Ruokangas : Left Handed Guitars and Basses

Neal November 28, 2011 7

Ruokangas Guitars are a Finland based guitar company who specialise in super high-end, completely handbuilt guitars.  This small team of highly skilled luthiers produce roughly 120 guitars per year which are of the absolute highest quality both in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. The best news of all is that they make every single one of their guitars available as a left handed option at no extra charge!

Ruokangas Guitars was founded in 1995 by luthier Juha Ruokangas who successfully built upon his company to produce a reputation that is second to none.  What makes Ruokangas stand out from the crowd is their outright refusal to utilise modern manufacturing techniques such as CNC machines and outsourced labour, these guitars are all completely handbuilt by Juha and his team of highly skilled craftsmen.  With these guys you know you’re getting the absolute highest quality possible!

Juha Ruokangas

Juha Ruokangas

Our work is a testimony for the old world values. We have consciously decided not to take part in the ongoing industrial race for cheaper labour and bigger profits. Our ambition is simply to make our living by making the best electric guitars in the world and to cherish the tradition of handcraft.  Together we stand strong against the tide of the massive guitar industry that sells more in a day than we are able to build within a year. Their main interest is the shareholders profit, whereas for us this is purely a labour of love.

- Juha Ruokangas

Ruokangas Left Handed Guitars Lefty

The website has a fantastic interactive guitar builder for each model that the company produces.  Using this we can spec the guitar of our dreams and produce an image of what the final design will look like, you can even obtain a rough estimate of what it will cost you!  If you’re anything like me and go a little crazy this can easily amount into thousands of dollars so be careful!

So let’s take a look at the current model range from Ruokangas!  Keep in mind that you can change almost every little detail when ordering – the images I’ve used here and just to show the guitar’s design ;)

Ruokangas Mojo

Ruokangas Mojo Classic Left Handed Guitar LEftyRuokangas Mojo Classic Left Handed Guitar

The Mojo Classic is a no-nonsense twang machine, handcrafted of the finest Alder and Rock Maple. Pick your favourite pickups, colour, fretboard, pickguard, hardware, finish, neck profile – you name it – in the Guitar Builder!

Ruokangas Mojo Deluxe Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Mojo Deluxe Left Handed Guitar

The solid body of the Mojo DeLuxe is crafted of lightweight Spanish Cedar with Figured Arctic Birch top. The striking appearance is completed by dropping off the pickguard and fitting the neck pickup using a unique ‘top float’ method.

Ruokangas Mojo Grande Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Mojo Grande Left Handed Guitar

Ruokangas craft the superlight semi-hollow body of the Mojo Grande of resonant Spanish Cedar with stunning Arctic Birch top to add brilliance to the tone. Add your personal touch in the Guitar Builder and voilá!

Ruokangas VSOP

Ruokangas VSOP Classic Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas VSOP Classic Left Handed Guitar

The VSOP Classic is Ruokangas’s reliable Alder/Maple workhorse that won’t let you down under any circumstance. Choice is yours – head to the Guitar Builder to dial in the specs of your very own custombuilt Classic.

Ruokangas VSOP Deluxe Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas VSOP Deluxe Left Handed Guitar

The tonal and visual combination of Arctic Birch and Spanish Cedar is simply amazing. The elegant drop top contour with Walnut veneer laminated between the top and body lines out the bodyshape of the Deluxe beautifully.

Ruokangas Hellcat

Ruokangas Hellcat Classic Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Hellcat Classic Left Handed Guitar

The bolt-on Hellcat Classic is handcrafted of the finest Alder and Rock Maple. Ruokangas quarantees massive tone, flawless workmanship and effortless playability – you choose the rest in their Guitar Builder.

Ruokangas Hellcat Deluxe Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Hellcat Deluxe Left Handed Guitar

Upgrade the bolt-on Classic with Spanish Cedar body and striking Arctic Birch top and you get the DeLuxe. With handmade metal pickups it’s all there – from the growling dropped lows to the articulated highest notes.

Ruokangas Hellcat Artist Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Hellcat Artist Left Handed Guitar

The neck-thru-body Hellcat Artist sets a new standard for the modern soloist style electric guitar, offering unparalleled access to every single note on the fretboard, superb tone, balance and playability.

Ruokangas Duke

Ruokangas Duke Sonic Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Duke Sonic Left Handed Guitar

If you’re after a solid set-neck, stripped down rock’n’roll machine, check out the Duke Sonic – Spanish Cedar slab body and neck, paperthin nitro finish, a muscular sounding P90 or two and cool vintage colours to choose from.

Ruokangas Duke Classic Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Duke Classic Left Handed Guitar

The Duke Classic set-neck / carved top design launched Ruokangas to success in the mid 90’s. The super responsive tonal combination of solid Spanish Cedar and Arctic Birch with all the recognizable design elements are there.

Ruokangas Duke Artisan Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Duke Artisan Left Handed Guitar

The semi-acoustic Duke Artisan is extremely light, yet perfectly balanced to hold, responding to your touch with exquisitely matured tone with beautiful, piano-like sustaining quality.

Ruokangas Unicorn

Ruokangas Unicorn Classic Left Handed Guitar LeftyRuokangas Unicorn Classic Left Handed Guitar

The Unicorn Classic is the culmination of Juha’s luthier experience since the early 90’s.  Despite the full blooded Ruokangas design elements and unconventional material choices the Unicorn oozes Roots and Tradition.

Ruokangas Steambass

Ruokangas Steambass Classic Left Handed Bass Guitar LeftyRuokangas Steambass Classic Left Handed Bass
The Steambass Classic bass comes with an Alder body. It also features a bolt-on thermo-treated Maple neck and a choice of any of their well seasoned Rosewood, Ebony, Maple or Arctic Birch fretboards.

Ruokangas Steambass Deluxe Left Handed Bass Guitar LeftyRuokangas Steambass Deluxe Left Handed Bass
The Steambass Deluxe bass comes with a Spanish Cedar body accompanied by an Arctic Birch top.  As with the Classic it also features a maple neck and a choice of the finest of fretboard woods.

What a stunning choice of guitars from Ruokangas. I encourage you to head over to their website and take a look for yourselves, the attention to detail in these guitars is truly phenomenal.

Ruokangas are clearly a company who take great pride in how they present their company to the world.  Their guitars are stunning, their website is not only beautifully designed but is also crammed full of useful information and features, their photography is spectacular and their videos are all of a high professional quality.  This company just exudes class by the bucketload…check ‘em out! ;)

For more information:
Ruokangas Guitars Website

7 Comments »

  1. Kieran October 5, 2010 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Wow at the purple VSOP!!!!! I just visited their site and I've got to say you are right, what an awesomely made website! It just makes you wanna buy one, if only I had the cash! Anyone for a trip to finland? ^^

    • LeftyFretz October 6, 2010 at 12:08 am - Reply

      Nice right?! I spent most of today drooling over the mojo deluxe, what a stunner, costs a pretty penny to bling it out though hehe.

  2. John K October 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I've been reading this website for a couple of months now and just had to chime in and say thanks for all the effort you are putting in, these guides are really a big help! I'd never heard of Ruokangas until now and I've got to say I really love the whole ethos behind this company, they really give off that family-run vibe that just makes you want to be a part of the family! Needless to say I've added a Ruokangas to my GAS list! All the best, John.

    • LeftyFretz October 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks John. I think it's safe to say I've added them to my G.A.S list as well! :) I'll need to start saving my pennies…

  3. JD Peyton November 29, 2011 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Honestly, I would take any one of these!

  4. craig November 29, 2011 at 10:49 am - Reply

    man there are some hot looking guitars there, dam i need a lotto win NOW. lol, nice to drool over tho we all gotta have dreams

  5. theleftfoot November 30, 2011 at 9:58 am - Reply

    hey guys…nice guitar….check out Ruokangas Luthier Guitar Diary! 16 Episodes from the scratch to the guitar! –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnM-P0vKWsc

    cheers raffa

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