Bushmills X Lowden

Lowden Guitars and Bushmills® Irish Whiskey – the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland - have collaborated to create a new limited edition guitar made from Bushmills® Irish whiskey barrels, ancient bog oak, and reclaimed sinker redwood.  
The limited edition ‘Bushmills x Lowden’ F-50 guitar combines hundreds of years of cooper and luthier craftmanship with three types of wood that are steeped in heritage and character.  Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel wood features in all of the guitar appointments and a custom back inlay with cooper's hammer and luthier's chisel set over two staves to represent the passing on of skills from one generation to another.  

The ‘Bushmills x Lowden’ guitar celebrates those who pass their craft and legacy to the next generation.  Since 1974 George Lowden has designed and built guitars in Ireland using only the finest tonewoods and time-honoured techniques with an uncompromising commitment to quality and tone.  The Lowden Guitar is the culmination of this 43 years of guitar design and build experience.  From his unique designs to the careful selection of tonewoods and precise build techniques, George is now passing his skills to the next generation to ensure the Lowden legacy will live on to generations to come.  At the Old Bushmills Distillery, the Kane family has been coopering barrels for four generations passing their specialist skills down through the years to ensure Bushmills delivers the same premium quality whiskey it began making 400 years ago. 
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Bushmills X Lowden
George Lowden says: “We scour the world for the best tonewoods which are the real ‘stars’ of our guitars, determining how they sound, feel, and play, so my sons and I relished the opportunity to work with the Coopers to select the best Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel wood for the guitar. It was a great opportunity to see up close how the barrels are formed and how they give the whiskey its colour and flavour."   
"The three woods used to create the guitar play an integral part in making the Bushmills x Lowden so unique. Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel wood is steeped in over 400 years of whiskey making heritage and used throughout to perfectly compliment the other tone woods. The back and sides are made up of Ancient Bog Oak to offer a mellow, warm sound and when paired with Sinker Redwood on the soundboard, it helps extract a clarity and sparkle from each and every note the guitar produces.”
Colum Egan, Master Distiller at Bushmills® Irish Whiskey, adds: “Lowden Guitars are famous for their workmanship and quality, and we are proud to join forces with George and his sons on this exciting collaboration which celebrates how specialist hand-crafted skills are not bought, but perfected over time and passed from generation to generation.  At Bushmills, our coopers’ craft and skill are as fundamental to Irish whiskey making as the oak barrels they work with, ensuring we produce the same premium quality whiskey we began making over 400 years ago. It has been an honour to work with Lowden Guitars, who like us understand the important role wood has to play in making their guitars so unique.”
Each Bushmills x Lowden limited edition guitar features:
Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel wood for the back inlay, soundbox bevel, bindings, rosette, head facings, and Bushmills®12th fret inlay.    
Ancient Bog Oak Back and Sides
Reclaimed Sinker Redwood Soundboard 
Custom Label 
Hand built presentation box complete with Reclaimed Sinker Redwood and Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel appointments
Bushmills X Lowden
Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel wood
Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel wood