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May 1, 2011 12:00 PMCalender

Finnish Guitar, Juha Ruokangas, Hyvinkaa, 2010, Model Duke Classic

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Auction: Musical Instruments - 2544BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 01, 2011 12:00PM


Finnish Guitar, Juha Ruokangas, Hyvinkaa, 2010, Model Duke Classic, serial number 0512221-D, signed on the back of the headstock, expressly for the Pinkburst Project, with Pinkburst Project TKL custom case.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

"The Eleventh guitar. Juha Ruokangas and I became friends several years ago at a NAMM show. I ordered one of his custom made guitars and he delivered it to me when we were touring in Finland. Juha makes one of the finest hand built guitars I have ever played and really admire his dedication and expertise. Juha was in NY shortly after that and at dinner I explained the Pinkburst Project. It was not the intent to ask him to make a guitar for this reason: All of the guitars in the collection had to be recognized iconic models from world famous guitar companies.
Later that night my girlfriend said that if I thought the Ruokangas was such an outstanding guitar, why not have a "future Iconic guitar" as part of this collection. Juha was really excited about this. The difference between this guitar and all the others is that Juha did not have access to the paint formula so he mixed his own. He also used black binding because he felt that it looked better. They trapezoid inlays are there as well as the pearl name inlay on black binding. Juha is a proud participant because of the quality of his work and the sincerity in his heart."

Jay Jay French

Spanish cedar body and neck
Arctic birch top

Photo: John Peden


Duke Classic, paint formula, Jay Jay French, John Peden