I learned that it was a Versoul Guitar and was manufactured in Finland. My last installment was about Aristides Guitars from the Netherlands. It seems I'm on a Northern European theme. Allow me to share what I have learned about Versoul Guitars and their creator, Mr. Kari Nieminen.
In 1994, Finnish luthier Kari Nieminen began Versoul Guitars. Mr. Nieminen holds an MFA degree from the
In fact he was awarded the Industrial Designer of The Year from the Association of Finnish Industrial Designers in 1998.
Kari has been building guitars for over thirty years. He is utilizing his design experience as well as skills in luthiery to create marvelous guitars that not only are well made, but sound fantastic. His mission statement is to compliment the centuries of traditional guitar making with modern techniques.
One of his models, a steel string flat top guitar called Zoel was featured in one of
Versoul Guitars pride themselves on using local, ecological wood such as aspen, European alder and maple instead of species are endangered wood.
The philosophy of Versoul Guitars is to continually improve, beginning with music and the musician; finding ways to refine and improve the sound for the benefit of both.
Such refinements and experimentation have led to design innovations, such as the Buxom Baritone 12 and the Reso Sun resonator guitar.
Versoul designs its guitars as professional tools in terms of ergonomics and playability, in hopes each instrument will sound special and be aesthetically pleasing.
Versoul Guitars makes several electric models.
The Raya 6 features a two piece alder body and an aspen or maple bolt on neck. A rosewood fingerboard with Dunlop frets is on the neck with green abalone dot markers. The radius is 12”. The saddle and the nut are made of ‘moose shin bone’.
The bridge is a Tone Pro or a Pigtail wrap-around chrome plated unit. The tailpiece is made by Gotoh as are the tuners which are Gotoh mini tuners. The pickups are custom made by Versoul as single coil or humbucker. The pickguard is tortoise shell plastic (which I think should be called Mother of Tortoise.)
The guitar can be ordered in Black, Cool Blue, Dark Purple or Terracotta. The finish on the body is nitrocellulose lacquer.
This also comes as the 12 string Raya 12 with similar accouterments.
Versoul even crafts their own amplifiers.
Versoul Guitars are even endorsed by the “Reverend” Billy Gibbons. He ordered a pair that are covered in 23 Carat Gold Leaf.
Here is my favorite Versoul guitar. I’ll never own it, but I can dream.
Though it is not mentioned on the Versoul web page, I know the make some electric resonator guitars. This is called the ResoSun 6 string baritone. Check out the interesting fret markers.