This Lowden F38 Special is part of the limited Batch 45 series. A special build of guitars to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the 38 model.
This Lowden F38 Special is based on George Lowden first F38 Brazilian Rosewood – Red Cedar model, built back in 1976 for his friend Alastair Burke. Traditionally, George doesn’t use much shell inlay in his guitars, but with this model he indulged a little. Until now, the 38 model exclusively featured Brazilian Rosewood paired with Red Cedar. In recognition of the importance and longevity of The 38, ‘Batch 45’ was conceived as a tribute to this iconic guitar.
This guitar is the F-model build with awesome CITES Certified Brazilian Rosewood and now paired with an exquisite set of Sitka Spruce for the top. Brazilian Rosewood is the ultimate tonewood for acoustic guitar backs and sides, thanks to its strong tone and light weight. This rare wood offers wonderful tone all over the scale with the most beautiful overtones and excellent note separation. Combined with the Sitka Spruce top she offers the focused Lowden sound and dynamics. Sitka Spruce has a tight grain and is stiff and light, offering a broad dynamic range that stands up well when strummed heartily. With the Brazilian Rosewood back and sides she is also quite responsive to fingerpicking, even with a light touch. Of course, she features 38-style appointments throughout, including a leaf inlay pattern on the Ebony fingerboard, Abalone soundboard inlays, a Rosewood head plate and Maple bindings. In addition, the unique internal label is individually numbered and hand-signed by George Lowden.