Frankfurt Musikmesse 2001

Frankfurt calls again! Already a tradition, Ruokangas Guitars and Henneken Archtops shared a booth at the biggest musical instrument trade show in Europe. We had great time and met a lot of new and old friends – and got some serious attention too. A number of guitar magazines – Guitarist and The Guitar Magazine (UK), Gitarre und Bass (Germany) and Fuzz (Sweden) test reviewed our guitars in the following months of the Messe appearance.

Mika Koskinen attended the show with me for his first time. Notice the matching suits!

I had an honour to meet Bob Benedetto, mr. Jazz Guitar himself, who has been a great influence for me through his profound work as a luthier.

Mr. J Hayes from St.Louis Music (left) with Henneken archtop guitar (notice the grin – must sound very good!) and Mr. Roy Herrington putting up a show with a VSOP Standard.

Harry Häussel – a very good friend and a true pickup genius. Notice the pickups of this Duke Standard – this was the first year in Frankfurt we had the Dukebuckers built by Harry installed in our guitars!

Ruokangas selection for the year 2001.