Kristopher Lind

Kristopher plays

VSOP Classic

Kristopher comes from a family with several generations of musicians. Rumours say that his great great grandfather was a musician and famous womenizer in Stockholm! Kristophers father and his brother started ‘Aston Reymers Rivaler’, a band that was very popular in Sweden during the 80’s with several radio hits.

Kristopher’s own heydays were in the 80’s and early 90’s when he played actively with several bands – the most famous being ‘Easy Action’ with members Kee Marcello (Europe) and singer Tommy Nilsson. The bass player and drummer both came from a band called ‘Noice’, that reached “beatlemania-proportions” in Sweden in early 80’s.

Looking back, Kristopher especially remembers an early encounter with Ruokangas territories (i.e. Finland), when they toured there in the winter 84/85: “First we all got body searched by angry men at the Finnish customs. It was 20 degrees below zero (Celsius), and we had to push the gigantic tour bus every morning to get it started. At the first gig in Finland we had to constantly duck flying bear bottles exploding all around us! But in Helsinki we were treated like kings at the exclusive night clubs – might be because we said we belonged to the Gary Moore band, who toured Finland at the same time!

“It’s a long way to the top, if you wanna rock n’ roll”…someone said. 

In 1993, tired of the music business, Kris changed career, got a business degree and is currently working within the financial business. However, in 2008 he picked up the guitar from under the bed, and felt “wow, I still can play”. These days It’s mainly blues based rock – Kris is heavily influenced by Rory Gallagher, SRV, Johnny Winter and Robin Trower. And sometimes he jams with his teenage kids, who play with bands and perform. Kris is afraid they’re also hooked by the music demon. Luckily they’re both into rock n´roll!

“Actually my dream first appeared when I bought a PRS Singlecut about a year ago: Wouldn’t it be great if someone would make a strat type guitar, that was as smooth and easy to play as a PRS? I’ve always found Fender strats a bit rough and old fashioned to play and I tested all the high end copys out there, but they all felt (and looked!) exactly like a Fender. Then I found the Ruokangas VSOP. Finally – someone had managed to make a strat type guitar that not only feels modern to play, but also looks modern without loosing the cool blues vibes from the past. Sometimes dreams come true!”
– Kristopher Lind