One of the most popular souvenirs from Cebu for foreign tourists are guitars made in Brgy. Abuno in Mactan Island. Cebu guitars have the distinction of being one of the best guitars in the Philippines.
Visiting guitar factories in Mactan also falls in the travel itineraries of many local and foreign tourists. These guitar factories are one of the must see tourist spots here in Cebu. Guitar factory tours and viewing these guitar shops are free. You might also be lucky to see master guitar makers crafting these musical instruments from scratch.
Guitar Backboards from Alegre Guitars
One of the most popular brands of Cebu made guitars is Alegre. Alegre Guitars’s shop and factory is also located in Brgy Abuno.
Alegre Guitars makes some of the finest guitars in Cebu. Some of their guitars are made from exotic hardwoods like Cedar and Spruce from Canada, Daniela from Europe, Palisander from Africa. They also use local wood from the Philippines like Lawaan, Mahogany and Acacia.
Alegre Guitars Factory
For guitar collectors, you can try out specially made string instruments like the Bass, Ukelele, Banduria all with special decals like abalone shells and other shell fish. For die hard collectors, you can also purchase special guitars made from turtle shells. ( I just hope that these shells did not came from endangered species of turtles and acquired the right way.)
Unfinished Cebu Classical Guitars
Alegre Guitars became popular because of their craftsmanship and quality of work. Truly their works are masterpieces made from the best materials possible. But with such high quality comes high prices. Most of their guitars are priced way above the normal prices that many Cebu guitars get. Many of their guitars are priced around 15,000 pesos to 50 thousand or somewhere around 300 to 1,500 Dollars.
Guitar Made from Turtle Shell
Many Cebu guitar makers sell their crafts at around 750 to 1,500 pesos.
Even some of their smaller items in Alegre Guitars, like their ukulele, are priced in the thousands.
Why would you buy an Alegre Guitar?
Honestly, I don’t know how to play the guitar, or other musical instrument, so I’m not the best person to give you the best advice whether you should buy an Alegre Guitar or not.
Lots of Alegre Guitars
But if you are truly looking for a world class guitar that is made by the experts, plus you have the extra cash, might as well go for an Alegre Guitar especially if you came from a far away place such as Japan, Korea, Europe or the US and have no plans of going back to Cebu in the near future. And I think these famous Cebu guitars are for keeps. They make good gifts especially for your special someone.
You might also try going to the New Susing Guitars, one of the best guitar makers in Cebu, just across the road from Alegre Guitars’ factory and show room.
You can also click this link below to see some guitar pictures of Susing Guitars.
How to go to Alegre Guitars?
You can easily reach Alegre Guitars, Susing Guitars and the rest of the guitar factories in Barangay Abuno via taxi from Mactan International Airport.
Alegre Guitar for the Left Handed
For budget travelers, you can ride the yellow airport multicab and go down in Marina Mall. From there ride another Multicab going to Tamiya. From Tamiya, ride a tricycle and tell them you’re going to Brgy Abuno to see the Alegre and Susing Guitar factories and show rooms.
Sorry, I don’t have the contact number of Alegre Guitar Factory.
For those who just want to buy Pasalubong or guitar themed souvenirs, you can buy cheap ukulele, guitar ref magnets, pen holders and key chains with guitar designs in most souvenir shops in Cebu. Mactan Shrine has lots of souvenir shops selling cheap Pasalubong items from Cebu.
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