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29th August, 2017 by Annie Hayes

‘Bushmills x Lowden’ F-50 Guitar

In June this year Bushmills Irish Whiskey partnered with Lowden Guitars to create a limited edition guitar made from whiskey barrels, retailing at £8,500.

George Lowden – the founder of Lowden Guitars – personally selected Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrel wood for the 12th fret and back 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 more than 40 hours to design and build the first guitar, which also features a cross symbol formed of a cooper’s hammer and luthier’s chisel, and two lines intended to echo the look of the barrel’s staves.

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