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c.1998 Lowden S-12

Serial # 8837. The S-12 is a small-bodied mahogany and cedar Lowden model, with fairly deep sides. At 14.5" wide, the guitar is roughly the shape of a Gibson LG-2 or a classical, but with a body depth that is just slightly tapered between 4" at the neck heel to 4-1/4" at the end pin, the instrument projects much more volume and bigness than one would otherwise expect from a guitar of this size.

The instrument has that classic Lowden tone, but in a smaller sized package. Very strong fundamental, thick and punchy midrange, strong and well defined trebles, and an articulate bass end. The guitar is quite loud, and has excellent balance across the strings.

In excellent condition, the guitar is crack-free and shows minor scratches to its satin-lacquer finish. Frets are level and largely unworn, and the guitar is very nicely set-up. Endpin drilled for a pickup jack that's been removed, strap button added to the heel of the neck.

Gold Gotoh tuning machines, ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddles. 5 piece mahogany and rosewood neck, walnut bindings, maple, mahogany and rosewood purflings and rosette.

Round neck carve with a nut width of 1-3/4". Scale length is 25.5".

With Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case

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