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Taking A guitar or Buying Away

Posted by mrbump on 20/12/2011 at 11:40

I've been playing guitar now for 12 years and have since never been more than a couple of weeks without it.
I have a small acoustic travel guitar which I was thinking of taking for my trip from Hong Kong to Singapore . I guess this would be great somtimes but a pain in the ass at other times.

Anyone have any idea how easy it is to pick up guitars in Asia? Obviously its western instrument but just not sure how easy it would be to find one from another traveller or local shop. It doesn't have to be the best but cant be complete rubbish otherwise there is no point :)
I am arriving in Hanoi early on in my trip and maybe thats the place to get one?

Otherwise im gonna make up a travel case for my acoustic and bring it along for the journey. Im bound to have some time to kill between travelling and sightseeing.

Any opinions or experiences would be great

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/12/2011 at 21:33

If you can play (and it sounds like you can) and you can sing (not sure about that) then in any club in rural Thailand with a live band you will find a guy to let you use his guitar and play some songs. I have seen this several times. One Peace Corp girl was in town here and she played up a storm - she did American Country, not a music genre I am overly fond of, but she was excellent and the audience loved her. So yes, I don't know about bannana pancake areas, but in the rural Thailand you can do it.

As for it being a "western instrument", globalization has well and truly arrived here (thank God), and you can get just about anything here that you can back home. Including guitars which are VERY mainstream instruments here (even more so than older "traditional" instruments).

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