• Lowden O38 Brazilian Rosewood – Red Cedar

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    Stunning Lowden O38 Brazilian Rosewood – Red Cedar! This big gun is George Lowden’s original design for his good friend Alistair Burke back in 1976. The O-model is also Jan Akkerman’s and Eric Clapton’s favorite acoustic. She is just awesome.

    A Lowden O38 comes with a superb quality of CITES certified reclaimed Brazilian Rosewood and is traditionally paired with the dark Red Cedar top. Though George doesn’t use much shell inlay in his guitars, with this model he indulged a little with the Abalone soundbox inlay and ‘leaf’ inlay on the fretboard. And for additional comfort, we asked George to add a soundbox bevel!

    This O38 is an absolute powerhouse in the Lowden range. Her reputation was cemented in Lowden history when Irish musician Paul Brady gifted one to Eric Clapton in 1996. It was subsequently used by Clapton on his album ‘Pilgrim’ and during his performance at the 1997 Grammy Award ceremony. She produces a mouthwatering complexity of overtones that make it perfect for fingerstyle, strumming and even flatpicking. Brazilian Rosewood is the King of Tonewood for acoustic guitar back and sides, thanks to its strong bass tone, an abundance of overtones and light weight. Her attack is immediate, even with the lightest finger 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 binding and soundbox bevel. The bevel on this big gun is not a must, but does give a lot of comfort for the right arm and shoulder. Watch this YouTube vid with George Lowden’s comment on the 38. If you prefer a smaller sized 38 than please click HERE for her sister or HERE for her commemorative model build with Indian Rosewood. Listen to a sound impression by Manos Ploumidis here:


    Price includes:

    • Lowden Limited lifetime warranty
    • 21% VAT included. VAT can be deducted for buyers from outside the Eurozone.
    • We ship worldwide. Check your price HERE.
    • 14-day Return policy applies.
    • Pickup of your guitar for repair, consignment or trade can be arranged.
    • All guitars come with a new set of strings and a setup to your liking.


    • Model: O38
    • Serial #: 27236
    • Back and sides: Reclaimed Brazilian Rosewood (Cites Certified)
    • Soundboard: Dark Red Cedar
    • Rosette: Abalone and Ebony
    • Binding: figured Maple
    • Soundboard bevel: Maple
    • Purfling: Rosewood, Abalone
    • Tuners: Gotoh 510 Gold with Ebony knobs
    • Bridge: Rosewood
    • Nut material: Bone
    • Neck: 5-piece: Mahogany/Rosewood
    • Fingerboard: Ebony
    • Fingerboard inlay: Abalone ‘Leaf’
    • Headstock overlay: Rosewood
    • Width at the nut: 45 mm
    • Neck width at 14th fret: 57 mm
    • Scale length: 650 mm / 25 1/2″
    • Fingerboard radius: 16” (406 mm)
    • Soundbox width: 420 mm – 16.54″
    • Soundbox depth:  125 mm – 4.92″
    • Soundbox inlay: Abalone
    • Case: Lowden branded hardshell case
    • Pickup system: optional