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Old 06-18-2024, 01:29 AM
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Here’s another McIlroy A25 cedar/walnut to listen to.

https://youtu.be/MhzTWcBzTWg?si=iLtBSYCTHYgVd4Nd
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My Lowden F23, built from cedar, walnut, joy and music.





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Man, I love the uber-woody look of Lowdens. Is it a satin finish? Or is it a variation on satin?

Beautiful guitar, Colin.
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Man, I love the uber-woody look of Lowdens. Is it a satin finish? Or is it a variation on satin?

Beautiful guitar, Colin.
It is a satin finish, though I don't know what it is actually finished with. Lowden themselves refer to their "unique satin finish", but without giving any more details. https://lowdenguitars.com/maintenance-repair/
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Here’s another McIlroy A25 cedar/walnut to listen to.

https://youtu.be/MhzTWcBzTWg?si=iLtBSYCTHYgVd4Nd
Phil, that was wonderful playing!

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My Lowden F23, built from cedar, walnut, joy and music.
Great looking guitar, Colin! The F23 is one of my favorites from Lowden. Cedar and walnut just works - clarity and richness. Great, versatile combination. Here's a sound sample:

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Fretboard inlay depicts a Dublin landmark, the Poolbeg Towers, which are part of a disused power plant in the Dublin docklands area. Every Dublin City resident grows up within sight of them. Everyone coming home into Dublin by air or sea will remember what it feels like to see them again, especially when you've been away for a while or are leaving.

I grew up right beside the Coast and I will always associate the sight of them with home, leaving home and returning home. They're done in Jasper stone (a form of quartz I think). I did not think I would like them until I saw them in person.

Here's a quick picture of the actual towers seen from where I grew up and still live within sight of



From the air looking in from the coast to the city:



And a close up of the fretboard inlay:



McGuire's Landing by the late great Pete Huttlinger played on it shortly after it arrived:

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Man, I love the uber-woody look of Lowdens. Is it a satin finish? Or is it a variation on satin?

Beautiful guitar, Colin.
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It is a satin finish, though I don't know what it is actually finished with. Lowden themselves refer to their "unique satin finish", but without giving any more details. https://lowdenguitars.com/maintenance-repair/
Unlike, for instance, Martin satin finishes which are ‘satin’ lacquer (a lacquer with an added ‘flattening’ agent), Lowden guitars are sprayed with standard gloss lacquer which is then ‘knocked-back’ to satin by hand-rubbing with steel wool. The result is a much nicer, smoother, quieter finish.
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Unlike, for instance, Martin satin finishes which are ‘satin’ lacquer (a lacquer with an added ‘flattening’ agent), Lowden guitars are sprayed with standard gloss lacquer which is then ‘knocked-back’ to satin by hand-rubbing with steel wool. The result is a much nicer, smoother, quieter finish.
That's right. I knew they had a twist on it. Much more labor-intensive, but the results speak for themselves!

Thanks, John (and Colin!).
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I owned a 2014 Taylor 416 LTD cedar/walnut. Very responsive and subtle, not as dynamic as spruce/ rosewood or hog, but lovely tone. Not a huge headroom for heavy strumming, better for finger style.
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My Brook Torridge.
Best sounding guitar that I have owned .
Impeccable build hand built quality.
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I have a cedar over walnut McIlroy, an A25c model. It’s an Irish guitar, of the Lowden lineage. I play fingerstyle and keep it in DADGAD. I love the immediate response, warmth and complexity of the cedar. Very loud and rewards a softer touch. The walnut is an ideal compliment imo, it offers a lot of clarity and airiness. I have a cedar over rosewood Lowden (F25) that is quite dark and rich in comparison. I wouldn’t say it’s the most versatile guitar though in all fairness compared to most spruce topped American guitars, they are kind of their own thing
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