COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR YOUR SOUL

As a youngster, playing guitar was just the coolest thing. Learning those first riffs and licks was hard work – but so much fun! Later in life the guitar became a way of life for me – and to my astonishment I’ve realized that slowly but surely, I’ve become surrounded by others like me. Passion for music and guitars! That is what connects you and me.

– Juha Ruokangas

Juha Ruokangas signature

VSOP Shapes

Mojo

First I dodged the idea of touching this style that has so often been modified but rarely improved upon. I’m glad I finally went for it – and learned a lot on the way, too. In Leonardo da Vinci’s words – simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

VSOP

One of the early magazine reviews described the VSOP as a player’s guitar rather than a poseur’s instrument. That warmed my heart, cause that’s exactly how I see this guitar model too. A reliable workhorse that won’t let you down.

Unicorn

One of my greatest passions in designing a guitar is to make it sound transparent so there is no barrier between the player and the instrument. The Unicorn is right there – a true communication tool for your soul.

Duke

We’re inseparable, me and Duke. It is my first original design, and it has laid the foundation to everything that has followed. Everything fell into place in such profound way, that you can see the ripples in every guitar I’ve designed since.

Aeon

The Aeon can well be described as a crossbreed between two of my earlier designs – and yet, it has a strong, unmistakable identity of its own. It is a guitar that allows you to expand your horizons and to learn more about yourself as a player.

Hellcat

Hard rock and metal music is all about big emotions in play – soundscapes covering it all from crystal-like cleans to the meanest of distortions. That’s what the Hellcat is all about – a power tool that can handle all that energy without folding.

Steam

Steam combines the best features of classic bolt-on basses with my design language, special knowledge of tonewood and a few fresh tweaks not often seen in basses. It is a no-nonsense powerhouse, that helps you get the job done better.

happiness is…

to play the guitar you love

Peace, love & good music

They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and having been around in the guitar business as long as I have, I tell you: It is true. Every question is indeed a good question – but there are tons of bad answers around!

That is why I started my Weekly Wednesday Live broadcasts and Zen & The Art of Guitar Maintenance series on YouTube – they’re my attempt to help you get the most out of your guitar. The brand or monetary value of the guitar you play doesn’t matter – we’re all in the same boat here!

Choose your favourite platform: Over 50 episodes of Ruokangas Podcast available on your favourite podcast platform – or watch our YouTube channel with well over 200 videos and more to come. See you there!

dream – create – play!

Design the way you like it

Compose the specs exactly the way you want from our carefully curated choice of options – down to such details as selecting the grain pattern of the top wood from our actual inventory. That’s right – the tops you see in the Creator are the exact same tops we have available here, at our workshop in Finland.

The journey of making your guitar

Having a guitar custom made is a thrill to remember – complete with photos we will send you when making your guitar. When your instrument is ready, we will ship it express to your door – or you can come pick it up from Finland in person. Then it’s time to unbox, plug and play!

Your choices matter

Everything we do has an impact on people and the planet. You and I can do our part simply by consuming less – by investing in goods that will not be thrown away. You never actually own a Ruokangas. You merely look after it for the next generation.

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Happy people
If you do all your work as you’ve done with my Steam Classic, you make a lot of people happy. Beautiful!

Winfried Soppa (Germany)
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It’s all there
The Unicorn leaves nothing to the imagination or to be desired – it’s all there!

Tonequest Report (USA)
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RPM machine
The Hellcat is a sleek “RPM machine”. When you pick it up and start playing, it’s soon obvious what it is made for!

Aimo Alaniemi (Finland)
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Jazz and soul
The Mojo Classic is one of the most versatile tools to get the sound needed in jazz and soul. I love it!

Flo Zepf (Germany)
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Strength and body
In addition to the warmth and clarity, the Unicorn has excellent mids, adding strength and body to the sound.

Riffi Magazine (Finland)
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The Duke whispers
When playing singing, distorted rock melodies, the Duke whispers into my ear what note to play next.

Craig Beck (USA)
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Sensuously smooth
I’ll probably always remember the sensuously smooth finish and expertly rolled edges of the Mojo King’s neck.

Premier Guitar (USA)
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Playing the Duke
As you might imagine, I spent a lot of time playing the Duke this weekend. I didn’t want to go to work this morning!

Tom Givan (USA)
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Killer guitar
I am totally in shock Juha! This is a killer guitar – I have 20 guitars, but this one is the best!

Michael Pagaard (Denmark)
Jukka Tolonen - featured Ruokangas player
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Superb
This is superb. The Duke is the best electric guitar I’ve ever had!

Jukka Tolonen (Finland)

AN INSTRUMENT TO MATCH

YOUR LOUDEST DREAMS

What you see is what you get

20 years ago I spent my office hours answering questions how different features would work in a finished guitar – that’s when I realized the importance to find a way to visualize your dream instrument! Our solution was an online guitar configurator. By now our modest app from the early days has evolved into an advanced 3D tool that makes ordering a custom guitar great fun!

Playing doesn’t need to hurt

Each Ruokangas instrument is built for you, the individual customer, by one single luthier, taking into account your preferences and the style of music you play. Playing doesn’t need to hurt – a well designed instrument helps your body to relax and prevents back aches and muscle pains. When playing is your passion, it should stay that way for a lifetime!

Nothing to hide

Bad news spread faster and wider than ever before in history. This can have detrimental results for a guitar maker if he makes mistakes and breaks his promises to the customer. We welcome with open open arms the transparency of the modern world. We work hard to communicate openly and inform you about our values and practical solutions regarding every detail of our work. Living is easy when one has nothing to hide.

Premium responsibility

As a consumer, you have a right to expect more. That’s why we only use tonewood from sustainable sources, be it locally harvested or the FSC-certified imported species. Our paints and other chemicals are governed within the strict EU legislation and the recycling of all our waste is promptly organized and monitored. All this is part of the premium quality you pay for when buying an instrument from us.

BUILT FOR LIFE

We want to create the ideal tools for your art of making music that lasts through generations. To reach this goal, each of our guitars is individually handmade to the highest standard by one of us, the Ruokangas master guitar makers, using the finest sustainable materials that will stand the test of time. No serial production methods or automated processes are involved in the making, to guarantee quality you can rely on.

Ruokangas 20 Year Warranty

Built with the best players in mind

We want to help you in reaching your musical goals, wherever they may lead you to. That’s why our instruments are built with the best players in mind. It means the guitar will live and grow with you, and you don’t need to worry if the instrument you own might set limits to your development as a player.

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Fantasy
This guitar is perfectly balanced, plays like a fantasy, and is extremely robust.

Ben Wigler / New Beard (USA)
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Truly green
There are green guitars. But this one is truly green!

Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger (Finland)
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My main guitar
My Aeon Artist and Deluxe are my main guitars. They make me play better – like the guitar was playing me!

Roope Riihijärvi (Finland)
Juha Torvinen - Eppu Normaali
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Life’s too short
Life is just too short to play bad guitars.

Juha Torvinen / Eppu Normaali (Finland)
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Finally
I finally have an instrument which effortlessly and boldly goes by my command.

 

Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger (Finland)
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Better and better
I totally fell in love with the VSOP and yet it’s getting better and better. The sound of this guitar is unbelievable.

Falco Karassavidis / The Jooks (Germany)
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Setting the bar
Ruokangas sets the bar as a standard by which all of the boutique guitar companies should be measured against…

Jay Jay French / Twisted Sister (USA)
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Second to none
The communication with Ruokangas during the build process and post delivery care are second to none.

Tom Fay (United Kingdom)
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Flawlessly designed
The Ruokangas team brought my vision of a perfect guitar to life! Every little intricate detail is flawlessly executed!

Tom Fay (United Kingdom)
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Owning a Ruokangas
Owning a Ruokangas, to me, is like owning 3 albums worth of material you haven’t written yet!

Ben Wigler / New Beard (USA)
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Time to buy
Last time I bought an electric guitar (Telecaster) in 1966, and now it’s time to buy another one. This is superb!

Tommy Emmanuel / CGP (USA)
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Friendly frets
Absolutely gorgeous, love it. Beautiful! I like how the frets feel too. They’re very friendly frets.

Tommy Emmanuel c.g.p. (USA)
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One guitar
If I do an all-around gig and can bring only one guitar, it’s always the Duke.

Saku Mattila (Finland)
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Like a grand piano
The Aeon reacts to different nuances just the way I want – every note is distinct like in a grand piano.

Roope Riihijärvi (Finland)
Antti Pesonen - featured Ruokangas player
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Impeccable
I thank Juha and everybody at Ruokangas for their impeccable work. I respect their fine attitude towards life!

Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)
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Kick ass
The Ruokangas guitars kick ass!

Matias Kupiainen / Stratovarius (Finland)
Antti Pesonen - featured Ruokangas player
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My search
My Duke has ended my search for a perfect dual-humbucker style guitar.

Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)
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Juha Ruokangas
Praise the Mighty Juha Ruokangas – God of Fretted Instruments!

Edmund Piskaty (Austria)
Antti Pesonen - featured Ruokangas player
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Like no other
It responds to my touch like no other solidbody I’ve played.

Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)
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Not a toy
It’s definitely not a toy – but it makes me play like a child!

Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger (Finland)
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Playable Art
I love my Ruokangas Unicorn. Simply put, Ruokangas Guitars are Playable Art!

Jay Jay French / Twisted Sister (USA)
Matias Kupiainen - featured Ruokangas player
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Obvious choice
I’ve always wanted to walk my own paths, and for me Ruokangas guitar was an obvious choice.

Matias Kupiainen (Finland)
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Players’ choice
The Mojo Grande survives rough life on the road. The players’ choice!

Jani Wickholm (Finland)
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Wherever I go
Wherever I go, I keep getting compliments of how great the Duke sounds and looks.

Saku Mattila (Finland)
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Jazz and soul
The Mojo Classic is one of the most versatile tools to get the sound needed in jazz and soul. I love it!

Flo Zepf (Germany)
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An indispensible tool
My Duke is an indispensible tool in my toolbox. I use it all the time.

Josh Smith (USA)
Sami Ruusukallio - featured Ruokangas player
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The only bass I play
All I can say is this – from the day I bought the Steam bass, it has been the only bass I play both in studio and live!

Sami Ruusukallio / Eppu Normaali (Finland)
Jukka Tolonen - featured Ruokangas player
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Superb
This is superb. The Duke is the best electric guitar I’ve ever had!

Jukka Tolonen (Finland)
Antti Pesonen - featured Ruokangas player
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Plays wonderfully
The Duke plays wonderfully, sounds clear and sweet, is built extremely well and is resonant and versatile.

Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)
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Perfect for sessions
The ultra-clean electronics of the VSOP are perfect for sessions where avoiding noise is an important factor.

Aaron Kaplan (USA)
Juha Björninen - featured Ruokangas player
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Excellent work
The VSOP feels stable, stays in tune very well and looks attractive too. Excellent work!

Juha Björninen (Finland)
Petteri Sariola - featured Ruokangas player
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Fits right in
The Duke Sonic is the most versatile guitar I’ve had the pleasure to fondle. Fits right in in every situation and band.

Petteri Sariola (Finland)
Saku Mattila - featured Ruokangas player
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We’re pals
Me and the Duke, we’re pals. This guitar has been my main instrument since I bought it. I’m really happy with it

Saku Mattila (Finland)
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Friendly frets
Absolutely gorgeous, love it. Beautiful! I like how the frets feel too. They’re very friendly frets.

Tommy Emmanuel / CGP (USA)
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It plays itself
The Hellcat is so effortless – it practically plays itself. I can play and plan to play exactly what I want.

Sami Saarinen / Status Minor (Finland)
Juha Björninen - featured Ruokangas player
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Essential
The VSOP is very comfy to play both sitting down and strapped on – essential when playing through long sets.

Juha Björninen (Finland)
Antti Paranko - featured Ruokangas player
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Big tone
The VSOP is my all-around workhorse with it’s clear, sustaining and BIG tone!

Antti Paranko (Finland)
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Never enough
I can say to all discerning collectors of fine musical instruments that one can never have enough Ruokangas guitars!

Jay Jay French / Twisted Sister (USA)
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Makes me smile
Grabbing one of my Ruokangas guitars makes me smile – how an earth can they feel and sound so great!?

Pasi Ojala (Finland)
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Another one
One day I might need another guitar – and it will certainly be a Ruokangas, too!

Sami Saarinen / Status Minor (Finland)

A day in the life

If you take a step with us behind the curtain – past our website, Guitar Creator app and all that fancy stuff, you’ll find the reality is that we’re just a handful of artisans making our living serving you guys, the guitar players. If you want to join in and experience a glimpse of our everyday work in progress, there’s no better place than our Instagram feed! Or, well… maybe there is one better place, after all…

No matter how far you reside, you’re of course most welcome to visit us too, here in Harviala, Finland.

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