Juha is the founder and sole owner of Ruokangas Guitars. He designs the Ruokangas guitar models and actively participates in building them. Juha's other duties include attending guitar shows around the world and running the business side of things.
Juha studied lutherie in the early 90's under the guidance of finest Finnish luthiers. He graduated as guitarmaker artisan from Ikaalinen College of Arts and Design in 1995, and founded Ruokangas Guitars the same year. The first years passed by doing repairs, building one-off custom guitars and working on the first original Ruokangas designs.
By 2010 Juha has unveiled five original design guitar models - Duke (1997), VSOP (2001), Mojo (2003), Hellcat (2007) and Unicorn (2009), and the total of Ruokangas guitars shipped around the world exceeds 700 pieces. Juha has lately also worked on a bass design named SteamBass, which is available through custom order, and remains to be seen whether it will be at some point added to the official model selection.
Besides making guitars, Juha lets out the steam playing guitar in a 70's influenced rock band. With the band he usually plays the Duke #1 or the Unicorn #1, which are the core of his small private guitar collection. Juha is one of the very few luthiers in Finland with Master's Degree. He is also the chairman of the board of The Guild of Finnish Luthiers.
Please visit our Blog for our in-depth interview with Juha.