Lowden FMc review

Lowden presents a variation on the F35 theme with a guitar that’s aimed at fingerpickers who want to cut through any mix

Lowden FMc review
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A superlative guitar for fingerpickers - although it comes at a price.


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    Loud, clear tonal projection.

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    Slightly trimmer neck profile that allows easy transit for your fretting hand.

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    Lightweight to allow comfortable playing for long periods.


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    Its price point may deter some (or many) players.

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Lowden’s reputation among the fingerstyle elite is well established. After all, players such as Richard Thompson, Jon Gomm, Pierre Bensusan (all of whom have signature models within the range) and the late Eric Roche can’t be wrong. 

And the variety of styles on offer between those four players is testament to the versatility inherent within the instruments from George Lowden’s workshops. Much of the work done there is satisfying customers’ special orders, the deal being that you can pretty much choose your own spec variations based on the different models in the line. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.