Posts tagged ‘Ruokangas Guitars’


Juha Ruokangas: Why do handmade guitars cost so much? – Part 2


Juha Ruokangas: Why do handmade guitars cost so much?


Ruokangas Guitars launches new website


Finland’s largest guitar maker Ruokangas Guitars has launched a sleek new website.


The new Ruokangas website features updated product information…



…and a very informative section on the company’s long list of players.

A spanking-new 3D-version of the Ruokangas Guitar Creator is about to be introduced very soon.



Pictures from the Fuzz Guitar Show 2016

Finnish luthiers were well represented at this year’s Fuzz Guitar Show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Fuzz 2016 – Vuorensaku

Vuorensaku’s Saku Vuori displayed his aged T-Family guitars and basses, as well as his hand-wound pickups.

Fuzz 2016 – Vuorensaku Schneekloth

Vintage & Rare’s Nicolai Schneekloth took time to check out Vuorensaku’s instruments.

Fuzz 2016 – Olli Viitasaari + Tommy Sahlin

Here’s Viitasaari Guitar’s Olli Viitasaari (r) together with Swedish guitarist Tommy Sahlin (l).

Fuzz 2016 – visitor at Viitasaari Guitars

This red Viitasaari OM comes equipped with three pickups and a five-way switch.

Fuzz 2016 – Ruokangas

Ruokangas Guitar’s display included a lefty Mojo model and one of the new Unicorn Supersonics.

Fuzz 2016 – visitor checking out a Ruokangas Unicorn Supersonic

Here’s the Unicorn Supersonic in the hands of a Fuzz Show visitor.


Fuzz 2016 – Tokai Guitars Nordic 1

Finnish distributor and instrument retailer Musamaailma now offers Tokai guitar and bass models in Sweden under the Tokai Guitars Nordic banner.

Fuzz 2016 – Tokai Guitars Nordic 2


Fuzz 2015 – Mad Professor 1

Finnish amp and effects company Mad Professor was represented at the show by its Swedish distributor These Go To Eleven.


Find Kitarablogi’s complete Fuzz Guitar Show 2016 picture gallery HERE.


The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015

HGGS – Estrel Hotel Berlin

The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015 pidettiin Berliinissä 31.10. ja 01.11.2015.

The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015 was held on the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2015 in Berlin (Germany).


Suomi oli – jälleen kerran – todella hyvin edustettu:

Finland was – once again – very well represented:

HGGS 2015 – AJL

Ari-Jukka Luomuranta (AJL-Guitars) ja hänen erikoismallinsa, Model Gypsy Fire, jolla on iso soikea ääniaukko ja tummanpunainen viimeistely.

Gypsy Jazz specialist Ari-Jukka Luomuranta (AJL-Guitars) with his special large-holed Favino-type Model Gypsy Fire in burgundy red.

HGGS 2015 – AJL 2

AJL-Guitarsista saa nyt myös firman ainutlaatuista Quiet & Portable -matkakitaraa.

To our knowledge, AJL-Guitars’ Quiet & Portable travel Gypsy guitar is a world first.


HGGS 2015 – Amfisound 1

Amfisoundin Sampo Leppävuori (vas) ja Tomi Korkalainen (oik).

Sampo Leppävuori (l) and Tomi Korkalainen (r) from Amfisound Guitars.

HGGS 2015 – Amfisound 3

Amfisoundin uudistettut Halti-mallit saa nyt uudenlaisella Set-Lock-kaulaliitoksella, joka helpottaa huomattavasti pääsyn ylimmille nauhoille.

Their updated Halti-models are now made with Amfisound’s Set-Lock neck joint, which makes it easy to reach the neck’s dusty end.


HGGS 2015 – Jasesoi 3

A-P Paasosen Soitinpaja Jasesoi esitteli Holy Grail -messuilla uudet akustiset mallinsa, jossa kaulaliitos on 13. nauhan (!) kohdalla.

A-P Paasonen’s company Jasesoi introduced their new steel-string model with a neck joint at the 13th (!) fret.

HGGS 2015 – Jasesoi 1

What a beauty!


HGGS 2015 – Liljeström

Anders Liljeströmin (vas) uusi, kevyesti vanhennettu malli kiinnosti sekä messuvieraat että muut soitinrakentajat.

Anders Liljeström’s (l) new aged-look guitar was met with a lot of interest, both from players as well as colleagues.

HGGS 2015 – Jasesoi 4

Tässä Anders on kokeilemassa uutta Jasesoi-mallia.

Anders even found time to check out Jasesoi’s new model.


HGGS 2015 – Lottonen 2

Lottonen Guitarsin Juha Rinne (vas) ja Juha Lottonen (oik).

Juha Rinne (l) and Juha Lottonen (r) of Lottonen Guitars.

HGGS 2015 – Lottonen rosette

Parlour-kokoiset Lottoset löytyy nykyään jo monen soittajan arsenaalissa.

You should really try Lottonen’s parlour-sized acoustic guitars!


HGGS 2015 – Ruokangas 2

Juha Ruokankaan Ruokangas Guitars on nykyään jo käsite myös muualla maailmassa. Tämän Mojo-mallin kannessa on Juhan tyttären maalaus.

Juha Ruokangas’ company, Ruokangas Guitars, is already well-established in the field of boutique guitars. This Mojo-model comes with a top that was hand-painted by Juha’s daughter.

HGGS 2015 – Ruokangas 3

Uudessa Unicorn Supersonic-kitarassa on erikoisviimeistelty loimukoivukansi.

The brand-new Unicorn Supersonic comes with Ruokangas’ special Bare Bones finish.

HGGS 2015 – Mika Tyyskä

Mr Fastfingerin luoja Mika Tyyskä saapuu Ruokangas-ständille.

Mika Tyyskä, Mr Fastfinger’s human alter ego, arrives at the Ruokangas stand.


HGGS 2015 – Tyyster 1

Tyyster Guitarsin Matti Gran (vas) and Ville Tyyster (oik).

Matti Gran (l) and Ville Tyyster (r) from Tyyster Guitars.

HGGS 2015 – Tyyster 2

Tyysterin Pelti-malli on erinomainen Blues- ja Roots-kitara.

Blues- and Roots-players will surely enjoy the Tyyster Pelti with its metal thinline body.


HGGS 2015 – Vice

HGGS 2015 – Tonfuchs 2

HGGS 2015 – Thorndal

HGGS 2015 – Thierry Andre

HGGS 2015 – Rozawood 3

HGGS 2015 – Ritter 2

HGGS 2015 – Nick Page 2

HGGS 2015 – Basslab

HGGS 2015 – Andy Manson 2

HGGS 2015 – BAchmann 2

HGGS 2015 – Alquier Ethiq 1

HGGS 2015 – Nicolas Dayet-David

HGGS 2015 – Marleaux

Lisää kuvia The Holy Grail Guitar Showsta löydät TÄÄLTÄ.

For more pictures from The Holy Grail Guitar Show click HERE.


Ruokangas 20th Anniversary + Mr. Fastfinger 10th Anniversary Party

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ruokangas Guitars and the 10th anniversary of Mr. Fastfinger, Juha Ruokangas and Mika Tyyskä (the creative brain behind Mr. Fastfinger) threw an invite-only party in Helsinki’s Cinema Andorra/Dubrovnik Bar complex.

Ruokangas 20th – Juha + Emma

Juha Ruokangas (centre) and his wife Emma were on hand to greet their guests (yes, this is Finnish Prog Rock legend Jukka Tolonen on the right)…

Ruokangas 20th – Mika in conversation

…as was guitar virtuoso (and animator) Mika Tyyskä.

Ruokangas 20th – Dubrovnik 3

Ruokangas 20th – Koski + Torvinen

The Dubrovnik quickly filled with illustrious guests, such as Mad Professor’s main man Harri Koski (left) and – legendary Finnish band – Eppu Normaali’s guitarist Juha Torvinen (centre).

Ruokangas 20th – Puppe

Here’s Finnish bass ace Jan-Olof Strandberg (centre) joining the party.

Ruokangas 20th – opening Juha + Mika 3

Ruokangas 20th – opening Juha + Mika 4

Ruokangas 20th – opening audience

Juha and Mika officially opened the evening by taking to the stage and sharing a drink with their guests.

The centrepiece of the evening was the world premiere of Ruokangas Guitars’ and Mr. Fastfinger’s joint movie ”The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt”, which will be released in segments on You Tube. The invited guests were shown the full movie.

Ruokangas 20th – anticipation 3

Ruokangas 20th – movie intro

A few words from the hosts, and then it was time for the world premiere:

Ruokangas 20th – standing ovations

The film received standing ovations.

Ruokangas 20th – the creative team

The creative team behind the ”Guitar Hunt”…

Ruokangas 20th – buffet 2

Ruokangas 20th – Ze Stage

The premiere was followed by delicious food, as well as great live music from Antti Paranko and his band, and Mr. Fastfinger.


The Holy Grail Guitar Show: The Kitarablogi video


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)!


The Holy Grail Guitar Show – erittäin vahva suomalainen edustus

HGGS 2014 – Ari-Jukka Luomaranta


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


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. will be there, too!


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