Aaron bought one of my first guitars ever exported to the North America – a VSOP Classic that I had sold to Westwood Music in Los Angeles. A few years later I exhibited at NAMM for the first time and contacted Aaron. We hung out in Hollywood – ate sushi at Miyagi’s on Sunset Strip and had a beer (might have been two.. or three…) at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Good memories! We’ve been friends ever since, and I am so happy I can feature him here on our website.
Aaron plays sessions for TV, movies and albums. Aaron has also toured throughout the states and abroad with many well known singer/songwriters, including Rod Stewart, Lyndsey Buckingham, The Bloody Lovelies, BT, Hanson, Linus Of Hollywood, Matchbox 20, Weird Al Yankovic, Tim Burgess (Charlatans UK) and the late jazz bassist Al McKibbon (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk), to name just a few.
A long-time musical collaboration with composer James S. Levine has led to Aaron’s instrumental work on hit television shows, including Nip/Tuck, Raising the Bar and also The Closer. His composition and guitar work is also heard on Top Chef, Project Runway, Real Housewives of Orange County, Royal Pains and NCSI LA. Aaron’s film work includes guitars on the scores of the hit films Iron Man, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Open Season 2 and much more.
Aaron has a solo album out called Salvaged. His other band projects include Raw Sugar and Stonecutters Union, both to be found online for example on Apple Music and Spotify.
It means a lot to me that Aaron has chosen some of my guitars to his toolbox. He is one of those hard working musicians that you wouldn't perhaps know by name, but you've most certainly heard his playing - like in the score music of Iron Man movie or other film & television work he's been doing for ages.
"The Ruokangas VSOP is one of the finest and most versatile guitars that I’ve played. The quality of craftmanship is unparalleled and the ultra-clean electronics are perfect for sessions where avoiding noise is an important factor. The immense amount of tonal variation make it the only guitar I need for sessions and gigs. I will be playing my VSOP for many years to come!"
- Aaron Kaplan