I’m not a collector of instruments but I have anyway quite many  of them. Now when I’ve started to make instruments I don’t switch to a new one anymore because now I can fix them e.g. if the frets are worn out or something like that.

Most of my instruments.


Seagull S12+, with pickup. Top is solid cedar, sides and back wild cherry, mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard.

Washburn D46CSE, with pickup. Spruce top, rosewood on the sides, back and fretboard.  

Rickenbacker 325 Capri (Simo Ylönen Custom). Body is flamed alder. Maple neck and rosewood fretboard. Neck is longer than the original, scale is 23,5” instead of 20,75”.

Telecaster Thinline (Simo Ylönen Custom). Body is alder, top and neck are flamed maple, rosewood fretboard. Pearl figured bindings on the sides and on f-holes. Seymour Duncan Telecaster Vintage Stack pickup set.

Stratocaster (assembled from parts, so it’s a Partscaster). Body is swamp ash with quilted maple on top. Maple neck. Sperzel tuners and Wilkinson/Gotoh tremolo.

Simo - jazz guitar. Made following Benedetto plans, a half inch deeper body, archtop guitar. Spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, maple neck, flamed maple bindings. Rosewood veneers on the top and back of the headstock. Ebony fretboard and tailpiece. Fingerrest is stained maple. Ebony bridge and truss rod cover. Mother of pearl inlays. All wooden parts hand made. Guitar is finished with French polish.

Portuguese guitar. An Idea to make this kind of instrument came after going to a couple fado concerts. To name a few artists like Kirsi Poutanen, Cristina Branco and Mariza.

Selmer-Maccaferri type guitar. Building of this kind of guitar was inspired by Django Reinhardt.

Simobacker. This time mahogany body and neck, ebony fretboard.

Jolana Star IV. Czechoslovakian guitar from 60’s.

Pro Martin W-300. First guitar that I bought to myself with my own money in early 70’s.  

Helena is my first guitar. A Christmas present. Model name Helena 1, made by Elis Hindsberg, Gesterby, Finland.

Landola ST-23. I have fixed the tuning machines for this one.

Domra has been brought as a souvenir from Odessa in early 80’s.

Mandolin was bought from a hardware store called Renlund.


I have had also this kind of guitars:


Ibanez, 12-string, bought from Stockholm 1979.


Ibanez, 12-string, bought from Nummela near Helsinki. I switched the old Ibanez to this new one.


Fender Telecaster -74.

... and also these kind of guitars I have owned at some point:


Landola                 Washburn             Seagull S6+

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