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