Saigon/HCMC Vietnam: Guitar Street

by Stax

Gypsy. Tramp. Thief.

A sad story I will now relate. Our beloved guitar is mortally wounded. The wood underpinning the bridge split in half, leaving two of the strings unusable.

We don’t give up on the guitar easily though. We walk a couple of kilometers in 100 degree heat and blazing midday sun from Pham Ngu Lao to Saigon’s “Guitar Street” – a.k.a., Nyugen Thien Thuat.

"Guitar Street" in Ho Chi Minh City. Image courtesy “Guitar Street” in Ho Chi Minh City. Image courtesy

This where most of the stringed instruments have been made by hand, repaired and sold for hundreds of years. If there’s anywhere in Saigon to find out if Beej’s guitar has a chance at survival, it’s here.

But the prognosis is grim. Every shop we go to takes one look and says the same thing: “There is nothing that can be done.”

The bridge is cracked and if they take off the bottom part, the finish will also…

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