Sheeran by Lowden: New for 2021 - Indian Rosewood!
January 23, 20213 min read
New for 2021, the all new Indian Rosewood models of Sheeran guitars! A long time supporter of Lowden Guitars, Ed Sheeran has partnered with George Lowden and created the Sheeran line of guitars; a budget-friendly line of acoustics, made with the same attention to detail as we've come to expect from Lowden Guitars. The new Indian Rosewood selections are already here at Heartbreaker Guitars in Las Vegas!
“It’s been a dream to work with Lowden to create not just a signature guitar but a range of world class guitars. These guitars are made in Ireland with beautiful wood and there’s nothing else like them.” - Ed Sheeran
The first models of guitars built for Ed Sheeran were not created from collaboration. Gary Lightbody of the band Snow Patrol, friends with Sheeran, has always enjoyed playing Lowden Guitars, and when Ed caught wind of their quality and sound, he told Gary he wouldn't mind having one of his own. Instead of running it up the chain, Lightbody handed over his own Lowden, an authentic Bushmills from 2012. This guitar became the tool used to accompany Ed in writing 5 songs for his 'X' album.
Seeing the immediate bond Sheeran took to the guitar, Gary put in a request with George Lowden to create a special guitar, smaller in frame, that Ed could use. George not only came through, but ended up creating the Wee Lowden based on the specs. Sparking a friendship, Ed and George partnered up and took the Wee Lowden a step further, fine tuning it into several models as the new Sheeran, by Lowden.
The guitars have had a fantastic reaction from the public and many places have a hard time keeping them on the shelf. Two Series make up the Sheeran line, first being the S. With S standing for 'small', these models "deliver a surprisingly deep voice despite their size. Beyond a choice of solid wood tops, the S series features a selection of woods, a cutaway, and soundbox bevel." The S model is currently available in 2 different wood choices, and 2 different styles. The S01 and S02 are both full body guitars, the first with Cedar over Walnut and the second, new for 2021, Sitka Spruce over Indian Rosewood. The S03 and S04 match the first two models, but are cutaway versions of the same guitars. The S03, a cutaway version featuring Cedar over Indian Rosewood, and the S04, a cutaway with Sitka Spruce over Figured Walnut.
The other series of Sheeran Guitars are the W Series. "Based on the Lowden WL (Wee Lowden) body size as originally designed for Ed Sheeran, the W Series models offer a compact feel without compromising in tone over larger guitars." The 4 models of the W Series exactly match the S models. The W01 being Cedar over Walnut, W02 with Sitka Spruce over Indian Rosewood (again, new to 2021). The W03 is the cutaway version of the Cedar over Rosewood model, and last but not least, the W04 being a cutaway version of the Sitka Spruce over Figured Walnut.