Ruben bought a Mojo Classic from my friend Holger Hanenkamp / Musikhaus Jever some time ago, and to my delight it became fast his number one guitar to go to when touring and in studio. I finally met Ruben at The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2016. What a nice guy! I did a lecture – “Mythology of Tone” – during the show. I brought a Mojo Grande with me so people could try it out, as a sort of an example of my interpretation how nice a responsive electric guitar can sound like. Towards the end of my lecture someone asked if I could demonstrate the guitar unplugged… I play, sure, but it’s not my forte to improvise, unprepared, in front of an audience… I spotted Ruben in the audience and asked him to play. He pulled it off just like a pro should, demonstrating the dynamics and capabilities of the instrument to the audience. Thank you Ruben! It’s so great to work with talented musicians. What would I do without them! Probably not guitars…
Ruben Roeh, touring and session guitar player based in Hamburg, Germany, first came into contact with music at the tender age of five when his parents enrolled him in violin class. Although it took him many more years to realize the guitar was his true calling, he traded the bow for a pick two years later, setting the course for what would turn out a promising career.
Early experiences include various local musical productions, his own progressive-rock project, as well as an international tour with his school’s Big Band, yet the small town he grew up in left him wanting more. To pursue his ambitions, he moved to Hamburg to study at premier music college Hamburg School of Music under the tutelage of Germany’s top players, meeting and collaborating with many like-minded students, and eventually went on to become an instructor himself, having headed their summer program by the time he was 21.
His most current ventures range from backing million-selling industrial / adult-contemporary artist Joachim Witt, to touring extensively with singer-songwriter / ska / punk act Strom & Wasser.
JB Special No. 16 - Drums: Wanja C. Hasselmann / Bass: Arne Horstmann / Guitar: Ruben Roeh
"My Mojo Classic has become my go-to guitar for pretty much everything. I love how it amalgamates all my favourite sonic attributes different eras of Telecaster bring to the table. It’s snappy, twangy, and unmistakably Tele, with an exceptional evenness across the entire fretboard. Low notes are tight and punchy while even the highest notes carry weight and remain beautifully full-bodied. It can sing, bark, and scream. Its unfailing dependability makes it a touring player’s dream come true. I have gone as many as 7 or 8 hard-hitting songs without retuning. Like no other guitar, it is utterly in tune across the entire neck – no doubt a result of the stunningly diligent fretwork. It’s one of those truly enabling instruments, that brings out the best in me night after night!"
- Ruben Roeh