"Below are some of the other instruments that I've used on stage and recordings; the primary instruments I use are noted here . Since 2005, I've primarily used Parker Fly guitars unless a project specifically requires me to use another type of guitar. As noted in the descriptions below, I'm not opposed to modifying my instruments in order to accommodate my needs as a performer and composer, though I do try to avoid irreversible modifications if it's possible. Still, some guitars here do function more like breadboards at times. My guitars are serviced regularly by Andy and Eddie Hulse of Hulse Guitars and by the talented people involved in my Electric Guitar Innovation Lab (EGIL). I hope you enjoy looking around." ~V.J.



Other Guitars

V.J.'s Fender Stratocaster 68 Reissue
V.J.'s Fender Stratocaster 68 Reissue
V.J.'s Fender Stratocaster 68 Reissue
V.J.'s Fender Stratocaster 68 Reissue

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."

In Action:
V.J. playing a Fender Strat V.J. playing a Fender Strat V.J. playing a Fender Strat V.J. playing a Fender Strat
Other Info:
Serial Number: A029121
Notes: modified; original pickups replaced with a Sustainiac driver (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.
Current Setup: D'Addario EXL110 .010 gauge (10-46) strings with five bridge springs
Finish: Natural

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 along too loudly to Weezer's "blue album" ("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 vibrato 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. My first guitar teacher told me, "That's a nice-sounding guitar; if it were mine, I'd swap the neck on it for something a little better." In 2017, I began modding it, and he was right! This guitar sounds and plays great and I, now, primarily use it on recordings whenever a Strat sound is needed. Strangely, it seems to sound worse to other guitarists after I tell them it's made of plywood."

Pictured here prior to 2017 modifications."

In Action:
V.J. playing a Fender Squier Strat V.J. playing a Fender Squier Strat V.J. holding a Fender Squier Strat
Other Info:
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" drop-D tuner.
Current Setup: D'Addario EXL110 .010 gauge (10-46) strings with three bridge springs
Finish: Arctic White
Instrument Name: Excaliber

V.J.'s Fender Squier Stratocaster Hybrid
V.J.'s Fender Squier Stratocaster Hybrid
V.J.'s Fender Squier Stratocaster Hybrid
V.J.'s Fender Squier Stratocaster Hybrid
V.J.'s Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue
V.J.'s Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue
V.J.'s Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue
V.J.'s Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue

Fender Telecaster '52 Reissue

(1998)

Description: "Purchased used for a T4RS 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; a T4RS jack installed , original tuners replaced with locking tuners, stock neck pickup, bridge Fender '52 Reissue pickup replaced with Seymour Duncan Vintage for Tele pickup.
Current Setup: D'Addario D'Addario EPN115 Pure Nickel .011 gauge (11-48) strings
Finish: Butterscotch Blonde

In Action:
V.J.'s Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue with Crowley V.J.'s Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue with Crowley V.J.'s Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue with T4RS and Les Paulverizer

Gibson SG Standard T

(2017)

Description: "Purchased used for a T4RS 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: modified; a T4RS jack installed ,replaced stock Gibson 57 Classic Humbuckers with upgraded Duneland Labs Blackpole humbuckers; neck damage repaired
Current Setup: D'Addario D’Addario NYXL1149 .011 gauge (11-49) strings
Finish: Heritage Cherry

V.J.'s Gibson SG Standard T
V.J.'s Gibson SG Standard T
V.J.'s Gibson SG Standard T
V.J.'s Gibson SG Standard T
V.J.'s Godin Multiac
V.J.'s Godin Multiac
V.J.'s Godin Multiac
V.J.'s Godin Multiac

Godin Multiac Grand Concert

(2015)

Description: "I bought this guitar 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: 15162158
Notes: modified; Replaced the original tuners with Sperzel Nyloc friction-based tuners in custom black."

Current Setup: La Bella 413P Studio Professional Recording Strings
Finish: Natural

In Action:
Guitar In Action V.J.'s Godin Multiac and Crowley'

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."

In Action:
V.J. playing a Ruben Flores 500 Cedar V.J. playing a Ruben Flores 500 Cedar V.J. playing a Ruben Flores 500 Cedar
Other Info:
Serial Number: 44010040
Notes: all original; 500 rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard, solid cedar top.
Current Setup: La Bella 2001MH Medium-hard tension strings
Finish: Natural

V.J.'s Ruben Flores 500 Cedar
V.J.'s Ruben Flores 500 Cedar
V.J.'s Ruben Flores 500 Cedar
V.J.'s Ruben Flores 500 Cedar
V.J.'s Takamine G Series Acoustic
V.J.'s Takamine G Series Acoustic
V.J.'s Takamine G Series Acoustic
V.J.'s Takamine G Series Acoustic

Takamine G Series (EG523SC)

(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."

In Action:
V.J. playing a Takamine G Series Acoustic V.J. playing Takamine G Series Acoustic
Other Info:
Serial Number: 8031428
Notes: modified; Replaced nut with GraphTech PQ611600 TUSQ nut, and installed a custom "bridge doctor" made by Hulse Guitars. And Replaced the original tuners (shown with a highly-coveted non-OEM after-market owl sticker on the headstock) with Sperzel locking tuners in custom brown/plum color."  Replaced the original split undersaddle transducer with the Fishman Matrix split undersaddle transducer, and replaced the original TK-40 preamp with the Fishman Aura Pro preamp. 
Current Setup: D'Addario EJ26 Phosphor Bronze .011 gauge strings
Finish: Gloss Natural

Switch Vibracell Wild I Custom

(2004)

Description: "The perfect guitar for outdoor gigs with questionable weather; unaffected by temperature and humidity changes because...well: it's made of plastic (it's fantastic!)! I purchased this guitar used to explore the novelty of its innovation: a one-piece injection-molded guitar made from a new, resonant material the manufacturers, Switch, invented called Vibracell; very unique! You might think this guitar would sound cold and thin, but it doesn't; it sounds like a normal guitar with a completely abnormal (in a good way) amount of sustain! After a setup and a fret-level, this guitar was ready to be left in direct sunlight on an outdoor stage in the middle of the summer and still hold tune (though, to me, it vaguely resembles a partially-melted Parker Fly). This is a custom version of the Wild I guitar with an Ebonol fingerboard instead of rosewood, so, in short: it's made entirely of synthetic materials."

Other Info:
Serial Number: None.
Notes: all original; solid one-piece Vibracell body and neck with Ebonol fingerboard.
Current Setup: D'Addario EXL110 .010 gauge (10-46) strings
Finish: Tequila Sunrise Fireburst

V.J.'s Switch Vibracell Wild I Custom'
V.J.'s Switch Vibracell Wild I Custom
V.J.'s Switch Vibracell Wild I Custom
V.J.'s Switch Vibracell Wild I Custom
V.J.'s Fender Precision Bass'
V.J.'s Fender Precision Bass
V.J.'s Fender Precision Bass
V.J.'s Fender Precision Bass

Fender Precision Bass

(2004)

Description: "Technically, this bass belongs to my wife who had been using it in her band back in the mid-2000s, but it lives in my studio. This Made in Mexico (MIM) P-Bass sounds terrific, especially if you're going for a vintage sound (with flatwound strings). Everybody loves a P-Bass!"

Other Info:
Serial Number: MZ4091299
Notes: all original.
Current Setup: LaBella 760FS Stainless Steel Bass Guitar Strings (45 - 105)
Finish: Brown Sunburst

Godin A12 12-String Guitar

(2014)

Description: "For some live performances, I needed an acoustic 12-string guitar with greater tuning stability, and this guitar does that very well. Like my Godin Multiac nylon string, it is very easy to play and sounds great plugged in; I run this through a Fishman Aura for a more realistic acoustic 12-string sound. Not particularly well-balanced in terms of weight, but it is very stable with very low action and, for not having to retune it continually between songs, I can handle having to hold it in place."

Other Info:
Serial Number: 14463184
Notes: all original.
Current Setup: D'Addario EJ38 12-String Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings
Finish: Natural

V.J.'s Godin A12 12-String Guitar'
V.J.'s Godin A12 12-String Guitar'
V.J.'s Godin A12 12-String Guitar'
V.J.'s Godin A12 12-String Guitar'


Other Instruments

V.J.'s Gretsch Lap Steel Guitar with Multibender'
V.J.'s Gretsch Lap Steel Guitar with Multibender'
V.J.'s Gretsch Lap Steel Guitar with Multibender'
V.J.'s Gretsch Lap Steel Guitar with Multibender'

Gretsch G5700 Lap Steel

(2019)

Description: "In 2020, I began to learn to play the lap steel. Of particular interest to me, I wanted to explore the use "string bender" technology (like a pedal steel) other than guitar vibrato systems. Part of the allure of the lap steel, to me, was also that my chihuahua's could sit on my lap as I played the guitar on a table! I did some major modifications to this instrument compared to the original guitar .
Other Info:
Serial Number: CYG19041015
Notes: modifiedstock bridge replaced with Duesenberg Multibender, nut replaced with Hipshot roller nut for dobro, tuners replaced with Sperzel 3x3 long-post locking tuners, Lace Ultra-slim acoustic pickup routed and installed at 24th fret, bridge pickup replaced with Vintage Vibe CC-Rider AlNiCo-V pickup.
Current Setup: Morrell JMLS-E E-Tuning 14-58 Lap Steel Guitar Strings
Finish: Tobacco

Roland AX-7

(2002)

Description: "In 2010, when I was first asked to join the 70s and 80s rock collective Second Contact , I bought two identical AX-7 keyboards (a.k.a keytars) because...why not?! Is it the ideal instrument for playing difficult and sophisticated keyboard parts in a live performance? No! Am I capable of playing difficult and sophisticated keyboard parts in a live performance? Also no!! Are all eyes on this simultaneously futuristic and retro instrument when I play the keyboard lick on Tom Sawyer? You know it! Play one-handed keyboard parts in an unusually inefficient but fabulously ostentatious way with a Roland AX-7! I even did this Q&A interview with my publisher about my keytarist experiences!

In Action:
V.J. performing a Roland AX-7 keytar V.J. performing a Roland AX-7 keytar V.J. performing a Roland AX-7 keytar
Other Info:
Serial Numbers: ZP51005 & ZU17934
Notes: all original.

V.J.'s Roland AX-7 keytar
V.J.'s Roland AX-7 keytar
V.J.'s Roland AX-7 keytar
V.J.'s Roland AX-7 keytar

Performing

An overview of V.J.'s performance styles and ensembles

Compositions

An overview of works composed, performed, or produced by V.J.