Bourgeois Aged Tone AT Series
We are pleased to present the Aged Tone Series from Bourgeois Guitars, designed to capture the sound, look, and vibe of vintage guitars. Dana’s vision for six new Aged Tone models includes Mahogany and Madagascar Rosewood Dreadnoughts, Mahogany and Madagascar Rosewood OMs, a short scale 14 -fret Slope D, and a 12-fret Slot-Head Slope D. He has blended three primary elements -- a vintage appearance from a new AT custom finish process, his exclusive approach to top voicing, and a unique method of aging the soundboards. The Aged Tone guitars combine Dana’s trademark mic-friendly balance and warmth with the explosive presence of an 80 year old flattop.
This Bourgeois Aged Tone Dreadnought with Adirondack Spruce and Mahogany is perfectly appointed with a Ziricote bound body with an Ebony fretboard and 1933 Dot inlays. It features an elegant wood rossette, square D 14 fret neck, traditional Ebony belly bridge and Waverly nickel oval tuners. Custom appointments include an Aged tone finish, hide glue, satin finish headstock and ebony pins.
The Adirondack Top on this guitar is surprisingly responsive. The Aged Tone finish, paired with hide glue construction, really lets this guitar vibrate differently. Even with Adi bracing, this guitar responds to the lightest bare fingered attack, making it one of the finest fingerstyle instruments to come through our shop. Those who feel Adirondack is too stiff for their playing should definitely play this guitar... it will change your entire outlook on what this powerful tonewood is capable of. Notes ring with a crisp, rich, clarity and a woodiness from the Mahogany that simply doesn't come through with other finishes... at least not right away!
This Aged Tone Dreadnought was built with Adirondack top bracing, as are all of Dana's guitars. The Adirondack bracing was painstakingly made by hand in the old fashioned method with hot hide glue. Hide Glue sets up very hard, like glass, allowing more energy transfer through the bracing. Hot Hide Glue adds responsiveness across the spectrum. This type of glue was used on the early guitars we have all fallen in love with, but later phased out due to the time required to use it, not to mention the mess it makes. The sonic benefits can't be ignored, adding not only responsiveness, but a new level of detail and clarity. The Adirondack Bracing helps to stiffen the top, making it that much more powerful with more headroom and overall volume.
Pure vintage tone is available at your fingertips right now... come by the shop and see for yourself!
A personal note from Dana Bourgeois:
“Aged Tone tops may be the most significant technological advance I’ve seen in decades, but these new guitars are about more than just the tops,” reports Dana Bourgeois. “A treated Adirondack top is, after all, just another tonewood; the thing that matters is what you do with it. To get the vibe I was looking for, I ended up modifying my approach to voicing and developed an entirely new finish. The combined result isn’t a substitute for a great vintage guitar, nor will it make people stop playing new guitars with untreated tops. It’s entirely new, yet partially old, totally different and overwhelmingly musical. I can’t wait to hear what different players do with these guitars!”
The Back Story:
Pre-war guitars are prized by players for lightning fast response, elevated volume and presence, tonal complexity, and the deep golden-brown color of their tops. These guitars sound different today, however, from the way they sounded when first strung up. Part of the difference comes from the effect of many years of playing. Another part is attributable to the chemical and structural transformations wood undergoes after decades of natural curing.
Bougeois's new Aged Tone tops are treated with a unique curing process. The commercial version of this process, known as, “thermo curing”, “wood torrefaction” or “roasting”, was developed in Finland to enhance durability and appearance of other wood materials. The process used to cure our Adirondack tops is a highly controlled, low-temperature variation of the basic commercial treatment. During processing, water, sugars, and resins are cooked off, leaving behind cellulose and lignum--the “glue” that binds cellulosic fibers together. Once processed, mass and weight are reduced, absolute stiffness is increased and internal damping is decreased; stiffness-to-weight ratio and Velocity of Sound (the rate at which vibration transmits through solid material) are dramatically increased.
Bougeois's observations concur with industry research data, which reports increased stiffness at lower curing temperatures. It’s thought by at least one expert that low-temperature curing optimizes the distribution of lignum throughout the cellulosic structure, while higher temperatures break lignum down. The trick is to find the temperature and curing schedule that optimizes Velocity of Sound.
Like naturally cured spruce, Aged Tone tops are darker in color, opaque vs. translucent, highly stable when exposed to changes in humidity, and have a sweet, woody smell. These same changes naturally occur in spruce tonewoods after many decades of exposure to oxygen, UV radiation and other environmental elements.
Bourgeois guitars made with Aged Tone Adirondack tops combine characteristics of both new and vintage guitars. Players describe their sound as “immediate, “open”, “responsive”, “loud” and “surprisingly broken in”. New guitars made with Aged Tone tops will continue to break in as the top reacts to continuous string loading and vibrational activity.
Aged Tone Finish:
Dana recently developed a light but durable finish to complement Aged Tone tops. The Aged Tone finish, inspired by French polish, varnish and old lacquers, combines the sound and look of a well-preserved older finish with the durability of a modern catalyzed finish.
The Aged Tone Series was previewed by lots of players at the IBMA FanFest in Nashville in September of 2012, with rave reviews. Limited production is scheduled by the end of 2012... Call to reserve yours today.
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