Posts tagged ‘The Guild of Finnish Luthiers’

20/03/2018

Review: Halla Custom Hallabird

I first saw the Halla Custom Hallabird at this year’s Tonefest, where luthier-artisan Ville Mattila displayed it alongside its bass brother.

It was actually the bass that served as the original impetus for the Hallabird. Ville had made a slightly Gibson Thunderbird-influenced bass for his own use. The bass got so much positive attention that Ville decided to put more bread on the water, which is why he developed a guitar model along the same design ideas.

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The Halla Custom Hallabird (3,700 €; including case and more, see below) is a handmade neck-through guitar with a flawless clear finish.

The through neck is made from nine long strips of wood – African mahogany (khaya ivorensis) offset with walnut. While the neck construction follows Gibson’s lead, the Hallabird takes its own path when it comes to scale length. This custom guitar comes with an extra long scale length of 67 cm (that’s approximately 26.37 inches for our Imperial readers).

The streamlined body wings have been crafted from khaya, too.

The Hallabird comes equipped with black Gotoh-hardware. This guitar also sports a brass nut to insert a little brightness into the open strings. This is probably the smoothest brass nut I’ve seen in my guitar-playing life.

Access to the two-way truss rod is from the headstock end on this Halla Custom guitar.

Twenty-four gleaming Jescar Evo jumbo frets have been installed into the Hallabird’s ebony fingerboard. The fretwork is nothing short of excellent – this is one of the areas where a handcrafted guitar tends to outshine production models, regardless of their price.

Gotoh’s hardware is known for its consistently high quality, and the Hallabird’s TOM-bridge and stopbar are no exception.

Ville Mattila mostly uses his own pickups in his Halla Custom guitars. The Hallabird comes equipped with a pair of handmade P-90s, niftily placed inside EMG-style plastic covers. The pickups are reverse-wound/reverse-polarity, meaning they act as a humbucker, when used together. The pickups’ golden polepieces look great with the Jescar EVOs and the khaya mahogany.

The Hallabird’s electronics are a little bit different than what you’d expect, judging by the knobs. There’s a three-way toggle for pickup selection, as well as a master volume control (sans treble bleed). What looks like a tone control is in fact what Ville calls a three-way impedance rotary. While the rotary switch minutely changes the treble content of the overall signal, it clearly influences the volume control’s roll-off taper. This allows you to fine-tune the way the guitar’s volume control reacts to your playing style and your amplifier.

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Halla Custom’s Hallabird is one heck of a guitar. It is one of these rare cases, where a new design manages to look classic and fresh at the same time. A guitar that is understated, yet flashy. The quality of workmanship is excellent down to the smallest details.

The Hallabird is very lightweight, making it an ideal choice for long sessions or gigs. Thanks to the guitar being a non-reverse design, the Hallabird balances very nicely despite its longer-than-usual neck.

The neck profile is reassuringly round and chunky, without feeling clunky or unwieldy. Thanks to the outstanding fretwork the Hallabird came with a setup that made a set of 010s feel very slinky, even on the extra long scale neck. I’m quite sure many players won’t even notice the extra scale length, but if you wanted to order something more ordinary, I’m sure that Ville would happily oblige.

Acoustically, the Hallabird displays a piano-like attack with a long and even sustain. Note separation is excellent, even with complex chords, and there’s a great balance between warmth and clarity.

P-90s are a fantastic choice if you need humbucker-type power and girth, coupled to a single-coil’s dynamics. Even though its looks are probably a little ”too Rock”, the Hallabird can glide effortlessly into Country and Jazz mode, and then turn into a Rock machine at the proverbial drop of a hat.

These two clips have been recorded using a 1980s Boss SD-1 and a Bluetone Shadows Jr. boutique combo:

For the demo song I used a 1980s Ibanez SC10 chorus pedal on the rhythm guitars, and a Morley M2 Wah for the lead, through the Shadows Jr.:

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Halla Custom’s Hallabird is a great-sounding and classy-looking guitar, made by somebody who clearly knows what he is doing. Don’t be fooled by the Classic Rock looks – this is a very versatile instrument for the discerning player.

Naturally, handcrafted quality like this never comes cheap. This is a true boutique guitar, made by a trained luthier-artisan highly dedicated to his craft.

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Halla Custom Hallabird
Handmade neck-through electric guitar

3,700 € – includes hard case, high-end guitar cable, quality strap (with Schaller locks), one free setup (after 6-12 months of use), and lifetime tech support

Contact: Halla Custom Instruments

Pros:

+ handcrafted in Finland

+ workmanship

+ playability

+ sound

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Halla Customs’ Ville Mattila is a member of the Guild of Finnish Luthiers.HmSave

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08/03/2018

Now on Soundcloud: Halla Custom Hallabird

Halla Custom Hallabird
Handmade neck-through electric guitar

• Made in Finland
• 9-stripe khaya/walnut through-neck
• khaya body wings
• long scale – 67 cm/ 26.37″
• ebony fingerboard
• brass nut
• 24 Jescar Evo frets
• two-way truss rod
• black Gotoh hardware
• two Halla Custom P-90 pickups
• three-way toggle, master volume, three-way impedance switch
Contact: halla.tv/

Amp used – Bluetone Shadows Jr.
Pedals used – 1980s Ibanez SC10 Chorus (rhythm guitars), Morley M2 Wah (lead guitar)
Mic used – Shure SM57

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27/02/2018

Testi tulossa ++ Working on a review ++ Halla Custom HallaBird

Contact: Halla Custom Instruments

18/08/2016

Review: Viitasaari Guitars OM

Viitasaari OM – headstock

Olli Viitasaari is a young luthier from Järvenpää in the south of Finland.

After completing his training at IKATA, Olli has been working on his own electric guitar model (in addition to doing repairs and customising jobs), which he since displayed at Fuzz Guitar Show (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Turenki Tonefest (Finland).

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Fuzz 2016 – visitor at Viitasaari Guitars

Olli’s guitar model is called the Viitasaari OM (OM = Offset Model, prices starting from 2,500 €; a Hiscox case is included), and it represents Olli’s vision of the perfect Jazzmaster-style guitar. Guitarists have reacted very positively to the Viitasaari OM, and there are already a few guitars in active use by Finnish and Swedish guitarists.

Kitarablogi.com would like to thank Mr. Juha Pöysä for the loan of his personal guitar!

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Viitasaari OM – full front 1

The basic building blocks of the Viitasaari OM use the tried and trusted recipe of its 1950s forefather:

The OM’s body is made from alder, while the bolt-on neck has been carved from hard rock maple. The fretboard is rosewood.

The first indication that this isn’t your run-in-the-mill Fender-clone lies in the scale length. Olli has chosen 25 inches for his model, which places this guitar’s scale length in the same territory as a PRS – right in the middle between traditional Fender and traditional Gibson.

Viitasaari OM – back beauty

As Viitasaari Guitars is a true boutique builder there’s plenty of options for the customer to choose from, both in terms of pickups and electronics, as well as the guitar’s finish.

Juha Pöysä’s OM comes in a very fetching blue satin finish for the body, and a natural satin finish for the neck. The customer can also specify gloss finishes or oil-based finishes for his (or her) own guitar.

Viitasaari OM – Gotoh tuners

This guitar sports a set of Gotoh HAP-tuners, which combine vintage looks with height-adjustable tuner posts.

Viitasaari OM – Mastery bridge

Leo Fender’s original Jazzmaster/Jaguar-vibrato is both loved and loathed among guitarists. Players tend to love the soft and slightly spongy action, but often tend to find the original design’s many quirks and idiosyncrasies extremely annoying.

Fender’s original design features tiny grub screws for the height-adjustment of the bridge’s separate bridge saddles. These screws often tend to work loose during playing, causing rattles and involuntary changes in string action. Additionally, there’s only a relatively shallow string angle over the bridge, exacerbating the string rattling, and sometimes even causing a string to jump out of position, especially with modern light gauge strings. In extreme cases, a bridge saddle may even turn upside down in the middle of a solo.

US-based hardware company Mastery has put a stop to all these problems by redesigning the Offset Bridge from the ground up. Naturally, this fantastic system has been chosen for the Viitasaari OM.

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The OM’s 9.5-inch radius and fatter-than-vintage frets give the Viitasaari a modern playing feel.

Viitasaari OM – J Salo pickups

The two P-90-type pickups have been developed especially for the Viitasaari OM by Olli and Finnish pickup maker Jarno Salo.

Viitasaari OM – pickups and controls

The special feature of these Viitasaari/Salo-pickups are their dual coil taps, giving you three different basic sounds (and output levels) per pickup. A slide switch above each pickup lets you select between the full coil and the two coil tapped variations.

You can choose between a three-way blade switch (as on the reviewed instrument) or a three-way rotary for the pickup selector.

The controls are master volume and master tone. You can also specify a built-in fuzz effect as an option, which is then activated by a push/pull-switch inside the tone control.

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Viitasaari OM – beauty shot 1

The Viitasaari OM is a top-drawer boutique guitar; it is lightweight and easy to play.

Comparing a Viitasaari to a mass-produced guitar makes the differences blatantly obvious – even though the Jazzmaster/Jaguar-shape is already a very ergonomic design, Olli Viitasaari’s craftsmanship takes the smoothness to new levels. The OM feels like a natural extension of the player’s body.

The workmanship and finish on this guitar couldn’t possibly be any neater – you could call t exemplary. The playing feel with the 0105 [sic!] set of strings is precise and bendy at the same time.

Mastery’s Offset vibrato system really is the best that has happened to the offset-vibrato since its inception in 1958. This is how the bridge and vibrato should have been designed right from the start! The Mastery Offset takes all the whammy abuse you can throw at it without any untoward side effects – no tuning problems, no strings jumping about. No wonder so many Jazzmaster and Jaguar-players have already updated to the Mastery Offset-system.

Viitasaari OM – beauty shot 2

The clean sound of the Viitasaari OM is Fender-ish in its fresh brightness and clean midrange, even though these P-90s are slightly more powerful than Fender Jazzmaster pickups. We get a high quality version of the Jazzmaster-tone with clearly less hum and buzz, thanks to the fine Viitasaari/Salo-pickups.

Using the coil taps will give you two quieter and slightly more rounded versions of the full pickup tone.

Here are the neck pickup’s three variations:

And the same for the bridge pickup:

As we all know, P-90s love chunky overdrive sounds, which opens the Viitasaari OM up to all sorts of tasty crunch tones:

I feel the coil taps are especially useful in distorted Rock/Blues-settings, making it possible to go from rhythm to lead playing without having to step onto an effects pedal. The shorter coil variations cool things down nicely, while the full coil gives you a ”boost” in volume and bite for lead guitar parts.

Here are the neck pickup’s three variations:

And the same for the bridge pickup:

In recorded the demo track’s guitar parts using a T-Rex Replicator analogue tape delay:

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Viitasaari OM – full front 2

What a gorgeous guitar! To me the Viitasaari OM is simply the best Jazzmaster-type guitar I have ever played.

The workmanship is boutique grade and the OM plays like a dream. The Master vibrato is the icing on the cake, taking this design to new levels.

In my view the best thing about the OM, though, is the way Olli has incorporated double coil taps in his design. The OM takes the lead/rhythm idea of the original Jazzmaster, but transforms it into something that actually works much better in a modern context.

Viitasaari OM – body beauty 1

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Viitasaari Guitars OM

from 2,500 €

Contact: Viitasaari Guitars

Pros:

+ handmade in Finland

+ workmanship

+ finish

+ Finnish pickups

+ Mastery-vibrato

+ sound

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16/06/2016

Testipenkissä: Viitasaari Guitars OM

Viitasaari OM – headstock

Olli Viitasaari on nuori soitinrakentaja, jolla on oma paja Järvenpäässä.

IKATA:sta valmistunut Viitasaari on kehittänyt – korjaus- ja customointihommien ohella – omaa sähkökitaramallia, joka oli jo esillä viime (ja tämän) vuoden Fuzz Show:ssa, sekä viime syksyn Turenki Tonefestillä.

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Fuzz 2016 – visitor at Viitasaari Guitars

Kitaran nimi on Viitasaari OM (OM = Offset Model, hinnat alk. 2.500 €; Hiscox-laukku kuuluu hintaan) ja se edustaa Ollin näkemystä huippulaadukkaasta ihanne-Jazzmasterista. Yleisö on ottanut uuden mallin hyvin vastaan, ja useampi Viitasaari OM on jo suomalaisten ja ruotsalaisten kitaristien aktiivikäytössä.

Kitarablogi haluaisi kiittää muusikko Juha Pöysää henkilökohtaisen kitaransa lainaamisesta tätä juttua varten!

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Viitasaari OM – full front 1

Viitasaari OM -kitara lähtee liikkeelle tutuilla – ja hyväksi havaituilla – Fender-peruspalikoilla:

OM:n runko on veistetty lepästä, ja soittimen ruuvikaulaan taas käytetään vaahteraa. Otelauta on ruusupuuta.

Ensimmäinen ero vanhaan Fender-klassikkoon on uutuuskitaran hieman lyhyempi mensuuri. Viitasaari käyttää PRS-kitaroistakin tuttua 25 tuuman mensuuria, joka edustaa toimivaa välimaastoa Fender- ja Gibson-maailmojen välissä.

Viitasaari OM – back beauty

Koska Viitasaari Guitars on aito custom-paja, jää asiakkaille rutkasti valinnanvaraa, esimerkiksi viimeistelyn suhteen.

Juha Pöysän OM on viimeistelty kokonaan mattalakkauksella. Rungon ja viritinlavan väriksi on valittu erittäin kaunis, läpikuultava sininen. Olli Viitasaari tarjoaa kuitenkin myös kiiltäviä lakkauksia, sekä öljyviimeistelyt OM-mallin vaihtoehdoiksi.

Viitasaari OM – Gotoh tuners

Kitaran virittimiksi on valittu Gotoh HAP -koneistot, joiden tappien korkeutta pystyy säätämään vapaasti.

Viitasaari OM – Mastery bridge

Leo Fenderin alkuperäistä Jazzmaster/Jaguar-vibratoa sekä rakastetaan että vihataan kitaristipiireissä. Vibraton todella pehmeää toimintaa arvostetaan, mutta alkuperäisen erillisen tallan toteutus saa oikeutetusti paljon kritiikkiä niskaan.

Pienten tallapalojen korkeussäätöruuvit löystyvät usein soiton aikana, mikä sotkee kitaran säädöt. Lisäksi kielten loiva kulma tallan yli aiheuttaa tallapalojen resonointia. Nykyaikaisten ohuiden kielten kanssa alkuperäisellä Jazzmaster-vibratolla tulee vielä lisää ongelmia – kielet hyppivät helposti ulos tallapalojen matalista urista (etenkin venytyksissä), ja joskus koko tallapala voi soiton aikana kääntyä yllättäen ylösalaisin.

Yhdysvaltalainen valmistaja Mastery on poistanut näitä ongelmia tehokkaasti omalla loistavalla Offset Bridge -tallalla, minkä vuoksi tämä systeemi onkin oiva valinta Viitasaari OM -malliin.

Viitasaari OM – body beauty 2

Soittimen loivempi otelautaradius (9,5 tuumaa) sekä vintagea korkeammat nauhat antavat OM:lle nykyaikaisen soittotuntuman.

Viitasaari OM – J Salo pickups

Viitasaari-kitarassa käytetään kahta humbucker-kokoista P90-mikrofonia, jotka on kehitetty yhteistyössä Jarno Salon kanssa.

Viitasaari OM – pickups and controls

Näissä Viitasaari/Salo-mikrofoneissa on erikoisuutena tupla-coil-tap-ominaisuus, mikä tarkoittaa että mikrofonin kelasta voi käyttää kokonaisen kelan lisäksi kahta variaatiota, joissa käytetään vain osaa koko kelasta. Näistä kolmesta vaihtoehdoista voi valita sopivan kummallekin mikille kolmiasentoisilla liukukytkimillä.

OM-mallin kolmiasentoisen mikrofonikytkennän voi toteuttaa joko kiertokytkimellä tai (niin kuin tässä) vipukytkimellä.

Säätimet ovat master volume ja master tone. Lisäoptiona on myös saatavilla sisäistä fuzz-säröä, joka laitetaan päälle tone-säätimeen piilotetulla nostokytkimellä.

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Viitasaari OM – beauty shot 1

Testissä käynyt Viitasaari OM on kevyt, mukavantuntuinen ja helpposoittoinen peli.

Ero Viitasaaren ja liukuhihnakitaran välillä on hyvin selvä – jo valmiiksi ergonomiset ja sulavat offset-muodot muuttuvat käsintehdyssä kitarassa ylellisen pehmeäksi kokemukseksi. Soittimesta tulee kitaristin kehon luonnollinen jatke.

Työnjälki ja viimeistely on ensiluokkaista ja esimerkillistä. Soittotuntuma on 0105-kielisatsilla [sic!] tarkka, mutta kevyt.

Masteryn Offset-järjestelmää ei voi mielestäni kehua liikkaa! Juuri näin pehmeästi ja tarkasti homman olisi pitänyt toimia jo vuodessa 1958. Mastery-järjestelmä kestää mukisematta kovaakin kyytiä, ilman että kielet hyppäsivät paikasta toiseen, ja myös täysin ilman vireongelmia. Eikä ihmekään, että monet nimekkäät Jazzmaster- ja Jaguar-soittajat ovat jo vaihtaneet omissa soittimissa alkuperäisen tallan ja vibraton Mastery Offset -järjestelmään.

Viitasaari OM – beauty shot 2

Viitasaari OM -mallin puhdas soundi on Fender-tyylisesti raikas. Soundi on erittäin laadukas versio klassisesta Jazzmaster-soundista, vaikka P90-mikrofonien lähtötaso onkin hieman korkeampi kuin Fender Jazzmaster -mikeissä. Viitasaari/Salo-mikit ovat myös tuntuvasti vähemmän herkkiä häiriöille kuin klassikkokitaran mikrofonit.

Coil-tap-asetuksilla saa täyden kelan soundin lisäksi kaksi hieman hiljaisempaa ja tummepaa vaihtoehtoa.

Tässä kaulamikrofonin kolme vaihtoehtoa:

Ja sama tallamikrofonilla:

P90-mikrofoneja sopivat tunnetusti myös erittäin hyvin särökäyttöön, ja Viitasaarestakin lähtevät rouheat ja hyvällä tavalla purevat Rock-soundit:

Viitasaari OM:n coil-tap-kytkimet mahdollistavat mielestäni juuri särösoundeissa sellaista rhythm/lead-lähestymistapaa, ilman että tarvitsee polkaista säröpedaalia päälle ja pois. Lyhyempi mikrofonikela antaa mukavasti hieman siistimmät ja vaimeammat soundit, ja soolo-osuuksia varten voi vaihtaa liukukytkimellä täydelle P90-mikille.

Tässä kaulamikrofonin kolme vaihtoehtoa:

Ja sama tallamikillä:

Demobiisin kitararaidat on äänitetty T-Rex Replicator -nauhakaiun läpi:

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Viitasaari OM – full front 2

Minun mielestäni Viitasaari OM on loistava sähkökitara. Se on yksinkertaisesti paras Jazzmaster-tyylinen kitara, jota olen koskaan kokeillut.

Työnjälki on ehtaa boutique-laatua ja OM:n soitettavuus on ensiluokkainen. Mastery on tehnyt sellaisen vibraton, jota voi ja kehtaakin käyttää vakavastikin.

Parasta OM-mallissa on minusta kuitenkin elektroniikan toteutus, jossa alkuperäinen Jazzmasterin ajatus nopeasta vaihtamisesta komppi- ja soolosoundien välillä on säilytetty, mutta samalla viety nykyaikaan tarjoamalla kolme eri perussoundia kummallekin mikrofonille.

Viitasaari OM – body beauty 1

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Viitasaari Guitars OM

alk. 2.500 €

Lisätiedot: Viitasaari Guitars

Plussat:

+ käsintehty Suomessa

+ työnjälki

+ viimeistely

+ suomalaiset mikrofonit

+ vibraton toiminta

+ soundi

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14/06/2016

Testi ilmestyy torstaina: Viitasaari Guitars OM

Viitasaari OM – full front 2

Lisätiedot: Viitasaari Guitars

08/06/2016

Guitar Porn: Viitasaari Guitars OM

Viitasaari OM – full front 1

Viitasaari OM – Mastery bridge

Viitasaari OM – pickups and controls

Contact: Viitasaari Guitars

07/06/2016

Now on SoundCloud: Viitasaari Guitars OM

• Handcrafted electric guitar
• Made in Finland
• Alder body
• Maple neck
• Rosewood fretboard
• 25-inch scale
• Moose bone nut
• Viitasaari Custom P-90s; made by Jarno Salo
• Three-way slide switches for each pickup – full P-90 plus two different coil taps
• Master volume & master tone
• Three-position pickup selector
• Gotoh tuners
• Mastery vibrato bridge
• Custom options available
viitasaariguitars.com/ov/wordpress/

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Demo Track

• Guitars recorded using a T-Rex Replicator tape echo and a Blackstar HT-1R valve combo

Viitasaari OM – teaser

Contact: Viitasaari Guitars

25/05/2016

Tulossa kesäkuussa *** Coming in June *** Viitasaari Guitars OM

Viitasaari OM – teaser

Contact: Viitasaari Guitars

26/11/2015

Review: Vuorensaku Custom Pickups S. Kamiina set

Vuorensaku Pickups Package

Not all custom pickups are created equal.

Most custom winders seem to be on the hunt for the ”ultimate vintage experience”, whatever that really means. Those makers try to source the most vintage-correct materials and try to zone in on the right way to bring their pickups to the desired authentic NOS specifications. For a Fender Stratocaster this could mean either going for a dry and woody Fifties-style tone or for a juicier and grittier Sixties version.

Vuorensaku’s Saku Vuori fearlessly approaches the subject of custom pickups from a different angle. The result is a pickup set with a refreshingly personal sound that isn’t frantically trying to reclaim past glories.

The Vuorensaku S. Kamiina set’s (prices starting at around 200 €) is based on thicker magnet wire, compared to what an original Fender pickup uses. The S. Kamiina set is wound using 40 AWG gauged wire, while most classic Fender creations use 42 AWG wire (except the Telecaster’s neck pickup, which is wound with a thinner 43 AWG wire). The thicker wire in the S. Kamiina set is complemented with Alnico II magnets, which are a milder type of magnet than Fender’s preferred Alnico V variety.

Vuorensaku’s set includes a reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup, resulting in hum-cancelling switch positions two and five. The set’s bridge pickup has received a few extra windings for a little bit of extra output.

In terms of its electronic values the Vuorensaku set clearly differs from your traditional Strat pickups:

The resistance of a regular Stratocaster singlecoil lies in the ballpark of around six kilo-ohms, with a typical inductance of  2,3-2,4 henries. The pickups in the S. Kamiina set read 2,2 kΩ for resistance (bridge pickup: 2,3 kΩ) with an inductance of two henries.

Judging by these numbers only, we can surmise that the Vuorensaku pickup set will probably sound brighter than a traditional vintage Strat set, while also having a slightly lower output.

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Vuorensaku Custom Pickups S. Kamiina Set

Saku Vuori was kind enough to provide a S. Kamiina-equipped Classic Series Fender 70s Stratocaster for this review. The guitar has an ash body, as well as a maple neck with a maple fingerboard. For comparisons I used my own Fender Japan Stratocaster with one-piece maple neck and an alder body.

I was right in expecting the  Vuorensaku set to sound brighter than most vintage-style Stratocaster pickups, but the supposed drop in output level is of a more theoretical nature than of real practical importance. The S. Kamiina set imbues the 70s Reissue with a very cool Gretsch- or Rickenbacker-type jangly tone and grit. The Vuorensaku pickups also feature a cleaner lower mid-range, when compared to traditional Stratocaster pickups.

For comparison purposes the first (neck pickup) and last (bridge pickup) phrases of the sound clip have been played using my own vintage-style Strat, while the five phrases in between have been recorded with the S. Kamiina set (starting with the neck pickup):

The presence lift in the Vuorensaku set is also easy to spot in distorted sounds. The S. Kamiina’s delivery is a bit more aggressive and in-yer-face, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

For comparison purposes the first (neck pickup) and last (bridge pickup) phrases of the sound clip have been played using my own vintage-style Strat, while the five phrases in between have been recorded with the S. Kamiina set (starting with the neck pickup):

The demo song contains four guitar tracks:

• two rhythm guitar parts – left channel: neck and middle pickup; right channel: neck pickups

• a mystically floating backing guitar: middle and bridge pickup

• lead guitar: neck pickup with the tone control turned halfway down

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If you’re an stickler for authentic vintage specs, the Vuorensaku S. Kamiina set probably isn’t what you’re looking for – these pickups are no mere vintage clones.

If you’re after a brighter tone, though, especially if you dislike the neutrality of many active pickups, the S. Kamiina set is definitely one to check out! Vuorensaku’s pickups will breathe life into a dark-sounding guitar, while also giving your controls a wider tonal range to work with. These are pickups that won’t mush up.

By the way:

Saku Vuori applies his ”low output principle” to other Vuorensaku pickups, too, like the Telecaster- and P-90-style pickups he uses in his handcrafted Vuorensaku T. Family guitar models.

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Vuorensaku Custom Pickups S. Kamiina set

Stratocaster sets start from 200 €

Additional options: pickup cover, relicing

Contact: Vuorensaku

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Pros:

+ handmade in Finland

+ original sound, no vintage copies

+ rw/rp middle pickup