Why should you be interested in a guitar made in Estonia? Experience, that’s why.
Estonia is the country that gave us Skype, and on the other end of the spectrum, Estonia gave us super model Carmen Kass as well. Why should you or anyone expect anything but the best from me, an Estonian Guitar Master?
Key facts about my guitars:
- I have learned and mastered my guitar crafting from such a distinguished violin master as Aaro Altpere, in homage, and in addition to my own art, I have incorporated elements from Benedetto, D’Angelico, Fender, Gibson, Lloyd Loar and Stradivarius.
- Estonia is over 70% forests, but still, getting the right wood is the hardest part. The oldest wood that I have used on my guitars is older than 100 years, some of them are made from wood over 80 years old. I never use wood that is younger than 15 years. The rule is the older the better, because of acoustics.
- Usually I use Joe Barden pickups, which I use to capture the sound of very old wood and the results are very unique sounds.
- The shape of the necks I have been slowly evolving for more than 30 years, searching for the perfect shape allowing endless play without tiring the hands. When the neck and body of a guitar are working in harmony, you then get what is called the maximum sound!
- Acoustics are important even in an electric guitar, because if a guitar has a great sound, then that sound is what gets amplified. The head makes no sound on its own.
- For the frets I use stainless steel for several reasons:
- They last a long time.
- They give a cleaner tone.
- The vibrato is clearer and more distinct.
- For the varnish I use the best the world has to offer in spirits, lacquers, acrylics, and polyurethane. What is important is how and where it is applied and that the guitar can breathe easily and resonate magnificently.
- The truss rod on the neck is interchangeable.
- Schaller tuning knobs I have been using successfully for over 30 years because, well, they are simply the best!