Ergon Guitars was featured as part of a documentary series on the world of woodworking in Portugal. This episode focuses on the guitar building aspect of woodworking.
The programme was broadcasted in portuguese. You can watch it clicking here.
Ergon Guitars will be part of the NAMM Show 2017 from January 19th to 22nd as one of the exihibitors at the Boutique Guitar Showcase.
You can find us in Hall C – booth 23, next to some of the most talented luthiers in the world.
Click here to view the floor plan of the Boutique Guitar Showcase to know where to find us. See you there!
You can find the full article in the original german version here. Translation bellow.
A MUSICAL MARVEL
Ergon Guitars ‘RB Corvo’
Ergon Guitars is the brand of Portuguese professional bass player Adriano Sérgio, who says that in the late 90s he started spending increasingly more time repairing instruments than playing them. His skills earned him a vast number of gigs as international guitar technician for touring musicians, until this lifestyle became too exhausting, and he opened his own ‘Guitar Rehab’ workshop in Lisbon in 2005, where his Ergon Guitars are now crafted. Sergio’s proclaimed aim for himself and his crew of three is not to please just anyone’s taste, but to tread his new idiosyncratic path. What the team loves the most is making guitars tailored to their owner.
After opening the guitar case, we are faced with a stunning RB Corvo. It’s patent from the onset that conventions are being defied here in favour of an eargerness to experiment, to impress and of self-confidence. The Corvo reminds me of a cross between a mountain cottage and a stealth bomber, and no lack of respect is meant here at all. On closer inspection, the exquisite choice of woods with its thin open-pore oil-wax finish, comes together absolutely jointlessly in a miraculous manner. There is no tactile transition betwwen neck and body, the whole instrument has a hyper organic and super comfortable feel to it. There are simply no rough edges or rims, everything feels completely natural. While being a masterpiece of design, the Corvo also encloses the functional precision of a Swiss clockwork.
Not only its exterior creates a musical marvel – its sound more than matches its outer design. Its semi-acoustic design alone combined with the spruce top, the Honduras mahogany body and the roasted maple neck assure an impressively present acoustic sound. Add to this Lundgren Pickups from Sweden, here with P90 humbuckers, then nothing stands in the way of utter impressiveness. The guitar’s full-bodiedness, precision, warmth, clarity and amazing dynamics draw the performer in like nothing else. It’s proof that there are instruments that can help shape the musical process thanks to its strong character and high quality. Nothing has been left to chance in terms of functionality and comfort, and idiosyncracies like the nut that is basically an extension of the fretboard helped by a zero fret, or the fretboard inlays placed sideways add to create an absolutely unique guitar.
The interior workings of this instrument are truly impressive, adding to the guitar as a piece of art and augmenting its stunning musical potential. My hope that guitarists will measure true individuality by taking part in the construction process has gained new hope. A truly remarkable instrument!
Text by Leonardt Breuken
Photos by Andreas Huthansl
DETAILS & INFO
MANUFACTURER: Ergon Guitars
Model: RB Corvo
Type of Guitar: Hollowbody Electric
Body Shape: Corvo
Top: European Spruce
Body: Honduras Mahogany
Neck: Roasted Flame Maple, one-piece
Neck profile: strong D
Fretboard: 12” Indian Rosewood
Fretboard Inlays: Frets, Luminlay Side Dots
Frets: 22 Jescar Evo Gold
Scale: 25” length
Nut width: 42 mm
Pots: 2x volume, 2x tone, CTS pots
Nut Material: Indian Rosewood, includes zero fret
Bridge: Gotoh 510 FA/FB Bridge and Tailpiece
Mechanics: Gotoh Stealth, superlight
Weight: 2,9 kg
Price: 7,020 Euro
Accessories: SKB I-Series Case, Richter Premium strap, guitar stand, oil, certificate
Tested with: Marshall JVM 410HJS, Marshall 1960TV, Mesa Mini Rectifier, Mesa Rectifier 2×12
Video by Gennaro Serra Di Cassano.
Interview of Adriano kindly provided by Pierre Journel of The Guitar Channel.
Ergon Guitars would like to thank Andy Manson, Seth Baccus, Michael Spalt and Juha Ruokangas for their participation; as well as the European Guitar Builders Association, the Holy Grail Guitar Show staff and volunteers and the rest of the community.
We would also like to thank BMW Portugal for their generous sponsorship.
Hit play to hear how the Ergon BT Design sounds like in the hands of a guitarist.
You can also have the opportunity to try it for yourself at the Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015, in Berlin.
Music by Ricardo Barriga, using D’Addario NYXL Strings.
Video by Gennaro Serra Di Cassano.
Audio by João Mendes
Ergon Guitars is proud to be at the Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015 in Berlin.
A stunning selection of electric guitars, acoustic guitars, archtops, classical guitars and basses, from the most avant-garde to the traditional, will be exhibited here in one location by the luthiers who created them. This will be the place where you can meet the makers and see and experience firsthand the extraordinary work being done today in the field of lutherie, ask questions and learn about the latest developments in the field. Some of the builders present hold almost legendary status and exciting new discoveries await the visitor as well.
For more details, please visit Holy Grail Guitar Show Site at http://holygrailguitarshow.com.