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Don’t miss this! The Helsinki Universal Guitar Festival presents: on Sunday, 17th November at Savoy Theatre – Jukka Tolonen is undoubtedly the most important guitarist in Finland’s musical history. He has inspired thousands of young guitarists over four decades. As a composer, Tolonen has created a personal style in which rich and surprising melodies and polyphonic melodies captivate listeners even today.

A group of top Finnish guitarists and musicians from the younger generation pay tribute to Tolonen’s music, by playing their arrangements of the master’s best compositions. We’re happy to let you know that our good friends Antti Paranko and Markus Setzer were asked to perform in this historic concert!



Mojo King on Guitar Builder!

Mojo King in Guitar BuilderWe’ve been working very hard to bring the popular new model Mojo King to the Guitar Builder™ as fast as we could – ladies and gentlemen, here you are, we hope you like it!

Now the King is available with loads more options than before – including super light chambered version with alder body and arctic birch top, Bigsby trem, new colors and more. Have fun!



Ruokangas Showroom to Helsinki!

RuokangasShowroomOhoy Finland! We’re opening the first ever official Ruokangas Showroom to Helsinki this November!

The showroom opens in co-operation with Custom Sounds, the best boutique guitar gear shop in the country, located in the heart of Helsinki – see the exact location here.

The official opening will be held on 6th November 2013, Wednesday at 6 pm, launching the Custom Sounds 2013 Toneweeks! Juha will talk guitar, and Antti Paranko will play guitar! Those interested in joining the opening, please fill out this application form (in Finnish)!

Ruokangas Showroom avajaiset järjestetään keskiviikkona 6.11.2013 klo 18:00 osana Custom Soundsin tämän vuoden Toneviikkoja! Täältä lisätietoja ja linkki ilmoittautumislomakkeeseen. Tervetuloa!



Ruokangas basses in Germany!

Steambass!Our Steambass line is now available at our German dealer Musikhaus Jever – see their nice selection here! Musikhaus Jever is our number one dealer world wide – they stock a good number of Ruokangas guitars and basses at all times so in case you’re looking for one, don’t forget to check this shop out no matter where you’re from – they ship world wide!



VSOP Classic

Check out our new presentation video of the VSOP Classic!

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Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013

Our first time at Healdsburg Guitar Festival was great success and a lot of fun! We hope you enjoy our photos from the show!

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Guitar Of The Week

This tobacco burst Mojo Grande among others is on its way to the Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013 – see you there! Build photos and more info about this guitar here!



Guitar Connoisseur / The Holy Grail Guitar Show

Check out the awesome new “Les Paul” Reboot -issue of Guitar Connoisseur featuring Juha Ruokangas, Timo Schramm, Tomi Korkalainen (Amfisound) and Christian Hatstatt (Magneto)!

The Guitar Connoisseur can now be ordered also as printed version – check out the available issues at Barnes & Noble!

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In The Works

In The WorksThe Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013 draws near! The show dates are August 9-11, and the location is the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa, CA.

In The WorksJuha will bring 4 unique instruments to the show – the Mojo King #216, in a brand new color ‘Purple Rose’ – the featherweight Mojo Grande #228, with matching Arctic Birch top and fretboard – the Duke Classic #271, with highly figured top, ebony fretboard and Dukebucker pickups – and last but not least, the new baby Unicorn Artisan #078, with a jaw dropping Arctic Birch top and deep velvety tone you’ve never heard from this type guitar before. Excited! Welcome all!



Get Sirius!

Get Sirius!You just have to check out Dead Sirius 3000 – they’re simply mind-blowing! The new album ‘Get Sirius!’ is out now in Finland – listen to samples here – and buy the album here! The international release (including iTunes, Spotify etc) will follow later this year.

Dead Sirius 3000 - The HoleWhy do we advertise the album here? Because of Petteri Sariola of course! Petteri uses his custom built Duke Sonic throughout the album and it sounds awesome!

Watch now the latest Dead Sirius 3000 video – The Hole!



Summertime News

SampoThose of you who want to see live the famous ‘Defence of the Sampo’ Duke that Juha built 10 years ago, head to the Ikaalinen Spa Manor for the Ikaalinen College of Crafts and Arts 60-Year Anniversary Exhibition! More info about the guitar in the spotlight article.

Jarmo HynninenOur guitar playing friends have been active all over the world! Check the awesome Unicorn Artisan demo video by Kingsley Durant! We also welcome aboard Jarmo Hynninen, a great player from Finland – don’t forget to watch the cool demo videos Jarmo has done with his Mojo Grande. You’ll find the videos easily from Jarmo‘s featured player profile sidebar.


We’re excited to join the Healdsburg Guitar Festival for the first time! This unique event is held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa, California this August.

We’ll bring along four unique instruments, all built exclusively for the Healdsburg show. You can follow the build process of these guitars on our ‘in stock‘ page – see the guitars tagged ‘in the works’.

The show takes place 9-11 August. Come experience the unique atmosphere of Healdsburg Guitar Festival that brings together 116 luthiers from all around the world – hundreds of hand made guitars, builder seminars, player workshops, concerts… See you there!



Markus Setzer Solo Album

Markus Setzer is one of the best known bass players in Germany, and now he presents his first solo album ‘_shades‘. We’re honored that Markus chose to record the whole album using his custom built Steambass Classic.

shades_cd_200“It’s such a humbling privilege to have the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians in the world. Even if you’re not a fan of bass player solo albums, you should listen to this one. It’s different from anything you’ve ever heard in your life. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.” – Juha Ruokangas

Purchase ‘_shades‘ on:

More purchasing options on Markus Setzer website!



Premier Guitar at Frankfurt Musikmesse ’13

PGShawn Hammond of Premier Guitar visited us at Musikmesse – check out Juha’s interview and demos of Unicorn Artisan, Mojo King and 12-stringed Mojo Grande by Antti Paranko on this Premier Guitar video!

Don’t forget to subscribe also to the PG YouTube channel with tons of cool content for all you guitar geeks out there!



Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013 – Day 4

Day 4 at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013. Last day of the show, thanks everyone for stopping by!

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Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013 – Day 3

Day 3 at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013. Special thanks for the jam session to Anouck Andre!

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