Choosing the wood, etching the shape, polishing the surface, drilling holes, and assembling many parts together — handcrafted guitar making requires a series of complicated processes. But, perhaps more importantly, it requires complete patience and concentration.

Tang Mu, a 31-year-old Shanghainese man, uses his passion for guitar to not only create music, but also to create unique, hand-made instruments for selected clients.


For him, making guitars has been a natural journey — he began learning carpentry as a little boy. Later he coupled that skill with his passion for music.

“Hand-made guitars are alive,” Tang insists. “You can feel a connection between the guitar and yourself.”