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"Below are some of the instruments that I've used on stage and recordings. Since 2005, I've primarily used Parker Fly guitars unless a project specifically requires me to use er strat er type of guitar. My guitars are serviced regularly by Hulse Guitars . As noted in the instrument descriptions below, I have little aversion to modifying my instruments when necessary in order to accommodate my needs as a performer and composer, though I try to avoid permanent modifications (like routing) if at all possible. 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! After I placed the order to Parker through that shop, I remember how excited I was when, a few days later, Parker called and said that they were building my guitar for me and asked me what string gauge I used; it was a very different and special guitar-purchasing experience."

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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."

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Serial Number: P0703060
Notes: modified; replaced original Dimarzio "Gen 2" neck pickup with Sustainiac pickup (neck) with added on/off toggle switch and harmonic mode three-way toggle switch. Sustainiac "drive" level mapped to knob that formerly controlled piezo volume; now operates a 25k pot. Magnetic pickup/piezo pickup selector switch removed and plugged. Original stock pickups remain: Dimarzio #PHWP2 "Gen 2" pickup (bridge), Fishman piezo (preamp removed).
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in balanced-bridge mode.
Finish: Ice Blue Sun Burst
Instrument Name: Viceroy

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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 2008 Fly Mojo used in 2012."

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Serial Number: P0803218
Notes: modified; original Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck) replaced with Sustainiac pickup with added on/off toggle switch and harmonic mode three-way toggle switch. Both stock pickup selector and magnetic/piezo selectors were replaced (with Electroswitch toggles; not shown). 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: "Later known as the Fly Bronze, this Fly model is somewhat of a unicorn in terms of rarity, but I was fortunate enough to find this one in great condition on the used market in 2017. What an innovative design: it plays like my other Parker Fly guitars (same neck profile, same body shape, etc.), sounds like a mic'ed acoustic, and weighs almost nothing."

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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. Terrific guitar that, I feel, sounds somewhere in between the Fly Mojo and the Fly Deluxe.

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Serial Number: 343023BMH
Notes: original; Dimarzio #PHWP1 and #PHWP2 pickups installed (neck and bridge) and original Fishman piezo in bridge. All controls are mapped according to the original configuration.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings in floating-bridge mode.
Finish: Natural Mahogany (front), Root Beer (back)
Instrument Name: Vex

Parker Fly Deluxe

(1997)

Description: "A so-called pre-refined Fly Deluxe from 1997; I bought this used in 2018. It was in less-than-stellar condition within dings, chips, and scratches , but I bought it for the purpose of restoring it to some degree. I received it with the original "Gen 1" DiMarzio stock pickups installed."

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Serial Number: 099117BP
Notes: all original "Gen 1" DiMarzio stock pickups; stock Fishman Piezo in bridge.
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings.
Finish: Dusty Black
Instrument Name: Viper

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Fender Stratocaster '68 Reissue

(1997)

Description: "I was given this Strat in 2000 as a high school graduation gift from a friend who had picked it up in a pawn shop. Neck says Crafted in Japan on the back. This was my go-to guitar before I got into Parker Fly guitars. I've replaced the original stock pickups several times through the years (as one does with a Strat!). Though I appreciate the 'reissue' look of the original tuners, I replaced them with Sperzel locking tuners."

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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 JB Jr. (Bridge) and black pickguard from "white". Original tuners replaced with Sperzel locking tuners.
Finish: Natural
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings with five bridge springs

Fender Stratocaster Squier (Hybrid)

(1995)

Description: "My very first electric guitar that received new as a kid for Christmas in 1995! This "Made in Korea" Fender Squier came bundled with a 15-watt Champ-G amp (thought to be as part of an SE-100 "Strat Pack"), which I blew one day by playing Weezer's "blue album" too loudly ("Say It Ain't So"). I used this guitar (in my first band "Sunflowers" !) until 2000 when I got another Strat. The body is made of plywood (yup!) and, today, is the only original component left in the guitar other than the tremolo system. I was obsessed with Wayne's World at the time ("party time"), and I referred to this guitar as "Excalibur" given its similarities to Wayne's Strat in the movie (my guitar used to be much whiter than it is now); I used the slightly edgier "Excaliber" spelling—those kinds of details are important when you're 13 years old. In 2017, I modded the hell out of it."

Pictured here prior to 2017 modifications."

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Serial Number: VN579443
Notes: modified; Warmoth Wizard Maple Neck with Indian Rosewood Fretboard. SD Cool Rails pickup (Neck), SD Hot Rails Middle, SD Hot Rails (Bridge). New wiring, jack, pots, knobs, selector switch, saddles. Sperzel locking tuners and Sperzel "D-Thing".
Finish: Arctic White
Current Setup: D'Addario .010 gauge strings with three bridge springs
Instrument Name: Excaliber

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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 performances with Second Contact and have used it live through the pickup and mic'ed in the studio. It's an all-around good-sounding guitar through both the internal pickup and mic'ed."

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Serial Number: 8031428
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.