Peter Lerche

Peter plays

Duke Custom

Peter Lerche is one of the best known guitarists in Finland. He composes, arranges and produces as well, and has a successful career as studio musician and guitar playing teacher.

Peter has worked over the years with a multitude of top artists on the Finnish music scene. The bands Peter has played in include UMO, Otto Donner Treatment, Pekka Pohjola, Jukkis Uotila, Pave Maijanen, Hector, Anssi Tikanmäki Film Orchestra and Vesa-Matti Loiri. Peter has also worked with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Avanti! and world-famous soprano Karita Mattila.

Peter Lerche published his first solo CD – Peshawar Diary – in October 2002. “I seem to ripen rather slowly”, says Peter. The album was chosen to the “Albums of the Year 2002” listing by Helsingin Sanomat (the biggest Finnish newspaper). Peter has worked closely with his wife Pauliina Lerche in Vesa-Matti Loiri Band, Pauliina & Peter Lerche duet and Kriya – a stunning group mixing eastern and western influences with a touch of traditional Finnish folk music.

Peter bought a Duke DeLuxe guitar (one of the very early pieces) from Juha in 1998. The guitar has gone through many modifications, including moving the bridge pickup 10mm further away from bridge, installing LR Baggs active piezo system, refretting with stainless steel and Peter’s own innovation – half-scalloped fretboard, where the scalloping is done only under the plain strings. Peter has also participated closely to the development of the Dukebucker Classic pickups, especially the low-wound neck unit, that has a superb, clear, yet singing tonal quality.