Auden Musical Instrument Co. acquires UK Guitar Builders Ltd following liquidation

(left to right) Gordon Smith GS1 Heritage, Gordon Smith GS1000 Special Edition, and Gordon Smith GS2 Deluxe Heritage guitars
(Image credit: Olly Curtis/Future)

Auden Musical Instrument Co., the parent company of Auden Guitars and Gordon Smith Guitars, has announced its acquisition of UK Guitar Builders Ltd.

In a post announcing the purchase on social media, Auden owner Doug Sparkes wrote, "I am delighted to announce that The Auden Musical Instrument Co. Ltd (Auden Guitars/Gordon Smith Guitars) this week has completed the purchase of the assets of UK Guitar Builders Ltd and has started the process of re-locating all plant, machinery and material stocks into a new Northamptonshire workshop.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.