Many of you must be quite confused – what is this Mr Fastfinger custom guitar and movie about? Well, it started about 5 years ago on a flight from Helsinki to Frankfurt. Mika Tyyskä and I happened to be seated next to each other, and we started talking about guitars (what else?). Mika was kinda interested in ordering a custom guitar from me, and I thought it would be awesome to make something special to Mr. Fastfinger (Mika’s animated alter ego). Our sky high conversation continued, leading us to the Frankfurt Airport, and by the time we landed, we had more or less conjured up a script for a fiction movie, where Mr. Fastfinger would come over to our shop and order a guitar from me. At that point, I don’t think we were dead serious about making a movie for real – it was more just killing time on the flight. We however met again at Musikmesse a couple of days later and found out that neither one of us could stop thinking about the project! So we figured why not? The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt is kind of a fiction movie but ties up into reality too. I’ve never seen anybody do something like this, so it’s no wonder some of you (or us) are confused about what it is. Time will tell – maybe something like this will be the next step of true tv – who knows..!?
A film to finally reveal the secrets and the magic how the best guitars are made. A legend tells of Mr. Fastfinger – a guitar master, whose instrument got shredded by a demon. A fearless guitarmaker of the north, Master Juha, encounters an unexpected visitor. The vision emerges: spiritual dimension – tiger sharp attack – mountain like tone! Master Juha faces the challenge of his lifetime – can his guitar open the door to infinity for Mr. Fastfinger? Balancing between two worlds, these men join forces to hunt down the true spirit of electric guitar. Two worlds. Two men. One mission. Six strings....
Another dimension in this project was obviously the guitar itself, which was nothing but fiction. I have to confess I am a huge fan of Mika’s music – and I have been long time before I got to know him personally. Later on, as we’ve become close friends, Mika keeps astonishing me with his fantastic musical visions and his tasteful style of playing guitar – the music and the story comes always first in Mika’s book, even if he has the skills to play faster than lightning when needed. With this background explained, you can understand that I took this guitar project as a personal challenge, and that I was even a bit nervous how it would turn out. Mika knows exactly how he wants the guitar to feel like, and how it must sound like – but he is not so much interested in which tonewood we use, what technical solution we have this or that, and so on. This is a great way to work for me, actually. Mika tells me what he wants, and I have basically free hands to offer him my vision of what might take him where he wants to go.
I won’t go more into technical detail here, but I’ll explain the two switches of the guitar, cause I keep getting so much questions about it! One of the switches works as a standard S-style 5-way pickup selector. The other one is a custom 3-way switch (not available commercially) that has three modes: 1) All pickups work normally, 2) Middle pickup out-of-phase, 3) Bridge + neck pickups splitted. Mika doesn’t like push/pulls or mini-switches, cause they’re not smooth to use in fast pace playing – so he asked me to come up with something better. And so I came up with this solution – an improved “user interface” for special purposes of Mr. Fastfinger.
I hope you enjoy the photo gallery we’ve collected here of Mr. Fastfinger guitar build process. Check out also the Guitar Hunt movie website, that has more bits and pieces of information of this very special project.