Archive for ‘bass’

18/11/2014

The Holy Grail Guitar Show: The Kitarablogi video

16/11/2014

The Holy Grail Guitar Show – as it happened

Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make it to the Holy Grail Guitar Show:
You can find all the pictures and info on Kitarablogi’s Facebook page (more pictures will be added over the next couple of days)!

15/11/2014

The Holy Grail Guitar Show – erittäin vahva suomalainen edustus

HGGS 2014 – Ari-Jukka Luomaranta

AJL-Guitars

HGGS 2014 – Amfisound Tomi + Sampo

Amfisound Guitars

HGGS 2014 – Anders Liljeström

Liljeström Guitars

HGGS 2014 – Juha Lottonen

Lottonen Guitars

HGGS 2014 – Juha Ruokangas + Nemo

Ruokangas Guitars

HGGS 2014 – Jasesoi AP Paasonen

Soitinpaja Jasesoi

HGGS 2014 – Tyyster + Kuloniemi

Tyyster Guitars

HGGS – Versoul

Versoul Instruments

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Tarkempaa lisätietoa tapahtumasta saa TÄSSÄ.

14/11/2014

THIS WEEKEND: The Holy Grail Guitar Show – Berlin, November 15th & 16th, 2014

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The Holy Grail Guitar Show is your chance to get up close and personal with the crème de la crème of small-series and custom guitar makers and luthiers from around the globe!

The Holy Grail Guitar Show – which is put on by the association of European Guitar Builders – will be held at the Estrel Berlin Hotel and Congress Centre in Berlin (Germany) on the 15th and 16th of November.

While the show’s main focus will lie on European builders, the Holy Grail Guitar Show’s exhibitor list (of more than 100 different companies) does include high-end makers from all around the world.

You can find more information HERE.

Kitarablogi.com will be there, too!

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Here’s a word from EGB vice president Juha Ruokangas:

29/10/2014

Tule kokemaan taivaallisia kitaroita! The Holy Grail Guitar Show – Berliini, 15. & 16. marraskuuta 2014

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The Holy Grail Guitar Show -näyttely antaa sinulle ainutkertaisen mahdollisuuden tutustua maailman parhaimpiin uusiin kitaroihin, sekä tekijöihin unelmasoittimien takana!

The Holy Grail Guitar Show:n takana on eurooppalaisten kitararakentajien yhdistys The European Guitar Builders. Tapahtuma järjestetään Berliinissä, Estrel Berlin Hotel and Congress Centre:ssä 15. ja 16. marraskuuta.

Vaikka tapahtuman pääpaino on eurooppalaisissa soittimissa, The Holy Grail Guitar Show:n pitkältä näytteilleasettajien listalta (joka sisältää yli sataa soitinpajaa) löytyy myös kitararakentajia esim. USA:sta, Kanadasta tai Japanista. Suomalaisia nimiä löytyy listalta muuten yllättävän monta:

AJL-Guitars

Amfisound Guitars

Liljeström Guitars

Lottonen Guitars

Ruokangas Guitars

Soitinpaja Jasesoi

Tyyster Guitars

Versoul Instruments

Tarkempaa lisätietoa tapahtumasta saa TÄSSÄ.

Kitarablogi.com on luonnollisesti myös menossa!

20/10/2014

Turenki Tonefest 2014 – the video

19/10/2014

Turenki Tonefest 2014 – kuvat

Asgard 2

Asgard

Asgard Guitars

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Aurora

Aurora Guitars

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Ben Granfelt

Ben Granfelt

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Finlandia 2

Finlandia Instruments

Finlandia Instruments

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Halla 2

Halla Custom

Halla Custom Instruments

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Hehku 2

Hehku 3

Hehku 4

Hehku

Hehku Custom Amplifiers

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HOS 2

HOS

HOS Guitars

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JaSeSoi

Soitinpaja Jasesoi

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JLeachim 2

JLeachim 3

JLeachim

J. Leachim Music

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Kämäräinen + Haavisto 2

Kämäräinen + Haavisto

Olli Haavisto + Timo Kämäräinen

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Kataja 2

Kataja 3

Kataja

Kataja Custom Shop

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Keihäs 2

Keihäs

Keihäs Guitars

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Kitarapaja

Kitarapaja

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Koivisto 2

Koivisto

Luthier Sami Koivisto

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Lottonen 2

Lottonen

Lottonen Guitars

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Manninen 2

Manninen

Manninen Custom Instruments

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Oakbridge 2

Oakbridge

Oakbridge Instruments

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Rautia 2

Rautia

Rautia Guitars

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Ruokangas 2

Ruokangas 3

Ruokangas

Ruokangas Guitars

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Tyyster

Tyyster Guitars

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Vuorensaku

Vuorensaku

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Wetterstrand

Wetterstrand Instruments

20/05/2014

Pictures from Bass Day 2014

Bassopäivä 2014 – yleisö

Bass Day Finland 2014 had a programme filled to the brim with highlights.

In addition to artist clinics there were gear demos, featuring Amfisound Guitars, Fender, DLX Music, among others.

Bassopäivä 2014 – Jan-Olof Strandberg

Bassopäivä 2014 – Puppe Strandberg

Here you can seen Soundtools’ product specialist (and bassist extraordinaire) Jan-Olof Strandberg demoing gear from Mayones, Ampeg, TC Electronic and Audio-Technica.

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Bassopäivä 2014 – Jyri Helko + Tuomas Rauhala

For The Imperium’s super-tight rhythm section of Jyri Helko (bass) and Tuomas Rauhala (drums), showed the audience the inner workings of a Progressive Metal band.

Bassopäivä 2014 – Tuomas Rauhala

Bassopäivä 2014 – Jyri Helko

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Bassopäivä 2014 – Jerry Meehan

Bass Day main man Marko Liski’s biggest coup was securing Robbie Williams’ rhythm section of Jerry Meehan (bass) and Karl Brazil (drums) for a clinic.

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Bassopäivä 2014 – Jerry Meehan + Karl Brazil

15/05/2014

Ensi maanantaina: Bassopäivä 2014

Bassopäivä 2014

Bassopäivä 2014 – Ohjelma

10:00-10:45 Päivitteleme yhdessä uutuuksia ja vaihdamme kuulumiset. Tulkaa ajoissa, mainio tilaisuus testata uutuudet. Ampeg, Mayones, Amfisound, Hipshot, Aquilar, Eden, Fender, Gretsch.

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11:00-12:00 Klinikka: Jyri Helko. For The Imperium hämmästyttää energialla, anarkialla tai taidolla. Jyri kertoo niksit kitaristien peittoamiseen ja yhteiseloon. Soundi on särön ystäville hunajaa. Tuomas Rauhala hämmentää pakkaa ilmiömäisellä soitollaan.

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12:30-12:45 Soundtools: esittelyssä uutuudet, Ampeg V4B ja SVT 212 AV sekä MAYONES bassot.

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13:00-14:00 Klinikka Jerry Meehan. Mitä tarvitset päästäksesi RW ryhmään? Jerry kertoo (in English) ajatuksiaan ja soittaa näytteitä kiertueelta. Loistava KARL BRAZIL antaa groovelle puitteet. Klinikka touteutuu Metropolia Musiikki, Fender Scandinavia ja DLX Music yhteistyöllä, bassopäivät kiittää.

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14:30-14:45 Deluxe Music: Aguilar ja Eden basso stäkit esittelyssä.

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15:00-16:00 Klinikka: Tero Tuovinen. Teron puhutteleva ja taidokas kontratyöskentely ihastuttaa kerta toisensa jälkeen. Nyt tämä on todettavissa myös bassopäivillä! Tule kysymään Tomi Kettunen ja Olli Soikkeli täydentävät kolmion nurkat.

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16.00-17.00 Last call kamojen ja kavereiden moikkaamiseen!

14/05/2014

Review: Amfisound Raudus Bass

Amfisound Guitars is a small company from the northern Finnish town of Oulu. Run by two master luthiers, Amfisound offers a surprisingly wide variety of different guitar and bass models, as well doing a lot of customising and repair jobs. Kitarablogi visited Amfisound’s workshop late last year – read all about it HERE.

Amfisound have introduced a new bass model recently, called the Raudus Bass, which is the subject of this review.

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Amfisound Raudus Bass – full front

The Amfisound Raudus Bass (prices for EU-customers starting from 2,520 €) clearly takes its inspiration from Fender’s classic Jazz Bass, but this new Finnish (passive) bass offers a number of modern updates and improvements. The easiest things to notice on first sight are probably the added 21st fret and the much deeper cutaway.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – full back

The Raudus sports a body made from Finnish alder and a bolt-on maple neck.

The neck comes finished in a very thin satin lacquer, while the body is gloss finished in a glorious tri-colour sunburst.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – headstock

Our review sample of the Amfisound Raudus features two differences to the basic model – different tuning machines and different pickups.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – tuners

This Raudus comes equipped with a set of Hipshot’s UltraLite tuners (additional charge: 50 €), which are built from aircraft-grade aluminium. The UltraLite machines work extremely smoothly and precisely, and they efficiently cut down on surplus headstock weight, which is a good thing on such a traditionally-inspired long scale bass, such as the Raudus.

The two-way truss rod is accessed from the headstock side of the neck.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – fretboard

The outstanding standard of workmanship displayed in the Raudus-model’s fretwork, is but one of many points bearing clear testament to the world-class standard of Finnish luthiery! This is genuine custom shop quality.

The fretboard is made of Indian rosewood, and it’s sporting 21 medium-jumbo sized frets.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – neck joint

Amfisound’s rounded body heel makes excursions to the dusty end of the neck very comfortable, indeed.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – bridge

The bridge is a quality copy of the original, late-Sixties Fender bridge – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – pickups

The review sample comes with a set of Jarno Salo Pickups from Finland. The basic version uses Swedish Lundgrens.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – controls

This instrument offers you Jazz Bass-type controls – separate volume-knobs for each pickup, plus a master tone-control.

Amfisound Raudus Bass – electronics

Amfisound’s workmanship is spot-on and very crisp – even under the hood.

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The list of available custom options from Amfisound is very long, and includes (in the Raudus-model’s case) an ash body, different bridges and/or tuners, as well as active Glockenklang-electronics (among other things). For more detailed information you should contact Amfisound’s Tomi or Sampo.

There’s also a five-string Raudus on offer, which is built with a longer scale of 35 inches.

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Amfisound Raudus Bass – beauty shot 1

Amfisound’s Raudus Bass is a real corker of an instrument, with its sound and playability second to none.

The flatter-than-vintage fingerboard radius (9.5″) gives the slender neck a suitably modern playing feel. Thanks to Amfisound’s exemplary fretwork, our review sample’s low action (E: 2.0 mm/g: 1.6 mm) was completely free of annoying fret buzz or string rattle.

I’m a devoted Jazz Bass-fan, which made me feel right at home playing the Raudus. Yes, it’s true that the Amfisound offers much better top fret access, but overall this new bass feels like a dear old friend.

And this bass’ sound is outstanding, too, dishing out oodles of classic, Jazz Bass-style tones.

Jarno Salo’s excellent pickups are singlecoil designs, with the bridge pickup being reverse-wound and reverse-polarity in relation to the neck unit. This means that using both pickups together gets rid of any possible electromagnetic hum and buzz (from transformers, lighting or displays).

In terms of sound, these Salo-pickups really give you all those classic tones you’d expect from a bass such as this.

Listen to these three audio clips. Each clip has the neck pickup first, followed by both pickups on, and the bridge pickup going last:

Amfisound Raudus Bass – back beauty 1

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Amfisound Raudus Bass – beauty shot 2

The Amfisound Raudus Bass is a very fine example Finnish luthiery, there’s no two ways about this. Finns must be very lucky to find such fine instruments right at their doorstep!

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Amfisound Guitars Raudus Bass

Prices starting from 2,520 € (EU-customers) & 2,032 € (outside the EU)

Hard case included.

Contact: Amfisound Guitars

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Pros:

+ Made in Finland

+ handmade 

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ sound

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