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Old 08-23-2019, 08:05 AM
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My Lowden is showing considerable fret wear across the whole board and is not far off needing a re-fret. As such, it hasn't been played as often as it should.

My go to guitar is also in desperate need of refurbishment as it gets played to death on an hourly basis. It's had more repairs than my son's Lotus and to get any volume out of it I have to play it hard - but I love it.

So I got my Lowden out of it's case for the first time in ages, put new strings on it and started to play. I played it like I do my other and it was like getting on a powerful sports bike after riding around on a scooter forever. The volume, tone and free feel of the neck and strings was overwhelming and it seemed hard to handle for a few minutes. It made me feel nervous of the power and I struggled to get an even response from it.

Then I gathered myself and took the bull by the horns and showed it who was boss. Wow....... I had forgotten how good this thing is. I've tried many guitars in stores but nothing ever grabs me like my Lowden.

Has anyone else experienced this with a guitar or is it a sign of getting older?
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:42 AM
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My Lowden is showing considerable fret wear across the whole board and is not far off needing a re-fret. As such, it hasn't been played as often as it should.

My go to guitar is also in desperate need of refurbishment as it gets played to death on an hourly basis. It's had more repairs than my son's Lotus and to get any volume out of it I have to play it hard - but I love it.

So I got my Lowden out of it's case for the first time in ages, put new strings on it and started to play. I played it like I do my other and it was like getting on a powerful sports bike after riding around on a scooter forever. The volume, tone and free feel of the neck and strings was overwhelming and it seemed hard to handle for a few minutes. It made me feel nervous of the power and I struggled to get an even response from it.

Then I gathered myself and took the bull by the horns and showed it who was boss. Wow....... I had forgotten how good this thing is. I've tried many guitars in stores but nothing ever grabs me like my Lowden.

Has anyone else experienced this with a guitar or is it a sign of getting older?
I bought an Avalon last year (a jumbo Ard Ri) and it took me a while to get a grip on it. The guitar has made me more mindful of my fret hand string muting (still a work in progress ).
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I'm not exactly sure how to respond to this post.
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, it frightened you too.......?
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, it frightened you too.......?
Yes, but in a different way.
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Lowden's sticker shock usually frightens me.
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The volume, tone and free feel of the neck and strings was overwhelming and it seemed hard to handle for a few minutes. It made me feel nervous of the power and I struggled to get an even response from it.

Then I gathered myself and took the bull by the horns and showed it who was boss.

Has anyone else experienced this with a guitar or is it a sign of getting older?
You OK now? Don't worry -- just means you're getting old and easily scared.

But I kinda know what you mean. When I first got my O23, it really put out a wall of sound that seemed abnormal until I got used to it.
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My HD-28 is very responsive like that, when I first got it had to adjust the way I play but wow what a superb guitar! Tone Monster! By far my go to.
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Old 08-24-2019, 06:38 AM
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I get what you're saying, but I have a slightly different take on instruments.

When an instrument does all the things I want it to do (in this best of all possible worlds) I find myself forgetting there is even an instrument in my hands and just think about the music.

My Lowden does that for me.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:22 AM
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My Lowden is showing considerable fret wear across the whole board and is not far off needing a re-fret. As such, it hasn't been played as often as it should.

My go to guitar is also in desperate need of refurbishment as it gets played to death on an hourly basis. It's had more repairs than my son's Lotus and to get any volume out of it I have to play it hard - but I love it.

So I got my Lowden out of it's case for the first time in ages, put new strings on it and started to play. I played it like I do my other and it was like getting on a powerful sports bike after riding around on a scooter forever. The volume, tone and free feel of the neck and strings was overwhelming and it seemed hard to handle for a few minutes. It made me feel nervous of the power and I struggled to get an even response from it.

Then I gathered myself and took the bull by the horns and showed it who was boss. Wow....... I had forgotten how good this thing is. I've tried many guitars in stores but nothing ever grabs me like my Lowden.

Has anyone else experienced this with a guitar or is it a sign of getting older?
It's a sign that you've made a decision to preserve your "Sunday best" guitar by playing a lower-tier second best instrument. Guitars that don't get played don't experience as much wear, but you don't get to experience the pleasure of playing a powerful and expressive instrument.

Play what really trips your trigger and deal with re-fretting or other normal wear and tear issues as they crop up.
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Old 08-24-2019, 08:41 AM
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I'm with you on this one Ozzy (and Barry). I came across a Custom Shop Martin this past winter, and it was well above my playing level when I brought it home. Those little technique mistakes that a "regular" guitar will hide, a really good guitar will wave under your nose until you fix them. Overall, a humbling experience for an already humble devotee.

Surely there are others among us who have been outclassed by their own guitar at some point in their journey. What say ye?
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:20 AM
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I have had a similar experience with my D35. It's been put away because it needs a binding repair and I don't want to RIP it off accidentally when playing... but what a bold and luscious sounding box!
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:32 PM
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My Lowden is showing considerable fret wear across the whole board and is not far off needing a re-fret. As such, it hasn't been played as often as it should.

My go to guitar is also in desperate need of refurbishment as it gets played to death on an hourly basis. It's had more repairs than my son's Lotus and to get any volume out of it I have to play it hard - but I love it.

So I got my Lowden out of it's case for the first time in ages, put new strings on it and started to play. I played it like I do my other and it was like getting on a powerful sports bike after riding around on a scooter forever. The volume, tone and free feel of the neck and strings was overwhelming and it seemed hard to handle for a few minutes. It made me feel nervous of the power and I struggled to get an even response from it.

Then I gathered myself and took the bull by the horns and showed it who was boss. Wow....... I had forgotten how good this thing is. I've tried many guitars in stores but nothing ever grabs me like my Lowden.

Has anyone else experienced this with a guitar or is it a sign of getting older?

What model Lowden is it?
You may cringe in fear and hide under a table at my house - I have 3 (Three!) Lowdens.
And if I pull out the big and thunderous O22 and start playing in DADGAD, you will probably just....run.

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Old 08-24-2019, 08:28 PM
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Why isn't the Lowden your go-to guitar?
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