We’re happy to be back at NAMM after 5 years break!
We have a cool selection of instruments with us – check them out! You’ll find us from Hall E, booth 1797. Mr. Fastfinger & Mika Tyyskä Duo will play explosive demos at the booth every day, and in addition to that we have two slots – 1:30pm Friday and Saturday – in the Demo Room #4 that you’ll find from Hall D Loft Lounge. Welcome!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
“This has definitely been a year to remember for me and my team. We’ve celebrated the company 20th anniversary not one or two, but three times! We’ve also had the privilege to exhibit again at The Holy Grail Guitar Show. One of the most memorable and special experiences was to be involved in The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt -movie by Mika Tyyskä. And – most importantly – you, our dear customers, keep on ordering guitars and keep our wheels turning, year after year!
Thank you so much to everyone for this memorable year. Now we close the workshop lights and switch off the computers for the rest of the year. See you in 2016!”
– Juha Ruokangas
Beautiful music with a beautiful guitar
Thank you Juno for the beautiful poem and artwork you made for this guitar! And thank you Antti for writing this beautiful piece of music and making the video for us!
The Unicorn Supersonic rocks!
“They say rock music is from the devil. Don’t know about that, but there sure is something devilishly seductive in mean, stripped down rock’n’roll – and that’s exactly what provoked me to create the Unicorn Supersonic.” – Juha Ruokangas
See the first demo video and make up your own mind. The Supersonic Rocks! With this model we introduce to you our brand new Bare Bone™ finish that looks awesome and feels smooth as velvet. Another new original Ruokangas feature are the Lock-Thru-Body™ bridge bushings, that make the guitar stronger (the wraparound bridge will not bend forward in time, like you often see happening with this bridge type) and guarantee unparalleled energy transference from the bridge to the body of the guitar. Other features include our trademark materials Spanish Cedar and Arctic Birch, Custom 1957 P90 pickups by Harry Häussel, aluminium ABM 3024 bridge, openback Gotoh SE700 tuners and stainless steel frets. Dig it!
We Respect This Moment..!
Who doesn’t love a great story? We do, for sure! And we’re proud beyond belief that Mika Tyyskä wanted us to be involved in this super cool film project with him. What a fantastic journey it has been!
All 5 episodes of the movie are now out. Go see the movie here – and please share to all your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and all the other cool places..!
So – what is this crazy film about, then? The director calls it “a progressive instrumental musical adventure”. It is, indeed, all of that – and more! The Spirit of The Guitar Hunt is a fierce battle between good and evil. And it is partly based on a true story, too! The guitar on the film was built, for real. The smith forged the strong trem arm, for real. We use moose shin bone for our guitar nuts – and we do boil the bones in our garden on open fire, for real. We go to the forest and cut down our tonewood, for real. Whether Mr. Fastfinger is real or fantasy… we’re not quite sure. But we do lock our door at night these days, in case the demon would sneak in again…
Ruokangas 20 Years!
We celebrate our 20th Anniversary by having an “open doors day” on Saturday, 29th of August, from 10am to 1pm. The event is open for public. We have awesome live music in our garden offered by Mr. Fastfinger, Petteri Sariola and Monkey Business Ensemble. We serve coffee and cake as long as it lasts! 😉 More info on our Facebook Event page. Welcome!!!
Guitar Connoisseur / Captain Nemo
Check out the Guitar Connoisseur article about the story of our Captain Nemo guitar and Valvebucker®.
Thank you Kelcey & the GC team, you’re doing an amazing job!
We are honored to be chosen among the 115 luthiers to exhibit our work in the end of October in Berlin to The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015 – hundreds and hundreds of handmade guitars, cool demo concerts, lectures – don’t miss it – buy your ticket now!
Twisted Sister – The Iron Men of Rock’n’roll
We’re happy and privileged to call Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister our friend and ally. Jay Jay – you rock!
Twisted Sister tours the world in the memory of their drummer who passed away earlier this year. RIP A.J. Pero. Thank you Zsolt Zabraczki for this fantastic photo of Jay Jay blasting away with his Ruokangas Unicorn.
“Simply put, Ruokangas Guitars are Playable Art. This is now the third guitar I have purchased from you and I can say, without hesitation, to all discerning collectors of fine electric musical instruments that one can never have enough Ruokangas guitars!”
– Jay Jay French
Welcome aboard Mika Tyyskä!
We want to give the warmest of welcomes to Mika Tyyskä (alias Mr. Fastfinger) – please have a look at his featured player page!
Mika has worked hard with us on a very special project that began nearly 3 years ago. What first was supposed to be “just a guitar” grew into a 30 minute musical fantasy movie about the art of making guitars, and more. Check out the progress here: The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt..!
The Spirit of The Guitar Hunt
Sometimes it’s good to step outside the box… 😉
This time the result was something quite unique:
“A legend tells of Mr. Fastfinger – a guitar master, whose instrument got shredded by a demon. A fearless guitarmaker of the north, Master Juha, encounters an unexpected visitor. The vision emerges: spiritual dimension – tiger sharp attack – mountain like tone! Master Juha faces the challenge of his lifetime – can his guitar open the door to infinity for Mr. Fastfinger? Balancing between two worlds, these men join forces to hunt down the true spirit of electric guitar.”
Working on a very special project ordered by a very special client..! His demands go way beyond our current catalog. We’re doing our very best to capture the process! Not familiar with Mr. Fastfinger? Check him out!