Bourgeois slope shouldered dreadnoughts are only about 1/4" wider than a standard dreadnought... and what a difference! Voiced for a more open,less driving sound than the Country Boy models, the Slope D accommodates a wide variety of playing styles ranging from country to pop covering nearly everything in between. Fingerstyle players love the increased response that the Slope D provides, even when played with bare fingers!
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, yet on this Slope D, also provides a quick and lively response that fingerstyle players aren't accustomed to with traditional dreadnoughts.
This guitar was built with Adirondack top bracing, as are all of Dana's guitars. The Adirondack top 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.
The sunburst finish on all Bourgeois guitars are sprayed by Dana himself! The sunburst has gorgeous Vintage look to it, completing the classic look the Ivoroid buttons provide. It already looks "vintage", with a tone to match. The finish is an oil varnish, which really takes the tone to another level. According to Dana, "The closest thing to the sound of a 70 year old nitrocellulose lacquer finish isn't a new lacquer finish, but a thin oil varnish finish. Properly applied, oil varnish smooths out the "jangly" sound of a new guitar in much the same way that lots of playing seems to accomplish." This makes the guitar sound more "broken in" from the start, not to mention the deep hue the varnish imparts on the finish is simply gorgeous.
This is the first example of Tasmanian Blackwood that we have had the opportunity to see from our friends at Bourgeois. The wood is a rich, golden brown color with beautiful figuring throughout. Tasmanian Blackwood is a member of the Acacia family, and most resembles it's sibling Koa in appearance. Blackwood is known for it's warm, mellow tone, which only helps to complement the crispness of the Adirondack top, married to the Adi bracing with Hot Hide Glue.
The tone of this guitar is extremely balanced, with a dry, clear note definition and a presence that only this combo can provide. This guitar practically begs to be placed in front of a microphone... those vintage tones you have heard on recordings for years is right at your fingertips. As is popular on vintage instruments in the Slope D shape with a sunburst, this guitar also features the Bourgeois 25" short scale option. The shorter scale helps to alleviate some tension on the top, making finger picking sessions last much longer, and strumming feel effortless!adirondack spruce, bourgeois db signature dreadnought, db signature, signature d, tasmanian blackwood
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