" Hand crafted by a team of just 9 skilled luthiers utlising the finest hand picked tone woods. The Chester is my dream guitar "
Oh my.... Another proud find! I won't bore you with the background on this page but needless to say if you have followed me over the years you will know my personal recommendations are not made lightly.
An Auden starts life in a small workshop in China which employs just 9 dedicated luthiers. The Director of Auden Guitars visits regularly (who also happens to be the Owner of Gordon Smith Guitars - Basically, you could argue these are Gordon Smith acoustics!) to ensure consistent quality but also to ensure working standards, safety and welfare of the workers is top priority. Its a very "human" story and one I am proud to be associated with.
Every Auden guitar utlises hand picked tone woods - picked by Doug and once completed is fettled in the GS workshop here in the UK
The results are stunning.
I have been so impressed with the Chester I am having 45mm nut options made for me in cutaway & non cutaway - Cedar and spruce - Specifically for my customers.
The Auden Chester is my own personal favorite (if I had to pick one out) due to its fuller size yet clever styling that makes you feel like you are playing a much smaller guitar than you are.
I am told the lower bout is full dreadnought width but the upper bout pinches in giving the guitar a feel of a much smaller guitar. The result is a wonderful array of tonal options and playing styles that it can accommodate from strumming through to picking.
This model features solid spruce top and AAA matched rosewood back and sides.
If you look at the pictures you will see the exquisite attention to detail and the tone is incredible.
Top: AAA Spruce
Back: Solid Indian Rosewood
Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
Neck: African Mahogany
Joint: Dovetail / Hide Glue
Saddle: Bone / Composite
Machine heads: Schertler
Finish: PE Base / PU Gloss
Case: Hard, Black, Chrome
Shoulder width: 285mm
Belly width: 395mm
Depth at neck: 90mm
Depth at Base: 115mm
Full length: 1060mm
Scale Length: 650mm
Neck width at Nut: 43mm
Neck width at 14th: 54mm
Neck width at 20th: 57mm
2% of Auden guitar sales are donated to the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation
The Love, Hope, Strength Foundation do not fund cancer research, rather they use funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, build cancer centers and raises awareness and recruit potential donors to the organ and bone marrow registers.
We provide the most comprehensive pre and post sale service in the industry with a combined value of over 100 GBP
Demonstrated by over1000 verified customer reviews HERE
This service consists of:
* Completely taylored / personalised setup service ensuring your guitar plays to your personal playing requirements.
* Unique level of quality control ensuring you cannot receive a poor quality / standard of guitar fit & finish.
* 6 & 12 month check & reset if you wish to take advantage and live close enough to visit.
Please be assured that this service is like no other with over 1 hour spent on every guitar before sale
For further extensive details on this service please click HERE
Auden guitars are a unique English brand.
100% hand made and I am hoping soon to bring you a video showing you the workshop where the guitars are initially crafted.
These first stages are carried out in Dougs workshop in China - this keeps the cost of production as affordable as possible. All the wood is personally selected by Doug (owner of Auden & Gordon Smith Guitars in the UK).
Once the bodies and necks are complete they are shipped to the Auden workshop in the UK where the hardware is fitted, the nut and bridge are cut, final setup and all the electronics are fitted.
This wonderful collaboration between Dougs workshops provides you a genuine English branded hand made guitar.
The results are simply outstanding.
In the past 12 months Richard & his customers have been so overwelmed by the quality of these guitars that Richard has had a range commissioned for him called the "45 Series". Same guitars but with 45mm nut - recognised by a lovely 45mm logo design on the headstock.
Click on the Youtube logo to see some of Richards videos that will help you see and hear exactly what Richard loves about these beautiful guitars.