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Limited Lowden acoustic is made from whiskey barrels and bog wood

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The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is limited to just eight examples
The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is limited to just eight examples
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The sides of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50 are fashioned from ancient bog oak
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The sides of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50 are fashioned from ancient bog oak
Master craftsman George Lowden (and son) working on the Bushmills x Lowden F-50
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Master craftsman George Lowden (and son) working on the Bushmills x Lowden F-50
The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is limited to just eight examples
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The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is limited to just eight examples
The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is made using three different types of wood
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The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is made using three different types of wood
The head facing of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is made using wood from whiskey barrels
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The head facing of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is made using wood from whiskey barrels
The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 features a cross symbol on the back that's formed by a copper's hammer and a luthier's chisel
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The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 features a cross symbol on the back that's formed by a copper's hammer and a luthier's chisel
The 12th fret inlay of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is made using whiskey barrel wood
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The 12th fret inlay of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50 is made using whiskey barrel wood
Master craftsman George Lowden (and son) working on the Bushmills x Lowden F-50
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Master craftsman George Lowden (and son) working on the Bushmills x Lowden F-50
The Bushmills and Lowden team celebrating the release of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50
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The Bushmills and Lowden team celebrating the release of the Bushmills x Lowden F-50
 The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 has a cross symbol on the back that's formed by a copper's hammer and a luthier's chisel, while the inlay work continues down the center with two curved lines
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 The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 has a cross symbol on the back that's formed by a copper's hammer and a luthier's chisel, while the inlay work continues down the center with two curved lines

Last year, Fender's Custom Shop announced a special version of the Blues Junior guitar amp called the 80 Proof, encased in a cabinet made from Kentucky bourbon barrels. Now it's the turn of the guitar to be drenched in authentic golden tones. The oldest licensed whiskey distillery in Ireland, Bushmills, has teamed up with Lowden Guitars to launch a limited edition acoustic guitar made from Irish whiskey barrels and ancient bog oak.

Irish whiskey has been rolling out in oak barrels from the Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, for 400 years. Luthier George Lowden, also from Northern Ireland, hasn't been making guitars for quite so long, but has seen his instruments played by top artists like Eric Clapton and Ed Sheeran. The Kane family and Lowden collaboration has resulted in the Bushmills x Lowden F-50 guitar, which is limited to just eight examples.

The instrument is made up of three different types of wood and the first of the batch is reported to have taken over 40 hours to design and build. The whiskey barrel oak was personally selected by master craftsman George Lowden himself, who has been pioneering acoustic guitar-making techniques since 1974. This has been used for the guitar backs, the 12th fret inlay, the bindings, rosette and head facings.

The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 features a cross symbol on the back that's formed by a copper's hammer and a luthier's chisel
The Bushmills x Lowden F-50 features a cross symbol on the back that's formed by a copper's hammer and a luthier's chisel

The back and sides are fashioned from ancient bog oak, while the soundboard up top is reclaimed sinker redwood. There's a cross symbol on the back that's formed by a copper's hammer and a luthier's chisel, while the inlay work continues down the center with two curved lines representative of the staves of the whiskey barrel.

"The three woods used to create the guitar play an integral part in making the Bushmills x Lowden so unique," said Lowden. The bog oak is said to produce a mellow, warm sound, with the rosewood delivering "clarity and sparkle." Both are complimented by the barrel wood.

Each Bushmills x Lowden F-50 carries a price tag of £8,500 (around US$11k) and is available direct from Lowden Guitars. Purchases will be accompanied by a hand-made presentation box made with sinker redwood and whiskey barrel woods. The video below provides a quick look at the collaboration and the build.

Source: Lowden Guitars

BUSHMILLSxLOWDEN Guitar

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