Master Luthier Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars, seated at right with Mitochondria members Ckinzki and Danzoy after the “Discussion” (Image Courtesy of E.R. Guitars/Mitochondria Iligan)
Embarking with “Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker and Master Builder, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars”
“Guitar Hunting and Acquisition! Every GAS sufferer’s wish, at a cost!”
Pedal to the Metal!
Hitting the gas pedal good, the car moved off and brought us closer to our search in finding that dream guitar in a place somewhere.
“Left or right? What’s that? Your left or my right? Ah, let’s just pull over here and ask for directions (maybe we’re lost),” said one to his companion, as the two guitar hunters reach that fork in the road.
“Finding your dream guitar is tough, especially if you don’t know where you’re looking. And if you don’t know where you are when searching, you can’t get to where you’re going.”
“Brand new or Second-hand” Dream Guitar?
For those having a serious case of GAS, the most sought after high-end guitar (depending on its list price) sometimes may be a “dream” or a “bad dream.”
Guitar Hunters and GAS sufferers who go for “brand new or high-end” dream guitars know that such inclination won’t go without a price.
Brand new Guitars at SolidMark Store.
Guitar hunters of “second-hand” dream guitars on the other hand know that used instruments may come at a bargain or half the price.
Nonetheless, brand new or second-hand, as long as one GAS sufferer can take the guitar of their dreams (or the guitar in one of their dreams) home, other things really don’t matter much after…
GAS has its perks! But for most of the time, in serious cases, it comes at a cost.
E.R. “Custom” Guitars
If one can’t afford those choice, high-end brands, or don’t have that much dough to spare to get the expensive ones.
Squire by Fender Basses, High-end Instruments (Courtesy of GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Musical Instruments Store, Yupangco Bldg., Makati, Metro Manila)
Or if one can’t get that model because it’s no longer available or sold in the market, then to settle for a custom made one is the best accord.
Don’t despair! There’s always another alternative.
Customize (Courtesy of Sir ERR)
Another alternative (Courtesy of Sir ERR)
Custom Guitar (Courtesy of Sir ERR)
Custom made (Courtesy of Sir ERR)
Have one customized and done, one that’s best for you, a Custom guitar that’s true.
Custom Guitar Maker (Courtesy of Sir Edgar R. Rabago)
Now where can one find a luthier and have that dream guitar Custom-made?
Master Luthier at work (Image Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)
Well, this all depends on where you’re at but if you are from Iligan City then there’s definitely only one guitar builder to seek out.
Road to Customization
Master Luthier Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars.
Iligan City’s Custom Guitar Builder, Sir Edgar R. Rabago (Courtesy of ER Guitars)
So as the band Mitochondria embarks on a “True Custom Guitar’s” Journey, here’s the rest of our custom built guitar’s story.
True Custom Guitar
The guitar we had custom built is a modification of one popular design tailored to suit our “guitar hunters” turned “custom guitar seekers” specifications.
After having that long discussion with Sir Rabago, we finally came up with this personalized and customized guitar with different specs and features specially made… with much satisfaction.
“Killer Bass” ER-21 Blackbird
Guitar fresh from the Custom Shop (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)
Our Custom-made guitar is just about a spitting image of the Dean Z Metalman Bass-Classic Black, dubbed the “ER-21 Blackbird,” a.k.a. The “Dean’s Lister’s ‘Killer Bass.'”
The “Dean’s Lister’s ‘Killer Bass'” (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)
This Dean Guitar inspired replica has a monorail bridge, a “Glossy Black” finish, and sports the same radical body shape and headstock as the real one.
monorail bridge, big bass humbucker, plastic with acrylic transparent speed control dials (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)
Unlike the Z Metalman Bass soapbar humbucker’s placement, the Blackbird’s big bass humbucker pickup is mounted not so close to the bridge to capture fat string vibrations as close as it can get to the optimum level.
In addition to that the ample space between the end of the fretboard and the pickup provides enough room for slap style playing.
Although its visual aspects attests to the guitar’s Metal ancestry, its other features more or less makes this bass fit for playing most music styles.
Master Luthier and “Legendary” Custom Guitar Maker, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars with one of his Custom-made Masterpiece he dub’s, The Metal “Killer Bass!”
Luthier Sir Edgar R. Rabago (E.R. Guitars)
Guitar Name Dean’s Lister’s “Killer Bass”
Model Name (ER-21) “Blackbird”
Dexterity Right Handed
Top Material Mahogany
Top Contour Flat Top
Neck Material Mahogany
Scale Length 34″ (863mm)
Neck Shape D as in “Dean”
Fretboard Material Indian Rosewood
Inlays Pearl Dot
# of Frets 21
Fretboard Radius 18″ (457mm)
Nut Compact Industrial Grade Deluxe Fiberglass
Nut Width 1 1/2″ (38mm)
Tuners Semi-closed machine heads
Knobs Plastic with Acrylic Transparent Speed Control Dials
Hardware Color Black & Silver
Bridge Steel and Zinc Alloy
Pickup (Bridge) Big Bass Humbucker
Finish Glossy Black
Case Options can fit in DHS ZM, LGB MM
Country of Origin Philippines
Truss Rod Single Action
Strings Alice (.045-.105)
E.R. Guitars “Custom” Shop (Courtesy of Sir ERR)
A Targaryen “heirloom”
“The sweetest dream is owning the guitar of your dreams! And so this is the story of Mitochondria’s ‘True Custom Guitar’s Journey.'”
“Attune to Customization” (ER Mach, Courtesy of Sir ERR)
“Your guitar dreams can still come true if you wake up and drop by at ‘E.R. Guitars Shop.’ So, make your dream guitar a reality any way, go on with your own ‘Custom Guitar’s Journey’ today.”
“Indian Pass” (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)
D.O.G. and P.I.G.’s Prescription for a Guitar Hunter/GAS sufferer’s condition
GAS Medication Prescription
Feature Article Etched By: KB
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