Charlie McGettigan’s Lowden

Charlie McGettigan (of Eurovision fame) dropped this in to me to get it restored to it’s former glory. There had been the best intentions in mind in order to install a pick-up but we felt it could’ve been done better.

A wide continuous slot had been cut in to the bridge to replace the standard split saddle slot found on all Lowden guitars. This was done to accommodate the type of pickup that was available at the time. The pickup lead was located in the middle of the slot, hence the visible hole.

First thing to do was to cut the saddle slot neat and straight with tidy perpendicular cuts. This was required to enable me to make a piece that would fill in neatly.

The split saddle arrangement is cut and installed using a specialized intonating tool to locate the slots accurately. This allows for better intonation between the wound and plain strings.