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Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

Interview with Ruokangas Guitars

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Ruokangas Guitars was founded in 1995 by luthier Juha Ruokangas. From repairing guitars to studying lutherie under guidance of the finest Finnish luthiers after which he founded the company, building guitars in his 35 square meter workshop. Today Juha and his skillful team of luthiers make unique guitars in their beautiful old Harviala Manor surroundings in Finland.  Please read our the quick interview with Juha!
Probably some of the finest guitars you will ever see or if you are terribly lucky, you might even own, 

Company Name:
Ruokangas Guitars

Company Name:

Ruokangas Guitars

A quick introduction please, name, company, location:
I've built electric guitars for my living for 20 years in Finland.

What got you started making gear?
Love for guitar. Ever since I got my first electric guitar, I've been fascinated in "what makes it tick". It's an eternal search of "the holy grail" for me...

What gear do you make?
Various types of electric guitars. See more here:

Where do you operate from?
Southern Finland.

What about making gear do you like the most?
It's very rewarding to see and hear guitarists fall in love with my guitars. Can't get enough of that!

Is this a hobby or full time operation?
Full time. I run the company and employ 4 others.

Who inspires you/who do you look up to musically, IE what gear do you admire?
There are many guitar makers I admire... Some names that pop first into my mind: Bob Benedetto, Linda Manzer, Grit Laskin, Ulrich Teuffel, Claudio Pagelli, Nik Huber... There are in fact SO many...

What pisses you off/what do you like; about the boutique audio gear building industry?
I love that the people in this industry are generally such nice folk. It's a big community that shares knowledge and supports each other surprisingly openly. Surely there are exceptions to the rule too... But anyways, I love the enthusiasm - the love for music and guitar.

Are you still in a band or play music and do you use your own gear?
Yeah I play in a "therapy" band founded with friends. I play my own guitars mainly + a few acoustics built by my wife.

Quick Fire!
Favourite Guitar Maker? Too many to name one specific
Favourite Guitar Effect? Wah Wah
Favourite Amp Maker? At the moment Mad Professor (changes daily)
Favourite Music Genre? Prog Rock
Favourite Band / Artist? Too many... Today it is 'Gentle Giant'
Favourite Guitarist?: Jeff Beck
Favourite Instrument? Guitar
Favourite Drink? Water
Favourite Place? Home
Favourite Food? Same as Garfield loves...
Website Address:
Social Media Channels: | | On Youtube

From Ruokangas website, a quote from Juha. I would think most readers would agree with the statement if you look at the pictures.
“I often say we make the best electric guitars in the world. And I mean that, seriously. I have four luthiers working for me, and we build a very limited amount of guitars on annual basis. I like to keep it that way. We’re small enough so things stay stress free, perfectly under control. Together we are capable to craft better guitars than I could alone.”
- Juha Ruokangas

Hear Juha talk about the Ruokangas Holy Grail Guitar Show 2014

The attention to details seems second to none. With every guitar you receive:

In the custom Hiscox hardshell case.

Read more HERE
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