NAMM 2020: Lowden Guitars has showcased some of the new woods being used in its models. We sat down in its sound booth at NAMM with Hawaiian guitarist Stephen Inglis to hear the tones on offer from these tonewoods, and hear a little about where they come from.
First, Inglis took us through the F35 made with a sinker redwood top, and sustainable Cameroon ebony. The ebony has a particularly striking grain pattern, balanced against the lighter redwood. Like all Lowdens, the F35 is available with various custom options, such as a cutaway or a different neck profile.
We also had a look at the Wee Lowden 12 Fret, which is based on the brand’s larger F, S and WL ranges. Because of the location of the neck join, the guitar compensates for its small body size. According to Lowden, “The new location of the bridge on the soundboard increases the guitars mid-range punch and despite the more compact feel, the 12 Fret offers projection and vibrancy more akin to a guitar with a much larger body.”
This particular guitar featured a driftwood red cedar top, along with a bookmatched walnut back and walnut sides. As Inglis notes, the driftwood is particularly sustainable, having drifted up on a beach in British Columbia.