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Bourgeois Guitars are handcrafted in Lewiston, Maine by master luthier Dana Bourgeois. Dana is known around the world for his superb craftsmanship and also as one of the foremost authorities on the voicing, selection and utilization of fine acoustic tonewoods.

Dana selects and matches the woods for each Bourgeois guitar at the beginning of the production process and, once each acoustic guitar is complete, checks it from top to bottom insuring it is aesthetically perfect and sounds and plays up to the demanding Bourgeois standard. Throughout the production process you can find Dana applying bridges, spraying a sunburst top, buffing the final finish coat, selecting and applying pick guards as well as overseeing the eight other individuals working on the various facets of the guitars being built.

 
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Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois Soloist OM Cutaway with Port Orford Cedar and Flamed Myrtle

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 Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois Soloist OM Cutaway with Port Orford Cedar and Flamed Myrtle

Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois Soloist OM Cutaway with Port Orford Cedar and Flamed Myrtle

"The Soloist", was named after an elegant fingerstyle guitar from the Victorian era.

Dana calls this guitar a “true” finger style OM. This guitar literally screams to be flat picked. It is unusually loud for a small body guitar even when played with a light touch. More important than the volume however, is the incredible tone in this guitar.

The trebles are sweet and round and the entire guitar is very balanced and vibrant. It combines rich tones, incredible volume and comfortable play-ability. When you start to put a pick to the strings it takes on an entirely different persona. It’s like it yells out “Hey!! I’m not a little guitar...I’m just built to look that way!” A truly beautiful guitar in every way possible.

The Bourgeois Soloist features a Western Red Cedar top with Myrtle back and sides, a 2 5/16" ebony pyramid bridge, and the original Soloist style cutaway.

Port Orford Cedar (POC) is one of the more unique and desirable tonewoods available. While called a Cedar, it’s actually Lawson Cypress, a species discovered mid-nineteenth century along the S. Oregon coast. The properties of this wood species are ideal for a variety of applications in acoustic and electric guitars. From the fabrication side, POC is stiff, tough, glues up well, easily worked and takes an almost glass-like finish, appearing much like antique ivory in color. It was first used for acoustic soundboards, but is also ideal for backs, sides, bracing, and necks. Most importantly, the tonal qualities of POC are exquisite, with excellent resonance and sustain.

The best way to describe Myrtlewood is that it has the powerful voice of rosewood coupled with all the clarity, brightness and balance of maple. Myrtlewood can be found in the coastal mountain regions of northern California and southern Oregon. With coloration anywhere from an elegant whitish/straight grained look (a blonde mahogany), to yellow/green with flame, the tonal personality of Myrtlewood is consistent.

Maintaining the spirit of the original Soloist, this guitar combines the finest woods with the simplest of appointments, including Adirondack Bracing, simple wooden rosette, short pattern slotted squares and diamonds inlay, and a distinctive slotted triangle on the heel cap.

Accompaniments like the Adirondack bracing make this guitar that much more menacing. Adirondack Bracing offers a more efficient transfer of string energy to the top, since Adirondack is much stiffer than the standard Sitka braces. This allows for a more responsive and powerful sound board.

In short, this guitar is a fantastic example of the quality and beauty that goes into every Bourgeois guitar!

This Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois Soloist OM Cutaway with Port Orford Cedar and Flamed Myrtle is in excellent + with only a few light marks on the pickguard. It has minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.

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Bourgeois D 150 Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce and Premium Brazilian Rosewood

 Bourgeois D 150 Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce and Premium Brazilian Rosewood

The D-150 is a faithful recreation of the now-classic Bourgeois Brazilian Rosewood Dreadnought made famous by Bryan Sutton, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski, and other bluegrass notables.

Featuring Dana's unique, single-scalloped X brace system, Premium Brazilian rosewood back and sides and Aged Tone Adirondack spruce top, the D-150 delivers a blend of balance and clarity absolutely required for bluegrass (and highly desirable for most other styles of playing!) --but rarely found in a contemporary dreadnought.  Additionally, the top bracing is attached with Hot Hide Glue, which was the original glue used on the early guitars.

Hide glue has been phased out by most luthiers due to its labor intensive application & difficulty in building a spotless, clean body interior.  Hot hide glue sets up like glass, offering a more immediate and efficient transfer of energy throughout the top, making the overall guitar more responsive with a clarity of tone that is unmatched.

This model is built with an Aged Tone Adirondack top and has all the volume, yet never loses clarity. Adirondack Spruce, "the holy grail" of topwoods, drives the top of this powerful instrument. Adirondack is generally favored by heavy handed players, and provides nearly unlimited headroom when you need the extra power.

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.

(Wikipedia "Torrefaction")

Brazilian Rosewood is an extremely rare tonewood with deep bass and brilliant trebles that was used on the famous vintage guitars we have all grown to love. An international trade embargo on Brazilian rosewood products guarantees that the relatively few sets remaining in this country will continue to spiral in price as the supply dwindles.  Brazilian brings remarkable darkness, depth, and warmth; while exhibiting glorious overtones across the entire tonal spectrum. As Brazilian Rosewood is in short supply and no one really knows how much will be available in the years to come, this is an instrument that is sure to climb in rarity and value.

This powerfull dreadnought has remarkable balance and clarity. The high end is crystal clear, sure to cut through any bluegrass ensemble.  This guitar also has a surprising bass response, with a rich powerful low end.

It has been elegantly appointed with an abalone rosette, triple layer ivoroid body, fretboard and headstock binding, side purfling, slotted squares and diamonds inlay, and Waverly tuners.

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Bourgeois DB Signature OM Adirondack and Madagascar with Varnish and Hot Hide Glue

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 Bourgeois DB Signature OM Adirondack and Madagascar with Varnish and Hot Hide Glue

The Dana Bourgeois Signature OM features Adirondack Spruce and "Signature" Madagascar RW... this translates into the absolute best examples of each tonewood that can currently be found. Adirondack was the legendary topwood used on most pre-war American-made guitars that has come to be known as the "Holy Grail" of top woods. Adirondack has a high stiffness across and along the grain, making it one of the go-to topwoods for flatpickers. The traditional Squares & Diamonds inlay are made unique by cutting them from Certified Fossil Ivory. With finely figured Curly Koa body binding, Gold Waverly tuners, Bone pins and a premium pickguard you will be hard pressed to find more value and beauty in a single guitar.

Here's what Dana says about Madagascar: "Madagascar rosewood will probably get you closest to the sound of Brazilian, and at a much lower price. Madagascar has much of the same rich overtone range as Brazilian, as well as a slightly "reverby" quality. It's a little heavier than Brazilian, so I have to be careful about selecting the right top and the right neck in order to keep the weight down and not adversely effect its response characteristics. " Since Dana himself still picks every top, back and side for each guitar, this isn't a problem with his builds.

The response and balance that this guitar exhibits is nothing short of astonishing. The incredibly straight grained set of Madagascar lives up to every bit of the legend it is known for... and may just be better! When coupled with an Adirondack Spruce top, there is a significant amount of sweet, crisp, and bright tone. Each note carries with complexity and richness.

Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the custom varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more, significantly smoothing out the mids and highs while extending the low end considerably. The tonal qualities produced by the varnish finish are amazing, especially when compared side by side to a guitar without it.

Hide glue, an additional custom appointment, has been phased out by most luthiers due to its labor intensive application & difficulty in building a spotless, clean body interior. Hot hide glue sets up like glass, offering a more immediate and efficient transfer of energy throughout the top, making the overall guitar more responsive with a clarity of tone that is unmatched.

There is certainly some magic going on with these DB Signature guitars, and this OM in particular is incredibly special! Order yours now before it's too late and this incredible wood is gone!

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Bourgeois SJ Small Jumbo Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood

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 Bourgeois SJ Small Jumbo Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood

Variations of this body style have traditionally graced a variety of guitars including smaller archtops, rhythm workhorses for accompaniment of singers like the Everly Brothers, and more recently, fingerstyle guitars for virtuoso solo performers. It features an Adirondack Spruce top with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides to produce a full, rich tonal palette with a medium-wide 1 23/32" nut and a 25" scale.

The tone produces from this Bourgeois is rich in trebles with a balanced and powerful low end and a strong, punchy midrange.  It excels when played fingerstyle and loves to be strummed and flatpicked as well.

This instrument features an Aged Tone Adirondack Top paired with a gorgeous set of Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides The Adirondack top adds a tremendous amount of headroom, crisp trebles, and gut-punching mids. It takes to a flatpick beautifully, but sings with bare fingers as well. You know the feeling when you're holding that guitar? - this is that guitar.

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.

(Wikipedia "Torrefaction")

Dana Bourgeois introduces the Aged Tone (TM) Series Guitars, Watch Video

The back and sides of this magnificent instrument are a gorgeous set of Brazilian Rosewood. Brazilian Rosewood is an extremely rare tonewood with deep bass and brilliant trebles that was used on the famous vintage guitars we have all grown to love.  An international trade embargo on Brazilian rosewood products guarantees that the relatively few sets remaining in this country will continue to spiral in price as the supply dwindles.

Brazilian brings remarkable darkness, depth, and warmth; while exhibiting glorious overtones across the entire tonal spectrum.  As Brazilian Rosewood is in short supply and no one really knows how much will be available in the years to come, this is an instrument that is sure to climb in rarity and value. Get your Brazilian now, because once it's gone, it's gone!

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Bourgeois Small Jumbo Classic German Spruce with Macassar Ebony and Short Scale

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 Bourgeois Small Jumbo Classic German Spruce with Macassar Ebony and Short Scale

We are pleased to offer this gorgeous Bourgeois Small Jumbo Classic model which was recently displayed at the Winter 2014 NAMM show.

Variations of this body style have traditionally graced a variety of guitars including smaller archtops, rhythm workhorses for accompaniment of singers like the Everly Brothers, and more recently, fingerstyle guitars for virtuoso solo performers. Specifically configured to suit the latter, the Bourgeois SJ combines German Spruce and Macassar Ebony to produce a full, rich tonal palette with a medium-wide 1 23/32" nut and a 25" scale.

The tone produces from this Small Jumbo is rich in trebles with a balanced and powerful low end and slightly less midrange.  It excels when played fingerstyle and loves to be strummed as well.

The custom German Spruce top is a favorite tonewood here at Artisan due to it's versatility when played fingerstyle or flatpicked. German Spruce offers rich, complex overtones and regarding stiffness, falls in between Sitka and Adirondack. It takes to a flatpick beautifully, but sings with bare fingers as well. You know the feeling when you're holding that guitar? - this is that guitar.

When it comes to Maccasar Ebony; you just won't be able to help yourself. Macassar Ebony boasts a lot of presence with a broad dynamic range. It has a strong bass, lower mids, and incredible sustain. This set is absolutely gorgeous!

The Small Jumbo features an X-braced back to enhance lower register articulation. In the tradition of fine, handmade fingerstyle guitars, the Small Jumbo body is bound in Macassar. The short scale headstock is unbound for a classy look and features a Macassar Ebony overlay with inlaid Ivoroid Bourgeois Logo. Further appointments include bone pins, vintage Herringbone border with back and side purfling, and elegant Gold Waverly tuners with Ebony buttons.

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Pre Owned 2012 Bourgeois OM Country Boy Sitka Spruce and Mahogany

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 Pre Owned 2012 Bourgeois OM Country Boy Sitka Spruce and Mahogany

Dana Bourgeois is known around the world for his superb craftsmanship and also as one of the foremost authorities on the voicing, selection and utilization of fine tonewoods. As testimony to these great instruments, they have become a favorite of many professional country and bluegrass players, such as Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Sutton, Sean Watkins, and most recently, we sold a Country Boy to Michael Harris of Apache Relay. If there is one thing Dana Bourgeois knows, it’s building a knockout guitars.

This guitar sounds very open and powerful, thanks to Dana scalloping both sides of the X-brace, a feature he only does on OM models, due to the smaller body size. Midrange and treble frequencies are clear, distinct, and pure. Due to Dana's use of tap tuning each top to optimize every guitar, this instrument is incredibly responsive to fingerstyle playing. Chords are distinct, while bass lines have a defined poignancy. The Satin finished neck is comfortable in your hands, while the effortless playability across the neck will allow you to play for hours without fatigue. Additionally, the braces are attached with hot hide glue. Hot Hide glue sets up like glass, offering a more immediate and efficient transfer of energy throughout the top, making the overall guitar more responsive with a clarity of tone that is unmatched.

Because of its characteristic superb balance, clarity of voice, and sustaining top register, the OM was once thought of as the quintessential fingerstyle guitar. It still is. It's not surprising, however, that more than a few players have begun to realize that these same characteristics are also highly employable for a diverse variety of applications. If you don't need to compete with fiddles, banjos and mandolins, however, the Country Boy OM might be just the guitar you've been looking for.

This Bourgeois OM Country Boy features classic appointments such as ebony fretboard and bridge, wood rosette, Tortoise body binding, and Nickel Waverly tuners. In addition to selecting only the finest quartersawn and matched mahogany backs and sides, this OM Country Boy is appointed with a beautiful Sitka Spruce with nice wide grain at the edges. The Sitka Spruce top on this instrument responds well to fingerstyle and moderate flatpicking, with round notes and lush chords up and down the neck. Dana always builds guitars with only the best tonewoods, and this guitar is definitely worthy of the Bourgeois name... in both tone and appearance!

Pre Owned 2012 Bourgeois OM Country Boy Sitka Spruce and Mahogany is in excellent + condition with only a few very minor scratches in the pickguard. It has minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.

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Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois Custom Vintage D with Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce

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 Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois Custom Vintage D with Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce

The sound of this Vintage D is everything you would expect it to be with Brazilian Rosewood, Adirondack Spruce, and masterful voicing from Dana Bourgeois... only more! It is very loud with deep, rich lows that are present even on lead lines up and down the neck, making each note round and full.  Trebles are smooth and clear, offering just enough top end to balance out the powerful, resonant bass only Brazilian Rosewood can offer.

Adirondack spruce, also known as Eastern Red Spruce, was the legendary topwood used on most pre-war American-made guitars. Properly sawn, Adirondack is much stiffer than Sitka and Engelmann spruce, both along and across the grain. This allows Dana to make thinner, lighter tops, resulting in lightning-quick response with plenty of power to spare. Most guitar grade "Adirondack" spruce these days comes from Bourgeois' backyard--the state of Maine, which still has large stands of original and second growth softwood forests.

Brazilian Rosewood is an extremely rare tonewood with deep bass and brilliant trebles that was used on the famous vintage guitars we have all grown to love.  An international trade embargo on Brazilian rosewood products guarantees that the relatively few sets remaining in this country will continue to spiral in price as the supply dwindles.  Brazilian brings remarkable darkness, depth, and warmth; while exhibiting glorious overtones across the entire tonal spectrum.  As Brazilian Rosewood is in short supply and no one really knows how much will be available in the years to come, this is an instrument that is sure to climb in rarity and value. Get your Brazilian now, because once it's gone, it's gone!

This guitar is gorgeously appointed with square and diamond inlays on the ebony fingerboard, curly Maple body binding, DB Signiture Herringbone top purfling and Brazilian Rosewood peghead overlay.

This Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois Custom Vintage D with Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce is in excellent condition. There are some dents and finish scratches as pictured in the detailed photographs below.  It has very minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.

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Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois SJ Small Jumbo Adirondack Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood

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 Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois SJ Small Jumbo Adirondack Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood

Variations of this body style have traditionally graced a variety of guitars including smaller archtops, rhythm workhorses for accompaniment of singers like the Everly Brothers, and more recently, fingerstyle guitars for virtuoso solo performers. It features an Adirondack Spruce top with Madagascar Rosewood back and sides to produce a full, rich tonal palette with a medium-wide 1 23/32" nut and a 25" scale.

The tone produces from this Bourgeois is rich in trebles with a balanced and powerful low end and a strong, punchy midrange.  It excels when played fingerstyle and loves to be strummed and flatpicked as well.

The Small Jumbo features an X-braced back to enhance lower register articulation. In the tradition of fine, handmade fingerstyle guitars, the Small Jumbo body is bound in figured Koa.  The Ziricote headstock is unbound for a classy look. Further appointments include a DB multi-color herringbone backstrip and Gold Waverly tuners with luxurious snakewood buttons.

The Adirondack top adds a tremendous amount of headroom, crisp trebles, and gut-punching mids. It takes to a flatpick beautifully, but sings with bare fingers as well. You know the feeling when you're holding that guitar? - this is that guitar.

The featured backwood on this Small Jumbo is Madagascar Rosewood. Madagascar resonates evenly responsive across the entire tonal register and provides a crisp, sparkling treble commonly associated with Brazilian Rosewood. Madagascar is also becoming very scarce and this is a fantastic example of what a master luthier such as Dana Bourgeois can do with the wood.

This Pre Owned 2013 Bourgeois SJ Small Jumbo Adirondack Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood  is in excellent + condition with only a few, very minor surface scratche which are barely visible to the naked eye. It has no very minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.

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Bourgeois Aged Tone OM with Adirondack and Mahogany

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 Bourgeois Aged Tone OM with Adirondack and Mahogany

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.

'OM' stands for "Orchestra Model," but 80 years after this body shape was first designed it has become the most popular 14-fret model with fingerstyle guitar soloists who choose to play on steel strings. Yet flatpickers also find it appealing, and when the graceful cutaway is added these OMs are often used by lead players who routinely explore all 20 frets much as they would on an electric guitar. The compact shape makes the OM equally easy to handle onstage or when sitting on the couch, and the relatively shallow body (barely over 4 inches deep) results in balanced tone and an immediate response.

This Bourgeois OM features an aged tone Adirondack top with Mahogany back and sides and custom appointments including an aged tone finish, hot hide glue construction, a satin finish headstock and ebony pins.

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.

(Wikipedia "Torrefaction")

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Pre Owned 2012 Bourgeois DB Signature OM Italian Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood

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 Pre Owned 2012 Bourgeois DB Signature OM Italian Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood

There is certainly some magic going on with these DB Signature guitars, and this OM in particular is incredibly special!

The Dana Bourgeois Signature OM features Italian Spruce and "Signature" Madagascar RW... this translates into the absolute best examples of each tonewood that can currently be found.

The custom Italian Spruce top offers great tonal response with suburb balance. Even with a smaller OM body size the low end is rich and balanced to the clear, distinct, and resonant highs and mids. The tone of this OM is exquisitely balanced, with a rich, growling low end, well defined mid-range and crystal clear highs. It excels when played fingerstyle, loves to be strummed and flatpicked as well, withstanding moderately heavy playing with ease.

Here's what Dana says about Madagascar: "Madagascar rosewood will probably get you closest to the sound of Brazilian, and at a much lower price. Madagascar has much of the same rich overtone range as Brazilian, as well as a slightly "reverby" quality. It's a little heavier than Brazilian, so I have to be careful about selecting the right top and the right neck in order to keep the weight down and not adversely effect its response characteristics. " Since Dana himself still picks every top, back and side for each guitar, this isn't a problem with his builds.

The response and balance that this guitar exhibits is nothing short of astonishing. The incredibly straight grained set of Madagascar lives up to every bit of the legend it is known for... and may just be better! When coupled with an Italian Spruce top, there is a significant amount of sweet, crisp, and bright tone. Each note carries with complexity and richness.

This Pre Owned 2012 Bourgeois DB Signature OM Italian Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood is in excellent + condition with only a few barely visible surface scratches. It has minor fretwear and it includes the original hardshell case.

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Bourgeois Custom OMS Cutaway with Adirondack Spruce and Koa

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 Bourgeois Custom OMS Cutaway with Adirondack Spruce and Koa

While we at Artisan Guitars try to be as objective as possible, we get attached to certain special guitars. The OMS has quickly become a shop favorite and this 2014 NAMM show stopping OMS Cutaway with Adirondack and Koa is a fine example of why.

The OMS  model is similar to the classic 12 fret 000 size guitars and embody the simple elegance and grace players have come to expect from vintage versions, but with the added dimension of Bourgeois' quality craftsmanship and sound.  The OMS has a slotted headstock design with side mount tuners.  With a 25.5 " scale, 1 3/4 nut width and 2 5/16 bridge spacing you'll feel right at home with this guitar as soon as you pick it up.

The OMS is ideal for both fingerstyle and those looking for an instrument that frets effortlessly. Each note carries with complexity and richness and fingerstyle players will appreciate the ease of articulation across the entire fretboard.

Adirondack Spruce, a special appointment on this guitar,  was the legendary topwood used on most pre-war American-made guitars that has come to be known as the "Holy Grail" of top woods. Adirondack has a high stiffness across and along the grain, making it one of the go-to topwoods for flatpickers.

Hawaiian koa is a tropical hardwood in a category all its own. Naturally occurring figuring, and a sweet tone create the allure that makes Koa a sought after wood in the world of lutherie. Koa, like Mahogany, has a relatively high velocity of sound when considered as materials for backs and sides and thus contribute much to overtone coloration. Where rosewood guitars can be thought of as having a reverby, sometimes "metallic" sound, mahogany and koa guitars are better described as sounding "woody."  Between the two, Koa seems to have a little more fullness in the midrange, while mahogany tends to favor the bass (to some extent) and the treble.

Accompaniments like the Adirondack bracing makes this guitar that much more menacing. Adirondack Bracing offers a more efficient transfer of string energy to the top, since Adirondack is much stiffer than the standard Sitka braces. This allows for a more responsive and powerful sound board.

In addition to it's amazing tone, this guitar features gorgeous appointments such as an Signature Wood Rosette, Adirondack Top, Koa Back and Sides, Abalone Squares and Diamond Fretboard Inlay, DB Signature Herringbone Trim Package and Waverly Tuners with Ivoroid buttons.

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Bourgeois Aged Tone Dreadnought with Adirondack and Mahogany

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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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