Adriano Sérgio's interest in the technical side of guitars was sparked when he grew increasingly unsatisfied with his life as a bass player. After spending most of the 1990s accompanying other artists and being involved in original projects, by the end of the decade he gradually began repairing instruments more, rather than playing them.
Life on the road as an international guitar technician brought Adriano Sérgio in close contact with many of the classic models we all know, as well as the real needs of the working and touring musician. By 2005, this gathered experience materialized in Guitar Rehab Lisbon, the musical instrument repair, restoration and construction workshop where Ergon guitars are designed and crafted. Some years later, the Ergon team has slowly expanded to include Hugo Domingos and Luís Alves working alongside Adriano.
The impetus to begin building guitars was sparked by the requests of close clients, who were searching for an instrument that embodied their preferences of tone and comfort of use.
Adriano believes the combination of all of his professional experience with a lifelong interest in art and design are inevitably reflected in the aesthetic aspect and ergonomic touch of Ergon guitars. The instruments are made to be a beautiful extension of the musician's body, in order to grant a more fluid channel through which expression can be manifested.
After all, Adriano felt a passion for craft from early on. He remembers seeing his father working with wood and metal as a hobby. When Adriano was 5 or 6 years old, his father gave him a set of woodworking tools, two of which still help when he is creating the next instrument.