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Instruments previously built in Asbury Park, NJ between 1997 and 2002.
The Vaccaro Guitar company was founded in 1997 by Henry Vaccaro, Sr. (chairman of the board) and Henry Vaccaro, Jr. (president). Henry Vaccaro, Sr. is not new to the guitar industry. Vaccaro, Sr. was one of the original founders of Kramer Music Products, Inc. (KMP), a premier American guitar manufacturing company. Vaccaro, Sr. served as a board member from 1976 to 1982, when he was elected Chairman of KMP's Board of Directors. He successfully guided the company into becoming one of America's largest guitar manufacturers, with sales in 1987 exceeding $15,000,000. Vacarro served as chairman from 1982 to 1988. Vacarro, Sr. was also the founder and president of the Henry V. Vaccarro Corporation, a statewide building construction firm that completed a number of high dollar construction projects. Vaccaro, Sr. dissolved this company when he began testing the prototypes of the new V aluminum neck.
The entire Vaccaro guitar line was conceived by Vaccaro, Jr., stemming from a graphics and fashion background with extensive work in artist management. Vaccaro, Jr. drew from his experience to design a line of stylistic guitars. During the past several years, extensive research and testing had been conducted for the development of the Vaccaro V neck that would be featured on all Vaccaro guitars and basses. The stability of the V neck leads to the elimination of frequent adjustments and replacements.The first Vaccaro Guitar debuted in 1998 at the music industry NAMM show.
In 1976, Kramer Music Products introduced the patented Power Forged Aluminum T-Neck guitar; from 1976 to 1980 total sales were in excess of $6,000,000. In 1981, the aluminum neck was discontinued, as it was too costly to produce compared to the conventional wooden neck. Vacarro, Sr. and luthier Dr. Phillip Petillo re-evaluated the original 1976 aluminum neck while researching the ´V´ neck. Part of the problems encountered with the original T- Neck was the heavy weight (21 ounces), high manufacturing costs, and temperature conductibility (the neck would go out of tune under extreme heat or the chill of a cold neck was uncomfortable to guitarists). Vaccaro's V neck featured an aluminum core surrounded by wood (only two ounces heavier than a conventional wood neck, which is barely noticeable in a properly balanced body), an Ebanol synthetic fingerboard, and an adjustable truss rod for the desired bow or play in the neck.

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