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WOOD

As a company Versoul favors sustainable materials. We look to the future and select our wood on ecologically conscious choices.

All Versoul instruments are made in a humidity-controlled workshop (50% relative humidity). Precut woods are purchased from traditional suppliers in Germany, Spain and the USA, including woods like: European spruce, Red cedar, European regular- and curly maple and East Indian rosewood.

Also substitute material Blackwood Tek for endangered ebony and rosewood is optional and recommended. In addition, Finnish alder, aspen and spruce are used for acoustic, solid body electric guitar, baritone and electric acoustic bass body material. Finnish alder has an especially responsive sound quality, superior to its American cousin. It produces clear, freely resonating and remarkably balanced bass, middle and treble ranges.

PRECIOUS LEAF METALS

Kari Nieminen has developed a unique leaf metal covering method producing an exceptionally beautiful, three-dimensional surface. This reminds one of the richly gilded frames on old paintings. The standard leaf metal finish is 23 carat gold but a Platinum/Palladium or a silver leaf finish is also available.

LABELS
Versoul's acoustic or electric acoustic instruments are classified by two categories of labels. Labels are made of precious leaf metals indicating their category and signed and dated by Kari Nieminen.

A. Gold label - Premium Quality
B. Platinum label - Surpreme Quality

Gold Label

LEAF METAL DECORATIONS

Raya Billy F. Gibbons Blue Light Special in Gold Leaf finish.

Versoul also uses precious leaf metals on the instrument's decorations in a unique way. The rosette is made from 23-carat gold leaf and various wood veneers, creating a great three-dimensional appearance. Headstock and body decorations: position marks on the side of the fingerboard are one of Versoul's trademarks, reminiscent of artistic brush slashes. On the headstock you can find a symbolic golden Sun or Moon motif.

Leaf Gold Sun and Shaman figure based on an ancient Finnish Rock Painting c.a 2500 BC

SPECIALITIES

Versoul pursues innovation and bold approach in use of materials and constructional solutions in guitar building. The alliance of sound, aesthetics and ergonomics has been the foundation in developing the family of our high end products.

NECK JOINT IN VERSOUL'S ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS
With our new kind of neck joint, it’s easier to play on the upper frets. String vibrations are transferred more effectively between the neck and body.
Sonically Versoul's neck joints are superior to the more traditional methods. The Versoul joint produces a dynamic and even sound with long sustain.

MOOSE SHINBONE
Moose shinbone is used for the nut and saddle of Versoul instruments.
Finnish moose bone has a vintage style color, a bit yellowish and light brown. The material often undergoes very attractive color changes, producing a three-dimensional patina when the bone is polished. Sonically, moose shinbone has excellent sound properties. Being a very hard material, it creates a very rich and resonant sound.

PICKUPS

Kari Nieminen has carefully studied traditional electric pickups and has focused on the passive side of the field. Versoul Electro-Magnetic Pickups are based on many years of research and development.

Versoul Guitar Humbucker Pickup in Chrome plated finish
Versoul Guitar Humbucker Pickup in Gold plated finish
Versoul Bass II Humbucker in Gold plated finish. A Passive pickup with rounded AlNiCo 5 magnets.

The basic concept was to create a pickup with its own distinctive sound and look. Each pickup is handmade. Even the single coil model's bobbin is handmade, and the brass cover is hand punched and chrome or gold plated. The SINGLE COIL MODEL has a clear, fat, warm and exceptionally dynamic sound. It has good distortion when played at higher volume levels.
The HUMBUCKER MODEL (two coils) has a brighter and clearer sound than traditional humbucker units. The Versoul humbucker has a bell-like ringing tone with a warm and dynamic response. Also, this model has a very musical tone and attack at any volume level, distorted or clear. Versoul recommend SCHERTLER acoustic tranducers and preamps. Both models have the same size cover which has a distinctively designed electric razor style cover.

Versoul Bass II Humbucker in Chrome plated finish. A Passive pickup with rounded AlNiCo 5 magnets.