My name is Hozen and I am a luthier developing my own line of guitars under the Maestro Brand for the past 12 years and everyday is a new challenge in learning the ropes of the trade and improving product quality as well as consistency. The past 12 years had been full of ups and downs; looking back I am determine to learn from my past mistakes and push the company forward with an ever progressive mindset. My current batch of instruments is all about achieving the balanced lush tone, buttery-smooth playability and responsiveness.
Each Maestro Guitar is crafted and constructed by our small team of luthiers with a combined 100+years of experience. We incorporate many of the latest techniques and proprietary design features such as soundport, carbon-fibre reinforced necks etc while still being handcrafted in the time honoured tradition of the master guitarmakers of generations past. It is my philosophy that a truly extraordinary instrument is the result of the meticulous selection of the finest woods, materials and careful construction; along with a clear vision of the end result and a consistency of skills and techniques throughout.
When we describe our instruments as being ‘handcrafted’, we mean this whereby the process of building individually tailored instruments, demands and emphasize the skilful use of traditional hand tools. Braces are shaped and plates voiced using knives, gouges and chisels. Fingerboards are levelled with hand planes. Necks are individually carved using spoke shaves, rasps, files, scrapers and lots of hand sanding. This old world approach and many of our design and bracing ideas takes time, we chose to limit our annual production and concentrate on making instruments we are best capable of: Acoustics, Classicals and Ukuleles.
I sincerely invite you to try out our new range of Maestro Private Collections and enter into our realm of great sounding guitars and ukuleles.
Founder & Head Luthier
Life Of Our Builder
Hozen comes from a family of piano builders who were the only ones in Singapore from 1960-80s. Parts such as Action and keys are imported and assembled in Singapore by Hozen’s grandfather, father and uncles. However Hozen’s passion was obviously in guitars when he started repairing guitars instead of pianos in his dad’s workshop in 2001. Hozen’s first few guitars are assembled from Stewmac Kits and in 2006 he decided to gain more confidence in hand tools on a short stint with British luhier Chris Horton in Goa. He pretty much taught himself from instructional videos, interacting with other builders and practising with trial builts.
Inspired by his family tradition, he decided it may be commercially viable by assembling guitars in Singapore with imported semi-finished parts. Maestro Guitars has been done this way from 2006-2009, however the quality of the semi-finished parts deteriorated over the years and Hozen decided that out-sourcing is not the way to go to ensure quality. In 2010, he started a new workshop and employed 6 other luthiers; for the next 2 years he struggled with the hard realization that working in a team and managing the team is very much different than building by himself.
Nevertheless, he preserved and kept moving his dream forward. Today one can see the acclimatization of Hozen and his team’s hardwork throughout the years in terms of the quality of Maestro’s instruments. Hozen’s relentless thirst for perfection brings him to a 2 weeks understudy with the famed Ervin Somogyi in early 2015 which resulted in radical changes to his voicing and construction methods. He never stopped pursuing perfection.