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GUEST,jonesey Loudon guitars (Lowden) (57* d) RE: Loudon guitars 28 Apr 02

Thanks Chris! Hi again Allan, I forgot to mention in my earlier post that the best soumding 14-fret guitars 'I've' ever heard are Lowdens. I think it may have to do with the shape and the fact they use scalloped bracing. Twice when in Wales I borrowed guitars while at an 'open stage/session' and was startled by the sound. They were both Lowdens and I've a good friend here in the States who has one and it kills. All three were made of walnut/red cedar. I'm sure there are some pre-'67 Martins around that kick butt, too. But since CSN&Y Martin had to thicken the bracing to maintain the lifetime guarantee and sacrificed some resonance. There's a guy in Michigan named Jan Burda who builds great guitars for not a lot of money(compared to 'name' luthiers)and will scallop the bracing if you want. Ounce for ounce you can't beat a Lowden, though. And if you're in the UK they're your best bet. IMHO...Good Luck and let us know what you decide.

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