Used Classical Guitars
Lowe, Wade: LOWE 8 STRING(Item ID: LOWE 8 STRING)
Sorry, this item is not currently in stock2007 8-String Classical with Brazilian and Spruce and 624mm 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 stunning parlor sized 8-string classical guitar features gorgeously figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a European spruce top with herringbone trim and a hand carved rosette with an intricate interlaced knot motif - the heel of the neck inside the guitar is also carved in a similar fashion. In addition, its mahogany neck features a scarf joined Brazilian rosewood head plate (top and back) that is uniquely sculpted, and a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and bridge. Other features include a sculpted Brazilian rosewood heelcap, and deluxe gold Schaller tuning machines.
This guitar's cosmetic condition is superb with hardly any trace of playing or handling wear. However, it does have a short side crack at the butt end of the right side piece that is stable. Otherwise, this guitar is surprisingly easy to play. And its voice, enriched with extra overtones from its expanded range, is unexpectedly full and complex for an instrument of its smaller size.
This guitar includes a deluxe TKL double arch hardshell case that has been modified to fit this guitar. (used)
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