04 September 2013

Bohol-Cebu Chronicles: Alegre Guitars

And so I brought home a ukulele.  Not for me. Duh? For the BF of course. Cebu is known for producing the finest guitars in the country.Though I'm not really into guitars, I enjoyed watching how they're being handcrafted.

Alegre Guitars



You can find most of the guitar factories in Lapu Lapu City particularly along Pajac-Maribago road. The road was in a very bad condition when we went there. Sure there are a lot of guitar factories within the neighborhood. There's Susing's, Marilyn's, but our tour guide took us to Alegre Guitars.

 Alegre Guitars

Upon entering the compound, we were led to the main work area where a staff showed us and explained to us how a guitar is  being made.

Alegre Guitars
different types of wood

Alegre Guitars
a sample guitar all tied up

Every part of the guitar is glued together and then clipped or tied and left to dry in the sun for hours.

Alegre Guitars

Alegre Guitars
guitar parts

Busy craftsmen...

 Alegre Guitars

Alegre Guitars 

We saw the guitars in their different stages of production.

Alegre Guitars
almost done

And then we went to the showroom to see the guitars on display. And eventually buy. Ehehe.

Alegre Guitars

The prices of their guitars range from less than 2000 pesos to about a hundred depending on the make. The ukulele I got was one of the cheapest which is at 1600 pesos. They also have smaller ukuleles. Souvenir guitars are also available. They do give discounts for cash transactions.

Alegre Guitars
Ms. Vi trying out the guitar she bought for her daughter

Living outside Cebu? The staff are more than willing to box the guitars for you.

Alegre Guitars
Pajac-Maribago Rd  Lapu-Lapu City
(032) 340 4492

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