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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 Baritone - Birdseye Maple
This 16.5" Auriole has a "fanned" or multi-scale fret system, designed for baritone tuning. The scale transitions from 26.5" on the highest string to 28.5" on the lowest, for the right balance of tension and clarity in the basses, along with sweetness of tone in the trebles.

The back and sides are exceptional birdseye maple, with some light flame figure mixed in. Fingerboard, bridge, and tailpiece are wenge, and the neck is mahogany.

This wood combination is a great choice for a baritone - the slight natural "mid-scoop" of the maple yields a crisp and well-defined tone that holds together beautifully down low, and adds articulation to low-position chords. The responsiveness and musical top end of the wenge work in perfect harmony alongside the maple.

The extended bass response inherent in the Auriole design is ideally suited for baritone instruments. Combined with careful choice of materials, the result can be a baritone with an unusually well-defined and complete-sounding voice.
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