Greetings, my name is Jonathan Lee and I am the Founder and President of Walden Guitars. In 1996, Walden began as a collaboration between myself, Charles Fox, and KHS Musical Instruments. At that time I was building handmade acoustic guitars at CFOX Guitars under the mentorship of master Luthier and partner, Charles Fox in the San Francisco area, California, USA.
I had a major role in Walden’s design and construction as well as leading our shop in China. Our team built the Walden brand into quite a respected brand with numerous reviews, satisfied dealers and guitarists in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2014, KHS, Walden’s owner, decided to cease production and I moved on to work with Breedlove Guitars and Washburn Guitars. I always felt the Walden story was not over and in 2019 I partnered up with Jaco Liao who joined Walden in 2002 as Sales and Quality Assurance Manager, and also led Washburn’s process improvement operation. A dear friend of almost 20 years and a bass player himself, Jaco and I obtained all rights to Walden Guitars. We will be re-releasing these fine instruments in 2020 and I hope that you will be part of our continuing story.
As a Luthier, my mission has always been to deliver the best balance of tone, playability, stability, appearance and affordability. Many elements typically found only on hand made guitars grace today’s Walden. Here are a few: