Lowden Guitars Original Series O-22
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A True OGGeorge Lowden learned to make acoustic guitars by trial and error. When he was a young man, he got hold of a booklet called "How to Make a Folk Guitar" by a luthier named John Bailey, and it inspired him to start building his own instruments. Rather than copy an existing design, Mr. Lowden simply sketched a guitar and got to work building it. Armed only with Mr. Bailey's book and his imagination, he embarked on a journey full of sweat and sawdust. His goal? To build a revolutionary acoustic guitar. For three years, he tweaked the bracing, changed the soundhole placement, fiddled with the bridge, and generally poured his heart and soul into designing a guitar that embodied his Olympic Philosophy of guitar building. When the dust settled, he knew he had something special: a jumbo guitar with a big enough sound to rival any big-bodied strummer and as much touch-sensitivity and subtlety as a small-bodied blues box. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the origin story of the Lowden O-size body design.
A Trailblazing SpiritThe O body size quickly became a mainstay of the Lowden lineup, and they have since brought delight to intrepid acoustic adventurers for over four decades. There's something truly magical about a guitar design that emerges without much outside influence. Original designs make for original sound, which makes for quite an inspiring playing experience. Forty years later, you can still feel (and hear!) George Lowden's trailblazing spirit in each and every O-Size Lowden.
A High-Caliber 22Though they're all cut from the same cloth, each member of the O-size family has a unique and inspiring voice. In particular, the O-22 model stands out for its wide dynamic range and warmth. It features a red cedar top and mahogany back and sides, and the chemistry between these two tonewoods gives you a huge yet malleable sound. Let's dig in and see why this O-22 sounds so delightful!
Guitars with cedar tops are known for their touch-sensitivity. Hit them hard, and they sound bright and sparkly. Play them softly, and you get a round, warm, open tone. When a masterful luthier pairs cedar with a warm, round-sounding wood like mahogany, the results are extraordinary. Mahogany always imparts a bit of natural, smooth compression, which tames the edges of cedar's dynamics so that it sounds pleasant, clear, and balanced at every volume. To wit: it's nigh-impossible to get an O-22 to sound muddy or harsh! It has deep, warm lows, thumping midrange, and touch-sensitive highs that can sound glassy and smooth or sparkly and lush depending on how hard you pick. Even when you dig it, it sounds open and clear.
But, don't get it twisted: the O-22 is still one heck of a dynamic-sounding instrument! At low volumes, it still sounds rich and full, which makes it a wonderful choice for fingerstylists seeking a huge sound. You can also pull extra sparkle and chime out of the top by digging in with your fingers, which cannot be said for every jumbo guitar.
Of course, the O-22 is also divine with a flatpick. It projects like nobody's business, and it sounds positively cavernous when you play big chords. It has superb balance and note separation, too, so you can feel free to play complex jazz chords.
A Jumbo Swiss Army KnifeThe master luthiers of Downpatrick, Ireland have accomplished quite a feat in building the Lowden O-22. They've built a guitar that is equally likely to impress a bluegrass flatpicker, a jazz fingerstylist, and a rock strummer! We are proud to showcase such an inspiring instrument, and we know it will provide a lifetime of inspiration to any lover of exemplary acoustic guitars.
|Model||Original Series O-22|
|Back & Sides Wood||Mahogany|
|Neck Wood||5 Piece - Mahogany/Rosewood|
|Neck Measurements||.800 1st - .850 9th|
|Width at Nut||1 3/4"|
|Rosette||Rosewood, Sycamore, Walnut, Mahogany|
|Tuners||Gotoh SG381 Gold w/ Ebony Buttons|
|Case||Lowden Branded Hiscox|
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