Hi all. Some of you may know that I own a one-of-a-kind Ruokangas guitar (a VSOP Supreme named 'Jubilee' for the ornate inlay on the back of the guitar) and used it to record Welcome back Dear Children (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fphobos.apple.com%2FWebObjects%2FMZStore.woa%2Fwa%2FviewAlbum%3Fid%3D161962025%26s%3D143441&ei=v_vgRMaZKZDgwQLB8vz4Dg&sig2=JZEqQQwF7nmPmsig3mnKhA) my band Arizona's first full length LP. This weekend, I had the opportunity to play an amazing concert with my band. Eero Kilpi from Ruo'USA lent me his Duke, which was the same guitar Guitar Player reviewed. Words cannot describe this guitar's power and balance. The pickups are absolutely off the charts, and the playability is ultimate. The guitar is super light, you could wear it for hours and never think to complain, and playing her, you get the impression that she'll give up any sound you could possibly dream of. My Jubilee guitar is very unique, truthfully her tone is so close to a perfect reputation of Jubilee the character of our song that it is scary- but this Duke fits my band in a way that is wonderful to behold. It melded with TopHat unbelievably well, the tone is creamy and yet very substantial and authoritative. It feels completely different than a Les Paul- (it looks to be shaped almost exactly like the new Bakers, same idea anyway, I think great minds think alike)- but sounds just as powerful and many times more articulate and sweet. I don't have any affiliation with the company besides owning one of their great guitars and having a few great musical conversations w/ Juha, but I do thank them on the liner notes of WBDC (which will be available for purchase from insound.com in the next few days) because of their amazing customer service- they are truly in a class of their own. Eero has gone out of his way time and time again to make sure I am totally satisfied with the Ruokangas experience, and Juha has extended every courtesy as well- they even lent me a guitar before I was an owner to record one of the ubiquitous WBDC tracks (a VSOP King which went through a Jamison 2x12 combo on the record- the tone is glorrrious). I am trying to blow up the WBDC album so I will be able to justify a Duke of my own. Anyone who has been looking for a dual cutaway set-neck guitar with more authority, resonance, and soul than can be imagined, the Ruokangas will do whatever you want.