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Hozen Guitars by Ho Zen Yong Interview

Hozen Guitars by Ho Zen Yong Interview



NAME: Ho Zen Yong


LIVING IN : Singapore

TRAINING & BACKGROUND: Basic Training done with UK luthier Chris Horton follow by advance lessons from Ervin Somogyi.
Most of it is self-taught with no formal structured training.

PLAYING: Piano. Not good ! 🙂



LAST ALBUM YOU BOUGHT: NA. Everything is streaming now thru spotify/apple music

LAST SHOW YOU WENT TO : Tommy Emmanuael


MOST STRANGE RESTORATION OR REPAIR YOU HAD TO DO : Asking a guitar guy to plane a violin fingerboard.



Hozen Guitars
Hozen Guitars



Hozen Guitars by Ho Zen Yong Interview – Can you tell us what you consider to be the most important thing when you design a guitar ? What is your process of creation and how does it often start?


To me tone and responsiveness is everything in a handcrafted guitar.


It’s something most factory made instruments doesn’t have and many individual luthiers struggle with.

The School don’t teach you how to make a good responsive guitar, they only teach you how to build one. Many factories can already build a good instrument.


Size,shape and tonewood of the instrument are all critical elements in achieving the tone I want to deliver.


My creation starts with the client on what he/she wants then i will give my recommendations and many of the design elements are their personal choice. There is no limit and no restrictions on what I can deliver to the clients in terms of design elements. I am not an artistic guy so creation from sketching is impossible for me, but I always borrow and adapt various elements from other builders or things I see around me.e plans.



Hozen Guitars


Hozen Guitars



Hozen Guitars by Ho Zen Yong Interview – Can you present us your flagship models ?



I have no flagship models but my personal favourite is the small jumbo size. I believe in making boutique guitars accessible to all and will put it as my lifelong goal to deliver the best instrument possible for my asking price.


Hozen Guitars


Hozen Guitars



Hozen Guitars by Ho Zen Yong Interview – According to you, what is the most impactful thing in the instument sound ? The woods ? the building technique ? what should a buyer ask for when he want to order an instrument when he was to be sure he is ordering the right instrument for him?


The control of the stiffness of the board is everything to the response of the instrument.


If the board is too stiff, it doesn’t ring, if the board is too loose, it will have problem in the future and sound muddy. It’s the feel for the material and how you put everything together and crave the bracing.


There is no magic formulae but to build many instruments to find out.


The buyer should try as many instruments as possible to fine-tune what he wants. Many times buyers don’t know what they want and what they are buying.


Hozen Guitars


Hozen Guitars



Hozen Guitars by Ho Zen Yong Interview – For a custom instrument, can you explain your process? What are your average delays? And how do you advise your customer? What questions do you ask him so that his instrument is perfectly adapted to his expectations?


I will ask what type of music he usually plays and who are the guitarists that he likes and usually follows.

Next his finger-sizing and body sizing is important in recommending the right body shape and scale length.

Next will be what he likes on his guitars. I will try my best to put everything my client asks for in his guitar but stop short of doing illegal things like putting someone else’s brand name on it.


The client can expect regular build update pictures along the cause of the build process, although many things cannot be changed once the build process starts but I will always try to accommodate and advise additional change cost if there is any. It takes approx 6 months for me to finish an instrument properly.


Hozen Guitars


Hozen Guitars



Hozen Guitars by Ho Zen Yong Interview – Do you have famous musicians playing on your models ? If so, can you tell us who ??


Zarek Silberschmidt is one of my fav fingerstylist playing on my Small Jumbo-Raffles model



Hozen Guitars brings together luthiers from all over the world. According to you, how is your home country lutherie different?


My home country singapore has very little resources for guitar building and the market is small. We need to reach out to the world market.


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Where can we buy your instruments? Can we try them somewhere? Will you participate to some guitar shows ?


My instruments are available directly from me and I will list them online as soon as I can on my website
My Singapore dealer, The Guitar Shop, carries a number of my guitars. In Thailand, CIN Guitars represents me. In China, Wood Pecker Music represents me.

I will probably go to NAMM 2023 next year.


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You can contact Hozen Guitars
using the contact form on his personal page on here


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Hozen Guitars Interview

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