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Old 06-13-2017, 12:32 PM
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Default Lowden Sitka Europen Flamed Maple

For sale is an uncommon 1993-94 Lowden F24 with a Sitka Spruce top and European Flamed Maple back and sides.
What is an F24??The F24 model was discontinued in 1999. Primary reason was that the European Flamed Maple, prized for violins, was of the quality as to be now reserved for their F35 premier range.
Neck is 5 piece mahogany with an ebony fretboard. It truly excels at fingerstyle as the notes are clean, clear and crisp, with plenty of definition and hi end sparkle. This is a Lowden closet queen.
It has had little play wear and the only mark I detect is a pencil tip dimple in the upper bout. A K & K pickup was installed last year.
Nut width: 1 23/32
Scale: 25
Lower bout: 15
Upper bout: 11
Depth: 4 OHSC Lowden Hiscox hardshell case
$2950. includes Paypal. Shipping extra. No trades.
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That bell-like tone of Lowden without the lofty price tag.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:33 AM
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Tell you what! I'll sweeten the deal. I will thrown in the cost of shipping.
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I may be the only person outside Ireland to have played two of these rare bird F24 models. One was from later in the run, close to '99 and was superb. The other was from this era and was nothing short of spectacular.
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Mighty nice! Pics are nice too...

Please describe the neck shape/feel, and tell us about the bass response/low end.
How does she like D tuning, open D, drop C, etc?

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Paul:
Thank you for your independent observations. I must tell you I debated long and hard whether to sell this one or my Goodall CGC,a Rosewood. Very close in chyme.
The Rosewood Goodall had more overtones. Lowden was clear, clean,with shimmer. Considerably louder than the Goodall. Bass, surprisingly was just as powerful. Decided on the Goodall because it was more expensive and was "darker" in tone.

Question about the neck: Best that I can figure out the jargon; it is a thin C, basically the same as a Froggy Bottom K model.
As for alternate tunings, I don't venture but a guitarist with deep experience
said that the bass notes sing when tuned down. It is a Lowden!
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:37 PM
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Just visited a knowledgeable luthier who explained to me that European Maple is much softer than North American maple and thus creates a slightly warmer sound. It's a matter of what you seek in tone he has learned.
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This is a great guitar someone needs to pick it up.
I had an f34 once also rare. Should have kept it.
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Just came from a guitar show. One luthier was trying to re-create the Lowden sound.So I wondered: "Why not just buy a Lowden?"
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Are you sure the neck isn't maple as well? Lowden usually uses a maple neck on their maple guitars.
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Steve:
You know you are right. I had copied the description of the neck from another ad. It is a 5 piece neck as the pictures show. It looks too me it is three pieces of maple, alternating with two pieces of what I would guess is mahogany.
Thank you for your assistance.
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The strips between the maple in the neck, would most likely be the same as the body binding. In this case, it looks like rosewood. Beautiful sample of a unique Lowden! If it had wider string spacing, it would already be sitting in my family room! GLWS!
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