E. Rabago Guitars of Iligan City: Glitter Down South

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via Daily Prompt: Glitter

There’s a ton of Guitars out there… but not all will fit you unlike a Custom-made guitar that’s made just for you.

And in your search for the one guitar, if you be lucky, if it leads you to the one luthier that’s just near you, it is like a dream come true.

At first, you know, at the back of your mind, the question hangs…

Is he really that good?

Is he really the one that can make you “The One?”

So… you pay a lot of visits to that Luthier’s Shop to find out.

Guitars may come in different sizes, shapes and colors and the degree to which one Luthier is capable of making sometimes play a big role in ones “judging.”

Well, in the course of ones visits a long time ago, one sight caught really left one in awe.

A nearly finished “Butterfly” shape Custom-made Acoustic Guitar in E. Rabago Guitar’s I saw!

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“Butterfly” shape Custom-made Acoustic Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars. After so many years, finally found it today in a bar left for display (Photo Courtesy of S.O.S.)

Wow! This is really one of a kind, It’s not an everyday find!

And to think one luthier is capable of making this, he is surely one of the best there is!

How’d I really wanted to take pictures of it… but cellphones with camera’s weren’t around yet and I wasn’t able to bring any type of film camera to take pictures of it.

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Lucky to get a picture of this one of a kind Custom-made Acoustic Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars today (Photo Courtesy of S.O.S.)

Such a “unique” acoustic guitar I’ve seen made so far, left me thinking, he might be the best guitar maker and luthier by far?

Some time passed and the guitar’s owner traveled, I just wondered where the guitar I marveled ended.

I never knew my search for that very unique, one of a kind, Custom-made Acoustic guitar that I saw a long time ago ended today.

I finally found it, thanks to a very reliable source I say!

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So a few guitar’s I had were built and repaired for I finally found that Master Luthier!

Oh, how I’d really admire and look up to someone who is not only a great luthier but seems to be one of the world’s best custom guitar maker.

To top it all, our story doesn’t end here or there!

Lately, our Master luthier has done it again!

And it’s not about that Semi-Acoustic Guitar he made way back then…

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Sir Joemark Mocorro, an accomplished musician and classical guitar virtuoso (Photo Courtesy of Sir Joemark Mocorro).

But he was able to recently build an 8-String Classical Guitar for Sir Joemark Mocorro, an accomplished musician and classical guitar virtuoso.

Check out this video clip from Sir Joemark Mocorro playing his Custom-made 8-Strings Classical Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars. Playing 6 Strings to 8 Strings transition instantly (since he first got the guitar), this one’s played spontaneously out of muscle memory, his own rendition.

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The Biker and Classical Guitar Player (Image Courtesy of Joemark Mocorro)

Man, talking about finding the right luthier that’s best for you.

Sir Edgar Rabago of E. Rabago Guitars Iligan City holding Sir Joemark Mocorro's newly finished Custom-made 8-String Classical Guitar

Sir Edgar Rabago of E. Rabago Guitars Iligan City holding Sir Joemark Mocorro’s newly finished Custom-made 8-String Classical Guitar (Photo Courtesy of Sir Joemark Mocorro)

Guess, we’re so lucky… in the Philippines… in Iligan City… We have one such talented and gifted Luthier as Sir Edgar Rabago!

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“E. Rabago Guitars of Iligan City: Glitter Down South… ‘The best guitar maker without a doubt!'”

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Wow, That was fast! Call answered instantly!

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via Daily Prompt: Squat

Pokemon Go (Image retrieved from pokemongo.com)

Pokemon Go (Image retrieved from pokemongo.com)

Just when this game of Pokemon GO finally started to get boring for one so absorbed in the Poke craze, the Pokemania, like just a day after one sent out a distress call to Niantic The Pokemon Company, the most unexpected turn of events happened in an instant.

Since the updated Version 1.19.1 last December 9, 2016 and the arrival of the Second Gen Pokemons, Pokedex updated, first “Baby Pokes” hatched 16 December 2016 the game took on a new turn.

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Eliciting mixed emotions, happy-sad feeling, for just when one was about to complete their Pokedex, more were added (sigh), anyhow, that’s alright, new Pokes are here!

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10km Egg Second Gen Pokemon’s [retrieved from rankedboost(dot)com]

However, 70 days passed of just being able to hatch Baby Pokes only and getting no signs or any sighting, nor catching any “NEW” Second Gen Pokemon’s in the Wild, the wait finally took its toll for our patient Poke Hunter(s) here.

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5km Egg Second Gen Pokemons [Retrieved from rankedboost(dot)com]

It felt like the game finally switched from “Exciting” to “Boring” for one and many.

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2km Egg Second Gen Pokemon’s [Retrieved from rankedboost(dot)com]

So a call was made, it may prove unavailing, not sure if it’ll work but it was worth a try.

Tangela: Grass Vine Pokemon

Tangela: Grass Vine Pokemon

Squatting on the floor leaning up against a wall, checking the game, it was updated for a new Version 1.27.2 that came up today.

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When it was done and the game was opened…

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“My, oh, my, is this for real? Is this ‘It’ finally?”

Black Silhouttes

Black Silhouettes

Seeing black silhouettes today after that call yesterday… “felt like” one’s requests has been answered right away.

"Wow, That was fast! Call answered instantly."

“Alright!”

Methought, “Wow, That was fast! Call answered instantly!”

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Coincidence or not? Seventy days of waiting, suddenly the morning became much more “Exciting.”

“It was high time Poke Trainers here started seeing new sightings, be up and about, and be off catching.”

Thank you Niantic The Pokemon Company!

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For making the morning, the game become “exciting, amazing and like an adrenaline rush roller coaster adventure” once again for die-hard fans and Poke Trainers who began to think the game wouldn’t last any longer.

“Really, it was worth the wait.”

“Good thing for those who saved up on their ‘Candies!'”

From “Squat” to “Up and about” …had a great day hunting!

"And out of nowhere PokeStop's in the City were raining everywhere!"

“And out of nowhere PokeStop’s in the City were raining everywhere!”

New Music, New Items, New Pokes…

“What an ‘Awesome Day!'”

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Thank you!

 

Seriousness? Why So Serious?

"The best things in life aren't things... but 'Family'"
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via Daily Prompt: Seriousness

Seriousness? Why So Serious?

Sometimes in life we are confronted by that “serious” question.

Each time we do, we take time to do a great deal of contemplation

Reflection, meditation, cogitation, i.e., serious thought or consideration

In every stage we come to reach or pass sometimes we ask

Our ambitions, objectives and goals have we reach at last?

Unachieved or the other way around there’s always a story

Sometimes unpredictable things happen… a part of the journey

Not what we wanted… but sometimes others are just quick to say… hastily

Easily putting certain things above others… some rush to judge eagerly

Sometimes things they say overshadow friendship, relationships and family yet they don’t know

So let’s ponder on one quote, “The best things in life aren’t things… but ‘Family!'” they should know

“The best things in life aren’t things… but ‘Family'”

“So why so serious all the time?”

“Loosen up from time to time.”

Pokemon Go: Just a Game, A Diversion, or Evil and Bad?

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Pokemon Go (Image retrieved from pokemongo.com)

Pokemon Go: An Interactive, Mobile Game (Image retrieved from pokemongo.com)

What is Pokemon Go?

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It’s a Game

Pokemon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch devices.

 

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It was released in selected countries (including the Philippines) last July 2016, that’s according to en.wikipedia.org.

Pokemon!

Pokemon!

It’s like the “Virtual world” spliced with the “Real world.”

The "Virtual World" spliced with the "Real World"

Spliced together!

It has become one of the most successful App launched with millions of download.

Pikachu on my dashboard!

Pikachu on my dashboard!

It has made Nintendo’s shares skyrocket.

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And it took the world by storm as millions got into the Pokemon Go Craze, Pokemon Fever or Pokemania.

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Pokemon Fever! Caught the bug!

A Diversion

This fantasy role-playing game makes you go out, walk, jog, run or drive if you have transport. It’s added fun for those used to exercising like walking or jogging, or sore legs for others who just started.

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“It’s also a game that get’s one be up and about.”

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Be up and about…

If you’re a passenger that’s okay but it shouldn’t be played while driving!

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Not because your transport may be a gas guzzler but it is to avoid accidents from happening.

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A Passenger…

Even then, a number have been reported that were unfortunate, who failed to see and read “Warning Signs” which led to their untimely departure (from the real world).

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Now look where this GPS location thingy has led me to… Hair raising Steep (That’s a long way down to where the heck this place is! Hope my brakes don’t fail me!)

Evil and Bad?

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Since its release, a lot of talk over the web came out saying this and that.

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Onix! (Hoth Worm)

Many argue that it is “Just a Game” and “Just for fun” while many others have a different point of view.

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Magmar – Pokemon O’ Fire!

Do you really have to play the game to find out?

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Clefable

Or is the mere thought of the kind of game it is…

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Wigglytuff. Quick Move: Pound – Damage = 7, Charge Move: Play Rough – Damage = 55

…is already self-explanatory.

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Charmeleon!

“And the answer to this question is… on which side you’re on.”

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Voltorb!

If you ask those who play it, they’ll say it’s fun, good and has certain benefits like being able to be entertained, exercise, hangout, meet new friends, a date perhaps.

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Fiery!

Others have a different opinion and say exactly the opposite that it’s dangerous, satanic, demonic, and tied to occult.

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Gastly!

 Sticky situation?

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Muk!

Good or bad, whatever it is… We are all entitled to our own opinion and how we perceive things.

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Slowbro!

The world is still filled with people who have different attitudes, views, beliefs, outlook, thoughts and standpoint.

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Machop!

We still have our differences.

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Poliwrath!

Why is this so?

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Mankey!

When supposed to be we are all one and the same… Human beings.

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Jynx!

We have all been given the freedom of choice, right?

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Porygon!

So, Is this the reason why the world still has its differences?

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Arbok!

We do have our norms in society as a whole but in spite of that, taking ourselves out of the game and how one looks at it…

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Weezing!

We still don’t have peace and harmony in some lands around the world, we still have have war, pain, and suffering.

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Blastoise!

And about this game of pocket monsters, that are captured, and evolved to become better and more powerful Monsters that some call “Evil” isn’t really something new.

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We do have tons of games that may be dubbed “Violent and/or Evil” like some Shooting Games of the gory and head blowing kind.

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Or games that are named or are all about demons like “Doom and Diablo” that came out much earlier.

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Arcanine!

But these are just for entertainment right, make-believe.

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Snorlax!

So Pokemon Go is just a game.

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Sandshrew!

However, another question is, “Who are playing the games?” or shall we say, “How young the minds of the ‘Trainers’ should be?”

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Vileplume!

As a number of caring parents worry about the perceived influence and future effects on their kids ,based on how they see the kind of game it is… it is surely a cause for concern.

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Like a grinning Undertaker!

So shall Pokemon Go be a game only for grown-ups? …of the mature minds, emotionally mature?

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Golduck!

Or will one allow their younglings to play it because their kids want to join in the craze, …for the sake of fun?

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Dream Catcher!

Again it brings us back to this fever’s serious bone of contention.

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Cubone of Contention

But we must all remember and not to forget that…

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Koffing!

Parental Guidance is key in everything.

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Lickitung!

And everything starts at home.

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Rhyhorn!

“We must do what is right if it’s the right thing to do or We must do what is right because it’s the right thing to do?”

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Geodude!

No need to confuse yourself here folks… the difference in conjunction illicit’s more questions but the fact is…

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We all have that freedom of choice.

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Graveler!

There are many other things out there in this world other than this game’s climate of opinion that we may hear, see or do…

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Abra!

That if one isn’t mindful about their own feelings… I quote, “…may slowly make them turn to the dark side.”

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Trooper – “That’s no Moon! IT’S A TRAP! Gastly – “I have you now Trooper! You are unwise to lower your defences! Search your feelings… Only at the end do you realise the power of the Dark Side.”

To play this game or not?

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Snorlax!

You decide…

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Dragonair! (Dragonite youngling)

…as you see fit.

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“Monsut? Maybe to Pidgey, ‘Meowth’ is.”

Binging on

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Congregation and Feast after Hunting! (Center top: Halang-halang, Bottom right: Kilawin, Far right: Dinuguan, Bottom left: Humba, Far left: Paklay) Pokemon GO = “Yes,” GOuty = “…have a bad feeling about this.” Hyper-Pokemania = “Yes,” Hyperuricemia = “Space travel sound rather perilous.”

“Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we… hope to find more ‘Dratini’ Candy!”

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“Dough-moh Ah-ree-gah-toh-oo Goh-zah-ee-mas”

The GAS Must Be Crazy

Snapshot after drinking coffee at Yobz Office. (l-r) Yobz and Danzoy of Mitochondria Iligan with Yobz "Axes," a B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a Dean "DIME" Razorback Lightning Guitar (Photo courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)
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Guitar Acquisition Syndrome: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon!”

“GAS: it’s priceless”

That beautiful GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Store’s Washburn Heavy Metal Series, WV40 Vindicator’s acquisition would have made a lovely addition to the collection.

Washburn HM Heavy Metal Series, "Vindicator" Silver Metallic V Electric Guitar (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Washburn HM Heavy Metal Series, WV40 “Vindicator” Electric Guitar (Photo taken with permission from Yupangco’s staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

But since the “priceless” had no “price” I just had to give myself a bit of advice, hoping this strange phenomenon will go into remission.

2008 Model WV40 "Vindicator" (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

“…the ‘priceless’ had no ‘price.'” WV40 “Vindicator” (Photo taken with permission from Yupangco’s staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

With a Custom-made one already done and next in line, still another one.

Custom-made Z MetalMan Series Inspired Axe (Courtesy Sir Edgar R. Rabago's FB)

Custom-made “Z” inspired Axe (retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

I was under the impression this GAS will soon be over and come to a conclusion.

“I was sadly mistaken!”

“GAS up!”

After having Yobz Tolentino’s “Axe” in my hands on my day of visit, talking to myself in my head before going to bed, I said “The GAS Must Be Crazy,” it’s here to stay, Mercy!

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Yobz and Danzoy

So after passing up a good one, and four days of acute GAS exacerbation, this GAS sufferer finally came to a decision.

“Never pass up a good thing!”

GAS: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon! ‘It’s a thing!'”

GAS: "it's just an interesting psychological phenomenon! 'it's a thing!'" (Photo courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

GAS: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon! ‘It’s a thing!'” Rock On! \m/  (Photo courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

If thoughts of having no means and money at the moment is enough to stop ones case of GAS attack in its tracks, then that is so funny.

This affliction could not be contained in remission and eventually became a primary mission.

"'lovely and pointy' Dime ...became a primary mission" (Image courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

“‘lovely and pointy’ Dime …became a primary mission… ‘of mine'” (Image courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

So the Piggy bank was emptied for every last coin and dime… coz’ I had to get me that “lovely and ‘pointy'” Dime.

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“Touch down!” Rain or shine I have to make you mine, you “Dime” so fine (Razorback Lightning “Dime” from Dean Guitars).

“Full of surprises have you up your sleeve Trooper!”

"GAS sufferer, more to say, have you? Try this on for size and 'May the force be with you' (Kzzt!)"

“GAS sufferer, more to say, have you? Try this on for size and ‘May the force be with you’ (Kzzt!)”

"Oh look Commander! An egg. Won't be long till this one will hatch and bring forth another bout of them "Wild GAS Chase!"

“Oh look Commander! An egg. Won’t be long till this one will hatch and bring forth another bout of them “Wild GAS Chase!”

Axe “Tameshigiri” by Yobz Tolentino

Yobz Tolentino, a highly-skilled guitarist holding his guitar "Astro" (Courtesy of Yobz)

Yobz Tolentino, one of Iligan City’s highly-skilled guitarist holding one of his guitars “Astro” (Courtesy of Yobz)

Guitar Acquisition Syndrome: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon!

I thought this “GAS” case was about to pass and just about it, but after getting a hold of Yobz’s “Axe,” “I never heard the end of it.

Well, our GAS sufferer here felt he was so on top of it, however, this GAS is a “fiesty” one I admit it.

But, hey, who says we can’t have fun as we go on our next guitar hunt, in this insatiable desire to get the next one.

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“If you’re one true “musikero,” sooner or later ‘GAS’ will eventually get you!”

 Thank You!

Written by: Kuskus Balongus

 GAS – Guitar Acquisition Syndrome or Gear Acquisition Syndrome

GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store: A Customer Review from Mitochondria Iligan

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)
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4 out of 5 Stars (Retrieved from Amazon Rating Factors at grahampmarsh.com) High-end Instruments, Good Customer Service, July 21, 2016

By Mitochondria Iligan  Courtesy of Iligan City's Mitochondria band

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About 15 minutes on foot from McDonald’s at H.V. Dela Costa to the Yupangco Building at Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila, I arrived at the GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store at 8:00 am.

I was greeted by the guard on duty who asked what my business was… then told that the “Showroom” won’t be open until 9:00 am.

Thanking him, I went on my way.

At Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave/Buendia Ave with Mapua Institute of Technology Building and SMDC Jazz Residences Tower A in the background.

At Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave/Buendia Ave with Mapua Institute of Technology Building and SMDC Jazz Residences Tower A in the background.

The SM Jazz Mall nearby won’t open until 10:00 am so I went inside the 7-Eleven convenience store located at the Ground floor of Crown Center, Jupiter Street across the Yupangco Building to get something.

SM Jazz Mall. Nicanor Garcia, Makati, Metro Manila (Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

SM Jazz Mall. Nicanor Garcia, Makati, Metro Manila (Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

 

I sat outside the 7-Eleven store at exactly 8:10 am and waited for one hour, giving a full 10 minutes after 9:00 am to make sure the GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store was already open.

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The guard smiled at me when he saw me coming and welcomed me, which made me very excited to see what they have in display.

As I walked inside the showroom, I saw a small office on my right and another office ahead with a woman behind a desk (I presumed was the manager) and a gentleman talking and three other staffs near them.

As I look around and stopped to check out some items on display nearby, I realized I was the second customer in the store after they opened.

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

The woman and the gentleman from Butuan City at the office were talking about making arrangements on how to ship the grand piano the gentleman just bought.

Afterwhich, the woman stood up and lead the gentleman to the other office and referred him to another employee to further assist him with his transaction.

When she returned back to her desk she turned her head and greeted me and asked me how can she be of any assistance.

I greeted her back and answered that I was still looking around in the store, and thought, wow, their showroom’s big with lots of products on display.

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Guitars, Basses, Percussion instruments, Professional Keyboards, Upright and Grand Pianos, and an Organ, Amplifiers, Gadgets, gears, various accessories.

High-end Instruments!

Brands like Zemaitis, Fender, Godin, Seagull, EVH, Washburn, Yamaha, MarkBass, Boss, Roland, Sabian and many more.

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After spending almost an hour looking around, I finally called one of their staff for assistance.

Having a thing for “pointy and horned” electric guitars and basses, two guitars on display caught my eye.

Washburn HM Heavy Metal Series, "Vindicator" Silver Metallic V Electric Guitar (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Washburn Heavy Metal Series, “Vindicator” Electric Guitars at GA Yupangco Co., Inc.Showroom Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Although they also had “Jackson” guitars like the JS32T Rhoads, King V and Warrior on display (which were on Clearance Sale for only P9,999.00 each)…

Jackson Guitars at GA Yupangco Co. & Inc. (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Jackson Guitars at GA Yupangco Co. & Inc. (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

…the two “Vindicator” guitars caught my attention not because of their rare Offset/Modified Flying V shaped bodies but both have cracked guitar necks.

Seeing that they had an ongoing promo and hoping to get a bargain on any of these two damaged guitars, I had to ask the staff how much they were selling the guitar’s.

Promo (Retrieved from yupangco.com)

ongoing promo (Retrieved from yupangco.com)

The staff replied that “the guitar’s are for display only and not for sale because of their cracked necks.”

“How much was its price then before…?” I rephrased my question and added that I’m really interested in buying it.”

He told me that he will check it out for me but before he left, I asked, “Is it okay to take pictures?” he replied, Yes, and hurriedly went to the office to get more information.

2008 Model WV40 "Vindicator" (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

2008 Model WV40 “Vindicator” at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

When he got back he told me that they no longer have that information and that the guitars are “for display only because they’re no longer ‘playable’ and that there are no luthier’s near that can fix it.”

Abalone Stars Inlays, Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Abalone Stars Inlays, Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

So I said to him, “What if I know of one ‘Master Luthier,’ who’s not from here, who can fix that, are you still going to sell it ‘as it is’ if I’m really interested to buy it?”

“Actually, the price and detailed product information is no longer found in our computer database,” he answered.

Okay, I said and then I just moved on to take more pictures.

Professional Keyboards and Upright Pianos Abalone Stars Inlays, Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Professional Keyboards and Upright Pianos at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

As I was walking towards the left-hand side of the showroom, towards the rear, where other professional keyboards, digital percussion’s, pedals and effects were displayed I could hear the song “Harvester of Sorrow” by Metallica being played on an electric guitar.

When I reached the spot, I saw that it was another employee playing the guitar. He then stopped playing the guitar when he saw me, greeted me and asked what was I looking for.

Digital Percussions, Roland Professional Keyboards, Boss Stompboxes & Multi-Effects at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Digital Percussions, Roland Professional Keyboards, Boss Stompboxes & Multi-Effects at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

I greeted him back and said that I’m just taking a look around for the moment.

Grand Pianos at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Grand Pianos at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

As I was about to leave, I went back to the office to thank the staff for his help, he nodded his head at me and said, “One of our fellow employee knows the price of the guitars but he’s not here. It’s his day off.”

So I said, “Okay, I really appreciate that” and turned to leave.

MarkBass Cabs & Combos, Washburn Bass guitar at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

MarkBass Cabs & Combos, Washburn Bass guitar at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

On my way out, I also thanked a couple of employees on the office near the exit who were busy talking but managed to turn their heads when they heard me and thanked me also, and yes, the guard thanked me too, when I got out.

Rodgers Artist Series Organ at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Rodgers Artist Series Organ at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

“Overall, my visit to GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. at their Yupangco Building Showroom was positive. I really had a good time and received ‘good customer service.’ Their showroom is big, and that doesn’t include the section of the store inside I didn’t mention, that was cordoned off for renovation. The friendly staff was really patient and helpful in addressing my ‘probing’ queries. Too bad the Washburn’s HM Series, WV40 ‘Vindicator’ had no price, would have bought it otherwise. If money is no object, then this is definitely one of the stores to get high-end instruments.”

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Washburn Heavy Metal Series, Model WV40 “Vindicator”  Electric Guitar

The “Jackson” guitars on sale offered bargains galore.

Pointy "Jackson" Guitars: JS32T King V, Warriors and Rhoads [Photo taken with permission from Staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan]

Pointy “Jackson” Guitars: JS32T King V, Warriors and Rhoads [Photo taken with permission from Staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan]

Tantalizingly “Pointy” as the Jackson guitars may be, one can always find them in any JB Music branch nationwide, as they are now the “exclusive” official distributor of Jackson Guitars.

"two 'pointy' guitars..." (Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

“two ‘pointy’ guitars, WV40 ‘Vindicators'” (at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. PTWPFS/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

But as for the WV40 “Vindicators,” It was the first time I saw it in person.

“Hot Licks!”

These rare “Offset/Modified” Flying “V” shaped body guitars somehow looks like a slightly smaller variation of one of them “Limited Edition ‘Reverse’ Flying V” of Silverhawks Lt. Colonel Bluegrass’s “Hot Licks.”

Lt Colonel Bluegrass, 2nd in command and pilot of the Silverhawks with his Sonic Guitar "Hot Licks." His pilot aid and weapon (retrieved from Tuesday Toonsday: Get to know the Silverhawks, Oct 14, 2014 at saturdaymorningcartoons.com)

Lt Colonel Bluegrass, 2nd in command and pilot of the Silverhawks with his Sonic Guitar “Hot Licks.” His pilot aid and weapon (retrieved from Tuesday Toonsday: Get to know the Silverhawks, Oct 14, 2014 at saturdaymorningcartoons.com)

A “groundbreaking” guitar built specially for shredders, the Vindicator’s bottom “pointy tips” seems to be in a “directionally oriented position,” making the guitar appear to take flight.

Stock Humbucker Pickups: Randall (UL Neck, Ultra XL Bridge), Stop Bar Tailpiece (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Body: White with Black bevels, Tune-o-matic bridge, Stoptail bar, Passive Stock Humbucker Pickups: Randall (UL Neck, Ultra XL Bridge), (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Feels like this “Bluegrass’s ‘Sonic Guitar’ reverse look-alike” can give you that “Sonic Boom” boost, defy gravity and blast you, sending you whizzing through space as you shred away.

“Master Luthier”

Regarding the two Vindicator guitars “cracked neck” issues which made me look it up in the net, I found out that there was one that had a broken neck that got damaged after shipping but was repaired, and one that had a crack in its headstock.

Repaired Washburn Vindicator H.M. Series (WV40 repaired broken headstock damaged from shipping, retrieved from https://reverb(dot)com/item/544398-repaired-washburn-vindicator-h-m-series)

Repaired Washburn Vindicator H.M. Series (WV40 repaired broken headstock damaged from shipping, retrieved from reverb(dot)com/item/544398-repaired-washburn-vindicator-h-m-series)

The cracked necks of the Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Musical Instruments Store didn’t really pose much of an issue, they would’ve been easily repaired by any “Master Luthier.”

Vindicator with a crack in headstock (retrieved from ebay(dot)com/itm/discontinued-washburn-wv40-vindicator)

Vindicator with a crack in headstock (retrieved from ebay(dot)com/itm/discontinued-washburn-wv40-vindicator)

A Master luthier like Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker, Sir Edgar R. Rabago, who said, “the reason both guitars had similar cracks on their necks at the same spot is that maybe because both their necks were made of or came from the same batch of wood.”

“Priceless”

In my research I also found out that these Washburn WV40 Heavy Metal Series Models, released in 2008, have been discontinued already.

Too bad those “rare” Metal machines were “for display only” at the GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Musical Instrument Store.

Washburn HM Series Vindicators, WV40 Model, "for display only" at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc., Showroom, Yupangco Building,Poblacion, Makayi 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

“Priceless” Metal machines, built for shredders, The Washburn HM Series Vindicators, WV40 Model were “for display only” at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc., Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Too bad they didn’t have the “price” for a guitar that’s seemingly “priceless” today.

Because getting any one of them would’ve made a great addition to ones collection… a short-term cure for ones Symptoms of Guitar Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.).

GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) Propulsion System

These GAS thrusters anew has propelled me to pay an old friend a visit in another one of this case induced episodes.

Yobz Tolentino, currently one of Iligan City’s talented guitarist, had one guitar that drew out this GAS case from remission.

Yobz Tolentino, currently one of Iligan City's talented Guitarist with his Dean ML Axe (Photograph Courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)

Yobz Tolentino, currently one of Iligan City’s talented Guitarist with his Dean ML Axe at Pinch (Photograph Courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)

During my visit to Yobz, I was astonished to see he had quite a collection of Axes.

When he brought out his Razorback Lightning Guitar from its case, I couldn’t help but feel that GAS building up relatively quickly.

Snapshot after drinking coffee at Yobz Office. (l-r) Yobz and Danzoy of Mitochondria Iligan with Yobz "Axes," a B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a Dean "DIME" Razorback Lightning Guitar (Photo courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)

Snapshot after drinking coffee at Yobz Office. (l-r) Yobz and Danzoy of Mitochondria Iligan with Yobz “Axes,” a B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a Dean “DIME” Razorback Lightning Guitar (Photo courtesy of Yobz Tolentino/Mitochondria Iligan)

Like being struck by lightning (holding it in my hands), I only wished I had the means that time for a “Dime!”

Sadly, I had to pass up a good one.

Adept

A former neighbor and classmate in classical guitar that lasted for only a couple of sessions, Yobz was able to get a classic red “Stinger” electric guitar thereafter that really helped him start out.

Mitochondria was able to purchase their first guitar, also a Stinger, sometime later.

Yobz soon moved to Iloilo City to study and while he was there, Yobz became a member of a College Rock band named “Turning Point” which later on became “Mjah,” playing their own compositions and was able to release a record on their own.

He was able to jam with Mitochondria Iligan (more than a decade ago) after he got back from Iloilo City playing his recent acquisition, a “PRS” style Custom Made Guitar.

Yobz Tolentino with his guitar "El Tigre" (Photo Courtesy of Yobz, retrieved from Yobz's FB)

Yobz Tolentino and his Tiger looking “Jimi” Guitar (Photo Courtesy of Yobz, retrieved from Yobz’s FB)

His dynamic guitar skills kept growing since then and like the current guitars in his collection, it was quite surprising.

Yobz Tolentino’s “Spontaneous Aeolian Metal Bliss of the Senju Clan” (Courtesy of Boboy Tolentino’s Youtube Channel)

Having joined several bands and done countless sessions with other musicians, Yobz has become one of Iligan City’s highly skilled guitar players to date.

Currently, he is a member of a band named “Agalon.”

Agalon – Playing Gods Excerpt (bass and 2nd lead guitars) Video Clip – Courtesy of Boboy Tolentino’s Youtube Channel

Thank You

Philippines Most Talented Luthier, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City’s ER Custom Guitars, A”Phenomenal” Custom Guitar Maker

Sir Edgar R. Rabago's "Hybrid" Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar
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Philippines Most Talented Luthier

By: Kuskus Balongus

If you are one serious musician who progresses in one’s skill, succumb to G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) then get to have that light-bulb moment and vow to have your very own “Custom Guitar” made.

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Retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB

You get to the point where you start looking for a “Master luthier” or “Custom Guitar Maker” in your area, one who’s up to the challenge, one capable of meeting your “personal” specifications.

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“…looking for a ‘Master Luthier’ (left-Sir Edgar R. Rabago of ER Custom Guitars with a Mitochondria Iligan Band Member, Courtesy of Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

If you are living in the Philippines, in Luzon, in Metro Manila… finding one guitar tech or luthier wouldn’t be like finding a needle in a haystack.

There are plenty.

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Retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB

Scores of talented luthier’s in the Philippines are found in Metro Manila.

Most famous among them are Mr. Jonathan “Jon” G. Dela Cruz of “Elegee Custom Shop/Guitar 1 Custom Shop” in Quezon City, Mang Max Rufo of “Max Rufo Custom Guitars” in Malabon and Mr. Mike Sison of “Micsis Guitar Spot” in Paranaque.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

In the Visayas there are a number too, well known luthiers in Cebu are Mr. Fernando A. Dagoc of “Ferangeli Guitar” and the Alegre Family of the “Alegre Guitar Factory.”

In Mindanao?

Well, we do have “Taghoy Guitars” in Pagadian City, “JiRock Custom” in Cagayan de Oro City and Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City’s “ER Custom Guitars.”

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ER Custom Guitars (Courtesy Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

All are “indeed” talented “Luthier’s, Custom Guitar Makers, Guitar Craftsmans and Master Guitar Builders.”

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Whatever skills or methods they have and use, in one way or the other, I believe, these “talented luthiers” are capable of building instruments from scratch.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

And if given the right tools and materials, they can build you any guitar that can suit your needs, specifications, and expectations.

But… talking about the “Philippines Most Talented Luthier” here…

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Is not just about one’s capability of making that very beautiful looking and great sounding guitar.

Nor is it just about one’s ability in repairing or restoring that worn out, damaged or junked stringed instrument.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

It’s something more… much more.

And that “more” is Iligan City’s Sir Edgar R. Rabago of “ER Custom Guitars.

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Sir Edgar R. Rabago and wife Madam “Bien” (Courtesy Sir ERR’s FB)

“Phenomenal” Custom Guitar Maker

A quick google search result for “custom guitar maker philippines” may not reveal this renowned custom guitar maker and master luthier from Iligan City in the first page.

However, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of “ER Custom Guitars,” a Master builder and Custom Guitar Maker who started in the late 1990’s is a force to be reckoned with.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

If “having the aptitude or skill for building something means ‘talented,'” and taking that a step higher tantamount’s to being the “best custom guitar maker in Iligan City,” then Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s reputation precedes him.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Having a wide array of skill set in Carpentry, Furniture making, Painting, Car Body Building, Plumbing, Welding, and Metal Fabrication.

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“wide array of skill set” (Custom made bench by Sir Rabago, retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB)

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Sir Edgar R. Rabago with his Custom-built Band Saw (back) the “ER Mach” (Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB, Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan band)

And if his capability of custom building “Solid body Electric guitars and electric basses, Acoustic guitars and acoustic basses, Semi-Acoustic guitars, as well as Bandurias, Ukuleles, Violins, and Cajons” not only adds up to him being a “very talented luthier.”

 

Then there’s a little more of that something about him that you need to know.

What really sets him apart from the rest of other “talented” luthier’s in the Philippines is… not also because he can cook like a “master chef.”

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“talented luthier… also cooks like a ‘master chef'” (Courtesy Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

But the fact is, him being a “Visionary,” along with his expertise in “Electrical and Electronics,” Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City, Philippines was able to “Custom build” a Semi-Acoustic “All-in-1Dual Output Jacks Jazz Guitar in 2003.

A “unique” guitar to meet the needs of any highly skilled instrumentalist or virtuoso.

Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City, Philippines was able to "Custom build" a Semi-Acoustic "All-in-1, Dual Output Jacks" Jazz Guitar

Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City, Philippines was able to “Custom build” a Semi-Acoustic “All-in-1, Dual Output Jacks” Jazz Guitar (Retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

 Ahead of its time

As a member of the Hard Habit Band playing in night clubs and bars in Iligan City in 1982, playing a variety of songs meant switching from electric and acoustic guitar to cater to the different tones or genres played in one’s repertoire.

An idea crossed his mind and he thought to himself, having an “all-in-1” guitar would make a lot of things easier.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Playing would be much convenient if he can use a guitar that can play electric and acoustic tone with ease while remaining on stage throughout the performance.

After conceptualizing this kind of guitar in 1998 at the time when he started custom building stringed instruments.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

The lack of guitar materials in Iligan City that time only lead him to custom build this Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar with dual output jacks in 2003, when some guitar parts needed were already available.

Amazingly the guitar he built had features similar to five other “unique” and famous Guitar brands:

  1. Fender Stratocaster
  2. Rickenbacker’s Deluxe models “Rick-O-Sound” stereo (extra jack).
  3. The Kiesel CARVIN Acoustic/Electric Thinline Guitar “AE185” with dual output jacks.
  4. Godin’s Semi-Acoustic “A6 Ultra”
  5. The RJ “Super Vintage”

Semi-Acoustic Guitar (Dual Output Jacks)

According to history, George Beaucamp came up with the first true electric guitar in 1931.

And in the following year, a collaboration with the “Rickenbacker Company” lead to the marketing of electric guitars.

Gibson’s ES-150’s were the first manufactured semi-acoustic guitars in 1936.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Fender in 1951 offered the first mass-produced solid body “Telecaster” and the “Stratocaster” in 1954.

It was not until the 1960’s when the Rickenbacker company introduced their “Deluxe Guitar models,” guitars with dual output jacks and having the “Rick-O-Sound” stereo (extra jack).

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Rick-O-Sound [Courtesy rich-e-split(dot)com]

According to a post in Forums from Rickenbacker.com, “The ‘Rick-O-Sound’ output is a stereo jack that runs one pickup per channel while the Standard output jack has an intergral switch that shorts the pickups to get signals on a mono cable. The two outputs can’t be used together.”

The Kiesel CARVIN Acoustic/Electric Thinline Guitar AE185 with dual output jacks first introduced in 1994, is one that allows separation of the electric and acoustic signals to different amps, or signals can be combined into one.

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Kiesel CARVIN Acoustic/Electric Thinline Guitar AE185 [Courtesy of kieselguitars(dot)com/catalogs/guitars/ae185]

Godin’s A6 Ultra Semi-Acoustic, released in 2007 features a “Godin humbucker in the neck position, along with an under-saddle transducer, dual outputs (acoustic and electric) that combine for a huge stereo sound….”

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Godin A6 Ultra, Semi-Acoustic Guitar [Courtesy of godinguitars(dot)com]

Multi-Tone

The RJ “Super Vintage” Electric Guitar designed by RJ Jacinto and dubbed the “Holy Grail” of guitars was locally released in 2014 but RJ Jacinto was already talking about this since 1988, according to Scott R. Garceau.

Chris Loeffler at harmonycentral.com said that, “The RJ Super Vintage is a double cut-away, semi-hollow electric guitar, made from mango wood, a H/S/H pickup configuration using traditional wound-magnet pickups, with no active electronics.”

RJ Jacinto with The "Super Vintage" (Photo by Walter Bollozos, retrieved from philstar(dot)com)

RJ Jacinto with The “Super Vintage” [Photo by Walter Bollozos, retrieved from philstar(dot)com]

“Its concept is, it combines specially voiced pickups that can be independently turned on or off via individual toggle switches with splittable humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions that, in tandem with adjustments to the tone control, achieves the tone of one of five different guitars.”

It’s capable of producing Five Iconic Tones of five classic guitars: Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazzmaster, Gibson Les Paul, and Gibson ES-335.

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RJ “Super Vintage” [Courtesy of rjguitars(dot)ph]

The Super Vintage though doesn’t achieve its various sounds through modeling or presets, the different sounds are accessible through tweaking the configuration of hand-wound magnetic pickups and adjusting the tone and volume controls, said Chris Loeffler.

Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s “Hybrid” Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar

Sir Edgar R. Rabago's "Hybrid" Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar

Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s “Hybrid” Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar (Retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

SPECS:

Neck: Mahogany

Tuners: GOTOH Type

Fingerboard: Iron wood

Inlays: Mother Pearl

Frets: Large (MIK)

Truss rod: 1, single action

Radius and Scale: long*

Top: White Narra (carved from solid wood)

Body: White Narra (carved from solid piece of wood, flat top)

Controls: 1 volume, 2 tones, Acoustic Equalizer (MIK), Dual output jacks (mono), 1 five-way blade switch electric pickup selector, 1 two-way toggle switch  (electric/acoustic), 1 toggle switch (Active electronics battery on/off).

Pickup Configuration: H/S/H and with Artec under saddle Stick transducer

Bridge: Custom wood, bone saddle

Tailpiece: Bigsby type

Finish: Vintage Sunburst

*undisclosed measurements

Sir Rabago’s “Hybrid” dual output jacks Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar is “Unique” in all features.

From a Fender Stratocaster original design with additional “boost’ in circuitry.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

This Hybrid flat top guitar with 2 Violin-type “F” holes, plastic binding, carved from a solid piece of wood is not purely a “box” guitar.

It has a broad hollow body that’s not a full box (can’t get Fender Stratocaster sound) and not a full solid (can’t get acoustic resonation) but it’s somewhere in the middle, and the back is rounded (edge-less).

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Because of its Fender Stratocaster pickup configuration, “tweaking with the guitar’s controls: 1 volume, 2 tone pots with Vintage knobs (MIJ), 1 five way pickup selector, 1 two-way toggle switch (up-electric, down-acoustic transducer, middle-duet), and equalizer mixing can give you ‘multi-tones’ feature enhancements and makes this hybrid ‘capable of replicating distinct tones’ like the RJ ‘Super Vintage’ does.”

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“…expertise in ‘Electrical and Electronics’ evident in this LP with a knob activated “Distortion” effect that Sir Edgar R. Rabago installed with (Retrieved from mitochondriaband(dot)wordpress(dot)com

Its custom made tilt style bridge and custom made piece by piece individual string bone saddles gives individual strings good resonation unlike that of a one piece bone saddle.

The Bigsby type bridge though is not effective for tremolo.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Unlike Rickenbacker’s Deluxe guitar models with “Rick-O-Sound,” Sir Rabago’s Hybrid’s “Dual Output Jacks” that has one mono-electric and one mono-acoustic can be used together.

And it allows you to separate the electric and acoustic signals to different amps, or combine them as one like the Kiesel CARVIN Acoustic/Electric Thinline Guitar AE185 that was first introduced in 1994.

Sir Rabago's Hybrid Dual Output Jacks Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar

Sir Rabago’s Hybrid Dual Output Jacks Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar (Retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

“Phenomenal”

Sir Rabago thought of an “all-in-1” guitar since 1982 then conceptualized his hybrid guitar in 1998.

A time in Iligan City where people with cellphones with built-in camera’s and internet shops were only a handful.

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Sir Rabago’s Custom made (Prototype) Bass Active Preamp with two potentiometers, less EQ (Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB)

A musician and custom guitar maker, Sir Rabago, didn’t have any PC that time and only knew of the different common brands of Guitars that he encountered or were available during that time.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Among the Five Famous Guitar Brands Model that had similar features to the one he custom built.

It was only the Fender Stratocaster model he was familiar with.

But he knows Guitar brands, like “Rickenbacker, Godin, Carvin, Fender and RJ” exists.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

When the acoustic under saddle transducer became available in Iligan City and he was finally able to build his “Hybrid” Dual Output Jacks Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar in 2003.

-He didn’t know or wasn’t aware that as early as the 1960’s Rickenbacker already manufactured dual output Rick-O-Sound guitars.

-He wasn’t aware or heard of the Kiesel CARVIN Acoustic/Electric Thinline Guitar “AE185” that was released in 1994.

-The Godin A6 Semi-Acoustic “Ultra” was yet to be released 4 years later, in 2007.

-The RJ “Super Vintage” only came out in 2014, a decade+ after he built his Hybrid “All-in-1” guitar.

Sir Rabago said, “In his years as a luthier, he hasn’t repaired or seen any Rickenbacker “Rick-O-Sound” guitar or its other models because they are hard to sell here, and he only heard about Rick’s dual output jacks model lately.”

He knew Rickenbacker’s one of the pioneer guitar makers and only knew the famous models used by famous Bands.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

He also heard about the Kiesel CARVIN Acoustic/Electric Thinline Guitar “AE185” only recently.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

He has repaired a number of Godin guitars and was quite surprised to repair one Godin Semi-Acoustic guitar brought to his ER Custom Guitars Shop in 2011 (eight years after he built his Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar).

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

It was brought in for repairs by the father of a famous artist, musician and band member in Manila, who was in Northern Mindanao working as a supplier of Sound Systems.

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Retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB

Sir Edgar noticed that the Godin guitar used a similar wiring design to the one he built, except for the fact that this Godin model had metal saddles and didn’t have the acoustic feature, aside from that the electric circuitry was all the same.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

Although these features have been done before, having no knowledge about these Famous guitar brands employing them and being able to conceptualize and custom built his Hybrid Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar… is purely “talent!”

Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City’s “ER Custom Guitars” is probably the “most talented” luthier in the country, a “‘Phenomenal’ Custom Guitar Maker!”

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Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City’s ER Custom Guitars (Photograph Courtesy of Sir ERR)

“Prized Possession”

Sir Rabago built the “Hybrid” guitar for personal use.

However, he kept getting offers from other musicians who visited his shop.

Mitochondria band keyboardist once offered to trade his Yamaha DX7 keyboard for the guitar but Sir Rabago politely declined.

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Mitochondria Iligan (Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan FB)

A skilled guitarist offered to trade his Professional “Nikon” Camera but still Sir Rabago declined.

Many other skilled musicians offered to buy it but still Sir Rabago declined.

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Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB

But when one of his musician best friend, asked to buy it from him and kept begging him and gave him a reasonable offer, Sir Rabago eventually sold it to him.

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Sir Rabago with Chicky (Courtesy of Sir ERR)

The guitar had no brand name on its headstock when Sir Rabago built it but after Sir Rabago’s best friend bought it, he requested to have “Yamaha” placed on the guitar’s headstock.

"...when Sir Edgar's best friend bought it, he requested to have "Yamaha" placed on the headstock."

“…when Sir Rabago’s best friend bought it, he requested to have the “Yamaha” placed on the guitar’s headstock.” (Retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

Sadly, his best friend passed away two years ago but before he died, because his best friend needed money one time, he was able to sell the guitar to another musician who really liked the guitar when he saw it when it was still with Sir Rabago.

The current owner now is selling the guitar because he’s already too busy with his job.

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“‘Irony and Humor’ of Guitar Custom Building” Sir Rabago reveals his funny side during a reunion with former band mates and musician friends (Photograph Courtesy of Sir ERR)

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” and to think Sir Rabago built this kind of guitar at a time where he had no knowledge about those famous models similar to his “Hybrid,” at best, is “absolute creativity!

Sir Rabago’s “Hybrid” Dual Output Jacks Semi-Acoustic Jazz Guitar is truly one remarkable instrument!

ER Guitars

Courtesy Sir ERR’s FB

Built by a Master Luthier who’s probably the Philippines “most talented” and “Phenomenal” Custom Guitar Maker.

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ER Custom Guitar’s Shop (Retrieved from Sir ERR’s FB)

Made to Order! Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City’s “ER Custom Guitars” Creations… “Specially made according to customers needs, specifications and expectations.”

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"Got it covered!" "Custom Guitar" seekers and Mitochondria band members at Sir Edgar R. Rabago's Shop with elegantly crafted and beautiful "Mahogany" Solid-body "ER Custom Guitars" (Photo courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)


“Got it covered!” “Custom Guitar” seekers and Mitochondria band members at Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s Shop with elegantly crafted and beautiful “Mahogany” Solid-body “ER Custom Guitars” (Photo courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Reference and Citation:

-Guide to Luthiers and Guitar Tech in the Philippines at royoconguitars(dot)blogspot(dot)com…

-Forums at rickenbacker(dot)com/forum/…

-Semi-acoustic guitar at https://en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/Semi-acoustic_guitar

-Fender Musical Instruments Corporation at https://en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/Fender_Musical_Instruments_Corporation

-AE185 Acoustic Electric Thinline Guitar, Product Overview at kieselguitars(dot)com/catalog/guitars/ae185

-Godin, Press, Some Added Oomph!… New Godin A6 Ultra at godinguitars(dot)com/godinpressa6ultra.html

-Godin a-Series, A6 Ultra / Left at godinguitars(dot)com/godina6ultrap.htm

-RJ Jacinto designs the “Holy Grail” of guitars. THE X-PAT FILES By Scott R. Garceau. July 6, 2014 at philstar.com/sunday-life/…

-An Expert Review: The RJ Super Vintage Electric Guitar by Chris Loeffler at harmonycentral(dot)com/expert-reviews/…

-Philippine Custom-Made Electric Guitars at prezi(dot)com/0cjougzp58a2/philippine-custom-made-electric-guitars/

-Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker And Master Luthier, Sir Edgar R. Rabago at mitochondriaband(dot)wordpress(dot)com

Written By: Kuskus Balongus

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