Black Bush Edition

Bushmills X Lowden 2018

The Bushmills x Lowden Black Bush Edition is the second guitar to be born out of a collaboration between two iconic Northern Irish brands who share a passion for quality craftsmanship.
The guitar features copper from the 10 traditional copper pot stills used to triple distil Bushmills Irish single malt and barrel wood that has been used to mature whiskey for hundreds of years at the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, The Old Bushmills Distillery. The barrel wood has been complemented by some of the best tone woods in the guitar world – African Blackwood and Alpine Spruce.
Bushmills Black Bush Logo

Colum Egan, Master Distiller at The Old Bushmills Distillery, collaborated with George Lowden to select materials for the guitar from the whiskey-making process.

In addition to the original pot still copper featured on the guitar, Oloroso sherry casks have been used on the back inlay and the 12th fret inlay to pay homage to the dark intensity and smoothness of BUSHMILLS BLACK BUSH, an Irish whiskey blend that combines a high amount of malt whiskey matured in former Oloroso sherry casks. African Blackwood was then used on the back and sides of the guitar and Alpine Spruce for the soundboard.

“I was fascinated with the copper from the original pot stills at The Old Bushmills Distillery. Not only is it a beautiful metal to work with but it’s amazing to think this material has had whiskey flowing over it for hundreds of years. Likewise, the sherry casks are literally steeped in whiskey-making heritage and used throughout to perfectly complement the other tone woods. I chose African Blackwood for the back and sides because tonally it is one of the best woods you can get and when paired with Alpine Spruce on the soundboard, it produces a very clear, very strong sound – everything about it is just beautiful.”
-Master Luthier, George Lowden
“I have been a fan of Bushmills and Lowden for a long time now and loved working on this unique collaboration. The guitar is a thing of beauty, so it only felt right getting some of my closest friends in music to help me debut it up at The Distillery.”
-Foy Vance
Once the guitar was complete, Northern Irish musician Foy Vance debuted the guitar at an intimate session in Warehouse No. 2 at The Old Bushmills Distillery with popular Irish band Beoga and poet Jon Plunkett
The return of this authentic collaboration combines the quality craftsmanship and unwavering character that’s been at the heart of both Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Lowden Guitars since their creation. At The Old Bushmills Distillery, they have been making triple-distilled Irish whiskey with the same signature smooth taste for over 400 years. Similarly, Lowden Guitars has been pioneering acoustic guitar building techniques for more than 40 years selecting only the very best quality woods to ensure each guitar resonates with a unique sound and tone character that is the same today as it was when luthier George Lowden started hand-crafting guitars in 1974.

Body

Size

Available in O, F and S body shapes

Back and Sides

Master Grade African Blackwood

Soundboard

Master Grade Alpine Spruce

Back Inlay

Bushmillls oloroso sherry cask oak & Bushmills whiskey still copper

Binding

Figured Koa

Neck

Type

5 Piece Mahogany with rosewood splices

Headfacings

Available in O, F and S body shapes

Fretboard

Master Grade African Blackwood

Fretboard Inlay

Master Grade Alpine Spruce

Number of frets

Bushmillls oloroso sherry cask oak & Bushmills whiskey still copper

Nut width

Figured Koa

Width at 14th fret

Figured Koa

Hardware

Tuners

Gotoh 510 ‘Aged Copper’ with ebony buttons

Custom Options

Option 1

Soundbox Bevel

Option 2

Bushmills copper Lowden headstock logo

Option 3

Bushmills copper fretboard markers

Strings & Accessories

Strings

012 – .053 Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb

Case

Custom Lowden Hard case

Electronics

LR Baggs Anthem (Optional)

LR Baggs Anthem (Optional)

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