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Auriole 16.5", "Black Kat"

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The Auriole acoustic guitar represents a long process of design, experimenting, and decision-making.

The objective was to build a guitar whose sound was different and unique, in a way that was immediately useful to a broad range of players. Instead of a variation on existing guitar designs, the Auriole is intended to be a valid alternative for the player whose needs are not met by the classics.

Lessons learned from building, repairing, and/or researching flattop guitars, as well as archtop instruments (from guitars to upright basses), have led me to a design which is a synthesis of both schools.

Low notes speak with authority and power, and the low E string is as clear and defined as the rest. Unlike traditional D-style instruments, the bass is never "boomy" or overpowering - it remains well-defined and well-integrated with the guitar's voice.

Combining the fast, crisp, and articulate response of a fine archtop with the power and bass of the best flattops, the Auriole offers a hybrid voice that works beautifully for nearly any style of music.

"Coco" is a celebration of one of my favorite materials, African Wenge. Dense, hard, and glassy-sounding, Wenge is emerging as an excellent alternative to the traditional rosewoods which are becoming hard to find.

Coco's back, sides, fingerboard, binding, and fittings are all wenge, and combine to produce a brilliant and penetrating tone with outstanding clarity and note separation. Perfectly suited for fast pickstyle playing, Coco would be right at home playing gypsy jazz, bluegrass, or progressive modern acoustic music.

A deep low end and very vocal midrange also make Coco a unique and satisfying fingerstyle guitar - offering the 'pop' and liveliness of smaller O-style instruments, along with the 'breath' and dynamic range of a larger guitar.

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