I’m a huge fan of prog rock, and I always enjoy working with musicians that share the love for this complex style of music that I feel is the perfect musical story telling vehicle. It’s music for romantics! Since the day we met, I felt a strong connection to Antti’s personality and music – and this was a very inspiring starting point to make a guitar for him.
Antti Pesonen comes from a musical family. His parents and grandfathers were all professional violinists. So naturally his first instrument was violin. Antti didn’t care so much for the very high notes though, so he swapped to cello a few years later, and studied that in a Conservatory for eight years. In his early teens however Antti fell in love with the guitar – electric guitar! Antti recalls that the guitar sounds from The Beatles, Elvis and then later on of course Hendrix were so exciting to him, and still are. He tells also that playing guitar and composing music for his band is a great fun and the necessary counter balance for his day-job.
Antti works as a chief stage manager in the Finnish National Opera. His responsibilities are to co-ordinate and give technical cues in the performance so that the light changes, scene changes, sound effects etc. happens at the right time in the music. Antti explains that his job is quite challenging and often stressful because you can spoil the whole show if you screw up! His favourite way to relax is to grab his Lilith – that’s the name he gave to his custom-built “brown velvet” Duke – and a nice glass of a single malt whiskey and letting go loose!
As always, the myriad guitar parts of the latest CDFME (Contemporary Dead Finnish Music Ensemble) album Dark Matters were played almost exclusively with Lilith. The specs of the guitar include stainless steel frets, custom inlays, Lerche-mod for the bridge pickup (moved 10mm further away from bridge) and a ToneStyler tone pot.
"Lilith has ended my search for a perfect dual-humbucker style guitar. It plays wonderfully, sounds clear and sweet, is built extremely well and is resonant and versatile. It responds to my touch like no other solidbody I’ve played. It’s perfectly balanced and light. And the sustain! Unless I need something with a vibrato arm, I always use Lilith and get the result I want – be it in studio or on stage. Interacting with Juha during the building process was as smooth and professional as it could be. I thank Juha and everybody else in Ruokangas Guitars for their impeccable work and I respect their fine attitude towards life!"
- Antti Pesonen