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Lowden guitars have been favoured by both fingerstyle and plectrum players since they became available. The O, or Original model, is a fairly large jumbo design, which produces a suprisingly even, rich sound with lots of articulation and projection.
This 1997 Lowden O25C steel string was built in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.
I’ve never actually seen one of these before – but, there were only about 200 produced, between 1948 and 1955. This is a 1950 Gibson Super 300. The Super 300 is very similar to its much better known older brother, the Super 400. The key difference is the modesty of the 300′s decoration – at least compared to the Super 400.
We don’t see these very often, but here’s a fine example of a very influential guitar – a 1990 Gibson Chet Atkins CE Solidbody Classical. The late, great and greatly lamented Chet Atkins was responsible for not only great music, but a number of musical innovations. Given his many performances over decades, under a very wide range of conditions, it’s not surprising that he often sought out ways to control or prevent feedback at stage volumes.
The OM, or Orchestra Model, body size was introduced by Martin in 1929, at the request of Perry Bechtel, then a noted plectrum banjo player. To help Bechtel move from the banjo to guitar, Martin coupled a full scale guitar neck with a smaller body and narrower neck, and adjusted the geometry to allow 14 frets clear of the body.
Taylor Guitars run a seasonal ‘Limited Edition’ program during which they offer customized versions of their more popular guitars, but with highly figured wood sets and less-common material combinations. This means that a number of unique and often breathtaking versions of otherwise standard guitars become available, and it’s been quite a popular offering.