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Lowden Players and Afficionados

A place for Lowden players and afficionados to discuss Lowdens.

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Hi guys- you seem the right people to ask something regarding lowdens- where's the best place/shop/website to find used ones in the UK?, and would an O or an F shape be best for playing in the style…Continue

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Started by daniel duffy. Last reply by Seorie O'Gallowa Feb 6, 2013.

Greatest Lowden Players 2 Replies

 I first heard of the might Lowden from Richard Thompson... Who are the other great Lowden players, past and present?Continue

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Started by Scott Timberg. Last reply by daniel duffy Aug 5, 2012.

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Comment by Charlie on December 21, 2015 at 7:02am

After fifty years of playing many other guitars I bought this month my first Lowden - S-35, koa/alpine spruce. And wow, what an experience! The sound, playability and modest beauty, it all comes together in a superb instrument.

Comment by Forrest Anderson on June 11, 2013 at 7:55pm

I recently had some work done on both my Lowdens. I generally use medium gauge strings on my guitars because my first reasonable guitar was a Gibson J-50, and I used to use heavies on that and loved that heavy sound -- think Pete Townsend kind of sound. Anyway, I'd started using mediums on my Lowdens. I'd always wanted a bit more bass on my F-32C and I assumed it would give it to me.

The luthier I took my guitars to said he wanted to set them up for lights. His theory is that less tension on the top makes it more responsive. I told him I was willing to try. He did my S7C (mahogany and spruce, O size cutaway) first, because it needed a neck reset. When I picked it up, it was like a completely different guitar. I don't know if it was his set up or taking it back to the light gauge strings, but it sounds amazing. Sound-wise, it is now the perfect guitar. Next came my F32C. He did some set up work on it and put lights on it and it, too, just blossomed. 

I talked to a friend who also has a Lowden, and he said a fellow who worked on his guitar told him Lowdens should really only have lights on them.

So, I don't know why or how, but I do know that I'm now very happy with two guitars I was considering selling.

Comment by Acoustic Pickers on June 11, 2013 at 6:35pm

Thought you would enjoy this piece featuring Jon Gomm on his Lowden O12C.

Comment by Mike Jorgensen on June 29, 2012 at 10:29pm

I'm looking to purchase a used lowden. Anybody here got one that they would part with?

Comment by Ray - Capitol Hill on April 16, 2012 at 10:26am

Here is a link to the story on my Lowden Lucky Strike. It's become my favorite for the tone, playability and pure good looks.

Comment by Forrest Anderson on February 20, 2012 at 4:48pm

Glad you like your Lowden!  Why else buy one?

I have two, an F32C (c1992) and an S7C (c1989).  The S7C is an O sized cutaway guitar with a spruce top and mahogany back and a slightly narrower neck than most (I'm guessing 1 and 5/8ths or 1 and 11/16ths).  That one has an oddly boxy sound.  It is a bit atypical for Lowdens in that it isn't as heavy on the overtones.  It's a great strummer.  The F32C is a great fingerstyle guitar with all the overtones you'd expect from a Lowden.

Comment by Ralph on February 19, 2012 at 7:15pm

I just bought a Lowden O35 and it's amazing.  I was in a guitar shop in Chicago (the Music Exchange) and just happened to be searching for a new acoustic on the same day a local luthier was in the store.  We were in a room full of Martin, Gibson, Santa Cruz and Collings guitars and he was "tapping the tops" of all of them - then he pointed to this Lowden O35 and said "if you want a professional opinion - this is the best guitar in the whole shop".  I picked it up, played it and determined he was absolutely right!  It resonated like no other guitar I've ever played - including my Ditson Dreadnought III, my Guild and my Taylor.  It's the best sound guitar I've ever heard and I couldn't be happier.  I'd love to hear other people's opinions on their Lowdens.

Comment by Seorie O'Gallowa on February 16, 2012 at 10:55am

hi there all, I'm a Lowden player since '87, an 'L25' still my main acoustic.

I'll give my Youtube link.


Comment by Forrest Anderson on May 9, 2011 at 11:05am

Hi Jim and Regan.  Welcome to the group!

It was the old Lowden discussion group that prompted me to start this one.  I've got some of the Gettin' Lowden Here CDs.  I'll have to find your contributions Jim.

There certainly aren't as many of us Lowden owners around as there are Martin or Gibson owners (very active groups).  However, Lowdens are different.

I have an S7C (c1989) and an F32C (c1992).  The S7C is an O size with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides.  Also has a roughly 1 11/16th in. at the nut fretboard, so narrower than most.  Great strumming guitar, but the long scale is getting a bit tough on my aging hands.  The F32C is spruce and Indian rosewood with a cutaway.  Very pretty guitar.  Great for fingerstyle, but the overtones which make it a great fingerstyle guitar make it less than ideal for strumming.

I bought both mine new from The Guitar Shop in DC.  On the F32C, I originally bought an F32, but the neck started coming up, so Stephen, who owns the shop, got them to make me another and I asked for the cutaway.

I'm wondering if there are other unique things about us as Lowden players.  That is, why do we have them instead of (or in addition to) Gibsons and Martins?  For me, it's the unique, open and airy sound.


Comment by jim groce on May 9, 2011 at 8:41am

Hello:  I have a lefty F12 that I bought in 1997. I also had an S25 that I bought in 2001 but sold it a few years ago; never really connected with it.

I was a member of the old Lowden Discussion Group which I think still exists today maybe on Yahoo Groups, not sure. I also contributed two original fingerstyle tunes to the "It's Getting Lowden Here" compilation CD done by that group, in 1998. Looking forward to meeting some new Lowden players.


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