Bushmills Irish Whiskey has collaborated with Lowden Guitars to produce a small number of limited edition guitars, uniquely made from Bushmills Irish whiskey barrels and bog oak.
The limited edition Bushmills x Lowden F-50 guitar, of which only eight are available to buy, combines hundreds of years of cooper and luthier craftmanship with three types of wood. George Lowden selected Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrel wood for the back, 12th fret inlays, the bindings, rosette and head facings; ancient bog oak for the back and sides of the guitar; and sinker redwood for the soundboard.
It took George and his sons more than 40 hours to design and build the first guitar in this limited range. Other features of this unique guitar include a cross symbol formed of a cooper’s hammer and luthier’s chisel, representing the coming together of these two crafts. On the back, two lines echo the staves found in a Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrel.
George Lowden said: “We scour the world for the best tonewoods which are the real ‘stars’ of our guitars, determining how they sound, feel, and play, so my sons and I relished the opportunity to work with the coopers to select the best Bushmills barrel wood for the guitar.”
Colum Egan, Master Distiller at Bushmills, adds: “Lowden Guitars are famous for their workmanship and quality, and we are proud to join forces with George and his sons on this collaboration which celebrates how specialist hand crafted skills are not bought, but perfected over time and passed from generation to generation.”
Eight Bushmills x Lowden guitars are available to buy direct from the Lowden Guitars workshop, each retailing £8,500 GBP.