Guitar Repair #213 - Install Anthem - Tacoma - Acoustic

My maiden pickup installation. Also first Anthem.

Guitar Repair #204 - Loose Back Brace/Setup - Paulino Bernabe Especial - Classical

Powerful sound.

- Back brace loose, too many silica gel in his Hiscox case!
- neck angle problem, will lowered saddle action as much as I could.

Guitar Repair #203 - Recrown Frets - Little Martin - Acoustic

Sitar sound on 1st 3 frets. Thought it was saddle flat crowning. But it was the frets.

Recrown 1st,2nd and 3rd frets.
Remove tissue paper shim at saddle for perfect action.
Hammer some uneven frets, clean and oil FB, clean head
Restring her strings (Elixir).
Over lowered the 1st and 2nd string slots at the nut - baking soda and super glue trick to raise the slot.

Trip 2 to KL

After 2 weeks plus of non-activity in Awesome Leisure due to my exodus from Toa Payoh North, this trip is imminent, especially after missing the KL travel fair 3 weeks ago due to partner's illness.

Already emotional during the Johor birthday trip with wifey yesterday. Just felt  sensitive all day, like it was before when I was young.

This morning, saying goodbye to her, mon gave me a red packet of ringgit and wish me a 全部鑺鑺! She had wanted to give the ringgit to me but I refused it earlier.

Then hugging Carrie and wifey at the breakfast table, bid Wifey goodbye at the door.

Frustrated at the luthiery stores to clear at home

Yesterday morning, after curry bun breakfast with mom, started to open up second batch of boxes to store them in the house. Daunted, I frustratingly told mom that I feel like throwing them all out!

But I remembered the whatsapp post in Goldie's group, to ask "Holy Spirit, help."

I asked.

Peace came.

Then I dare to work it out. With mom's help, it was enjoyable and manage to pack it to the storeroom and atop wardrobe without much fuss. Also throw out some unwanted stuff from storeroom!

PTL! Stress and worry not, Meng. God supplies!

Out of TPN at last

Chng fetch me from home on Sunday. Had prata breakfast at Ayer Rajah then to a full van of my stuff, back home.

Then, PTL, 1st enquiry out of God's favour, to buy dust collector!!!

He is to buy the drill press, bandsaw and my 2 workbenches eventually, on Monday!!! Praise Jesus!

Ended in Pasir Ris, to bring up my Kapur bench to Chng's, but it was raining. We ended with 6 Carlsberg and yummy French fries and fried chicken.

Monday, Mike came to help paint, while I hitch a ride home from the buyer to collect the two benches from home. Mom we going out to Esplanade, so had to be home.

Went back to a full load in Mike taxi. Fetched Sam, went for fish steamboat at Clementi Weat St 2.

Praise Jesus.

Next day, Kevin fetched me to collect his spray equipment from studio, where I handed the key to Nari via the mailbox!

Ended the day in Kevin's where I tried his new Claudio, his 11th and 12th.

Home after Teochew porridge lunch at Upper Serangoon.

Guitar Repair #202 - Bridge Re-glue - Alhambra - Classical

Guitar Repair #201 - Head/Heel Crack Re-glue - Maestro - Acoustic

Guitar Repair #200 - Setup - Archtop

Left 10c in pocket after buying coffee

So when wifey wants to buy curry puff, I said I will eat in Toa Payoh. Actually, I left 10c in pocket ad bank balance less than the min $20 withdrawal!!!

But God is good. He had Zul came in yesterday for guitar repair and today coming to pay me $72. Some more gave me $80, the rest as tips!

At 2:15pm, through Teck Seng referral, came Chia who gave me 2 guitars and $350 worth of repair work!!!

Praise JesusπŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†

Guitar Repair #199 - Crack/New Nut - Yamaha - Classical

Client's work horse guitar.

Cracks in various places.

Nut too small, changed it.

Guitar Repair #198 - Finiising Peel - Manuel Contreras - Classical

Fingerboard edge finishing peel in various  places along the whole length.

Came back on 22/5/17 for same problem. Re-finish it with cyanoacrylate, instead of shellac.

Thomas reviews Disem guitar

Today, he said more things he like than don't like.


6th is piano sound; too "much", whatever that means.

Guitar not talked to, caressed, loved, pampered. Felt as a maker, I am just making for the sake of making. Step 1, 2, etc

Fretboard, rounded like Samsung Note.
He quote YuLong Guo, has good sound, nice playability like mine. But he has a super rounded fretboard edge, cannot even feel the frets. But felt too expensive for a Chinese made!

Loud yes. Always shouting. No character. 



Surprisingly, he likes the Taiwanese tuner!

Good trebles. Everything good except the 6th string. Reverse of what he said in the past!


Flamenco sound.


On asking him about marketing my guitars, he said must put it to a shop.

He talked about giving him exclusive for Singapore. Asking 40-50%. Will sell this to his international contacts and travel.

Asked if my guitars are ready for he world. He said Yes man!!!

Praise the Lord!!!!!

He said that if I sayang my guitar more. I'll cross over to the next level!

Parting shot. "You are allmost there, my friend"

Birthday present from Caleb

Yesterday, Caleb, Carrie and I went to WCP to get my present. After Nike shop, I suggest getting tights from Bods shop.

So he blessed me with one!

This boy has been so generous. Very touching. Still cannot forget the Christmas few years ago in Alexandra village where he wants to get something from Evergreen, actually was a present for me. Some more I was angry for some reason!

Passed BTT

PTL! Passed my theory test.

Read through only twice, but this morning on the way to the Ubi Test Centre, did multiple times of 15 test questions on

Awesome site. Helped me to 48/50 score! PTL!

I applied and for my PDL. But on applying for FTT, which is only $6, I was asked to top up $26 for the driving test. I only have $14.40 in my balance ;(

I sufferers insufficient balance also when I was applying for the BTT ;(

Anyway, it's a day to celebrate! Thank You Jesus!

Farewell beer with Manuel and Hunter

Silly me.

Bought the wrong the D'addario mini tuner at the Star and late for the appt.

Had a great time. Hunter paid $124 for the lunch.

lessons from Ipman3

what I learned:-

Be cool and wisdom will flow

what is important is the people closest to you

be forward looking, for future generation

West Coast Swing

On New Year's Day 2016, we went to the street party near Sheng Siong, Iswaran was VIP, was met by us, mother, just, Caleb n Carrie n Aaron n his mom.

Caleb shared that it is his first time meeting a VIP face to face!