Often when people think of Lowden Guitars, they think of high-end acoustic instruments, handcrafted in Ireland with unique design features and huge, full-bodied tone. Owner/Founder George Lowden has been building guitars since the ‘60s. In 1974, he decided to begin building them professionally. Much of his unique designs were the product of trial and error and experimenting with various ideas that would eventually lead him to the Lowden guitars we see today. A few years later, he fine tuned his signature building techniques with the A-frame bracing and “Dolphin” voicing profiles. The company went through different periods of change and development over the years and is today a family owned and run company. In 2012, fanned frets became a new option for Lowden guitars, made possible by his unique “Dali-esque” bridge design. In 2014, Lowden celebrated George’s 40th Anniversary as a guitar maker.
Lowden has a number of big-name acoustic players using their instruments including several that have their own signature models including Richard Thompson, Alex de Grassi, Pierre Bensusan, Thomas Leeb, Paul Brady, and Jon Gomm.
Lowden’s First Electric, the GL-10
The unexpected twist for this year is Lowden’s first electric guitar, the GL-10. We were fortunate enough to sit (though Sam is standing) with George Lowden himself as he talked about their new line of electric guitars. Demoing the GL-10 is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Stephen Inglis.
View all of the GL-10 specs HERE.
The 2018 S-35
In our Part II video, George shares some information about his new 2018 S (small) model. Stephen Inglis demos the guitar at the end with an original song, “Redwood Slack Key.”
View specs for the S-35W HERE.
These videos and more can be found on the Guitar Ramble YouTube Channel
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