Luthier Saku Vuori:
I just decided to start building something I truly like myself.
Back in the days at spring 2008, after I graduated from Ikata – The School of Arts & Crafts of Ikaalinen, Finland. First I helped other luthiers for few years. In 2012 I opened my own workshop in Jyväskylä, Middle-Finland to repair stringed instruments and make my own guitar & bass models and other products such as custom pickups. Year ago, end of 2019 being in business for 11 years I made my master exam and became the youngest Master Luthier in Finland, in age of 35.
My very first own instrument collection became to take shape at Dec 2014. I just decide to start building something I truly like myself. My love ones the offsets were the base of everything. Then I started to draw, shape and mash up with some classics like Fender Jazzmaster, Teles and Mosrites and there it was. The collection is called “The T. Family”. My passion for reliced and aged styled has inspired from old Finnish houses and furniture from 1950’s. With my custom pickups my full-service concept is to make my customers wishes come true.
I’m also proud that I make the pickups by myself. Every pickup set and replacements are individuals and made with specs every customer wants it to be. Offcourse I’ve been working on my own collection here too. My low-output concept is called “El Kamiina” (means some old stove). One big innovation I have found and used with them is old Finnish coil wires from 1970’s. The thing with them is very low output levels.
Along with the business I have also worked as a guitar tech with touring artists and as a part-time teacher in the Folk School and a bandschool called Rock Academy in my home town. And after all this I’ve been playing some doublebass with couple of bands and projects just for clearing my head and having fun and feeling little bit “a rock star” my self.