Lowden Guitars 32 Series F-32cFF - Fanned Fret
Fan the FlamesIf you're a fan of fanned frets, you will be delighted by the Lowden F-32cFF, a model that is rapidly becoming a favorite among acoustically-inclined Wildwoodians. Putting the neck aside for a moment, it offers a plethora of sonic delights. The Sitka spruce top and the East Indian rosewood back and sides work together to produce a truly exemplary sound. With the fanned-fret neck, the F-32cFF produces deep, piano-like bass response. But it also produces a strong fundamental in the low-midrange, which allows it to maintain exceptional clarity and note separation. The highs are full, glassy, and open, so the F-32cFF certainly has that iconic lush, atmospheric Lowden sound.
The fanned fret construction unlocks a whole 'nother side of the beast, though. Basically, asymmetrical fanned frets allow the builder to make the scale length longer on the bass side and shorter on the treble side. According to George Lowden, this makes for deeper, clearer bass and fatter, more bell-like trebles (you can see the man himself explaining it here if you are so inclined). The extra tension also means you can use all sorts of wacky low tunings and still get an impeccably clear low end! I put this sucker in C# standard and it sounded wonderful!
Also, if you're concerned about adapting your playing style to fanned fret instrument like me, here's a tip: just don't think about the fanned frets! It may sound silly, but it totally works. I closed my eyes, got to fingerpicking, and I quickly forgot I was playing a guitar with an atypical neck.
Any fingerstyle player with a love for alternate tunings and a desire for deep bass and fat trebles will find lifelong inspiration in the lovely Lowden F-32cFF!
|Model||32 Series F-32cFF - Fanned Frets|
|Top Wood||Sitka Spruce|
|Back & Sides Wood||Indian Rosewood|
|Neck Wood||5 Piece - Mahogany/Rosewood|
|Neck Measurements||.810 1st - .880 9th|
|Fingerboard||Ebony with Ebony Binding|
|Scale Length||25.2" on Treble Side, 26.8" on Bass Side|
|Width at Nut||1-3/4"|
|Tuners||Gotoh SG381 Gold w/Ebony Buttons|
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