For Sale/Trade '88 or '89 Lowden S10P Acoustic

almost 5 years ago
For Sale/Trade '88 or '89 Lowden S10P Acoustic
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$2000. This guitar is an Irish built Lowden from one of the best era's for Lowden guitars.
The good: I've owned 4 Lowdens and have played hundreds at every price level and from each of the different eras. This guitar is easily among the top 5 sounding Lowdens that I have played. It has everything that you desire and hope for in a Lowden. It really is like an orchestra in your lap. Plus, it has the mojo that happens with a guitar that has been played a lot and has come alive. This guitar sings like the angels.
The neutral: This guitar comes from the era where the first letter indicated the wood choice for b/s so it is mahogany b/s with a cedar top in an O size and shape. The 10 designation at that time indicated simple purflings, a two piece neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. The P indicates that it originally had a pickup. There were no UST pups available then for split saddles so the folk at Lowden did a saddle that is about 2X the width of the other saddles, allowing a radical compensation equal to that found on the split saddles. Underneath, there is an ebony shim with a channel routed for the UST element which essentially embeds the element in wood, making for a better sounding pickup (IMHO). I have a fishman UST that was installed when I purchased the guitar that I can reinstall if desired. (the Dimarzio Angel in some of the photos is staying with me)
It will ship in the original green Hiscox case... in poor condition. Did I mention this guitar sounds amazing?
The bad: The guitar was played hard and as one might expect, the cedar top is scarred. There are no cracks but it does look the worse for wear. It has a tortoise pickguard that I expect was installed to cover scratches. The P part included a shoulder mounted pre-amp with two small holes through the side for a tone and volume control. Think of tiny toneports. There is some wear on the fingerboard and a few small areas that were filled in with what looks like epoxy. And the worst bit is that the bridge must have raised at some point and rather than doing the correct repair, someone put two bolts into the bridge. They did a good job and while not invisible, the repair doesn't scream out, "look at me!" The bolts would make it impossible to mount an SBT like the K&K in the correct place. Finally, the case is in pretty bad shape. I don't know whether a new case is available as the geometry of the back is a little different than the current O guitars and it doesn't fit in their cases. I use a Mono M80 which is technically too small for it but works OK. I would include it for the additional shipping and a low cost for the bag.
the top scratches...
and the back
I can send more photos if desired.