Javier Vargas - Ruokangas Guitars

Javier Vargas / Vargas Blues Band

I received an email from Javier in March, 2019. He told me he had discovered my guitars at a music store in San Sebastián, Spain. Javier had fallen in love with a Mojo Deluxe and now he used it all the time.

Javier discovered my guitars

Our guitar finding its way into the hands of a skilled professional musician – and the musician recognizing the quality of the instrument. This is always the moment that warms my heart more than anything in my work. The instrument speaks to the player. No sponsorship trickery or other business politics involved. It’s real.

Vargas Blues Band

Javier Vargas, Spain’s biggest blues star, has released 27 albums since putting together the Vargas Blues Band in 1990. Eight of those records have sold platinum.

Javier has performed and/or recorded with so many artists…  Prince, Carlos Santana, Alvin Lee, Roy Buchanan, Canned Heat, Larry Graham, Glenn Hughes, Jack Bruce, Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert and Devon Allman, to name a few amongst a looong list of major stars.

Carlos Santana plays Javier Vargas

Some of these stars appear as guest artists on Vargas Blues Band albums, while others have recorded versions of Javier’s music on their own albums. Carlos Santana’s version of Javier’s Blues Latino on the album Santana Brothers (1994) is a good example.

Performing with Prince

Many have asked Javier to perform with them on stage, marvelling his skills and musical style. Performing with Prince & The New Power Generation is one of highlights among those encounters.

Why we do what we do

I have no words to describe how happy I am about Javier Vargas choosing our guitar as one of his main tools in studio and on stage. This kind of “crossing of paths” tell the story of why we do what we do, in the best possible way. Gotta love my job.

Vargas & Jagger - Chicken Dinner

The first single release from the album Move On by Vargas & Jagger (2019),
featuring Javier Vargas and John Byron Jagger.

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