The Maestro brand was founded by luthier Ho Zen Yong – known simply as “Hozen” – with the vision of offering high quality boutique acoustic instruments for the best possible value. Since then, Maestro Guitars has evolved into one of the leading makers of premium guitars and ukuleles in the world. Hozen’s lifelong commitment to making fine, hand-crafted instruments more accessible began at a young age. His family were the first piano builders in Singapore. Hungry to bring Maestro guitars to the next level, Hozen studied under renowned luthier Ervin Somogyi and underwent PLEK training with the legendary Joe Glaser, who was also instrumental in developing the team’s eye for detail.
Every Maestro exudes a commitment to making fine boutique instruments more accessible. Handmade by a small team of experienced luthiers, all Maestro instruments are built from hand-selected tone woods and individually voiced by Hozen, ensuring that each is exceptional in terms of tone and craftsmanship.
This Guitar is a Original Series Raffles Small Jumbo guitar with a Solid Sitka Spruce top and solid African Ovangkol back and sides.
The Original Series recapitulates what Maestro is all about – making boutique handmade instruments accessible off-the-rack. Handmade in small batches using select materials, these guitars are available in variety of shapes and wood combinations and are voiced differently by Hozen to bring out what would be the signature Maestro sound – responsive, rich in overtones, with defined basses and crystal-like thick trebles. Accompanying the Maestro sound is its iconic look – a coherent minimalistic design across the entire line.
SOUNDBOARD Solid Sitka Spruce
BACK & SIDES Solid African Ovangkol
SIGNATURE OPTIONS Florentine Cutaway, Soundport & Beveled Armrest
ROSETTE African Ovangkol
BINDING African Ovangkol
PURFLING Wooden Lines
LINING Reversed Kerfing
BRACING Modified X Brace
BRACING MATERIAL Quarter-Sawn Sitka Spruce
NECK Carbon Fiber Reinforced Khaya Mahogany
NECK JOINT Dovetail
FINGERBOARD BINDING African Ovangkol
NUT & SADDLE MATERIAL Unbleached Bone
BRIDGE PINS Ebony
HEADSTOCK STYLE Modern Maestro
MACHINE HEADS Grover Rotomatic 18:1
STRINGS Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Light .012 – .053
FINISH Polyurethane Super High Gloss
SETUP PLEK Setup
CASE Premium Polycarbonate Hardcase
BODY LENGTH 505 mm
LOWER BOUT 394 mm
WAIST 250 mm
DEPTH 110 mm
SCALE LENGTH 650 mm
NUT WIDTH 44 mm
STRING SPACING – NUT 36.5 mm
AVE. STRING SPACING – NUT 7.3 mm
STRING SPACING – SADDLE 54.4 mm
AVE. STRING SPACING – SADDLE 10.89 mm
FINGERBOARD RADIUS 14″
NECK THICKNESS – NUT 24 mm
NECK THICNKESS – 12th FRET 34 mm
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