Lowden Guitars F-22FF - Fanned Frets
Fan the FlamesIf you're a fan of fanned frets, you will be delighted by this Lowden F-22! Putting the neck aside for a moment, it offers a plethora of sonic delights. The Western Red Cedar and the mahogany back and sides work together to give the player a warm, inviting, dynamic music-making experience. Because cedar is a soft wood, it is quite touch sensitive. By contrast, mahogany is stiffer, which makes for punchy midrange and natural sweet-sounding compression. They sound lovely together in this Lowden. At lower volumes, this F-22FF sounds warm, woody, and smooth. When you dig in, the midrange and lows remains robust, but the highs the highs get sparklier and sparklier as more overtones bloom out of the soundhole. Also, this guitar maintains excellent roundness in the attack, so there are no ugly spiky frequencies in this particular sonic cocktail. Despite its warm voice, it also has excellent clarity and note separation.
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 impeccably clear bass response!
Any player with a love for alternate tunings and a desire for deep bass and fat trebles will find lifelong inspiration in this lovely Lowden!
|Model||F-22FF - Fanned Frets|
|Top Wood||Western Red Cedar|
|Back & Sides Wood||Mahogany|
|Neck Wood||5 Piece - Mahogany/Rosewood|
|Neck Measurements||.830 1st - .890 9th|
|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|
|Case||Lowden Branded Hiscox|
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