Tuesday, 26 November 2013

'' SANDMAN '', Batu Pahat ... Probably The Best Guitar Centre In Malaysia !!

Hi Folks,

Thanks again for being so patience in waiting for an update to my Boring Blog. This is an update that I Promise I will do in Godspeed for My Good friend and Long time school and classmate, Mr. Seah Kok Hwa. Unlike me, He's an Entrepreneur, Successful Businessman, A Father of Three Children and also A proud Grandpa. But Unlike other Grandad, Kok Hwa like myself has a fond Love for all things Musical, especially The '' Guitar ''. Hence, with Money to spare he Venture into a Business that is also his Life long Passion, and that's Opening a Guitar Shop. With that, '' SANDMAN '' was Born, in a town where there's no shortage of Talents... Batu Pahat !!

 Believe me when I say that this really is a Unique Guitar shop. Besides two floors of Guitars, Drums, Amps, Books, Software, Ukeleles, one can get almost almost anything related to strings. Sure, anyone with money can open one, but few have a passion for Guitars like Kok Hwa. There's also a Jam studio, Guitar and Drum class for those who are interested in learning. The Unique thing is that you can order online at your fancy any Guitar that you like. See something you like  and feel you couldn't get it in Malaysia ? No problem, just give them a call, and your dream '' Les Paul or Stratocastor '' will be send to you in no time at all. The service and the smiles of the staff will also have you in cloud nine in no time at all ... Yee Haa !! Here's the Link to the company online store : http://www.sandmanguitaronline.com  And the address can be found on their online shop. There are of course in Facebook here : https://www.facebook.com/Sandmangc/info 

 Now to the string Instrument that I loved ... the Guitar. So, where did the guitar first originate ? The guitar's roots go way back to 15th-century Malaga in Spain. Its engineering was pioneered by a Spanish black man, who gave just four strings or 'courses' to his guitar. Thereafter, the instrument went through the Baroque and Classical periods before evolving into the six-stringed, modern-day guitar. 

The word guitar comes from the Portugese word 'guitarra' derived from the Greek word 'kitharra' that refers to the Greek island of love and poetry, Cythara, which was dedicated to the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus.

As with all other Musical Instruments, You either Love it or Hate it. In a recent Research by French Scientists, carrying a Guitar increases your chance of a date by a Third. Yes, Man who carries and Play the Guitar do look sexier then those who don't ... Ha,Ha.

As usual, I will do this Photo journey in two sections, one those '' Straight '' shots and the other , in my own '' ART '' form. Just relax and enjoy the Boring Pictures ...!!! All captured with my Old and Trusty Olympus E-300 and  the standard kit lens.

I shall start with the '' OOC '' jpegs of the '' SANDMAN '' itself.

The Store's online Ads and Front page with an offer item that I feel is really a Bargain ... The Les Paul Junior for a mere RM 389.00.

  The Reception and Store Front.

 Those Friendly and Wonderful Staff.

The Best of The Rest in the World of Strings and Drums ... !!


And Now for a Mix of '' Lights, Strings & Curves '' In the Wonderful World of Strings, the Guitar itself is a Beautiful work of '' ART '', with Curves  and Streamline that are sometimes more Beautiful then a Women ...Ha, Ha. Don't believe me ? Take a look below to see some creations of mine ...  Far Out !!

  Just like a Beautiful Women, the Guitar is also a Thing of Beauty in the eyes of the Beholder ... !!

She will stand up straight and be proud of you ...

Or Lay Down Next to you .....

 She will also Open her Heart and show you her Soul .... OMG !!!

Finally, as with all Ladies, She will , on occasion ..... Stare  You in the Eye !!


Here at Sandman, one can get what your Pocket and Heart Desire. From the Highest Priced '' Les Paul Standard '' ( RM 19K ) to a Budget Rm 200 plus to choose from, the choice is limitless. The two pics below tells it all . But of course, if you have the money to burn , you can always order even a RM 100K Guitar from Sandman.

The RM19K plus '' Les Paul '' Standard .

Or a Affordable one like this for around RM 200, Which my Old friend and Buddy Mr. Kok Young is trying out with. That happens to be the one that I am buying, out of love for the '' Guitar ''.

Just Like Kok Hwa, I was influenced by the likes of the Beatles, Elvis, Cliff Richards , Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, CCR and Santana. The Bands and Idols of our days whose playing style still influence my love for both the Rock & Folk music till today.  Down memory lane Pics below  :

Self Portrait taken during the early 70's during the era of Simon & Garfunkel.

And The Folks whose music I still play today .

By now you would have a Feel or two of what Guitar means to Folks like us, why don't you try out and take up a few lessons in Guitar playing. After all, if you Girl happens to Dump you, You still has a Lifelong companion to ... '' Play Along '' !! For that I will Cheer you on .... Yee Haa !!

I hope you enjoy this short update and I wish  you all the Best in your Endeavor,  be it a simple pastime as playing the Guitar or Drumming away to the digust of your neighbours ....Ha,Ha. Take care and Remember, Time waits for No One . So ... '' Live for this day for it is Life, The very Life of Life '' .

Here's a latest update as of 21st Dec, 2013. There's only a few days left from now to Christmas & New Year, so, go get your Love ones or your good friend an '' Good Ole Guitar ''... !!! Its also an update on a Beautiful Guitar, Design and shape like a Violin. It's of course made Famous by the one and only ''Paul McCartney '' of the Beatles.   This baby is simply a Beautiful work of Art and one that I adore the most. Well, Thanks again to '' Kok Hwa ''  for inviting me along to Join in in their '' Jamming '' session. I must admit I am a little too old for this, but as with most Music lovers and Guitar players, this is surely '' Fun & Entertainment '' at its Best. I certainly can'y catch up with our '' Band of Brothers '' here, but I believe I can still belt out a Song or two with my rusty vocals ...Yee Haa !!

Here's a Thing of Beauty in the eyes of yours Truly .... The Paul McCartney Styled Bass Guitar !!

 Remember, This is the season to be Giving, so, Give someone you Love a '' Guitar '', and get them at Sales Price at '' SANDMAN '' , Batu Pahat ... !!! Here's Wishing you all a '' Merry Xmas & A Jolly Good New Year '' ... !!

Thanks for dropping by and three cheers to you all ... !!!

Regards ..... Uncle James.