ALLOW YOUR PLAYING
SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS
As a music lover, I’m not usually analyzing the sound too much. I’m more into listening to you and your music. Getting into the groove. But in my profession as a luthier, I also know that with the right tools, your musical communication with your audience can get even deeper.
Juha Ruokangas – Master Guitar Maker
STEAM CLASSIC 5
STEAM DELUXE 5
MAKING THE STEAM
I love to use alder as the body wood for Steam cause it has that punchy sound a great bass needs. Alder has comfy weight and it looks great with see-thru finish. As a nice little bonus for us, this tonewood grows locally, right here on our backyard. Alder gives our basses a classic, open voiced and ringing tone that most players would define as “vintage”.
Wood is a living material. When I had built ten instruments out of spanish cedar I thought I knew it all – but now, after about a thousand instruments later, I realize I am still learning. That is why I don’t offer all kinds of exotic wood combinations for my basses. There would simply be too many variables – and I don’t want to use my clients as guinea pigs.
I was hoping to work miracles with thermally aged tonewood, and keep the problematic peak resonances causing dead spots better in control. Later on, when my first bass prototype was being tested in Germany by Markus Setzer, I recall one of his first comments was: “All the notes sustain in such way that it shouldn’t be possible”. I was thrilled. I knew I was onto something extraordinary.
Absolutely first class
The workmanship, sound, playability, look – even the accessories in the case are awesome, absolutely first class!
After the first note it’s clear that Juha Ruokangas can conjure up something really special. A masterpiece!
The workmanship is excellent and it sounds fantastic – it’s clear that the Steam is made with dedication and passion.
Every little thing
The tonality, sustain, overtones and high notes – every little thing you put in comes out great!
Dream come true
Honestly, I have no words to express how happy I am with the Steam Classic-5. For me it is a dream come true!
I can’t believe how beautiful the bass is! No words… Thank you so much for this wonderful instrument!
I am in love
I am in love with the Steam Classic! Every time I open the case I’m impressed by the look and craftsmanship!
As I play with warm tone or with the bridge pickup staccato sounds, the brilliance of the instrument is always there!
Makes me happy
My Steam Deluxe makes me Happy! It is funky, lightweight, covers all styles, easy to play, balanced, superb tone…
I enjoy the unique sensitivity of the Steambass – whatever nuances I play, all can be heard.
BUILT FOR LIFE
Our purpose is to create the ideal tools for your art of making music. To achieve this goal, each of our guitars is individually handmade to the highest standard by one of us, the Ruokangas team, using the finest materials in the world. No serial production methods or automated processes are involved in the making.
To me, the spirit of bass guitar begins with rhythm. I often compare bass to a steam locomotive with its hypnotizing rhythm and immense power. But bass can be a distinguished melodic instrument as well. It is an instrument of many faces, and I’m humbled that my basses have been so well received by so many gifted musicians.
I enjoy the unique sensitivity of the Steam bass – whatever nuances I play, all can be heard. The harmonics are also very rich and well defined. This bass blows me away – it’s so inspiring!
– Markus Setzer | Markus Setzer Homepage
If I want to be the best, there is no room for ego. Why? Because ego is all about wanting – and mastering a craft is not. It’s about growing into my full potential, freeing my creativity and serving others. It’s the same with making music – the fulfillment comes from letting go and giving, not wanting.
– Juha Ruokangas