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RONNIE WOOD

The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood bought two Versoul guitars late 2003, Buxom and Henry (gold leaf top). Ronnie added to his Versoul collection with Resosun and Raya 6 Baritone guitars in autumn 2004.

Ronnie ordered his second Raya 6 Baritone from The Rolling Stones' Big Bang Tour in October 2005. In April 2006 Ronnie bought a Raya 12 Baritone and in the Spring of 2007, Ronnie got his hands on Raya Blue Lite, which he used on the Stones’ Bigger Bang Tour, summer 2007.

Versouls are now part of the machinery of the guitarist of the band that defined Rock´n´Roll as we know it.

Versoul celebrated Ronnie Wood's 60th birthday on June 1st, 2007. Kari Nieminen and guitar tech guru Alan Rogan met Ronnie Wood at his home in Richmond, London. During the visit Ronnie bought his ninth Versoul: a Buxom 12-string Baritone Acoustic guitar, and received another as a gift: a Versoul Buxom 12-string Custom guitar.

The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2012, and Ronnie’s Versoul Raya Blue Lite was a major part of the band's concerts at O2 Arena in London in November and in US shows in Brooklyn and Newark.
Ronnie opened the shows with his Raya Blue Lite guitar on ''Get Off of My Cloud'' and continued on two encores:
''Jumpin’ Jack Flash'' & ''Satisfaction.''

http://www.ronniewood.com

BILLY F GIBBONS

Legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top
purchased his first Versoul Raya Blue Light guitar in autumn 2007.

Immediately after he ordered two more Raya Blue Light guitars with custom features: chambered bodies with extra bindings and purflings and necks completely covered with gold leaf.

Billy named his model the Versoul Raya Billy F Gibbons Blue Light Special. In summer 2009 Billy ordered a Baritone 6 string version of Raya Billy F. Gibbons Blue Light Special model with a vibrato bar. During ZZ Top's visit to Finland in July 2010, Billy bought his fifth Blue Light guitar, which he christened the Versoul Blue Raya Black Beauty.

PETE TOWNSHEND

The Who's guitarist and principal songwriter Pete Townsend has two Versoul Buxom Acoustic Guitars.

In 2012 I received great news from London: Pete Townshend's longtime guitar technician Alan Rogan informed me that I could include Pete at Versoul Artist Gallery.

Alan bought two Versoul Acoustic Guitars for Pete: Buxom 12 String and Buxom 12 String Baritone in July 2007 when The WHO was performing in Helsinki.

KENNY BURRELL

On December 6, 2003, Versoul was proud to present the Kenny Burrell Jazz Model Steel String Acoustic Guitars.

To every guitar player in the world, Kenny Burrell´s accomplishments are humbling reading: Starting in 1951, he was featured on recordings in the company of a pantheon of immortal jazz legends: Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith, Milt Jackson, etc.
Since 1956, there have been more than seventy Kenny Burrell albums, and he’s still going strong. Check out the July 2003 CD release Blue Muse on Concord Jazz.

Kenny Burrell and Kari Nieminen in Westwood Music December 2004

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH

''Over the years I have owned a lot of custom guitars including some baritone guitars. This one, Versoul´s Raya 6 baritone, is absolutely magic.''

Legendary Fusion Jazz guitarist bought a Raya 6 Baritone guitar in September 2000.
http://www.allanholdsworth.com

Allan Holdsworth with his Raya 6 Baritone

ROGER DALTREY

Rock Legend Roger Daltrey ordered a Buxom 6 from Westwood Music, Los Angeles in the spring of 2002. Shown here on Summer Tour 2002 with The WHO.

''What I loved about this guitar when I was first given it is that it makes me want to play - it is got an incredible bell-like quality that makes me sound like a much better player than I actually am.
''And there is something about the quality of the sound that makes me discover more and more the chords and progressions and things I was previously unaware of. It just made me want to play a lot more than I used to. That is the sign of a good guitar.''
--Roger Daltrey

TIM PIERCE

''Kari you are a true artist, and the sound and beauty of your guitars are in my hands every day. Thanks!”
-Tim Pierce

Top US session guitar player bought a Swan electric acoustic guitar in September 2000. Tim’s credits include Michael Jackson: ''HIStory''/ ''Dangerous,'' Madonna: ''I'm Breathless,'' Bruce Springsteen: ''Human Touch,'' Eric Clapton: ''Runaway Pride,'' Phil Collins: ''Tarzan,'' Elton John, Celine Dion, Joe Cocker, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.

AMANCIO PRADA

''The sound is very well balanced and rich in harmonics, the bourdons [bass notes] are alive, generous, deep and at the same time brilliant ... flamencos, I would say,''

Words of Amancio Prada, famous Spanish guitarist, singer and composer. Prada has released over 20 solo discs during his long career. He is a proud owner of Versoul´s Touco Classical Guitar.
http://www.amancioprada.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2lDAjfKgFk

BERNIE LEADON

Singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist Bernie Leadon, best known from the original 1971-75 lineup of The Eagles and Flying Burrito Brothers before that, bought a Raya 6 Baritone electric guitar from Westwood Music in May 2002.

After appearing on numerous artists’ records through the years (Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, The Jayhawks, et al), Leadon released his second solo album Mirror early in 2004, produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, The Jayhawks).
More on Bernie Leadon at:
http://www.bernieleadon.com

MICHAEL LANDAU

Top US session guitarist Michael Landau bought a Raya 6 Baritone electric guitar from Westwood Music, L.A. in March 2003.

JOHN MCCLAIN

The executive producer and head of A&R for Dream Works Records bought Touco Classical and Raya 6 Baritone electric guitars in January 2003 from Westwood Music.
John has produced Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Janet Jackson, Herb Alpert, Isley Brothers, etc.

JARMO SAARI

Guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jarmo Saari draws sonic landscapes and multi-layered atmospheres on his adventurous solo act 'Jarmo Saari Solu'.

He improvises with real-time sound processing, creating emotional music and astonishing textures with the electric guitar, human voice or several odd instruments including theremin and glassharp. His unique approach and aesthetics are essential on his solo albums and have enriched the sound of many jazz combos, rock groups, chamber ensembles and big bands. He has performed in 30 countries and is featured on over 100 albums. ''For me music is about love, interaction, adventure, being curious and making choices. As abstract as it may seem music affects us and brings us joy, relief and sense of intuition, our primitive subconsciousness. It's my pleasure and responsibility as an artist is to dig in deeper and reach higher, no matter how difficult or dangerous it seems. I want to think of myself as poet, painter, laboratorian, explorer or medizine man. A craftsman with one foot jammed in soil and the other in outer space.'' (Jarmo Saari)

''Along with the indispensable nature and all its creations, sceneries and creatures I love and respect above all beauty, handmade articles, architecture, works of art, patina, sci-fi vision and instruments with character.

In music and with diverse instruments I seek endlessly for inspiration, foolhardiness, surprise, personal tone and versatility. Versoul guitars represent unique craftmanship, vision, dedication, faith, know-how, attitude, knowledge of the tradition and innovation. My heroes play Versoul and I'm so fortunate to live nearby my designer-craftsman-guru! And... my Raya Baritone is a real killer or mistress, however you like to hear or see it, with no comparison whatsoever!'' http://www.jarmosaari.com
www.myspace.com/jarmosaarisolu
http://www.myspace.com/trubamolli