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George Lowden“The journey began in earnest in 1974 when I began the design and building of the first Lowden guitars in my workshop in Bangor County Down, Northern Ireland,” George Lowden says. “From the very beginning I was determined to develop unique designs and not just copy well known makes.”

The Lowden guitar is the result of unique design, workmanship, building techniques, and impeccable choice of woods. Today, a team of 17 skilled craftspeople (including two of George’s sons Aaron and Daniel) build Lowden guitars by hand in their shop in Northern Ireland.

Design: Curvy, smooth soundbox shapes combined with carefully voiced internal bracing and soundbox profiles, and use of natural wood decorations with our unique hand rubbed satin finish all combine to make the Lowden guitar what it is today.

Workmanship: Introducing unplanned stress into any musical instrument deadens the tonal response. Our assembly techniques involve the use of hand tools to improve the quality of all joints and enable the “Dolphin Profile” voicing of the soundboard bracing. This and much much more ensures that sustain, volume and balance are not hindered in any way. No short cuts are possible, just great workmanship and attention to detail!

Wood: We still hand split our braing stock, re-grade soundboard wood, and scour the world for the best (and oftenLowden Guitars most decorative) tonewoods. These woods are the real stars of our guitars.

It is this combination of many details that determines how our guitars sound, feel, and play. Today more than ever, we are constantly evaluating our guitars and striving to further adjust the voicing, the feel and the playability. To make Lowden guitars we need a team of individuals with talent for focus and an eye for detail, plus a passionate commitment to no compromise.

Visit us at LowdenGuitars.com.

Lowden Guitars's Blog
 

Bonnie Susie Cleland | Lowden Guitars

Zak Hobbs teaches his arrangement of "Bonnie Susie Cleland" for Lowden's Lockdown Lessons.

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Black Mountain Rag | Lowden Guitars

Zak Hobbs teaches his arrangement of "Black Mountain Rag" for Lowden's Lockdown Lessons.

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The Guitars of “Duets”

Teja Gerken and Doug Young discuss the guitars used on their recent album of fingerstyle duets.

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Open String Scales for Acoustic Guitar | Lowden Guitars

Zak Hobbs teaches simple open-string scales for Lowden's Lockdown Lessons.

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Richard Thompson: “Walking the Long Miles Home” | Lowden Guitars

The master guitarist and songwriter performs a solo version of one of his songs, live at Ulster Hall in Belfast, Ireland.

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Lowden Guitars Presents “Stay at Home, Play at Home”

The Northern Irish guitar maker launches a program of interactive lessons and performances, with a chance to win Lowden gift cards.

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George Lowden on Brazilian Rosewood

The founder of Lowden Guitars talks about the beauty of the rare and regulated species.

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Richard Thompson: “One Door Opens” | Lowden Guitars

The master guitarist and songwriter performs a solo version of one of his songs, live at Ulster Hall in Belfast, Ireland.

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“Wichita Lineman” | Lowden Guitars | Tasmanian Blackwood Series

Pete Wallace and Colm McClean cover Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman, both playing new Lowden guitars.

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“Scatter the Mud” and “The Mist on the Mountain” | Sean Og Graham & Niamh Dunne | Lowden Guitars

The duo from the Irish folk band Beoga perform two Irish tunes with the Lowden O-25 45th Anniversary Limited Edition.

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Lowden F-35

Mid-size steel-string built with Guatemalan rosewood and Alpine spruce

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“Mary and the Soldier” | Sean Og Graham & Niamh Dunne | Lowden Guitars

The duo from the Irish folk band Beoga perform a Paul Brady classic with the Lowden O-25 45th Anniversary Limited Edition.

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Lowden WL-35 Jazz

A parlor-size crossover nylon-string with a big sound and an LR Baggs pickup.

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Jon Gomm: “High and Dry” | Lowden Guitars

The fingerstyle guitar master plays a Radiohead hit live in the Lowden workshop.

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Sheeran by Lowden W01

This affordable parlor size guitar is a collaboration with Lowden and pop superstar Ed Sheeran.

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Lowden S-35C 12-Fret

A powerful small-body built with Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood.

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How It Began | Sheeran By Lowden

George Lowden and Ed Sheeran on the friendship and collaboration that has resulted in a brand new line of guitars for aspiring musicians.

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Lowden S-35 12-Fret

A modern small-body steel-string with a 12-fret neck, cedar top, and walnut back and sides.

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Lowden F-50 Tiger Myrtle | Winter Limited Edition

Introducing a limited edition of 25 guitars made with beautiful Tiger Myrtle back and sides.

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Lowden O-35

A gorgeous, powerful jumbo built with Madagascar rosewood and red cedar.

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Lowden Richard Thompson Signature Model

A spectacular mid-size Lowden with a cedar top and ziricote back and sides.

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Foy Vance | Lowden Guitars | Bushmills Distillery Sessions

The songwriter plays a haunting new original song, “A Year in Weem,” on the Bushmills x Lowden Black Bush Edition guitar at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

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Lowden Guitars | The GL-10 Electric Guitar

Forty years after George Lowden first built an electric guitar, Lowden Guitars introduces the all new GL-10 electric.

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Lowden Guitars | The F-35C Fan Fret with Ariel Posen

The guitarist from the Brothers Landreth demonstrates a beautiful Lowden F-35C with a sinker redwood top, Madagascar rosewood back and sides, and fanned frets.

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Lowden Guitars | The FM-35 with Ariel Posen

Lowden Guitars introduces the new FM model, voiced for superb projection and note separation, ideal for flatpicking. Guitarist Ariel Posen demonstrates.

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Lowden Jon Gomm Signature Model

The percussive fingerstylist’s guitar features an innovative hybrid top design.

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Lowden Baritone 50 Fan Fret

A multi-scale baritone guitar built from African blackwood and sinker redwood.

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Lowden O-35 Custom

Slack-key guitarist Stephen Inglis demonstrates his fanned-fret Lowden.

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#BUSHMILLSxLOWDEN Guitar

Lowden Guitars and Bushmills Irish whiskey combine forces to celebrate fine craftsmanship and legacy.

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George Lowden and Jon Gomm in Conversation, Part 2

Jon Gomm talks about his three guitars with Lowden founder George Lowden.

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George Lowden and Jon Gomm in Conversation, Part 1

The Lowden Guitars founder talks about cracked guitars with fingerstyle master Jon Gomm.

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1993 Lowden O-25c

San Francisco Bay Area songwriter/guitarist Kyle Alden demonstrates the Lowden that’s been his main guitar for more than 20 years.

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Lowden S-35M

An exquisite small-body steel-string with a body made from fiddleback mahogany.

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Lowden Pierre Bensusan Signature Model

The fingerstyle master demonstrates his guitar and amplification rig.

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“Genesis” | Lowden Guitars Number 20,000

George Lowden talks about the creation of the ”Genesis” guitar, built with African blackwood and sinker redwood.

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Lowden WL-35x

The Wee Lowden is a modern parlor guitar that offers a big sound and premium woods.

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Lowden Sessions | Pierre Bensusan

Guitarist Pierre Bensusan plays part of his piece “Nefertari” at the Lowden workshop.

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Lowden Guitars | Models

Guitarist Thomas Leeb gives an overview of Lowden Guitars' model lines, discussing woods, appointments, and specs for each Lowden series.

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Lowden Thomas Leeb Signature Model

The percussive fingerstylist discusses and demonstrates his primary guitar.

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Lowden Alex de Grassi Signature Model

The fingerstyle guitar legend demonstrates his primary six-string.

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Hudson Taylor | Lowden Acoustic Sessions

The Irish folk group plays their song “Butterflies” live at the Lowden factory, where they picked up two custom Lowden guitars.

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Lowden Guitars | Inside Our Workshops

Take a look around the Lowden Guitars workshop in Downpatrick, Co Down, Ireland, in this beautifully shot video tour.

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1999 Lowden O-10 Demo

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Developing the Wee Lowden

Luthier George Lowden discusses the design of his latest model.

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Lowden Guitars’ Body Shapes

George Lowden is joined by guitarist Thomas Leeb for this in-depth discussion of Lowden's soundbox shapes and a demonstration of each type of guitar.

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Richard Thompson | “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”

Witnessing Richard Thompson play his ode to love and an exotic motorcycle on his Lowden guitar is always a thrill. Here is a live version from Goldmark Gallery.

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George Lowden | Properties of Tonewoods

Every Guitar Has a Voice, Episode 2 features George Lowden talking about the properties of back-and-sides and soundboard tonewoods and how they influence the sound of a guitar.

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George Lowden | Acoustic Guitar Tonewoods

Every Guitar Has a Voice, Episode 1 features George Lowden discussing the tonewoods he uses to build Lowden Guitars.

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Janet Noguera: “Nohemi”

Fingerstyle guitarist plays her two-handed tapping tune in the Peghead Nation studio.

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Thomas Leeb, “Trickster”

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