More Bangkok gear hunting

Had a couple of hours to kill prior to going to catch my plane so decided to scope out a couple of stores nearby my hotel.

First up was a place called Rock Planet inside Central World (formerly Central World Plaza – now rejuvenated and all nice and new and sparkly). They had a Korean made brand called ‘Barracuda’ which I’d never heard of before. Tried out a Strat-a-like (THB 5000) and a Tele copy (THB 5800).  Reasonable build quality on both but setup was way off on both specimens; Intonation was way off on the Strat and the Tele’s action was waaay high. Still, for $217 and $252 SGD respectively these could represent reasonable buys. They also (surprisingly) had a couple of Tom Anderson’s hanging up in special cases for sale. Anyway, I managed to sit there playing for 15 minutes (the sales guy was in total shock and awe at my jaw-dropping skill) and impress a couple of passing chicks.

Next, I went to Music Concept – a bona fide Fender and Gibson dealer on the 3rd floor. Good stocks of Squiers going up to the upper-mid range of Fenders and a couple of Signature models (Clapton, Malmsteen) but no Custom shops. They had a couple of nicely flamed Heritage Cherry LP Standards hanging up too.  They quoted a not-too-bad price for a Custom Class Telecaster –  think it worked out at about $3360 SGD compared to Musician’s Friend listing of USD $2049 (SGD $2920) but that would have taken a month or so to order in. Just for fun, I tried out this little Micro Korg synth which was cool and emitted some mind boggling noises. I can’t play keyboards so it probably would have been a total waste of money but it was verrry tempting (being all small and cute an’ all) at *only* THB 16200 ($SGD 720).

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After that, more traipsing around. For a major mall in the centre of the city it doesn’t do too badly – about 3 or 4 guitar/instrument stores inside. Imagine if Swee Lee was in Ngee Ann City, along with Davis and Blackwood and it was kinda like that.

Headed over to Siam Paragon to have a quick peep into Music Connection at the overpriced Mesas again. Nothing new there. Same stock as last time. Perused the BC Rich guitars and somehow got it stuck into my GAS-addled mind that I want to buy the Chuck Schuldiner Stealth  tribute model.

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One Response to “More Bangkok gear hunting”

  1. Margit Haessler

    Had a couple of hours to kill prior to going to catch my plane so decided to scope out a couple of stores nearby my hotel. First up was a place called Rock Planet inside Central World (formerly Central World Plaza – now rejuvenated and all nice and new…

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