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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Ruokangas selection for the year 2001.

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