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Lowden S32J Jazz Nylon, preowned

Lowden S32J Jazz Nylon, preowned

Price: $4,900

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Preowned, excellent

What makes this a fantastic versatile nylon is that it was designed to be a crossover guitar from the beginning. It's not a concert classical guitar adapted to a steel string player by laying on a different neck and adding a cutaway. It's a pure, pure crossover guitar. The neck width and carve will feel immediately at home for a flat top player. The neck body joint is at the 14th fret, just like a modern steel string.

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George Lowden designed the Jazz series with nylon strings and an internal pick up fitted as standard so that it would feel very comfortable for classical and steel string players alike. The neck has enough width to facilitate the nylon strings but at the same time the cambered fingerboard allows for a wide variety of playing styles. The guitar's top is voiced for a really great acoustic response, and at the same time is stiff enough for loud volume to be possible without the whole guitar over-reacting when played loud through a sound system. The tone is very natural and full with none of the over bright tones sometimes found on too lightly built classicals. Lowden re-designed these models in 2003 to improve the acoustic voice. The Jazz is also fitted with a Fishmann Matrix Infinity pickup as standard.

Condition:
This Lowden S32J is in excellent condition with a few minor dings on the body. There is very little playing wear and the playability is excellent.

CRAIG'S POV

I first fell in love with Lowden guitars over 20 years ago because, to me, they made the best nylon string crossover guitar on the market. The Lowden S-32 Jazz is a nylon-string guitar that appeals to steel-string players and classical players alike. I could imagine Earl Klugh, John Mclaughlin, or Pat Metheny appreciating this wonderful instrument.

What makes this a fantastic versatile nylon is that it was designed to be a crossover guitar from the beginning. It's not a concert classical guitar adapted to a steel string player by laying on a different neck and adding a cutaway. It's a pure, pure crossover guitar. The neck width and carve will feel immediately at home for a flat top player. The neck body joint is at the 14th fret, just like a modern steel string.

The pairing of East Indian rosewood with an alpine spruce top gives this guitar a perfectly balanced and nuanced tone. The S32J comes equipped  with a Fishman Matrix pickup,
 
It is just a lovely guitar and an absolute joy to play.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT LOWDEN GUITARS
Lowden guitars occupy a unique place in the pantheon of high-end flattops. With a loud and overtone-rich signature voice, unique construction details (including a split saddle and A-frame bracing of the upper bout), and a general vibe that differs from most classic American steel-strings, the guitars have found fans in such heavyweights as Pierre Bensusan, Paul Brady, Alex de Grassi, Richard Thompson, and many others. Lowden production began in 1974, and after several changes in management and manufacturing facilities, the guitars are now built in a small Northern Ireland shop under the direct supervision of company founder George Lowden.

Serial #19769
Back and sidesIndian rosewood
Soundboardalpine spruce
Rosetterosewood, sycamore, mahogany
Neckmahogany-rosewood
Bindingmaple
Neck5 piece mahogany/rosewood/purpleheart
Nut width1 7/8"
Fingerboardebony
Neck profileGI standard
Scale length630mm
Bindingmaple
Purflingssycamore-rosewood-mahogany
TunersSchaller-Hauser pattern
PickupFishman Matrix Infinity
Headstock overlayEast Indian rosewood
CaseLowden Custom Hiscox
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