Testipenkissä: Arvo Guitars – Arvo

Minun täytyy nostaa hattua Petri Materolle ja Teemu Korvelle, koska heidän projektinsa on testin perusteella onnistunut täydellisesti! Arvo on käsintehty suomalainen sähkökitara rivimuusikolle ystävällisellä hinnalla. Arvo Electric Guitar -mallin tarkoitus ei ole olla hienostunut boutique-kitara, jolla on henkeäsalpaavan kauniita loimupuita tai erittäin kallis mikitys ja elektroniikka. Arvo-kitara on tarkoitettu olla muusikon suoraviivainen, uskollinen ja laadukas työjuhta lavalla ja studiossa. Se on tehty soitettavaksi.

Review: Arvo Guitars – Arvo

”Is it possible to produce a handcrafted Finnish solidbody electric guitar at a price most working musicians can afford?” Finnish guitarist Petri Matero kept pondering this question in earnest for some time, before deciding to to try to find out. Together with Kanki Guitars’ Teemu Korpi they started to develop the idea of an affordable Finnish guitar. After much brainstorming and a row of prototypes Matero, Korpi and a man called Juha Tolonen, who runs a boutique guitar shop in Switzerland (called Captain Sounds), pooled their resources and started a new guitar company – Arvo Guitars.

Arvo Guitars – Now on Soundcloud!

Arvo Guitars – Arvo 2 x P-90 • handcrafted in Finland • Finnish poplar body • khaya ivorensis neck, bolt-on • walnut fretboard • 25.5″ scale • Wilkinson tuners • Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece • two humbucker-sized P-90 pickups • three-way switch • master volume, master tone **** Demo Song • No overdrive pedals… Continue Reading →

Review: Harjunpää Violinbirch A 011 + Vikingman A 025

The workmanship on both Harjunpää instruments is excellent, and most prominent in the fretwork, finishing and playing feel. These basses are made with the beauty of the woods and the overall design front and centre, which sometimes calls for unusual solutions. Take the Vikingman’s bridge as an example – due to the body’s arching the back of the bridge doesn’t lie flat on the body, but has to be shimmed. At first this may look a little strange, but it doesn’t seem to have any negative impacts on the strength of the installation or on the sound.

Testipenkissä: Harjunpää Violinbirch A 011 + Vikingman A 025

Tämän jutun otsikko olisi hyvin voinut olla “Kotimaisen koivun soundi”, koska Jouko Harjunpää on suuri eri koivun puulajien ystävä. Molemmissa testisoittimissa – vaaleassa Violinbirch-mallissa ja tummassa Vikingman-bassossa – vain satula on tehty toisesta puulajista (wengestä). Violinbass-malli on tehty kokonaan visakoivusta, kun taas Vikingmanissä koivukaula visakoivuotelaudalla, on liitetty koivupahkasta ja visakoivusta tehtyyn runkoon.

Harjunpää Bass – now on SoundCloud

HARJUNPÄÄ BASS VIOLINBIRCH A 011 • body, neck and fretboard – Finnish curly birch (visakoivu) • wenge nut • 24 Jescar 2.0 frets • six-bolt Harjunpääbass neck joint • golden Wilkinson tuners • golden ABM-type bridge • Artesound MM-type humbucker • passive volume and tone HARJUNPÄÄ BASS VIKINGMAN A 025 • body, neck and fretboard… Continue Reading →

Review: J. Leachim Guitars S&T-Style + Royal

Jan Merivirta’s J. Leachim Guitars is still a young company, yet it already has managed to gain a reputation among guitarists. Kitarablogi.com has had the pleasure to test drive two J.L.G.-models – a heavily relic’d S&T-Style, along with a brand-new addition to the lineup, the semiacoustic Royal. J. Leachim has also started to import Mojotone pickups from the USA, recently – in addition to the Mojotone-equipped review guitars, I received three further instruments carrying Mojotone pickups to try out.

Testipenkissä: J. Leachim Guitars S&T-Style + Royal

Jan Merivirran perustama J. Leachim Guitars on vielä melko nuori yritys, mutta se on jo onnistunut nousemaan tietoisuuteen kitaristien keskuudessa. Tässä jutussa testataan kahta eri J.L.G.-kitaramallia – reilusti relikoutu S&T-Style, sekä firman uusi, puoliakustinen Royal. J. Leachim on hiljattain myös alkanut tuoda Suomeen huippulaadukkaita Mojotone-mikrofoneja USA:sta – testikitaroiden lisäksi sain vielä kolme eri Mojotone-malleilla varustettua soitinta kokeiltavaksi.

Review: Italia Fiorano Standard + Mondial Deluxe

The Italia Fiorano Standard (price in Finland approx.  640 €) is a beautiful thinline, double-cutaway semi. The Fiorano’s body is made by routing large pockets into the front of a solid mahogany body. In contrast to Italia’s Rimini 6 or Mondial Deluxe models the Fiorano doesn’t have a full centre block, though, but features an opening in… Continue Reading →

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