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Used Classical Guitars


Lowe, Wade: LOWE 8-STRING

(Item ID: LOWE 8-STRING    Serial#: NNE091018)

Wade Lowe Guitars LOWE 8-STRING 1972 8-String Classical with Brazilian/Indian Rosewood and Cedar and 665mm Scale

This guitar is from the estate of a late dear friend of ours who we had the privilege to know for more than forty years. He had a passion for music of all kinds that he indulged actively, not just as a listener, but also as a player. And while we knew him because of our shared special interest in music for classical guitar and lute which he studied and played seriously despite the demands of his day job as a psychology professor, we were delightfully surprised recently to discover that our friend's passion for music of all kinds meant having instruments of all kinds - and not just one of each. Thus, besides this guitar and a few others we are helping to sell for his estate, he had nearly two hundred other instruments in his collection the wide variety of which reveals his intense fascination not only for an amazingly wide range of music made worldwide, but also for the exotic tools used for creating it.

When we met him in the early '70s, Wade Lowe, whom many regard as the pioneer of classical guitar building here in Atlanta, was earning his living as an architectural draftsman. But, at heart, he was also a craftsman with a special interest in musical instruments. He was spending his free time assembling a harpsichord kit when we first visited him at his home workshop, and, because he had taken an interest in guitars, he was also performing setups and making repairs on the guitars of some of the members of the Atlanta Classical Guitar Society. The spark to build his own guitars may have come from his natural interest in engineering and design, as he was drawn to the new and somewhat radical results of the late Michael Kasha's research on guitar acoustics which yielded a novel top bracing intended to liberate more of the vibrational energy of a guitar's plucked strings. Persuaded by the research, Wade is one of many guitar builders in the '70s who incorporated the Kasha bracing system in some form or other into their own design. As it happens, soon after, Wade took the bold step of making a career change when he opened his own guitar shop called Diapason. And after moving his first tiny shop to a new, much bigger location, he put his workshop right in the middle of his store's showroom, thus customers could directly observe him at work repairing instruments or crafting parts and assembling his own. For many, observing this activity was the highlight of their visit, and for some that we know, it was the inspiration that launched their own careers as luthiers.

This 8-string classical guitar features a figured Brazilian rosewood back with Indian rosewood sides and a Western Red cedar top. In addition, its mahogany neck Brazilian rosewood head plate that is uniquely sculpted, and it has a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and bridge.

This guitar's cosmetic condition is superb with hardly any trace of playing or handling wear. And while its wider neck and extra strings may confuse those who have only ever played a conventional 6-string guitar, this 8-string guitar is, nevertheless, easy to play. However, for anyone who is accustomed to playing an 8-string guitar, they will be delighted not only by by this guitar's playability, but also by its fine, rich voice.

This guitar includes a hardshell case. (used)

Our Price: $2695.00

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