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Instruments currently produced in Northern Ireland. Instruments previously produced in Japan from 1981 to 1985. Lowden has been producing guitars since 1973.
In 1973, luthier George Lowden began designing and manufacturing hand-built guitars in Ireland. Demand outgrew the one-person effort and the production of some models were farmed out to luthiers in Japan in 1981. However, full production was returned to Ireland in 1985. In 1988, the flat acoustic market took its toll on the small company and Lowden was forced to close its doors. The company was placed in receivership, similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and Lowden was bought out by a group. George signed licensing papers so he could still oversee guitar production and they could use his designs. In 1989, George moved to France, where he started building guitars as an independent luthier. George moved back to Ireland in 1990. From 1990 to 1998, Lowden released many new models, and became an established guitar company. In 1998, George put together a new holding company that bought a controlling interest in Lowden. George has since built a new factory and Lowden continues to introduce new models. For more information, refer to Lowden's website or contact them directly.

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