Ruokangas Guitars testimonials from players and guitar magazines


A little collection of testimonials we’ve gathered over the years from guitar owners and guitar magazines. Want your testimonial to be added? Send us email!

Absolutely first class

The workmanship, sound, playability, look - even the accessories in the case are awesome, absolutely first class!  

- Matthias Fuhr (Germany)

Absolutely flawless

The top is beautifully sculpted, the neck is smooth and glassy, and the black binding is absolutely flawless.

- Guitar Player (USA)

Admirable dedication

Juha is a passionate, adventurous builder with an admirable dedication to using locally sourced materials.

- Premier Guitar (USA)

All about rock’n’roll

The Duke Sonic is all about rock'n'roll - nothing to add! Great!

- Kari Järvinen (Finland)

All Ruokangas

I have many guitars, some are good, some even great. Then I have the ones I use. Those are all Ruokangas guitars.

- Juha Torvinen / Eppu Normaali (Finland)

All the more compelling

The fact that the Duke sounds so good on top of being such a beauty makes it all the more compelling...

- Guitar Player (USA)

Allows me to express

Clear, sweet, very strong, with a beautiful individual character that allows me to transparently express my ideas.

- Ben Wigler / New Beard (USA)

Amazing range

The Mojo Deluxe range of tone and dynamics I can achieve just by using the pots is truly amazing.

- Ralph Schomaker (Germany)

An amazing guitar

The Duke is an amazing guitar. Whether I am teaching jazz, rock, blues or country, this guitar has it covered!

- Craig beck (USA)

An indispensible tool

My Duke is an indispensible tool in my toolbox. I use it all the time.

- Josh Smith (USA)

Another one

One day I might need another guitar – and it will certainly be a Ruokangas, too!

- Sami Saarinen / Status Minor (Finland)

Another world

When I played a Ruokangas guitar for the first time, I discovered another world!

- Nicolas Kerjosse (France)

Articulated voice

The VSOP convinces with its articulated and well-formed voice...

- Riffi Magazine (Finland)

As good as it gets

Your attention to detail and sonic resonance is as good as it gets. The fretwork is perfect!

- Bob Willcutt / Willcutt Guitars (USA)

Ass kicker

The Duke sounds great on every amp setting! Excellent instrument! A real ass kicker!

- Ben Kibbey (USA)


The guitar delivers pop, rock and country with powerful authority.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)


The VSOP drives with authority.

- The Guitar Magazine (UK)

Barks and growls

It barks and growls like a P90 loaded 50’s era guitar. It will always be a part of my arsenal.

- Josh Smith (USA)

Beautiful instrument

The Mojo Classic is a beautiful instrument that plays and sounds wonderful!

- John Bishop (USA)

Beautifully built

... beautifully built on a level that is virtually non-existent among all but a few instruments made today at any price.

- ToneQuest Report (USA)

Bell-like tone

The combination of both pickups is impressive with its big and bell-like tone.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Best guitar ever

Best guitar ever. The neck is just perfect. The color is awesome. Be very proud of yourself and your team - I am!

- Lars Stugemo (Sweden)

Best I’ve seen

The setup is perfect for my taste and the built quality is just the very best I have ever seen.

- Stefan Löfstrand (Sweden)

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)

Big risk

There is a big risk of becoming addicted to the VSOP...

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Big tone

The VSOP is my all-around workhorse with it’s clear, sustaining and BIG tone!

- Antti Paranko (Finland)

Blows me away

The Unicorn Artisan is unbelievable and just blows me away. This is indeed the best guitar in the world!

- Oliver Rauscher (Germany)


As I play with warm tone or with the bridge pickup staccato sounds, the brilliance of the instrument is always there!  

- Martin Kutschinski (Germany)

Conceptual perfection

The conceptual perfection and the craftsmanship of the Duke Artisan is stunning – nothing can be criticized.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Crazy proud

In Finland, guitar making is a matter of great pride. And they must be crazy proud of Ruokangas Guitars.

- Guitar Connoisseur

Created with passion

The Unicorn is an absolute masterpiece created with great passion.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Creative tool

The Steam is really a creative tool that supports and pushes me to develop my playing further. Thanks for that!

- Stefan Hesterberg (Germany)

Crunch Tone Monster

The ultimate, dynamic Crunch-Tone-Monster is mine!

- Stephan Wolter (Germany)


The curvaceous body shape and the comfy neck profile of the VSOP fit to hand very nicely.

- Riffi Magazine (Finland)

Cutting butter

The VSOP – talk about cutting butter…

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Deep dives

No need to tune up the VSOP during the test, even though I provoked the trem with as deep dives as it permitted.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Deliver the goods

The VSOP is an unassuming instrument that will deliver the goods in all situations and make a good amp sing.

- The Guitar Magazine (UK)


The Mojo Grande is the diamond among my many guitars.

- Arnulf Moastuen (Norway)

Dream come true

My Duke Sonic is a dream come true! That’s all I can say – perfect!

- Sascha Wiegand (Germany)

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!

- Matthias Fuhr (Germany)

Dream to play

Man, I love this guitar! It's a dream to play and sounds terrific!

- Sonny Landreth (USA)

Duke Artisan

To sum up: The Duke Artisan is a masterly instrument.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Duke epitomizes

The Duke epitomizes the custom guitar ethos.

- Guitar Player (USA)


The tone of the Duke is well balanced, and the guitar reacts to playing dynamics in an excellent manner.

- Riffi Magazine (Finland)

Ergonomic design

The Ruokangas VSOP is the most ergonomically designed guitar I have ever played.  

- Juha Björninen (Finland)


The VSOP is very comfy to play both sitting down and strapped on – essential when playing through long sets.  

- Juha Björninen (Finland)

Every little thing

The tonality, sustain, overtones and high notes - every little thing you put in comes out great!  

- Andi Eichinger (Germany)

Everything changed

Getting my first Ruokangas changed everything! I didn't even know what a brilliant instrument can do for me!

- Thorsten (Germany)

Excellent work

The VSOP feels stable, stays in tune very well and looks attractive too. Excellent work!

- Juha Björninen (Finland)

Exceptional twang

The Mojo King is so versatile - cuts through the mix - gorgeous in-between tones... and such an exceptional twang!

- Stephan Wolter (Germany)

Exceptionally resonant

The Mojo Classic is so exceptionally resonant unplugged - it's like playing an acoustic guitar!

- Jeff Van Blarcom (USA)


No doubt, Juha Ruokangas belongs to the extraordinary guitar makers in Europe.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)


The Duke Artisan is a magnificent instrument with extraordinary sound and wonderful playability!

- Bruno Longobardi (France)


The Mojo Grande really plays the way it looks. Fantastic. I especially like the warm acoustic feel to it!

- Marek Stibal (Denmark)

Fantastic guitar

Thanks for building me this fantastic guitar. My Unicorn is simply one of the best instruments I've ever played!

- Anders Hörling (Sweden)


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

- Ben Wigler / New Beard (USA)

Fat tone

I swear your Hellcat almost sounds like a bass-guitar - such a fat tone! Also, the pickups are a dream!

- Daniel Schimanski (Germany)

Feel young again

The Hellcat is a supreme guitar. It begs to be played and makes an old man feel young again..!  

- Aimo Alaniemi (Finland)

Feels just right

In a world of superfluous mass-production it's a joy to come upon such craft going all the way, becoming true art.

- Ole Krogh (Spain)

Feels like wood

I'm really enjoying the Unicorn! The back of neck feels like wood. No sticky finish!

- Russ Reiser (USA)


I finally have an instrument which effortlessly and boldly goes by my command.  

- Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger (Finland)

Finest I’ve played

Thank you for this magnificent instrument - for sure the finest I’ve played. Plays beautifully right out of the box.

- Chris Latvala (Canada)

Fits every job

The Ruokangas Steam can do every job for me perfectly!

- Andi Eichinger (Germany)

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)

Flawless finish

The finishing and setup of the Hellcat are flawless. Everyone will envy you when you're on stage with this cat!

- Aimo Alaniemi (Finland)

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)

Flawlessly finished

Both the Duke and Mojo are flawlessly finished with details you simply don’t see today.

- ToneQuest Report (USA)

For fast fingers

The Hellcat is an invitation for fast fingers and bending strings..!  

- Aimo Alaniemi (Finland)

For grown-ups

Ruokangas guitars are instruments for grown-ups!

- Thorsten Hoffmann (Germany)

For the virtuoso

The Hellcat is great for the virtuoso player.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

For your soul

The Unicorn is not only a musical instrument but also a communication tool for your soul.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Forging a unique path

You are certainly forging a unique path both in terms of guitar building style and guitar building philosophy!

- Tony Fay (Dublin Ireland)

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)

Friendly frets

Absolutely gorgeous, love it. Beautiful! I like how the frets feel too. They’re very friendly frets.

- Tommy Emmanuel / CGP (USA)

From another planet

It's like you are from another planet and arrived on earth to build the best guitars in the whole universe... seriously!

- Falco Karassavidis (Germany)

From blues to rock

The Duke works admirably when playing everything from blues to rock with a bit alternative in between.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

From sweetest to meanest

My new Mojo King delivers from the sweetest to meanest best sound, such great versatility!

- Alexander Valverde (Canada / Costa Rica)

Full points and more

Besides the shiny frets all the finishing touches of the Duke earn full points and more…

- Riffi Magazine (Finland)

Gem to look at

Everything on the Duke is sheer perfection - the finish, wood choices, resonance, sustain and just a gem to look at.

- Kelcey Alonzo (USA)

Getting better all the time

Now 20 gigs done and the VSOP's getting better all the time. It's the guitar of my life!

- Pete Tolonen (Finland)

Great value

Through the excellent materials, attention to detail and sheer talent you deliver great value for money...  

- Dietmar Tallroth (Finland)

Guitar evolution

The Duke is the most astounding guitar-evolution I’ve ever come across!

- Hans Elmers (The Netherlands)

Happy in every way

Thank you maestro! Great work - I am really very happy in every way with the VSOP - playability, sound..!

- Markus Zlöbl (Austria)

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)

Hats off

Wonderful craftsmanship – hats off!

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Hats off

Ruokangas has succeeded in a difficult task - this brand new guitar feels comfortably played-in. Hats off to that!

- Riffi Magazine (Finland)

Heavenly tone

The build quality of the Unicorn is beyond anything I’ve ever seen and touched, and the tone is simply heavenly!

- Oliver Rauscher (Germany)

Highest accolades

I would like to extend my highest accolades possible for the incredible design and workmanship of your guitars!

- David Miskit (Florida, USA)

Humble thanks

My humble thanks, guys, for the two VSOPs you built for me. May the excellence and mightiness be with you!

- Jarska Sipilä (Finland)

I am happy

What an amazing guitar - the sundance color fits perfectly! I am very happy that I finally own one of your guitars!

- Stefan Schmalz (Germany)

I am in awe

Juha, like so many other players before me, I am in awe of your craftsmanship.

- Uwe Steinweg (Germany)

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!  

- Stefan Hesterberg (Germany)

I can’t put it down

I play every day and yet my fingers have still got sore because I can't put the Mojo Grande down.

- Martin Brindley (UK)

I have arrived

Since I bought the Duke and the Mojo from you I have stopped looking for anything else. I have arrived!

- Markus Zlöbl (Austria)

I love it

I love the Duke Artisan. Everything I play shows extremely well and honestly - unbelievable!

- Uwe Steinweg (Germany)

I was wrong

I thought my Duke was the best guitar on the planet, but I was wrong - my new VSOP DeLuxe is on the same level.

- Peter Steinlehner (Germany)

I’m in heaven

When I turned 50, I bought a Ruokangas Mojo Grande 12-string guitar... and I'm in heaven.

- Kurt Kokko (Finland)

I’m thrilled

The workmanship and the finish of my Unicorn Artisan is really high end! Playing lead or clean – I'm thrilled!  

- Horst Scheibli (Germany)


The fretwork of this Duke has to be called nothing less than immaculate.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)


I thank Juha and everybody at Ruokangas for their impeccable work. I respect their fine attitude towards life!

- Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)


Everybody in my band was impressed of the different sounds of my Steam Classic  

- Martin Kutschinski (Germany)


You can’t help but be impressed by the simple, assured clarity of the VSOP…

- Marcus Leadley / The Guitar Magazine (United Kingdom)

Infinite sustain

The Unicorn has nearly infinite sustain and it's so lightweight! The attack of the tone is really beautiful!

- Manni Schwebel (Germany)

It breathes quality

The Mojo Grande breathes quality in every aspect. There is love and respect in what you do!

- Ole Krogh (Spain)

It has a soul

My Mojo King is a wonderful instrument - so responsive - it has a soul, I think!

- Jean-Philippe Marchand (Switzerland)

It is alive

I have to say the Mojo Grande is even better than I imagined it could be. This guitar is alive!

- Martin Brindley (UK)

It is magical to me

There are songs and ideas within the Mojo Grande. It is magical to me.

- James Fox (Canada)

It just rings

I love this guitar. You are amazing. Unplugged, it just rings..!

- Jim Pallotta (USA)

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)

It really sustains

The Unicorn is very articulate. The low end is nice and tight and it really sustains!

- Russ Reiser (USA)

It’s all there

The Unicorn leaves nothing to the imagination or to be desired - it's all there!

- Tonequest Report (USA)

It’s meant for me

It simply feels like it’s meant for me and is the most beautiful sounding and looking guitar I’ve ever had.

- Stella Christine (Finland)

Jaws dropped

When I plugged in the Mojo to record our latest songs, everyone's jaws dropped.

- Joel Auge (Canada)

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)

Juha Ruokangas

Praise the Mighty Juha Ruokangas – God of Fretted Instruments!

- Edmund Piskaty (Austria)

Just perfect

My Hellcat is the best guitar I have ever encountered in 25 years of playing. It is just perfect!

- Christian Labbe (Canada)

Just splendid

... and for my Santana-moments, the Unicorn sustains superbly. Just splendid.

- Dietmar Tallroth (Finland)

Key to happiness

It's not smart to define happiness by fixed assets, but your guitars are the key to hours and hours of pure happiness!

- Peter Steinlehner (Germany)

Kick ass

The Ruokangas guitars kick ass!

- Matias Kupiainen / Stratovarius (Finland)

Killer guitar

I'm very happy with my Duke - it's a killer! The best sounding guitar I have ever played and owned.

- Troels Rasmussen (Denmark)

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)

Lasting impression

Among all the instruments on display at the NAMM 2005, Ruokangas guitars made the greatest lasting impression.

- ToneQuest Report (USA)

Life’s too short

Life is just too short to play bad guitars.

- Juha Torvinen / Eppu Normaali (Finland)

Like a goldmine

The Mojo Grande is like a new goldmine waiting to be explored. It is a guitar that I can grow and develop with!

- James Fox (Canada)

Like a good old friend

I can't believe it's possible to build a new guitar that feels and sounds like a twenty, thirty year old good friend!

- Kalle Thiel (Germany)

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)

Like an old friend

I have owned many boutique instruments and this is the best I have played - it just feels like an old friend.

- Jeff Van Blarcom (USA)

Like an old friend

The playability of the VSOP Classic is like meeting an old friend.

- Rytmi Magazine (Finland)

Like and old friend

… the guitar feels like someone you have known for a long time and want to continue spending time with.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Like no other

The neck pickup of the Duke Classic exposes the inner voices of complex jazz chords like no other electric.

- Craig Beck (USA)

Like no other

It responds to my touch like no other solidbody I’ve played.

- Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)

Like Stradivarius

My Duke is incredible! So lively! I honestly think that the Ruokangas are the Stradivarius of electric guitars.

- Françios Duranleau (Canada)

Loads of twang

The Unicorn has loads of twang, a clarity that isn’t usually found in a humbucker-equipped guitar.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Lost for words

I'm lost for words to express what my ears hear, my eyes see and my fingers feel - you exceeded my all expectations!

- Ralf Plate (Germany)

Lot of fun

The sound and sustain of the Mojo Grande is fantastic. I'm having a lot of fun playing this beautiful guitar!

- Thilo Wahle (Germany)

Loving craftsmanship

The magic of this instrument yields from loving craftsmanship and uncompromised attention to detail.

- de Bassist /The Netherlands)

Makes me happy

My Steam Deluxe makes me Happy! It is funky, lightweight, covers all styles, easy to play, balanced, superb tone...

- Albin Palasser (Austria)

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)

Master of his craft

Juha Ruokangas is a master of his craft and the model Unicorn Classic has once again clearly demonstrated it.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)


After the first note it’s clear that Juha Ruokangas can conjure up something really special. A masterpiece!

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)


Many thanks for my amazing guitar. What can I say... it's a perfect masterpiece!

- Lars Böhner (Germany)


The Unicorn is one of the most amazing masterpieces that I've ever had the pleasure to play!

- Craig Peachman (USA)

Mojo will be resqued

This is my finest guitar! I own a couple, some great stuff - but if my house starts burning, the Mojo vill be rescued!

- Stefan Löfstrand (Sweden)

Money can’t buy

Your love and dedication is something money can not buy - it is a gift from you to your customers.

- Dietmar Tallroth (Finland)

Muscular mids

The Unicorn has an amazingly even tone, a firm bass, muscular mids and sparkly trebles.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Musical empathy

You will find not only amazing craftsmanship, but particularly musical empathy to an impressive expression.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

My absolute favorite

The Mojo Classic has become my absolute favorite guitar in all aspects. I love it!

- Tomas Jonsson (Sweden)

My fingers won’t stop

Everything is perfect - the look and the sound. I played for the last 2 hours and my fingers just won’t stop.

- Björn Hagen (Germany)

My first Ruokangas

I bought my first Ruokangas in 2002. Since then I've bought many more!  

- Bruno Longobardi (France)

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)

My musical path

I'm glad that I found Ruokangas in my musical path. Congratulations, you DO make the finest guitars in the world.

- Marcos Parras (Colombia)

My playing changed

My playing has changed totally. I think these guitars separate guitar boys from guitar men!

- Thorsten (Germany)

My search

My Duke has ended my search for a perfect dual-humbucker style guitar.

- Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)

Natural dynamics

The VSOP drives extremely well with distortion and doesn’t lose any of its natural dynamics.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Natural sounding

At low gain, the Duke sounds very natural, almost like an acoustic or an electric with a piezo pickup.

- Tom Givan (USA)

Never before

The Steam Classic has a very clear presence I've never experienced before!

- Martin Kutschinski (Germany)

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)

New fan

The Mojo Grande is really really a top guitar - you have a new fan!

- Thomas Maack (Germany)

New vision

The Unicorn takes a bow to its role model, while offering a new vision - right down to the timbre.

- Riffi Magazine (Finland)

No buzz

The VSOP is very well adjusted with perfect relief and string height. No buzz anywhere.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

No doubt

No doubt about it, Juha Ruokangas is one of the very exceptional guitarbuilders in Europe.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

No rival

There is just no rival to the consistant and balanced tone of my Ruokangas guitar.

- Petri Lassila / Tera (Finland)

No words

I can't believe how beautiful the bass is! No words... Thank you so much for this wonderful instrument!

- Christian Waap (Germany)

Not a toy

It’s definitely not a toy – but it makes me play like a child!

- Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger (Finland)

Not my last Ruokangas

I am very satisfied with my goldtop Unicorn. It might very well be, that this is not my last Ruokangas guitar.

- Dietmar Ley (Germany)

Now I know

This is old news to you, but now I too know that you build the best guitars in the world!

- Daniel Aires (USA)

Now I know

Now I know what they mean by the phrases like piano-like-low-end and three-dimensional character...

- Krk (Finland)

Obvious choice

I’ve always wanted to walk my own paths, and for me Ruokangas guitar was an obvious choice.

- Matias Kupiainen (Finland)

One guitar

If I do an all-around gig and can bring only one guitar, it’s always the Duke.

- Saku Mattila (Finland)


The Duke is beautifully made, it’s loaded with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted elements, and it looks fantastic.

- Guitar Player(USA)

Others come and go

I love the tone of the Duke. I've played it for years and years, as many others have come and gone.

- Dan Kenney (USA)


The Hellcat is outstanding in its genre!

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Outstanding workmanship

No CNC machines are used in the manufacturing of the Duke, and the workmanship is outstanding.

- Guitar Player (USA)

Own path

These guitars are for men who walk their own paths.

- Rainer Nygård / Diablo (Finland)

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)

Passion and inspiration

Juha’s marvellous Unicorn Artisan is the incarnation of passion and inspiration...

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Passion and inspiration

The Unicorn Artisan is the epitome of passion and inspiration.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Perfect for sessions

The ultra-clean electronics of the VSOP are perfect for sessions where avoiding noise is an important factor.

- Aaron Kaplan (USA)

Perfect in every way

Words seem inadequate. My new guitar is perfect in every way.  

- Martin Brindley (UK)


My new Mojo King is definitely the most beautiful and perfect of all objects I've ever owned!

- Jari Holma (Finland)


I can say that everything on all my Ruokangas guitars is absolute perfection!  

- Bruno Longobardi (France)

Perfectly done

My Unicorn Classic arrived today in excellent condition - even the setup was done perfectly to my liking!

- Krk (Finland)

Phenomenal tone

The acoustic tone of the VSOP is phenomenal - strong, rich, crisp and distinct.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Piece of art

My 12-stringed Mojo Grande is a true piece of art, brilliant grand sound, easy to play and joy to eye.

- Kurt Kokko (Finland)

Piece of art

Simply awesome. Thank you very much for this new piece of art!

- Vincent Beinis (France)

Play better

I love the singing clarity, the transparency and the attack of the Mojo Grande. It makes me play better.

- Ole Krogh (Spain)

Playable Art

I love my Ruokangas Unicorn. Simply put, Ruokangas Guitars are Playable Art!

- Jay Jay French / Twisted Sister (USA)

Players’ choice

The Mojo Grande survives rough life on the road. The players' choice!

- Jani Wickholm (Finland)

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)

Plays wonderfully

The Duke plays wonderfully, sounds clear and sweet, is built extremely well and is resonant and versatile.

- Antti Pesonen / CDFmE (Finland)

Pleasure for the ears

I'm playing the Mojo Grande a lot and it's a pleasure for the ears, the hands, and the eyes!

- Davide Iudica (Italy)

Precious moments

The Unicorn will without a doubt give its owner precious moments of playing for the rest of his life.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Pure pleasure

Plugging in the Mojo Grande was pure pleasure.

- Guitar One Magazine (USA)

Raising the standards

Ruokangas really raises the standards and expectations of guitar players world wide - can’t wait to buy another one!

- Tom Fay (United Kingdom)

Raw power

The Mojo King breathes tradition and raw power combined with modern finesse and outstanding properties.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Reacts precisely

The Duke truly is alive, reacting precisely to players touch.

- Tommi Ahonen (Finland)

Real passion

The Ruokangas team have a real passion for their work! Every one of my Ruokangas guitars is absolutely awesome!

- Bruno Longobardi (France)

Rich in overtones

Sustain is excellent and the Unicorn is rich in harmonic overtones.

- Tonequest Report (USA)

Right to the chase

One has to come far to surpass the Duke Artisan. It just cuts right to the chase.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

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)

Second to none

The communication with Ruokangas during the build process and post delivery care are second to none.  

- Tom Fay (United Kingdom)

Sensuously smooth

I’ll probably always remember the sensuously smooth finish and expertly rolled edges of the Mojo King’s neck.

- Premier Guitar (USA)

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)

Simple yet refined

The Mojo Grande is a masterpiece to be explored - at the same time simple yet refined.

- Ole Krogh (Spain)

Simply awesome

What can I say - this guitar is simply awesome! My expectations have been exceeded by large!

- Stefan Eltermann (Germany)

Simply the best

Your Mojo is simply the best - and I've played hundreds, including all the top brands.

- Daniel Aires (USA)

So inspiring

The harmonics are also very rich and well defined. This bass blows me away – it’s so inspiring!

- Markus Setzer (Germany

So much easier

The Mojo Classic is a great instrument - it's going to make guitar recording so much easier!

- Johan Rahmström (Sweden)

Something in it

The Unicorn sounds and plays amazingly! There's something in it that other guitars haven't had since the 60's!

- Nicolas Kerjosse (France)

Something special

You don’t have to look long to see the Mojo King is something special.

- Premier Guitar (USA)

Something special

There is really something special about your guitars and craftsmanship that other builders cannot reach...

- Stefan Eltermann (Germany)

Soul of the luthier

It is said that a guitar carries a part of the soul of its maker. This is what's really defining the Ruokangas superiority.

- Tomas Jonsson (Sweden)

Sounds fantastic

The workmanship is excellent and it sounds fantastic - it's clear that the Steam is made with dedication and passion.

- Stefano Kost (Switzerland)

Sounds incredible

This Mojo is the very best guitar I've ever played. It looks, feels and sounds incredible!

- Kalle Thiel (Germany)

Sounds wonderful

I can confirm that the Unicorn not only looks absolutely gorgeous, but also sounds wonderful!

- Dietmar Tallroth (Finland)

Sparkling chords

The clean tones of the Duke are sweet, bright and punchy, with chords in particular sparkling with depth...

- Guitar Buyer (UK)

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)


I want to congratulate you and your team for building such wonderful instruments - my Mojo Grande is sublime.

- James Robinson (USA)


You can hear the superb tonal character even if you play the Duke Artisan unplugged.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)


This is superb. The Duke is the best electric guitar I’ve ever had!

- Jukka Tolonen (Finland)

Sustain ’til doomsday

Everything is there - the power, distinct attack, transparency, aggression and of course sustain ’til doomsday.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

The best

Opened the case today. Man. You. Build. The. Best. Guitars. Period. Awesome!

- Lars Stugemo (Sweden)

The Duke excels

Played clean, cranked or anywhere in between, the Duke excels at everything.

- ToneQuest Report (USA)

The Duke whispers

When playing singing, distorted rock melodies, the Duke whispers into my ear what note to play next.

- Craig Beck (USA)

The force

Let the force be with you because the sustain is indeed there already.

- Aimo Alaniemi (Finland)

The guitar is alive

The tone and responsiveness are amazing, it feels as if the guitar is alive!

- Stuart Skilling (UK)

The most inviting

But the neck is what did it for me. It stands out as the most comfortable and inviting I’ve ever encountered.

- Premier Guitar (USA)

The next level

I am very happy with my Unicorn Classic and I am sure, that she is on the next level above of the rest of world!

- Manni Schwebel (Germany)

The one

I immediately fell in love with the Unicorn. I knew it was the one. As I plugged it in, it was just magic!

- Franck Michaud (Israel)

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)

The only guitar I need

The immense amount of tonal variation make it the only guitar I need for sessions and gigs.  

- Aaron Kaplan (USA)

The right tradition

Ruokangas guitars are well-made and they sound really sweet. They’re built in what I’d call the right tradition.

- Mick Box / Uriah Heep (USA)

The search has ended

A long search and a lot of wasted money has come to an end. I don't think I'll ever need other basses.  

- Andi Eichinger (Germany)

The smallest detail

The VSOP is a high quality instrument down to the smallest detail.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

The Unicorn growls

The Unicorn growls and has assertiveness - but nevertheless doesn’t lack elegance.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

The very best

My blue Mojo King is the very best guitar I've ever had and played!

- David Neumann (Germany)

The wood sings

The Duke has lived up to my expectations. The natural, matured wood sings beautifully through.  

- Tommi Ahonen (Finland)


When the Mojo King is running clean (or semi-clean) it conjures lush, airy, three-dimensional tones.

- Premier Guitar (USA)

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)

Tone machine

Fantastic tone machines. So stable, resonant, and balanced that it's hard to put them down once you pick them up.

- Edgie Salvador (Singapore)

Tone machine

What an amazing instrument. By the looks alone it is a stunner. And soundwise it's a tone machine!

- John Gilmour (USA)

True master

Juha Ruokangas is a true master and the Unicorn Classic is again a strong proof of that.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Truly green

There are green guitars. But this one is truly green!

- Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger (Finland)

Ultimate combination

Ruokangas guitars are the ultimate combination of vintage vibe with modern possibilities, looks and reliability.

- Hans Elmers (The Netherlands)


I am very happy! It’s unbelievable how the Mojo King reacts and how the tone evolves...

- Ralf Plate (Germany)


The Spanish cedar of the Duke has unbelievable sustain.

- FUZZ Magazine (Sweden)

Unbelievable sustain

The sustain is unbelievable and the guitar feels well played-in.

- Rytmi Magazine (Finland)

Unbelievably refined

The Unicorn chords sound unbelievably refined and all frequencies are perfectly in harmony.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Unicorn Artisan

Expensive? Yes, but worth every single euro!

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Unicorn Artisan

...outstanding craftsmanship and above all of unusual sound capacity, full of freshness, dynamic and vividness.

- Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

Unicorn Classic

A better sounding and playing guitar simply can not be built!

- Tonequest Report (USA)

Unicorn Classic

Every detail has been expertly accounted for and the result is a guitar that simply can not be made better.  

- Tonequest Report (USA)

Unique sensitivity

I enjoy the unique sensitivity of the Steambass – whatever nuances I play, all can be heard.  

- Markus Setzer (Germany)


I have especially noticed the tremendous versatility of tones I can play with the Duke when recording.  

- Tommi Ahonen (Finland)

Very satisfied

I’ve been very satisfied to how all my Ruokangas guitars play, sound and feel - and they just keep getting better!

- Antti Paranko (Finland)

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)

Well articulated mids

The mids are creditably well articulated which is, admittably, a chracteristic of mature instruments...

- The Guitar Magazine (UK)

What a sound

I am proud to be the owner of this Steam Deluxe - what a beautiful masterpiece! What a sound and workmanship!

- Jürgen Packheiser (Germany)

Wherever I go

Wherever I go, I keep getting compliments of how great the Duke sounds and looks.

- Saku Mattila (Finland)

Wonderful, wonderful

I love the tactile satin back and neck of the Unicorn. What a wonderful, wonderful guitar!

- Richard Bolt (Thailand)

Work of art

The guitar is nothing short of a work of art, perfect in concept and execution.  

- Tonequest Report (USA)