The Lowden Bensusan Signature model is based on Lowden’s F body size, which roughly corresponds to the dimensions of a small jumbo or grand auditorium. And then molded to the specs of Georges long time friend and world renowed master guitarist Pierre Bensusan.
The guitar measures 157/8 inches width at the lower bout and 423/32 inches deep at the tailblock. A small but effective armrest bevel helps minimize any ergonomic challenges presented by the deep body. The guitar is relatively free of ornamentation, featuring only a thin, simple abalone rosette and the Lowden name in abalone on the headstock. The pitch-black ebony headstock overlay is embossed with Bensusan’s signature in pearl on the back.
The Maple fingerstyle neck is extremely stiff and stable. The guitar features a 25.59-inch scale length (650 mm), with a string spacing of 1.77 inches at the nut and 2.36 inches at the saddle. Interestingly, the neck width increases more than the string spacing as you move up the neck, providing more spacing between the outer strings and the edge of the neck at higher frets, perfect for vibrato on higher-pitched melodic lines.
As you might expect, the Bensusan model exhibits the distinctive Lowden tone—difficult to put into words, but hard to forget once you’ve heard it. There is a diffuse quality to the tone, but without sacrificing projection. The sound is loud and full, with meaty lower mids, a strong bass, and ringing highs. The most immediately noticeable characteristics of this guitar are tremendous sustain and the way it responds to dynamics. This is a lively instrument, with overtones and sympathetic vibrations that leap out effortlessly. Not surprisingly, the guitar sounds superb in alternate tunings like DADGAD and adds a bit of authenticity to the sound of Bensusan pieces (which are almost exclusively in this tuning). Make no mistake: she is equally impressive in standard tuning. The instrument’s playability is excellent, with smooth, relatively low action, and a neck width that offers just a smidgen more room for fingerstyle players. The rounded neck profile feels substantial but comfortable, and the bevel and body shape make the guitar comfortable to hold.
The Bensusan model excels at more ethereal sounds that are perfect for modern fingerstyle. Cascading cross-string runs in D A D G A D on the Bensusan model create a dramatic, shimmering harp effect, for example. The increased bass response may be due to its “bass-bias” bracing, which Lowden changed to compensate for the presence of the bevel, while the wood choices may at least partially account for the increase in sustain, brilliance, and overtones.
The twin under saddle Highlander pick up system is favored by Pierre Bensusan among others. This is a system Lowden and is especially liked for it’s very wide natural frequency response going right up to the very highest without distortion. This means that the high frequencies often sound cleaner and less forced. For more info Pierre Bensusan and his music CLICK HERE
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