Our typical client is a guitarist, who likes to use effect pedals. He (or she) might have an expensive guitar, and an even more expensive amplifier, but the effects are littered across the stage willy-nilly. Getting a clean signal from guitar to amp becomes a game of Russian roulette. Things get damaged, and the overall presentation looks very amateurish. This needn’t be so…
Every musician using effects between his instrument and his amp can benefit from Custom Boards’ range of services. We also have a number of clients, who play other instruments than electric guitar, like violinists, keyboarders, brass players, and harpists. If you like to go direct into an amp, or plug straight into a DI-box, there’s not much we can do for you. But everybody else will benefit from our help.
Tuomas Wäinölä is one of Finland’s busiest guitarists. He plays in the live bands of stars, such as Anssi Kela and Paula Koivuniemi, as well as on many TV shows and records. This type of freelancing makes for a very hectic schedule, adding its own set of problems when it comes to transportation. Tuomas naturally wanted to get each and every job done in style, which is why he ordered a whole row of pedalboards from Custom Boards. One for the touring rig, one to keep in the TV studio, one for his project studio, and a fourth one for freelance jobs on short notice. Tuomas’ life got much easier, and the pedalboards quickly paid for themselves, thanks to added job opportunities.
Pekka Kuusisto is a renowned classical violinist, but there’s a different side to him, too. Pekka likes to experiment with his electric violin and effect pedals, creating strange new soundscapes in the way. Taking his electric side all across the world proved to be a problem, though. Pekka couldn’t find the time to build his own board, so he ordered a custom-made board from Custom Boards. The result is a professional pedalboard that helps him unleash his creativity anywhere on the planet.
Rane Raitsikka’s return, after a number of years spent in the USA, seemed to be right on time when he founded the band Atomirotta. Shortly before a important gig, his old pedalboard started malfunctioning and he took it to Custom Boards for maintenance and modification. Ever since then Rane has been back to get his rig serviced and updated regularly for the next round of sweaty club gigs. Rane’s compact and roadworthy pedalboard helps keep his show on the road, when Atomirotta starts their next tour.
CUSTOM BOARDS has had the honour of working with hundreds of musicians from all possible genres, in addition to the three musicians above. Our client list includes:
Anssi Kela, Arto Tuunela (Pariisin Kevät), Ben Varon (Amoral), Eero Heinonen (The Rasmus), Erja Lyytinen, Esa Kuloniemi (Honey B & T-Bones), Euge Valovirta (Shining), Janne Puurtinen (HIM), Jarmo Saari (Don Huonot), Joakim Guthwert (Eternal Erection), Jonne Von Hertzen (Von Hertzen Brothers), Juha Kuoppala (Von Hertzen Brothers, Saimaa), Juho Kanervo (Saimaa), Juho Vehmanen (Vesala, My First Band), Jussi Jaakonaho (Ismo Alanko, Chisu), Jyri Helko (For The Imperium), Kie Von Hertzen (Von Hertzen Brothers), Kuisma Aalto (Mokoma), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Maria Mattila (Mara Balls), Matti-Pekka Lehtinen (Alma), Mika Tyyskä (Mr Fastfinger), Mikael Haavisto (Ranger), Mikko Kosonen (Maija Vilkkumaa, SuomiLOVE-TV show), Mikko Lindström (HIM), Mikko Paananen (HIM), Mikko Virta (Vesala, My First Band), Mikko Von Hertzen (Von Hertzen Brothers), Miko Tekoniemi (Benjamin), Mitja Toivanen (Santa Cruz), Niclas Etelävuori (Amorphis), Osmo Ikonen (Sunrise Avenue), Pasi Jääskeläinen (Aurora, “Putous” TV Show), Pauli Hauta-aho (The Blanko, Apulanta), Pauli Rantasalmi (The Rasmus), Pepe Reckless (Reckless Love), Petteri Sariola, Sami Pitkämö (“Tanssii tähtien kanssa” TV show), Samuli Sirviö (Ellinoora), Timo Kämäräinen (Olavi Uusivirta), Tuomo Prättälä, Varre Vartiainen (Leningrad Cowboys, Paula Koivuniemi) and Vesa Anttila (Nylon Beat, Mamba).
Additionally, we also had the pleasure of helping these adventurous musicians with their effects setups:
Jukka Perko (saxophone), Mikko Perkola (viola de gamba), Pekko Käppi (a Finnish bowed lyre), Salla Hakkola (harp), Samuli Kosminen (percussion), Sirja Puurtinen (violin) and Verneri Pohjola (trumpet).