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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:10 am 
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Hi All,
Just wanted to post some pics of an incredible journey that is finally coming to its end. Over a year ago, I decided to build my first guitar. I have been a guitar player for over 35 years and I am actually a guitar teacher by profession. (HUGE Vai fan as well) Anyways, I am smack dab in the middle of a documentary film I am making in regards to this guitar build that took nearly a year to complete and with over 1400 hours of labor. The question that has been asked mostly, is "Does it play well?" has been answered with a resounding "YES" - it plays actually better than it looks - I just brought it to Todd Grubbs' studio last night (Todd is a probably THE best instrumental rock guitarist (IMHO) on the west coast of Florida - (Mike Keneally played on his most recent CD) --- anyways, Todd went crazy over the sound & feel of this axe and I will be putting video clips of Todd on the documentary which is expected to be released on Sunday, August 21st.

What makes this guitar so special? Well, it is almost a 1-of-a-kind simply because of the insane inlay materials used (Prehistoric sharks teeth ranging from 5 to 22 miliion years old, sterling silver, 14k gold, even our puppy's teeth!), as well as it's playability, ESPECIALLY for a first time build. Grit Laskin as well as Larry Robinson were amazed when they saw pics of the guitar.. more info to follow, but here are some recent pics, as well as the specs..

Final specs/credits
Name: Dueling Dragons
Style: Double-cutaway set neck
24 frets
25" scale
16" Radius
Tuners: 4/top 2/bottom Gold Gotoh's
Black Tusq Nut
Pickups: Gold PRS Dragon II Neck & Treble
Electronics: Vol, Tone & PRS 5-way selector dial
Bridge: Schroeder Custom Gold Stoptail
Body: African Mahogany/ Flamed Maple soundboard/ Gabon Ebony Top
Neck: Hard Maple - neck blank cut by Penta Guitarworks
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood/Gabon Ebony side strips - addition neck work and fretboard work done by Tony Bonaventura of Southern WoodWorks
Headstock: Flamed maple veneer, 1/8" Gabon Ebony Inset(Inlaid)
Pickup rings: Tamboti wood
Headstock Decal: Art: Virgil, made by Scary Creative
Gabon Body Cap & edge/: Tony Bonaventura
Burl dying: Jim Huston
Guru guidance: Rick Penta, Woodmeister and tool loaner/time giver: Tony Bonaventura
Finishing: Moe Roberts of Moecolors
Design, building, inlay and everything else: Virgil Mandanici
Studio photography: Kent Ross Photography

Inlay Materials/Dragons:
Padauk
Leopardwood
Wengewood
Rosewood
Camatillo wood
Dyed Burl
Gold MOP
White MOP
Black MOP
Pink MOP
Green Abalone
Paua Abalone
Bubinga w/ Sapwood
Macassar Ebony w/ Sapwood
Kewazinga (bubinga)
Box Elder
Snakewood
Various dyed Burls
Prehistoric Shark's teeth
Our puppy's eye teeth(For the horns)
Prehistoric sand shark teeth(for dragons claws)
Hawaiian Koa wood
Turquoise Recon Stone
Sterling Silver Tongue & whiskers (lower Dragon)
14k Gold tongue & whiskers (upper dragon)
Gold & Red Nail polish/epoxy & coffee can lid for eyes

Trussrod Cover:
African Blackwood
Koa
White figured MOP
Black MOP
Red MOP
14k Gold

Knobs:
Padauk sandwiched in between Gabon Ebony
Turquoise Recon Stone

Best Regards,
Virgil Mandanici
PS, Rumor has it that Steve DOES play other guitars besides Ibanez when nobody is looking.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:34 am 
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Alright! I finally finished the web site and documentary film "Release The Dragons" - even have a snippet of Todd Grubbs playing the Dueling Dragons guitar - BTW, does anyone ever comment on this part of the forum? Does my guitar suck because it isn't a JEM? LMAO!!!! Hello, is this mic on? Here is the link to the documentary film - just go to the "Videos" section:

http://www.virgilguitar.com

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:16 am 
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Omg that is probably better than any branded guitar i've ever seen.

Nice work!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:41 pm 
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apple juice wrote:
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Omg that is probably better than any branded guitar i've ever seen.

Nice work!


Thanks man! When I had the "Release Party", I had over 20 seasoned players that played it and the consensus was that it was the "best" playing guitar they have ever played as well - never thought that would happen when I was building it, but it turned out way better than I expected - thanks for your kind words -V


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:49 pm 
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really nice job dude.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:01 pm 
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aaronm wrote:
really nice job dude.


Thanks man! Just last week, I finished my second build, "The Silver Willow" all the info is here: http://www.virgilguitar.com/guitars/002_silverWillow.html

And here's a couple pics:
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Watch the demo video of this guitar here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbIYBl5qIw8&list=UU38nmbWgNySV-bZJT1Q1YtA&feature=plcp

Thanks again!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:44 pm 
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fuck im totally blown away buy these guitars you have made ,if they play and sound well which im shure they do mate the sky is the limit for you.


you must get alot of satisfaction out of doing this :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Thanks Aaron!
I am currently working on another 2 guitars and am struggling to make these - mainly because the costs of goods these days - I ended up coming up with an idea called <snip>

I have SO many ideas for a stack of guitars and wish there were more hours in the day for this one-man-show. A major guitar magazine publisher contacted me a couple weeks ago via FaceBook, (which I constantly update with photos of my builds) and wants to do a feature story on me and my guitars - this is all very exciting - got lots of stuff to put into place before I can give them my press release - this has been quite the journey!

Visit and "Like" my Facebook page to get the latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virgil-Guitars/301928449849294

Thanks again man!

V


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:21 pm 
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sounds awesome dude all the very best with the future 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:24 am 
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VirgilGuitar: Please don't use this forum to promote your commercial activities. It's not allowed.
Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:03 am 
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Moderator7VWH wrote:
VirgilGuitar: Please don't use this forum to promote your commercial activities. It's not allowed.
Thanks in advance.

Moderator7vwh


Hi - I totally will to adhere to this - I just need to be clear on this because I like this forum and was just showing guitar(s) I had built - the Dueling Dragons guitar is not for sale and I didn't really tell anyone to "buy" my guitars - just thought that this particular part of the forum was for "Ibanez and Other Guitars", and thought that my guitar builds may be interesting for people to look at, since I am one of "The Others".

I can remove this post if you like, just let me know what I should do at this point - thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:48 pm 
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I think the post from that moderator is just wrong ,..very wrong
if vai has anything to do with it hes wrong
all the best virgil 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Ahhh, I see - I had mentioned something that I make on the side and blatantly mentioned it on a previous post - the moderator *snipped* it out - it's all good, totally get it... carry on kids - back to our scheduled programming.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 8:33 pm 
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I sold my first guitar today - the Silver Willow - I also believe this sale will be in the history books for a looooong time.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 9:53 pm 
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thats awesome dude ,.. 8)


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