syj wrote:I know Mr.Kim Hee Hong personally. He is a gentleman and a very good luthier.
He learned guitar making from Robert Ruck in early 1990s. But he became famous
with his "Nomex" top. Many of looks including rosette are derived from
John Gilbert's. His tuner mechanic is also Gilbert's.
His "Nomex" spruce guitar has a great projection and sweet treble.
Recently, he is experimenting with "Smallman" type guitar.
He has been a major sponsor of Thailand International Guitar Festival for
In Thailand, Rungson Termpittayavej (Gob) is the most prominent luthier,
studying with Jose & Liam Romanillos for 2 classes. His guitars are raved by
local world class guitar collectors to be similar to Jose Romanillos in both
look and sound. [I haven't tried his, hence I must use others' comments. But
I know a guy with a true Jose Romanillos who owns 2 of Mr.Rungson's
His webpage is here : http://siamguitarra.890m.com/gobguitar.html
There are quite a few other luthiers in Thailand. They are quite good.
Most of them studied with Yuichi Imai, Karl Rommich, & Kim Hee Hong.
I threw away my Thomas Humphrey, playing the Rungson guitar. Who else? My professor, Adam Holzman is also in the waiting list of Rungson now.
I believe that he made one for Yand Xue fei??
I'm no kidding about the quality of the guitar...just great...