Fans of the late Mike Auldridge have a unique opportunity to own one of his personal reso-guitars. A pair are currently being offered at auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to the Auldridge family.
Both are Beard Guitars, the company Mike worked with and endorsed for many years. One is a six string, and the other an eight.
Paul Beard tells us that the auction is according to Mike’s expressed preference before he passed late in 2012.
“It was Mike’s wish that his main guitars be offered for sale to all in the hopes that they would be enjoyed and played to the fullest. Mike loved these two guitars and played them continuously more than any other guitars in his musical career.”
Paul built the 8 string for Auldridge in 2003, a MA-8 model Mike Auldridge signature model, and says that it was Mike’s primary guitar from the time he received it until he died, used on every one of his recordings during that time. It will be shipped with a certificate of authenticity from Elise Auldridge.
The specs are listed as follows:
- Color: black
- Birch veneer top, back, and sides
- Arched back
- Iveroid binding
- Ebony fretboard
- Mother-of-pearl Hearts & Flowers™ inlay
- 25” scale length
- 4” thick body
- 14 ¼” wide lower bout
- 10 3/4” wide upper bout,
- Bass reflex baffle and posts
- Gotoh tuning machines
- Maple/ebony bridges
- Bone nut
- Hard case included
The companion 6 string model is the MA-6 Mike Auldridge signature model, also made in 2003. Other than the number of strings and the neck width, the two instruments are identical, though this model will be shipped with a soft case. A letter of authenticity from Mike’s wife will also accompany this model.