Vizcarra Negra

02004-10-29 | Uncategorized | 5 comments

The photo shows the back of my Vizcarra Negra, which I sold today. This guitar has a very interesting story:

Remember the Pimentel Guitar that turned up on Ebay a few months ago? Well, this Negra is related to that guitar. In 1990 I had two Pimentel guitars. The first one played better and was used on Borrasca and some of NF. The second one had a most gorgeous body made from old, old Brazilian Rosewood. Senor Pimentel told me he found the wood in his attic when he moved to a new home sometime in 1989 or thereabout. He said he had aquired the wood in the mid-Sixties and had simply forgotten about it.

When my first Pimentel was broken to pieces by an Airline around 1994 or 1995, I approached Keith Vizcarra and we worked out this plan: he was to attach the neck of the second Pimentel to the body of the first Pimentel – because that neck was completely broken – and then rebuild the body of the second Pimentel completely, adding a new Vizcarra neck and his V-pegs.

I played this new Negra on every track of Leaning into the Night, except for The Winding Road/La Primavera. I also played the guitar on some of the pieces for christmas + santa fe.

I haven’t played the guitar in over a year and had promised myself that if I did not play a guitar for a year I would sell it. Maybe the next guitarist will put it to some use. I am not a collector, it seems. There is one more guitar I might sell next year. The one-year mark is approaching for a Blanca by Eric Sahlin, which he made for me in 1995 and which was used on every single recording since then – up until La Semana that is…

If you are interested in the Sahlin, look to these pages in January or February. I will put up a notice and a photo of the guitar at that time. Eric has a six year waiting list, I might add, and this guitar is in great condition.


  1. Eno

    Since I CAN’T pay for that with my credit card, is it possible to just sign my life over as a down payment. That way I can feel the spirit transcend through the guitar into my soul and make me play better.

    I wonder how much it’ll go for?

  2. Adam Solomon

    I’ll sell my soul, does that beat Eric’s offer?

  3. Luz

    I’d think we’d all just about do that Adam! He should have another raffle and raise $$ for charity and some lucky fanmenco could be the lucky winner but I don’t think it would be profitable for OL. I’d pay at least $20 bucks a ticket if not more for a lucky chance.

  4. Panj

    I gasped in wonder at the sight of your guitar, the beauty of the Rosewood is heavenly and its creation although born of sadness, so wonderously planned and executed. THEN to have it brought to life by your being, well definetely worth the payment of a Soul..:-)
    ‘Leaning into the Night’ is the chosen CD being played at the barn currently and I will be sure to tell the horses,goat,cow and various fowl from whence this music comes…:-))) It will be sure to bring great joy and blessings to it’s new owner…

  5. Ann

    I am Blessed enough to have won the Guitar a year ago in the raffle OL had It’s a wonderful feeling to have such a trearsue, Good luck to whom ever may be Blessed to own This National Treasure. Ol I’ve been wanting to ask you if you have ever met or played with Jimmy page? LOL Ann


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