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Lowden | L-25c | 1980s | SN:790

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Name: George Lowden Guitars
Location:   Balloo Ind. Est. workshops, Bangor, Co Down, N.Ireland.

Wait list: Sockists Worldwide
Taking Orders?: Yes, standard & customs. Workshop currently based in Downpatrick, Ireland.
RIYL: George Lowden guitars have been crafting high quality predominantly fingerstyle guitars for many years.
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  • Builder: Balloo Ind. Est. workshops, Bangor, Co Down, N.Irelandunder George Lowden.
  • Model: L-25c
  • Year: Late 1980’s
  • Serial #: 790
  • Back/Sides Wood: Indian Rosewood
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany, 5 piece
  • Headplate: Rosewood with ‘Lowden’ decal
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Frets to body: 14
  • Top Trim: Wood purfling
  • Rosette: Woodpurfling
  • Case: Lowden Hardshell
  • Body Length: 20”
  • Upper Bout: 12”
  • Lower Bout: 16 1/4”
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 4 1/8”
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 5”
  • Scale Length: 25 ½”

This is a great O sized Lowden from the Bangor period when operations moved back to Ireland and George was fully in charge. This guitar has the slightly smaller cream oval label with green edge. The new Lowden logo is evident in the headstock decal. The owner has this to say:

“This is a pristine Lowden L25C #790. Rosewood back and sides, Ceder top, Ebony fingerboard, Five piece neck.  The L-25 is often thought of as “the Lowden guitar.”  The current Lowden model that corresponds to the “L” in shape and size is the “O”,  meaning “original” shape which was the “L.”. The width at the nut is 1.3/4″ and the action at the 12th fret is 1/8″.  This is a very large guitar, with a deep and incredibly resonant sound.  It is the largest size that Lowden makes and is identical to the “O”.   It is signed by George Lowden on a cream colored, oval label with green trim, sometimes called the “New Lowden Logo.”

According to Lowden’s website, it was made in Ireland (Balloo Ind. Est. workshops, Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland) between 1985 and 1989. I am the original owner of this guitar.  It has rarely, if ever left the house, never played on gigs.  Has the original green hard shell case with gold interior in great condition.  This guitar is still not fully broken in !  I am a nylon string player and never got into playing this guitar much, as it was given to me as a gift.  Therefore, it has been sitting in its case for over 20 years, being strummed just occasionally.”

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