Lowden Original 25 - 'The Wee Lowden' Acoustic Guitar - All Solid - Red Cedar / Indian Rosewood
What George says:
"I have been dreaming about designing a truly ‘small’ guitar for quite a while - but as usual I wanted the sound to be anything but small! The final design focused on voicing the bracing and soundbox geometry so that the voice was even and smooth without the ‘boxiness’ sometimes overly evident in small guitars. Thus the Wee Lowden was born!"
The beginning of the Wee Lowden story began in 2013 when Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody contacted the company and asked if they could make a small-bodied guitar as a present for Ed Sheeran. Having had the idea of making something in that vein to add to the range for a while anyway, the request kick-started the process that has led to the release of the guitar you see pictured here. But it wasn’t just a question of shrinking an established model in the range; on the contrary, it was a painstaking process which saw George Lowden lock himself away at a retreat on the Irish coast for four days while he drew designs for the body shape and pondered over the bracing, woods, bridge position and many of the other variables available to him before building the first prototypes.
After many months of refinements and alterations to this completely new design for George he finally settled upon the ideal combinations, design and structure. George feels that solid Cedar wood tops sound great in a big bodied instrument because they have a unique brightness that helps to balance the warm, sub-happy frequencies inherent in large soundboxes, although he always felt that on a smaller guitar (with less bass and a stronger midrange) Cedar runs the risk of sounding too thin and crisp. Happily he discovered that, by pairing the Red Cedar with Indian Rosewood, the whole tone was filled out in the lower midrange and to produce a small-bodied guitar with projection and a warm, rounded voice.
Soundboard: Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata) - Harvest Country: USA
Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia) - Harvest Country: India
Neck Laminates: Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia) - Harvest Country: India
Fingerboard: Ebony with Ebony Bindings
Bridge: Black Rosewood (Dalbergia Retusa) - Harvest Country: Nicaragua
Bindings: Sycamore (Acer Saccharum) - Harvest Country: USA
Purﬂings: Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia) - Harvest Country: India
Headfacings: Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia) - Harvest Country: India
Nut and Split Saddle: Bone
Scale: 24" (610mm)
Nut Width: 1 3/4" (44.45mm)
Machine Heads: Gotoh Gold with Ebony buttons
Includes: Hiscox Case
Manufactured in the UK - Completion Date 19/04/2018
C.I.T.E.S. Conformity: This instrument does not contain any parts made out of species restricted by C.I.T.E.S. imported to the UK after CoP17.