Street of the guitars in Ho Chi Minh City in the American newspaper

Street of the guitars in Ho Chi Minh City in the American newspaper: CNN has published an article about the street of Nguyen Thien Thuat which is very well known by many generations of musicians in the south of Vietnam. This street in Ho Chi Minh City is named: street of guitars.

Street of the guitars in Ho Chi Minh City

Here are the lines shared by Duncan Forgan, the CNN correspondent, when he went to Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in Ho Chi Minh City to buy a guitar. By opening Duy Ngoc's guitar shop with his brothers, Mr. Anh is witnessing the vicissitudes of the street over time. Not all changes make him happy. "There are so many guitarists but the quality is not always guaranteed," said Anh who meditated with a guitar in his hand.

To make a craft guitar, Duy Ngoc's store at Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in Ho Chi Minh City needs about a month to complete. With a more sophisticated guitar having paint or more meticulous details, workers need 4 months to complete it. The price ranges from $ 200 to $ 1,000 ($ 4.5 million to $ 22.7 million VND - local currency). A guitar of the same quality can cost 10 000 USD in the countries of Western Europe...

The workshop of Mr. Anh and his brothers must import wood from Europe or America to make guitars. "Wood in Vietnam or tropical forests is often unstable, easy to crack," he said.

Anh and many other guitarists in the street guitars in Ho Chi Minh City are very professional at work, which is understandable because they "live or die" with their own reputation. They have to build their brand at Nguyen Thien Thuat Street which became the cradle of guitars after Vietnam was unified in 1975 and Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

For decades, guitarists have been respected by several generations of musicians. When the opening period creates the influx of foreigners to Vietnam to settle and work, the guitarists start business seriously. The proof is that they have more and more customers.

The business of the streets of guitars in Ho Chi Minh City works well:

"They come from all over the world, from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom…and now i have orders from Chile." In Western countries, craft guitars cost thousands of dollars. Here it is much cheaper. But the quality is the same, "said Anh.

Nguyen Van Binh, owner of the guitar shop at Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in Ho Chi Minh City, cannot hide the joy when the name of the street is increasingly known. As soon as i walked through the door, he showed me the picture of an article published in an American guitar magazine. "The work to create guitars is thriving thanks to the press and media," Binh said.

Concerns about the profession

There are more than 30 guitar shops on the Nguyen Thien Thuat Street of about 500 meters long in Ho Chi Minh City. They sell all kinds of musical instruments: acoustic guitars, electronic guitars, mandolins or traditional Vietnamese instruments.

But in the street of guitars, the number does not always match the quality, which is one of the biggest concerns of people who have spent 40 years on the street to build their reputation.

According to Mr. Anh, some people "who came after" make guitars with poor quality wood, fast industrial processes, just to have the guitars on the stands as fast as possible. The high cost of renting a store also creates a lot of worries ... Even my guitar that I (reporter Ducan) bought with 250 USD did not make Mr. Anh more joyful either.

"Overall, the job is working well but the rent is constantly increasing and expensive and many people have trouble to follow this rhythm." We worked and played music together, less and less, it's shameful.’’. This man was still meditating in this street of the guitars in Ho Chi Minh City.