Price Was: $4745
Lowden offers a wide range of models, many of which are made with exotic-sounding woods or are signature models. While those are great guitars, their 5, 6, or 7 thousand dollar price tags (or more) tend to make Lowdens seem out of reach, which is unfortunate because the same crew in Ireland makes guitars that are every bit as good that are quite affordable. Virtually all the signature Lowden details, such as the 5-piece neck, pinless split-saddle bridge, and wood binding are on these models as well. This S-32 is a prime example, and the workmanship and detailing is every bit as stunning as on a Pierre Bensusan signature model that costs $4,000 more. This S-32 is about the size of a smallish OM, with a slightly shorter string scale, and the result is very comfortable guitar to hold and to play. The rosewood back and sides deliver a lot of bass response for such a relatively small guitar, yet there's the typical Lowden clarity in the trebles.