Down, Northern Ireland Lowden Guitars of this period between late 1985 and November 1988, were labelled with a slightly smaller version of the oval label.
Era- 1989-2003 Origin- 1307-1846- Balloo Industrial Estate 1847-15000- Glenvale Industrial Estate Workshops, Newtownards, NI NEW MODEL NAMES: At around the end of 1991, model designations changed.
Please select from the list below the design of your Lowden's label or Serial Number to find out more about your guitar. Down, Northern Ireland These guitars were built 1974 to 1980 in the very first workshop in Bangor, Northern Ireland by a hand picked and personally trained team of 4, under the direct supervision of George Lowden.
Approximately 143 guitars were made during this period.
The new model names reflected the increasing range of body size/shape options.
Previously the letter had indicated the botanical name of the wood used for the back & sides [eg.
S = Swetenia = mahogany; L = dalbergia Latifolia = indian rosewood] .
The first guitars with A-frame bracing and the dolphin voicing profiles were made in 1976 and in many ways have established the Lowden guitar’s distinctive and unique sound.Era- 1980-85 Origin- Guitars are built under License from George Lowden by the S Yairi, Nagoya workshops, Japan Guitars with this label were built between 1980-1985 in a small Japanese workshop under license to George Lowden. Era- 1985-89 Origin- Balloo Industrial Estate Workshops, Bangor, Co.In order to find out the date your guitar was made and the workshop of origin, it is necessary to first identify the ‘era’ in which it was made. Since we were true to our times and rather ‘laid back’ about everything other than the guitars themselves, we do not have extensive detailed serial number archives for the early years.However, since production numbers were so very small in those days, the math is not all that difficult.
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