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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 15.0" "The Londoner"
This Auriole was custom built with a 15.0" lower bout by customer request. The top is Sitka Spruce, with a lovely Genuine Mahogany back, sides, and neck. The fingerboard, bridge, tailpiece, and bindings are African Wenge.

This guitar features a custom-made adjustable bridge with ebony thumbwheels. Of course, the neck is vertically adjustable for quick and easy action changes.

The guitar's name, "The Londoner" was chosen by the client. The split-circle fingerboard inlays are a gentle reference to the London Underground subway system logo.
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