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"Below are some of the instruments that I've used on stage and in my studio. Since 2005, I've primarily used Parker Fly guitars unless a project specifically requires me to use another type of guitar. My guitars are serviced by Hulse Guitars . As noted in the instrument descriptions below, I have little aversion to modifying my instruments in order to accommodate my needs as a performer and composer. I hope you enjoy looking around." ~V.J.




Parker Guitars

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Parker Fly Mojo

(2005)

Description: "My first Parker Fly, which I bought new from Parker Guitars in 2005. I had been reading about the Fly Mojo, but had to drive about two hours outside of NYC just to find a music shop that had one in stock that I could play; I’ve been enamored with Parker Fly guitars ever since! This has been my primary recording guitar since 2005."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 1130305MM
Notes: all original; stock pickups: Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck), Seymour Duncan JB pickup (bridge), Fishman Piezo in bridge.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in fixed-bridge mode.
Finish: Ice Blue Sun Burst
Instrument Name: Verve

Parker Fly Deluxe

(2007)

Description: "My second Parker Fly, which I bought used in 2009 for the purpose of installing a Sustainiac pickup in the neck position. My days of using an EBow came to a screeching (yet sustained!) halt when I got this up and running."

Other Info:
Serial Number: P0703060
Notes: modified; Sustainac pickup (neck) with added on/off toggle switch and harmonic mode three-way toggle switch. Sustainiac attack level mapped to knob that formerly controlled Piezo volume. Original stock pickups remain: Dimarzio #PHWP2 "Gen 2" pickup (bridge), Fishman Piezo (output disconnected).
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in balanced-bridge mode.
Finish: Ice Blue Sun Burst
Instrument Name: Viper

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Parker Fly Mojo

(2008)

Description: "A third Parker Fly?! I love my 2005 Fly Mojo and I also love the Sustainiac pickup I had installed in my 2007 Fly Deluxe, so, why not get the best of both and modify a Fly Mojo with a Sustainiac? I bought this Fly Mojo used in 2012 from someone who must have shared the same thought as me since it already had a Sustainiac installed!"

Other Info:
Serial Number: P0803218
Notes: modified; original Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck) replaced with Sustainac pickup with added on/off toggle switch and harmonic mode three-way toggle switch. Original stock pickups remain: Seymour Duncan JB pickup (bridge), and Fishman Piezo in bridge. All controls are mapped according to the original configuration.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in fixed-bridge mode with spring in third t-bar position.
Finish: Trans Blue Burst with Quilted Maple
Instrument Name: Venom

Parker Fly Concert

(1997)

Description: "Also known as the "Fly Bronze", I was fortunate enough to find this on the used market in 2017. Plays like my other Parker Fly guitars (same neck profile), sounds like a mic'ed acoustic, and weighs almost nothing."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 199017BSS
Notes: original stock Fishman Piezo in bridge.
Current Setup: D'Addario .011 gauge bronze strings.
Finish: Cedar (Natural)
Instrument Name: Vapor

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Parker Fly Classic

(2003)

Description: "My fourth Parker Fly; the Fly Classic. I bought this guitar used in 2017. I received it with the original "pre-refined" Fly Dimarzio pickups based on the Air Norton (neck) and the Tone Zone (bridge) installed instead of the "Gen 2" Dimarzio #PHWP1 and #PHWP2 pickups installed, which would be the norm for a guitar built in this year. Lucky me: I'd been hoping to find the original pickups and install them in this guitar.

Other Info:
Serial Number: 343023BMH
Notes: modified; Parker Fly Dimarzio "Gen 1" pickups installed (neck and bridge) and original Fishman Piezo in bridge.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in floating-bridge mode.
Finish: Natural Mahogany (front), Root Beer (back)
Instrument Name: Vex

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Fender Stratocaster '60s Reissue

(1997)

Description: "I was given this Strat in 2000 as a high school graduation gift from a friend who had picked it up at a pawn shop. Crafted in Japan. This was my go-to guitar before I got into Parker Fly guitars. I've replaced the original pickups several times through the years (as one does with a Strat!). Shown here with 2017 modifications: a Sustainiac pickup installed in the neck position and Seymour Duncan Jazz and JB pickups in the middle bridge positions. I've also replaced original tuners with Sperzel locking tuners; some of these modification decisions were inspired by aspects of my Parker Fly guitars."

Other Info:
Serial Number: A029121
Notes: modified; original pickups replaced with Sustainiac pickup (Neck), added sustain on/off and harmonic mode three-way switches, SD Little '59 (Middle), SD SJBJ-1b JB Jr. (Bridge) and black pickguard from "white". Original tuners replaced with Sperzel locking tuners.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings with fixed five springs on the bridge

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Fender Telecaster '52 Reissue

(1998)

Description: "Purchased used in 2017 for a project that required an authentic Telecaster. Such an iconic sound (and look and feel). Shown here prior to some modest modifications."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 30118
Neck stamped 12/24/97 assembled 1998.
Notes: modified; Original tuners replaced with Sperzel locking tuners.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings

Gibson SG Standard T

(2017)

Description: "Purchased used in 2017 for a project that required an SG. A truly beautiful guitar with a tapered neck; even sounds great when played unplugged."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 170039053
Notes: Original.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings

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Godin Multiac Grand Concert

(2015)

Description: "I bought this guitar in 2016 to address the difficulty of mic'ing a nylon string guitar in a noisy, live environment. I liked it so much that I've used it many times in recording situations in place of mic'ing a traditional nylon string guitar."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 15152158
Notes: original
Current Setup: La Bella 500P Recording Concert strings.

Ruben Flores 500 Cedar

(2002)

Description: "This was my first better-quality nylon string guitar, which I bought in 2003 when I was in college. It's a decent classical guitar that I happily used live and in my studio for many years. Now, I use it primarily for composing and live performances where amplification isn't necessary."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 44010040
Notes: original; 500 rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard, solid cedar top.
Current Setup: La Bella Medium-hard tension strings.

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Takamine G Series

(2010)

Description: "I bought this guitar new in 2010 for live rock performances and have used it live and mic'ed in the studio. It's an all-around good-sounding guitar through the internal pickup and mic'ed."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 44010040
Notes: original; Model No. EG523SC. (Though, shown with a highly-coveted non-OEM after-market owl sticker on the headstock.)
Current Setup: D'Addario .012 gauge strings.