"Bernie Rico Jr Guitars is honored and delighted to post this endorsement of alliance with Paul Antonio Ortiz : Chimp Spanner. One of the many great perks of being in the guitar industry is the gift of meeting unique artists and the honor of hearing their music. Another perk is working with these artists on crafting their very personal handmade guitars. Last month we were given a release for review titled "At the Dream's Edge". The music explodes in your ears. If we had to sum up what we heard on this album in one word the word would have to be WOW.
Paul is an intensely gifted musician/guitarist and an architect of an unusual blend of music which merges Metal and Fusion with a plethora of other eclectic musical styles. The cuts on this album go from surreal and atmospheric to poly rhythmic and melodic heavy metal within a moments notice. The technique surrounding his playing coupled with his incredible ability to compose, orchestrate and deliver mind altering music is an awe inspiring experience.
It is truly a delight to work with Paul on making him custom guitars. We salute you and your creativity Paul and look forward to working with you in the future.
Bernie Rico Jr."
An absolutely gigantic thank you must go to Keith Merrow (if you haven't heard his music, please do so now.........done? Cool!) for helping to arrange this, and to Bernie for choosing to get directly involved in the development of artists both established, and up-and-coming. It's truly refreshing, and I can't wait to get my hands on these instruments and play the hell out of them!
You can find out more about his custom shop guitars at the link above.