A great example of how well George Lowden's guitars hold up over time, this one from 1999 has suffered no ill effects from being under tension for 20+ years but then judging by the lack of fret wear it hasn't seen a lot a playing time. Original throughout and with no cracks or even any noticeable scratches, just a couple of very small dings you have to search for in strong light. The finish is a little more glossy than the typical Lowden, perhaps because a previous owner did some careful hand-rubbing? There's no sign of machine buffing, it's a nice look and very consistent, not new-guitar shiny. This guitar has a very balanced tone, each string seems to be equally weighted, making it a joy to play in open tunings where you are playing fretted notes up the neck and open strings at the same time. For those not familiar with Lowden's model codes the body is 15 1/2 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep at the lower bout, making it sort of an OM Plus size, but still smaller than a 16 inch Jumbo or Grand Auditorium shape. If you shop for new Lowdens you'll quickly recognize what a bargain this one is!