For people who don't know or understand. Why does a Stradivari violin sell for $3.6 million dollars? Why would a little cluster of wooden parts be so grossly valuable? A musical instrument is not just a visual work of art. It is not just an audible work of art. It also has to play with ease while being durable enough to withstand the demanding hands of the energetic player and last many years after it's maker. In this case almost 300 years after the maker's death! (Instruments have survived wars, abuse, neglect, and not to mention years of music singing from its magical box) Professionals who play this instruments will tell you that a factory made, or lesser grade instrument will not produce satisfactory results enough to perform on. If you are a race car driver, you cannot bring a KIA to the race track, you bring the Ferrari. To the trained hands, these instruments are God. $3.6 million is a drop in the bucket for such splendor. This is why I sacrificed so much to make musical instruments, and why I consider musical instruments to be the highest of all arts. Of course I also wanted to be a little closer to God.
Another great addition to the Vergara guitar collection. Spanish cypress sides and back, ebony fingerboard, 650 scale, French polish, flamenco bracing modeled after Santos Hernandez, this guitar delivers a big punch, crisp rasgueado, powerful lively bases. The traditional peghead is fitted with mechanical tuning pegs with a gear mechanism inside for seamless tuning.
Arabic oud by luthier John Vergara recently completed.
Scale length 590
Walnut bowl, spruce soundboard
Great player and good friend Ivan Gomez stops by to try the new guitars made by John Vergara.. here he tries the "Twin Flame" guitar. His comment in the end, "Nice basses, John"
You will see John listening to the greatest master of Flamenco music, Paco De Lucia, some ouds and guitars on the wall by John Vergara, a Karibyan oud (1954), and a flamenco blanca in the making.
Another Torres-based classical guitar is complete. Captivating, rich, full tone. 650 scale, 100% French polish finish. Here are some photos. Please stop by to try it out. "As people strive to reunite with their "other half", every musician searches for the instrument that fulfills his soul's needs. An instrument whose energy flows tangibly in every vein. An instrument he/she can call "the one". Twin Flame Guitar is as its name suggests: A tone of passion... and a body longing for reunion..."
Spanish Classical Guitar build based mostly on 1864 Torres (Sevilla).
French polish finish, 650 scale.
Rob Dukram, a guy I used to hang with in my band days as a teenager stopped by to drop off an old, but sweet Parker Nite fly which wasn't working. After some trouble shooting, I realized the piezo board was shot, several unsuccessful phone calls to Parker's tech support was futile. Rob told me he just loves the guitar, its feel and playability and is not attached to the stock electronics and that he'd be okay with installing regular pickups in there. I checked to see if it was possible, but of course it is with some rigging. I recommended some humbucker pickups that I had liked over the years, a Seymour Duncan '59 for the neck and a Screamin' Demon for the bridge. Rob decided to get the Jason Becker instead of the bridge. He send me the pickups and well, but were lost in Christmas' shit shuffle at the post office during peak shipping season. After getting them I cleared some odds and ends off my bench and got to his guitar. The pickup install on a Parker is not so simple and requires significant rigging to get right. First the humbuckers come with feet for the two screws that works every other brand EXCEPT Parker, so you'll see I had to clip those off, then I had to file/grind the rough edges off. Also, the pole screws needed to be clipped since they bottom out in the Parker Nite Fly's routed pickup cavity. After all that, I removed ALL the previous electronics. All the pots and even the 1/4" jack had to go. During install I realized the nice Japanese pots I had were not long enough for this, so I had to order those. Got them, installed them, and the pickups, soldered everything, and couldn't get the bridge pickup to work! I went nuts trying to figure it out, checked all my connections, I thought it was a faulty 1/4" jack, then I thought it was the toggle switch, then I thought it was one of the new quality pots!! Then I thought, maybe its the pickup!!! So I tested it with a volt meter, and sure enough, DEAD. (in 17 years of swapping pickups I've never came across a faulty pickup!) I called Seymour Duncan tech support (not too bad to get a hold of) and the technician told me to try this and that, I said nothing is working papito, you gotta help me get an RMA and send me a new one or repair it, and after some back and forth he agreed. I finally received the NEW pickup and tested it with the volt meter, and boom, got my. 7.5 ohms of resistance needed. Wired it up, setup the guitar and it sounds and plays like a dream. Rob will choose the knobs for the controls. There is an additional toggle switch from the previous electronic setup that is a ghost, but looks like it might do something cool like shoot sparks out of the guitar! (Ace Frehley style)
I chose the 1686 Stradivarius Goddard pattern. Which is wider than most. I did this because I wanted to produce an instrument with a warmer tone, preferably to play Arabic style violin on. It should be said that I am not a violinist, and have very limited abilities for technique and sound production. It should also be noted that the strings used at cheap Chinese strings. Proper strings should result in a better sound as well as a real violinist.