Sheeran By Lowden Guitars Showcased In Texas

Sheeran by Lowden showcased at globally-attended South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

The County Down-based guitar manufacturer Lowden Guitars has been selected to take its newest collection Sheeran by Lowden to Texas’ South by Southwest Conference and Festival (SXSW), only a matter of weeks after its surprise launch at the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, California, the world’s largest trade-only event for the music industry.

Developed in collaboration between world-renowned luthier George Lowden and globally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to encourage aspiring musicians and help those with an interest in guitars gain access to high-quality instruments at a more accessible price, the collection is being showcased at SXSW for the first time in public since its initial launch.

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran (L) and Lowden Gutars founder George Lowden appear at the Lowden Guitars booth at NAMM Show 2019 in Anaheim, California on January 24, 2019. (Photo by Daniel Knighton for Lowden Guitars)

Beginning in 1987, South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, music festivals and conferences that has continued to grow in scope and size every year since its launch. Behind film, music is the second largest area of interest to the thousands of visitors who attend the event each year, making SXSW an ideal platform to showcase the Northern Irish Sheeran by Lowden brand to the public for the first time.

In addition to the new Sheeran by Lowden range, the full Lowden brand offering is represented at the SXSW festival as three Lowden acoustics, the GL-10 Walnut and Ziricote electric guitars, and the all-new Lowden string range will feature in performances at the British Music Embassy and across SXSW by outstanding artists such as London-based Brit folk band Ferris & Sylvester and at iconic venues such as the British Music Embassy and the legendary SXSW Output Belfast Boat Party by Belfast City council.

(L to R) Lowden Guitars Founder and Luthier George Lowden, Managing Director David Ausdahl, and Ed Sheeran meet up at the Lowden Guitars workshop, County Down, Northern Ireland to announce the launch of the Sheeran by Lowden brand, a collaboration between Lowden Guitars and globally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Visitors to South by Southwest are among the first in the world to get the opportunity to view and interact with the Sheeran by Lowden range of guitars which features eight individual models across two body sizes familiar from the Lowden range, known as the S and the smaller Wee Lowden. The guitars have been designed by George Lowden for the player, with a careful choice of sustainably-sourced wood species including naturally-fallen trees and reclaimed spruce, for uncompromising tone and playability.

Since its launch only a matter of weeks ago at NAMM in Anaheim, California, the Sheeran by Lowden range of guitars has received an unprecedented number of orders from music merchants around the world. Reflecting on their close friendship and partnership, George Lowden said, “We have been honoured over the past years that Ed has chosen to play Lowden guitars both on-stage and in the studio. We are delighted to have established a close ongoing relationship which has borne fruit recently through the birth of Sheeran by Lowden.”

Commenting on why Lowden has brought Sheeran by Lowden to SXSW for public debut, David Ausdahl, Managing Director, Lowden Guitars added: “We have been astounded by the global interest we have received so far for our Sheeran by Lowden collection. We couldn’t be happier with the enthusiastic and welcoming response we have received for Sheeran by Lowden and we are extremely excited to showcase the guitars to the public for the first time at SXSW.

“The Sheeran by Lowden collection was developed by Ed and George to ensure that more musicians of all ages and diverse backgrounds are able to access exquisite, high-quality instruments at a reasonable price and following our music industry launch at NAMM, the diverse community of creatives and collaborators at SXSW is the perfect place for us to introduce this range to wider audiences for the first time.”

The Sheeran by Lowden collection is available to order through select music merchants. To find a dealer near you visit To learn more about Ferris & Sylvester visit

About Lowden Guitars

Based in County Down, Northern Ireland, the first Lowden Guitar was built by George Lowden in 1974. George said: “I learned everything the hard way. I had no one to teach me how to avoid the obvious pitfalls. I tried new shapes, bracing designs and many other ideas and gradually emerged from the ‘hard school’ of self-taught guitar making.” 

With a focus on craftsmanship and quality, every Lowden Guitar has a unique voice that develops over time in combination with its player. The same is true for the story of each Lowden Guitar – acoustic or electric – which begins with the provenance of the materials, design and workmanship and carries on through the music that is made with the player.

The Lowden guitar is hand built with a talent for focus and an eye for detail, with a passionate commitment to no compromise. Lowden have built a team of real craftspersons who produce Lowden guitars by hand using Japanese chisels, planes, knives and spokeshaves. 

Unique design, high quality craftsmanship and uncompromising selection of tonewoods are hallmarks of Lowden guitars, as is the passion to constantly improve in every aspect of guitar making out of respect for those who will play them.P