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Ruokangas Unveils the Valvebucker, the “Only Tube-Driven Electric Guitar Pickup in the World”

Finland-based guitar maker Ruokangas has unveiled what the company is claiming is the “only tube-driven electric guitar pickup in the world.”

Dubbed the Valvebucker, the pickup features a tube-amplified active preamp circuit sporting triode and pentode NOS tubes. There’s also a three-way switch for different sounds, a volume, a tone knob and an additional boost switch.

The Valvebucker is powered by an XLR microphone cable running from a floor unit that is the size of a standard effect pedal and is powered by a 12V AC supply. The floor unit also features a second input to connect a standard-pickup-equipped guitar, as well as a true-bypass A/B switch to alternate between the instruments. 

For more information on the Valvebucker, as well as audio samples of the pickup in action, head over to Ruokangas.

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.