Press Release: Ruokangas unveils Valvebucker® Mk2 – the second generation of the audiophile pickup for electric guitar and bass

The 1st generation Valvebucker was launched in 2019. It gained a lot of publicity at the time, being the
first and only vacuum tube powered active pickup system ever for electric guitars. The key Mk2
upgrades are:


• Available now for 4- and 5-stringed Ruokangas basses
• Available now for 7-stringed Ruokangas guitars
• Completely new visual design
• The redesigned floor unit features now a balanced output (works as a DI box) as well
• The floor unit is now always matched in colour with the instrument


And a quick recap of the Valvebucker key features:


• A sensitive magnetic pickup capsule, capturing the instrument sound in high fidelity
• Tube powered proprietary preamp circuit
• One pickup – but a wide variety of sounds
• Military grade triode and pentode NOS tubes with lifetime warranty
• A floor unit included, to connect the Valvebucker® -equipped included to the rest of your signal chain
• A 12VAC power supply included
• A 10-foot XLR cable included


The design architecture of the Valvebucker® circuit is noteworthy, making use of sweet spots found from
outside the typical operational points of vacuum tubes, by using relatively low voltages. The power
consumption of the Valvebucker® remains within the given values also during startup – an important
feature when using commercially available pedal power units. Every Valvebucker® unit is handmade and
finetuned individually in Finland. The Valvebucker® design team is: Lassi Ukkonen (the designer of the Simble Overdrive, etc), Jorma Kostamo, Jyrki Kostamo, Junnu Vuorela and Juha Ruokangas.


The Valvebucker® Mk2 is available as a custom option for Ruokangas guitars and basses, adding 2000€/US$2.200.00 to the basic cost of an ordered instrument. The Valvebucker is not available as an
aftermarket/retrofit product.


This is what Sonny Landreth says about his Valvebucker guitar:


”I love the Valvebucker Mojo! This pickup/system is unique and doesn’t sound like anything else. If I
had to sum it up with one word, it would be smooth as the Valvebucker is the smoothest sounding
pickup I’ve ever experienced. It kind of reminds me of the difference between vintage Neve and SSL
consoles of the day. I especially like it for dialing in a big, clean tone with the selector switch in the
middle position for my solo songs. The range from top to bottom for moving parts of bass lines
against chord melodies etc is balanced and nothing ”pokes out” too much – much easier to let
multiple parts speak. Also, I love how complex, distorted chords with open tunings for slide sound.

Press Release: The Ruokangas Valvebucker pickup

Ruokangas unveils the Valvebucker® – the first and only tube driven electric guitar pickup in the world


The Valvebucker® is “just one pickup” – and yet, it offers a whole array of different sounds. The Valvebucker® functions in a different way than other pickups, and thus a guitar equipped with a Valvebucker® doesn’t quite fit any old school genre of guitars – its wide tonal spectrum and organic dynamics are simply different from other guitars.

The design architecture of the Valvebucker® circuit is noteworthy, making use of sweet spots found from outside the typical operational points of vacuum tubes, by using relatively low voltages. The power consumption of the Valvebucker® remains within the given values also during startup – an important feature when using commercially available pedal power units. Every Valvebucker® unit is handmade and finetuned individually in Finland. The Valvebucker® design team is: Lassi Ukkonen (the designer of Simble Overdrive, etc), Jorma Kostamo, Jyrki Kostamo and Juha Ruokangas.

The Valvebucker® will be introduced at The NAMM Show 2019. The Valvebucker® is available as a custom option for Ruokangas guitars from January 2019 on, adding EUR 1200 to the cost of an ordered instrument.

The Valvebucker® features include:
Tube amplified active preamp circuit
Military grade triode and pentode NOS tubes with lifetime warranty
Volume and Tone controls
3-way switch for a variety of sounds
2-way boost switch
A floor unit included, to connect the Valvebucker® -equipped guitar with the rest of your signal chain
A 12VAC power supply included
A 10-foot XLR cable included

This is how the Valvebucker® works

Your Valvebucker -equipped guitar comes with a floor unit in the size of a standard guitar FX pedal. You connect the Valvebucker guitar to the floor unit with a standard XLR microphone cable.

The Valvebucker is powered through the floor unit, that connects to a 12VAC power source. Use either your regular pedal power (12VAC, min. 250mA) or the power supply provided with the guitar.

The floor unit has two inputs and a true bypass A/B switch to easily alternate between the Valvebucker -equipped guitar and the rest of your guitars. The signal chain continues through the floor unit normally to your pedalboard and/or amplifier.

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