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OM – The Ultimate Offset.

NB: Made to order. Please contact us if you are interested in having one built for you. 

This is how I think an offset guitar should sound, play and look like. It´s relatively lightweight, super easy to play and truly a versatile instrument that is completely handmade. It comes stock with a Mastery bridge and vibrato, Viitasaari Custom pickups by J. Salo, Gotoh tuners and a Hiscox case. Prices start from 2500€. There´s a lot of options available for this model. Whether it´s electronics and controls, different finishes, neck profiles, fretboard radiuses, inlays – just ask, it probably can be done!

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Specs:

Body: Alder
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Polyurethane or Oil

Neck: Maple
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Polyurethane or Oil
Scale Length: 25″
Fretboard: Rosewood
Fretboard Radius: 9,5″
Number of Frets: 21
Nut: Moose bone

Electronics and Hardware:
Pickups: Viitasaari Custom by J. Salo
Controls: Volume and Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-way Rotary Pickup Switch with 3-Way Preset Slide Switch for Each Pickup
Bridge and Vibrato: Mastery
Tuners: Gotoh

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Viitasaari Guitars, Finland  

Contact name:
Olli Viitasaari
Brands:
Viitasaari Guitars
Languages:
Finnish & English
Specialties:
Handmade Guitars
Opening hours:
By appointment

I started playing the guitar at the age of 11 (that was some twenty years ago). From the very beginning I was interested in how to create different sounds with different instruments. Whether or not I could actually play them, I soon found out that I just had to make some noise!
One day I heard that a neighbour of mine had thrown his guitar in the dumpster. There was a missing tuner and apparently he wasn´t interested in fixing it. So I took it home and was still kind of shocked that someone had let it go. With my beat-up Eko I was soon playing along to my favourite Nirvana songs. 
I became obsessed with guitar gear. I can´t tell you how many pedals I own or how many different tubes I have in my drawer. Of course there needs to be different amps for different situations was my way of thinking.
But I think that spending huge amounts of time tinkering with guitars, pedals and amps helped me to form my views of a good guitar tone, understand how instruments are made and why do they sound like they do. Having played in a number of different bands has helped me for sure. Playing music for living almost happened for me. When I started to see my friends becoming working musicians I realized that maybe it was not for me. I simply just wasn´t good enough to turn into a professional. Instead of playing music for living I started to think if I could become a guitar builder and a repairman.
Before I knew I was studying guitar making in Ikaalinen. I did my internship periods at Ruokangas Guitars in Finland and at Pete Howlett Ukulele in Wales. I also had attended to Pete´s ukulele building course a little earlier.
When I was still in school luthier Jarno Salo approached me and asked if I was interested in sharing a workshop with him in Järvenpää. Of course I was and after I graduated we joined forces.
I also teach a guitar making class in Järvenpää. I have definitely learned a lot from seeing how the students build their instruments, solve problems and design things. And it´s also a welcome change from what I normally do at the workhop.
When I think of “a perfect guitar” one thing comes to my mind. It needs to grab you – not the other way around. Of course every guitar needs to be setup right and function correctly. All the materials and parts need to work in tandem. I genuinely love all guitars, but there is just something about vintage guitars that I´m more towards to. Maybe it´s the aged looks or all the history that the instruments carry. I strive to make instruments that have their own identity and have all the abilities to simply make you play more!

 
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