Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List: for the Wall Street Journal." Vignola’s jaw- dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar.”
With over 1000 engagements in the last five years alone, Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents – and still growing – performing in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.
Often featured on National Public Radio, Frank Vignola has also become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. His own PBS special, “Four Generations of Guitar” produced by Peter Berkow, premiered in the 2015 season as part of the 13 episode series “Music Gone Public,” where he is joined by special guests, Bucky Pizzarelli, Vinny Raniolo, Joe Craven and Tommy Emmanuel.
In March, 2017, Vignola was in a horrific ATV accident. He broke 8 bones, had collapsed lungs and internal bleeding. After 18 months of rehabilitation and four surgeries on his right arm, Vignola returned to his full schedule of touring and teaching activities. Thankfully, Vignola is back in full swing.
He has produced 25 full length video teaching courses for TrueFire.com for all levels. His online one on one private lessons and workshop courses continue to thrive with hundreds of enrolled students. His online jazz studio is thriving as Vignola continues to conduct clinics, masterclasses and workshops at music universities across the globe, most recently coaching guitar ensembles at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
Check out Vignola online at www.FrankVignola.com
What They Play
- Neck Material:Mahogany
- Fingerboard Radius:12"
- Neck Profile:Traditional Even C
- Nut:Bone 1 3/4"
- 1st Fret String Height:.022"
- 12th Fret String Height:Bass .078" & Treble .062"
- Fretwire:20 Jescar FW47104
- Scale Length:25 3/8"
- Body Style:Thorell/Vignola Signature Gypsy Jazz Guitar
- Body Dimensions:15" x 3 1/4"
- Body Top:AAA Tight Grained Spruce
- Body Back/Sides:Highly Flamed Mahogany
- Truss Rod:Single Acting
- Binding:Top and Back
- Binding Material:4 Ply Ivoroid
- Hardware Color:Gold
- Tailpiece:Thorell Style
- String Spacing:2 3/32"
- Tuners:Gotoh SEP780-06MGG
- Neck Pickup:Lollar Johnny Smith
- Pickup Height:3/32"
- Potentiometers:500K Linear Taper Thumbwheel
- Output Jack:Switchcraft
- Strings:D’Addario NYXL .012 - .052
- Case:Hardshell Case