Lowden | L | 1976 | SN:1
- Scale: 25 1/2″
- Body Length: 20 1/8″
- Upper Bout: 11 7/8″
- Lower Bout: 16 1/2″
- Serial #: 1 of New Series
- Frets to body: 14
- Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
- Top Wood: Spruce (likely European)
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Neck Wood: Mahogany, 5 piece
- Bridge: Rosewood, String-through, split saddle
- Rosette: B&W Lines
- Binding: Maple
- Headplate: Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Builder Decal
- Top Trim: Wood Lines
- Fret Markers: Diamonds & Dots
- Tuners: Schaller
- NB: dimensions are approximate.
Here it is, the guitar which started it all for George Lowden. Ordered in 1976, this guitar turned out to be the O series prototype. Broader and deeper than the previous enlongated models, this old lady was constructed at a time when Lowden was working solo in a workshop down High Street Bangor, County Down.
It was ordered with a wider nut width to accomodate the owner’s transition from Classical and features a tight grained Spruce (likely European) top with Indian rosewood back and sides and Lowden’s original dolphin bracing. According to the current nomenclature, this would be an O32.
Immediately apparent to any Lowden player are the aesthetics and design which even today grace Lowdens descended from this guitar. The satin finish, elegant wood purflings and headstock shape, the pinless through bridge design and laminated neck.
Pictures kind courtesy of PF
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