Exhibitors 2015

AP Paasonen Guitars and Mandolins
Ari-Pekka Paasonen

Ari-Pekka Paasonen is the Master Luthier of a lutherie shop Jasesoi Musical Instruments in Jyväskylä, a small but lively city in the middle of Finland. A-P builds 10-12 new instruments annually. He concentrates on small/medium bodied steel string fingerstyle guitars and makes occasional classicals, mandolins and kanteles. A-P has been making acoustic instruments since 1991. He has graduated from the Ikaalinen Guitarmaking school in 1993 and got his Master degree in 2009.

A-P works hard to make his guitars light, delicate and to have an interesting, inspiring TONE. He uses lots of handtools during the building process to get the feel and tonal potential of a particular piece of wood – and for the enjoyment…


I am so honoured to be a part of this show again, with all these wonderful people around. Dive into the roomfull of tone with us!


I love the process of making an acoustic guitar. Digging into the wood with planes, chisels and scrapers. The feel of a fresh hide glue. I won’t turn down a call of a good router though… We live in an age where we can choose our method of making fine lutherie: digital, analog, CNC, chisel. I have chosen a mix which is pretty traditional. My aim is to make guitars with a complex and interesting tone.