Lowden Pierre Bensusan Signature Series Guitar
George Lowden made his first guitar for Pierre Bensusan was back in 1978 and Bensusan still plays that battered and bruised guitar to this day. Over the years the luthier and the musician have worked very closely together trying to improve on that of that old, much loved guitar and with the introduction of the Pierre Bensusan Signature Model, they feel that they have.
“My challenge was to design a new guitar with many of the attributes of the old one, sound-wise,” Lowden explains. “But with more comfort to allow Pierre to play and compose for many hours each day. Pierre asked me to include a soundbox “bevel” and I knew apart from the structural implications the most important thing would be to design and voice the new soundboard to make sure the bevel did not compromise tone in any way. For this I chose to change the geometry of the guitar back profile (to reduce it’s natural pitch) and at the same time to shorten the ‘dolphin profile’ bracing carving of the soundboard struts at the bevel side.”
After trying a number of tonewood combinations, the pair settled on Honduras rosewood and Adirondack spruce, a blend that they feel gives a perfect blend of brilliance and warmth. “Honduras rosewood is the nearest wood I can get these days to good quality Brazilian rosewood,” Lowden says. “And I have come to love Adirondack spruce for its clarity and warmth and rather ‘three dimensional’ tonal quality.” We are very pleased to offer the Lowden Pierre Bensusan Signature Model here at Gryphon. This is a wonderful sounding guitar that works equally well for open and standard tunings. Stop by and give it a try soon because I suspect it won’t be around for long. More details »