Zion Guitars - Kirby Velarde Signature Model #1 - Custom Orders Available!
Kirby Velarde began playing guitar at 9 years of age. By the time he reached 17, he had joined his parents' band and began playing such venues as The Taste of Colorado & The People's Fair. He had won Colorado’s Battle of the Bands, opened up for .38 special, had recorded an album with his father that led to a recording session produced by legendary Hammond B3 player Howard Wales ( Grateful Dead). He had the honor to meet and play a concert with Mike Varney, CEO of Shrapnel records, and Aynsley Dunbar, drummer for Journey, Whitesnake, etc. He was then offered a contract with Shrapnel records. His and his father's music has been used on multiple hit television sitcoms and they continue to write and perform original music together.
Today, Kirby possesses a resume that includes stints with an impressively broad range of other music personalities such as Clint Brown, Michael English, Eric Darius, Brian Culbertson, Jackiem Joyner, Paul Taylor, Kevin Toney, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Molly Hatchet, Warrant, Maurice Rogers, Trint Phillips, as well has having the privilege to have had Earth Wind and Fire’s horn section on one of his albums. Kirby has also worked with such Grammy Award-winning engineers/producers as Clark Hagan and Kurt Carr.
Currently Kirby has been playing all over the United States at venues such as the Denver Jazz Festival at the Democratic Convention Center, was show cased on BET’s Bobby Jones show in Washington DC, has played Central Park, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, etc. and continues to travel around the globe with world renowned gospel artist, Kurt Carr.
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Located in North Carolina, USA, Zion Guitar Technology builds masterful instruments on par with any of the most well-known custom guitar brands. Their tone and craftsmanship is second to none.
The Kirby Velarde Signature Model is based on the Zion Classic, crafted to Kirby's exact specifications. An incredible guitar for an incredible guitarist.
As one of the top Colorado artists, GuitarX is working with Kirby to make his signature Zion available to the public. For added customization, you can change the hardware color (chrome at no extra charge or gold at slight extra charge) and the neck shape can be modified as well to your liking. Build time is approximately 12 weeks.
Model: Zion Classic - Kirby Velarde Signature Model
Finish: Crimson Burst (Fade to Black)
Body: Swamp Ash
Top: AAAAA Quilt Maple
Headstock: Angled, Ebony w/ Abalone Zion Logo
Fretboard: Ebony, 22 frets (.104 x .047 Nickel/Silver), 12" Radius, Abalone Dove Inlays
Neck: 25.5" Scale
Bridge: Recessed Original Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo
Pickups: DiMarzio Heavy Blues (single coils - neck & middle), DiMarzio Breed (humbucker - bridge)
Controls - Master Volume (with push/pull pot for Neck Pickup on/off), Master Tone (with push/pull pot for Bridge Pickup coil tap), 5-way Selector (Megaswitch)
Zion Hardshell Case Included