zen Guitarwerkz
Where: 3 Coleman Street, #B1-34, Peninsula Shopping Centre Singapore (179804)
Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat, 12pm - 7:30pm, Sun, 1pm - 6pm
Tel/Fax: (+65) 6337 3886

Zen Guitarwerkz serves as our retail front for electric guitars, related accessories as well as custom assembled guitars. A well equipped workshop is also there to provide on the spot repairs for customers. This outlet provides all band-related instruments like cymbals, percussion and home to our entire Graphtech, Gotoh and Grover collection.

The Maestro Story

Welcome to the golden era for guitarists. With so many established choices in the market, the actualisation of Maestro Guitars was always going to be an uphill battle. The journey of Maestro Guitars from its humble beginnings has been fraught with endless frustration, learning, and success. The story began in 2001 when Hozen was still a young sophomore.

Ho Zen Yong, founder of Maestro guitars and affectionately known as Hozen, possesses an entrepreneurial spirit so often lacking in Singapore. Having dabbled in various business ventures during his varsity days in SMU (Singapore Management University), plunging into the guitar business was a surprise to many. His father who runs a piano shop (Renner Piano Co.) was probably a vital influence in this seemingly bold choice; especially in Singapore. Being immersed in music since young, Hozen plays some piano and guitar but has always been fond of the six string. When he was an undergraduate, he had already envisioned a line of guitars which would eventually set new standards in terms of quality and affordability.


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