What a bonus for Arizona. George Lowden came to visit our Grand Canyon. Of course, while he was here he stopped in to see Jeff Looker at Acoustic Vibes Music in Tempe. He shared his thoughts on guitar making, his early years and some of what makes his guitars unique. Here a short sample from his two-hour talk.
What a pleasure it was to see him again. The first time I had the good fortune to meet George, was when we worked for Lowden Guitars during NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, CA. We produced a few “Daily Recap” videos that Lowden Guitars posted to their social media during the show. Below are the links. To experience the sound of so many Lowden models played by such great musicians was an incredible joy. Finding all the most desirable features in each instrument — unique voice, beautiful wood, attention to detail, commitment to quality, craftsmanship — made a lasting impression. This was also my first time attending NAMM and it is no exaggeration to say that I was blown away by the whole experience. Blown away.
On Day 1, we met George and some of his family. Then we recorded with some pretty fantastic artists, Thomas Leeb, Alex De Grassi and Stephen Inglis, at the Lowden booth.
Day 2: Next, some Lowden dealers had a little fun with the origins of the ‘Wee Lowden’ and we listened to the Global Guitar Greats, with Shawn Jones.
Finally on Day 3, we interviewed Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol fame …
I think Gary Lightbody might be onto something. Of all the guitars I’ve had the pleasure to try, Lowdens are to my ears, the very best … so far. My search continues …