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 George Lowden‘s long time friend and world renowed master guitarist Pierre Bensusan.
The Lowden Bensusan signature features a small but effective armrest bevel which helps minimize any ergonomic challenges presented by the body. The Maple fingerstyle neck is extremely stiff and stable. The Lowden fingerstyle 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.
The Bensusan signature model exhibits the distinctive Lowden tone—difficult to put into words, but hard to forget once you’ve heard it. The sound is loud and full, with meaty lower mids, a strong bass, and ringing highs. You will immediately notice a tremendous sustain and dynamic response. 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 DADGAD 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 dual (mic + special piezo) Highlander pick up system is favored by Pierre Bensusan among others. This is a system 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. Click the youtube button below to get a sound impresion of the impressive guitar by the master Pierre Bensusan! For more info Pierre Bensusan and his music CLICK HERE
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