Walden Madera Acoustic Guitar

Condition: Used
Will ship to: Local pickup only
Price: 450
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Beautiful and warm sounding. Comes with a beautiful case
Designed in the USA (Jonathan Lee is Walden's chief designer), the guitars - focusing predominately on dreadnoughts, grand auditoriums, OMs and nylon-stringers.

Walden, is the only one in Asia with 100 per cent Pure Chain-Of-Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council.

Indeed the Madera Series CG4041-CERT grand auditorium carries the FSC logo label, indicating that all woods come from legal, sustainable, well-managed sources, from forest to finished instrument.

Walden is also a member of The Forest Trust, another global, non-profit organisation concerned with ensuring ethically structured timber supply chains.

Named after the Spanish word for wood, the top-range, all-solid 'FSC-Pure' Madera Series was launched in early 2010 and presently comprises three grand auditoriums, a trio of dreadnoughts and a nylon classical: all non-cutaway acoustics.

Four of the six are cedar/mahogany, but the CG4041-CERT and a CD4041-CERT dreadnought equivalent are fairly unusual in the general scheme of things by being all-mahogany instruments.

Internally, vertical reinforcing strips around the rims affirm the guitar's all-solid-wood build, and the spruce strutting and kerfed linings are clean and tidy.

The scalloped X-bracing is said to conform to a pre-war pattern. Quality of the lacquering and buffing is good, and the wood's deep, reddy-brown hue suggests that some colour staining is applied prior to spraying.

The bridge, carrying a bone saddle, appears to be either ebony or dark-stained rosewood, but is in fact formed from katalox. Despite its synthetic-like name, katalox is actually a South American hardwood, sustainably sourced and with a density and appearance not dissimilar to ebony.

The white-dot-topped bridge pins look like they're made of katalox too. Grand auditoriums aren't especially associated with being finger style instruments, but the CG's 650mm-scale three-piece neck is certainly designed to appeal to pickers.

Topped by a smooth set of unbranded, black-buttoned gold tuners and carrying a katalox fingerboard, it kicks off at an airy 45mm across the bone nut, widens a fair bit further up, and the string path finishes at a spacious 56.5mm string spacing at the bridge.

It's a span that feels fairly broad in the hand, but good comfort is retained thanks to a flattish-backed 'C' profile of moderate, virtually constant depth. Fretting is tidy, though the tops merit more polishing for smoother bends.

Constructionally, the neck is bolt-on and incorporates a two-way truss rod and carbon graphite reinforcement rails under the marker-free fingerboard. Side dots provide the necessary position references.

The guitar is an eager and engaging performer. The volume and dynamics are punchy, responsive and sustainfull, while the tone is nicely poised between warmth and brightness, and there's a pleasing, rich bloom in the low end that doesn't undermine the intrinsic clarity.

It produces a worthy all-round sound, in short, whether you're picking or simply strumming the guitar.

These are guitars are no longer available since the Walden factory closed due to red tape and a sudden shut down of its production.

Nevertheless, what you're looking at here inspires a good deal of confidence, quite apart from the brand's commendable commitment to sustainably sourced timbers.

The CG4041-CERT, which ships with a deluxe case, is a tempting prospect for fingerpicking GA fans prepared to splash a bit more cash. It sounds great and, in its attractively unusual all-mahogany gloss livery, looks the part too.