Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy plays

Mojo Grande

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel has a professional career that spans over four decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style – he calls it simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers.

Throughout his career Tommy has played with many notable artists including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Sir George Martin, Air Supply, John Denver, Les Paul and Doc Watson. Steve Vai has sited Emmanuel as one of the musical artists that anybody with a love of guitar should see.

In Nashville in 1999, Tommy was honored by his mentor, Chet Atkins with the title of “Certified Guitar Player” for his contribution to fingerstyle guitar, a rare distinction shared by only three other people in the world (Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner and John Knowles). More recent stream of US honors and awards include the “Best Acoustic Guitarist and Gold Medalist” (Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar magazines, 2008) and “Most Presticious Guitar Legend” (Guitar Player magazine, 2009).

It’s obvious that Tommy plays acoustic guitar (great sounding Maton guitars from Aurstralia!) on stage. So what does he have to do with Ruokangas? Tommy had a concert in Finland (2008), and during the visit Juha and Emma had a chance to show him a couple of guitars. After quite a bit of testing the guitars, Tommy ended up buying a Mojo Grande in sundance color, rosewood fretboard and stainless steel frets.

“Last time I bought an electric guitar (Telecaster) in 1966, and now it’s time to buy another one. This is superb!”.
– Tommy Emmanuel