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A lowebow is a variation of the cigar box guitar, created by John Lowe in the 1990s.[1] It involves a cigar box with two wooden rods projecting from it. Each wooden rod typically holds one string: a bass string attached to one rod and a standard acoustic guitar string attached to the other. This allows the player to pluck a one-string bass and a one-string guitar at the same time. Each of the two strings has its own electric pickup that feeds into an amplifier. Some variations contain multiple strings on the treble neck, similar to standard cigar box guitars.[2] The lowebow was created with the one-man band in mind.[3]

Notable performers[edit]

Johnny Lowebow[edit]

Reverend KM Williams[edit]

Luther Dickinson[edit]

Guitarist for the North Mississippi Allstars

Similar instruments[edit]


  1. ^ "lowebow". Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. ^ Lowe, Johnny. "Johnny Lowe". Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  3. ^ Willmott, Sherman. "How Lowebow Can You Go". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved 30 November 2014.