What happens when aerospace engineers make guitars?
- Custom high quality guitars
- Composite material
- Limitless customization options
- Consistent experience through use
Ruffiane and Richlite
Currently, the production of electric guitars uses almost exclusively wood, of which a significant amount is exotic wood, endangered with extinction. A significant part of these species are exotic trees, some of them have already been imposed by CITES restrictions or complete prohibitions on harvesting, using and exporting. A typical electric guitar weighs approx. 3 kg of wood (2.5 - 3.5 kg), but it doesn't have to be that way.
Our material of choice for fretboards is Richlite - incredibly durable and highly sustainable material made of resin-infused recycled paper. It’s a material used for 70 years in the aircraft and marine industries, as well as in luthiery. We value it for its acoustic properties, stability and ease of maintenance, which make it a perfect fit for modern instruments.
TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY FLUCTUATIONS? NOT THIS TIME!
Ruffaine is remarkably insensitive to changes of temperature and moisture in the air. The wood “works” which requires human reaction and when it comes to Ruffaine the reaction is non-existent, especially to the moisture - it simply doesn’t matter.
We also use modern lacquers that also provide sun resistance.
For our guitars we use aircraft-certificated epoxide which is a real top quality material.
REMARKABLE RELIABILITY AND SAFETY
Unprecedented ergonomics combined with the adjustable sound creates the most reliable and comfortable guitars for modern musicians. Add to that the improvements that were simply not possible 40 years ago, such as incredibly easy access to the last frets or the neck’s surface coated with nano-silver molecules that reduce sweating and bacterial growth - this is where science meets luthiery.
It all began when I was 13 or 14 years old and I was very interested in rock music. That’s how guitars caught my attention and I began to play first classical guitar, later electric. I also began to think that maybe I could build my own instrument, so I visited Mayones factory where I purchased some of the parts I needed. Later I began to collect instruments and around 2013-2015 I started my guitar channel and I also was servicing my instruments on my own.
Time passed and I was thinking more and more often about making instruments out of composites. I opened a project development company, focusing mostly on engineering, but at some point I found enough time to make my own guitar. Currently I am working at the university with machine construction being part of my expertise. Majority of people working in my company are my former students, some of them even current ones.
Our guitars do not come from a design perspective but from research and science. We wanted to create instruments with technology and materials being our starting point – we began from technology and later used it to experiment with an actual shape and design.
Composites were part of my research, and guitars were my dream – the most modern guitars in the world are created from the combination of these two variables. Our story is just beginning and you can be a part of it.