Ergon is dedicated to creating handmade and unique boutique guitars. Adriano Sérgio never builds a guitar more than once...
Ergon is dedicated to creating handmade and unique boutique guitars. Adriano Sérgio never builds a guitar more than once.
Designing boutique guitars starts with more than just the kind of tone and feel you are searching for. Adriano Sérgio prefers to know as much as he can about who his clients are, so that it may be reflected in the guitars to be built.
Adriano starts by drawing the first sketches and then moves on to carving three dimensional prototypes. From this basis, the combination of design and ergonomics is decided. Adriano strives to make the instrument aesthetically appealing, yet the most important thing is that it has to be comfortable to enjoy for as long as you wish to play it. When moving on to the actual wood, Adriano frequently analyses the progress of the build, so that important aspects like the final profile of the neck fulfills its goals and fits with the whole.
THE CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS
All Ergon boutique guitars are built with great care and attention dedicated to the quality of the materials used. Wood species are selected for both tone and beauty, and the combination of woods in every instrument made follows the overall design ethic.
Besides using traditional slowly air-dried wood, thermo-treated wood is also been used for necks due to its structural stability and tone response - analogous to aged woods. The necks are equipped with a double-way trussrod, either titanium or stainless steel. As for the coupling of neck with body, a sliding dovetail "set-thru" joint is favored over other types of joints, the reason being that this kind of joint gradually locks in place as the neck slides into the body socket, providing a rock solid union.
Currently, the hardware used on Ergon boutique guitars are Gotoh 510 series®, with some instruments also using the Stealth® machine head series. However, Adriano is open to other suggestions, always taking into consideration the blend between function and aesthetic coherence. The various plates found on the guitar designs are hammered and shaped from drum cymbal brass.
In the electronics department, the electric sound is transduced by custom hand-wound pickups, from manufacturers like Lundgren®, Bare Knuckles® and others. CTS® potenciometers are connected with quality shielded wire and the circuit is routed to the amplifier by a Switchcraft® switch and jack. The sonic possibilities of the circuit are fully customizable to the player's preferences and request.
Ergon doesn't have a ridgid model lineup, but instead produces instruments in rough "flavors," which can be previewed in the photos below.