Sheeran By Lowden S03 & W02 review

Ed Sheeran and George Lowden combine forces to produce an affordable acoustic range that's small but perfectly formed

Sheeran By Lowden S03 & W02
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

This collaboration between one of the pop world's biggest stars and the legendary Northern Irish acoustic builder has yielded some very impressive acoustic designs, ideal for those who prefer a more compact format and require quality electronics for the stage.


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    Quality build at an attractive price point.

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    Great amplified voices.

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    The S03's cutaway and arm bevel are a great-looking package.


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    The smaller body and scale length won’t suit everyone.

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You’re probably curious as to why one-man pop sensation Ed Sheeran decided to ditch his signature model deal with Martin Guitars and go with Lowden. It turns out to be quite an involved tale, so make yourselves comfortable. 

It all started when Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, who is a long-time friend of George Lowden’s, decided he wanted to gift Ed a Lowden guitar. It would obviously be a one-off instrument, following Ed’s inclination towards smaller-bodied acoustic guitars, and so George donned his designer’s thinking cap and came up with a more diminutive version of one of his guitars. 

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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.