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Opinion On Luthier Jeffrey Yong

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by SlapPopBass, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. I'm not too sure where exactly to put this, but has anyone heard of Malaysian luthier Jeffrey Yong? Does anyone have any experience building basses with him? How are his basses? I understand a certain TBer that goes by the name Maurizio (I think that's how you spell it) has built basses with him and has experience working with him, is it? Would anyone recommend going into his guitar making course? Interested to bits as I am in learning the ins and outs of my favorite instrument, money is abit hard to come by for me, especially if you take into account the exchange rate of my country. (I remember I read somewhere its $3000, so that would total up to roughly 10000 in my currency, ouch) Is it worth it to learn under him? I've heard lots of good things about his acoustic guitars, can the same be said for his basses?
  2. Reticle


    Jul 24, 2009
    Charleston SC
    miziomix = Maurizio. I don't know about Mr. Yong, but Maurizio builds some really nice basses.
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars

    If he was Maurizio's teacher then I would be all over it if I were you. Maurizio is in the upper echelon of the builders that hang around TB
  4. miziomix

    miziomix Über on my mind Commercial User

    Sep 28, 2009
    Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Paris.
    Bass builder @ MüB.
    I just found this. Even though we have already spoken I will answer here just the same, in case someone else is interested.

    Jeffrey Yong is a great luthier and his guitars truly are world class. I have learned most of what I know from Jeffrey. If luthiery is best learned from a good mentor, I can only wholeheartedly recommend taking Jeffrey's guitar building course.

    Having said that, since everything should be put in perspective, here are a few things worth considering.

    If one's goal is to own the best possible axe his money can buy, then he should probably buy one. 3000 bucks gets you some serious stuff, especially on the second hand market. Bass building classes are for those driven by the desire to build their very own bass hands on and who cares if it's not a famous brand. If you are one of those, do go ahead. You won't regret it.

    It's also important to remember that, learning takes time. A two week building class can only give a taste of what is all about.

    To answer to your other question: Jeffrey builds acoustics mostly. That's his forte and what he has dedicated his life to. He can build a classic bass design (say, Fender-like) with his eyes closed. If OTOH, one wants to build a bass that has all the tricks and subtleties of contemporary bass design and plays/sounds like one, then one should do his homework. Jeffrey can help build anything beyond standard, providing you know what you want and that - I would assume - it can be done within the agreed time and cost.

    So, you see, it's a matter of what you are after, really ;)


    ps: if I am not wrong you are supposed to bring your own hardware and electronics. Jeffrey will provide all the woods, tools, glue, frets et al.

    oh........ Reticle, Hopkins... you guys are so very kind. Thank you!
  5. Oh dear, this may pose a problem. Hardware and electronics I have almost no access to. My life is over...... :bawl:
  6. miziomix

    miziomix Über on my mind Commercial User

    Sep 28, 2009
    Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Paris.
    Bass builder @ MüB.
    I'm sure Jeffrey can assist. Talk to him.
  7. Barnaby


    Sep 15, 2014
    I have just come back from Malaysia, where I met Jeff and had a really good chat with him. He is a fantastic guy and his guitars are amazing, although I didn't have a chance to try any of his basses.




    This has been discussed at length on another forum. Full details of my recent trip are here.

    I thought about it for a while, talked to my wife and some friends, and am going back in Feb/March to build an acoustic with him. I'm doing this for several reasons. First, I've made a bunch of electric guitars and one bass, but never an acoustic. I've read a lot about it, of course, but not applied the theory. This should be an excellent chance to learn. Next, the general skills that I can pick up and polish (even in such a short time) under the guidance of a master are applicable to any type of stringed instrument. Also, Jeff has a different concept of construction from 'standard', along with some real knowledge about alternate wood types, so there are some interesting things to explore there. Finally, I really like the idea of working intensively. That's been how I learned other things most effectively in the past, and hope that the same happens with the acoustic build.
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