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Arden Guitars

Creating and hand-crafting beautiful bespoke acoustic guitars from my specialist workshop in Warwick.


Who I Am

Simon O’Nions ~ Guitar Craftsman

Building Acoustic Guitars For Discerning Clients

My name is Simon O’Nions and I am the owner and leading luthier at Arden Guitars, Warwick, England. I hope you enjoy your visit to my website, and that we may have the opportunity to meet in person and discuss your exact musical requirements. From the menu on my home page you will be able to navigate to different sections, such as the woods, testimonials and also more about me.

I have always been passionate about music and especially guitars. I am fascinated by the tone of the guitar and how different woods and techniques effect the clarity, resonance, playability and beauty of the instrument. The woods are sacred, and it is the responsibility of us all, but especially luthiers, to protect and preserve these beautiful woods for generations to come. I see my role as treating the woods with respect and allowing their natural beauty to shine through with a clear and distinct voice. "IN ME TACE VITA, IN MORTE DULCE CANO". “ In life I was silent, in death I sweetly sing”.

My Commitment

For every guitar that I make; I donate a proportion of the sale to support ecological projects.

Work With Me

Years of Expertise

Why Arden

Arden is an area in the centre of England which was one of the largest forested areas in the whole of the UK. The English Forest of Arden stretched from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire to Tamworth in Staffordshire, covering vast swathes of land including the present-day cities of Coventry and Birmingham.

Born in Stratford in 1564, William Shakespeare spent his formative years on the doorstep of the forest of Arden and, although its size had begun to decrease, the Forest remained intact throughout Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Forests are traditionally considered to be places of magic and intrigue, and nowhere is this more clearly represented than in Shakespeare’s works. From the Athenian woods of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Scottish Birnam Wood in Macbeth and the ‘mighty oaks’ of The Merry Wives of Windsor, forests and woodlands fill his plays with a sense of wildness and rebellion and provide a feeling of magic and mystery.

"I would truly like to create a guitar for you that you will want to play, will be proud of and will conjure up the magic of its native land and the expression of a careful and experienced craftsman."

Each and every Arden Guitar is designed and crafted as a ‘one off’ bespoke and unique instrument. It will be proudly handed down for generations to come.

Simon O’Nions

Our Service

Unique Bespoke Guitars

"A few years ago, I was lucky enough to see and hear one of Simon’s early guitars and was immediately struck by the clear, resonant sound and superior quality of the workmanship" - DB Fellows (Warwickshire)

Excellent Reviews

From the menu on my home page you can read my testimonials.

Great Design

Creating personally designed guitars for my clients over many years.

Shipped Worldwide

Delivering throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide.

Quality Guarantee

Built with only the best materials by an experienced craftsman.
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