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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.

Auriole - Curly Maple
This Auriole has a clean, big voice thanks to its lightweight curly Eastern Maple back and sides. The very tight-grained Sitka Spruce top is lattice-braced and voiced to a very low, resonant tap tone that translates into an effortless, spacious, and deep bass with lots of "air". The mids are crisp and quick, reminiscent of a 16" jazz box or even a Macaferri, but without a hint of nasality or harshness.

Wenge fingerboard, bridge, tailpiece, and binding present simple and graceful visual contrast, and extend the guitar's high-frequency response.
More variations of the Auriole

"Panama Red"

Auriole - Curly Maple

Auriole 15.0" "The Londoner"

Auriole 15.4", "Old Soul"

Auriole 16.5", "Black Kat"

Auriole Baritone - Birdseye Maple