1990's Bourgeois OM240 Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood ID-6244
1990's Bourgeois OM240 Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood
Dana Bourgeois is a self-taught luthier know for his exceptional craftsmanship and incredible attention for detail. Dana's passion for guitars began in front of the television in 1964 when The Beatles captured his attention on The Ed Sullivan Show. Dana's interests grew in the pages of a well known book, Classic Guitar Construction, by Irving Sloan, and began to mature in Dana's own imagination.
1993 marked the year of the grand opening of Dana Bourgeois guitars in Lewiston, Maine and was the culmination of Dana's guitar building expertise to that point. "The thing that I always wanted to do," he says, "was take the proven concepts that made traditional guitars great and add to that certain modern concepts and make a better guitar-a blend of traditional and modern." In an unfortunate turn of events Dana Bourgeois Guitars had a fallout with one of his international distributors which led to the closing of Dana Bourgeois guitars in 2000.
In October of 2000 Dana and a set of new business investors came together to form pantheon guitars. Dana was in his 25th year of building guitars and up to that point had hand crafted over 1,000 of the finest acoustic instruments played by musicians all over the globe. Part of Pantheon's mission is to be the best "small shop" acoustic guitar builder in the world and Dana, working full time at the helm of his small crew, has the opportunity to focus on designing and building instruments of the highest quality and making Bourgeois guitars the best they can be.
This 1990's Bourgeois OM is a pre-pantheon Dana Bourgeois build featuring a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. This guitar is well broken in and the playability is incredible, with low action and a highly responsive. Because this guitar is well over a decade old, the tone is incredibly open and sounds almost as if it were a vintage instrument.
Sitka Spruce is a top tonewood that is favorable for many players, as it is one of the most versatile tonewoods available. In regards to stiffness, Sitka is much more flexible than Adirondack, therefore exhibiting increased responsiveness and a richer low end when played at moderate levels. While not quite as powerful for the heaviest of pickers, Sitka lends itself quite nicely for fingerstyle playing as well, allowing you to cover much more musical playing styles than an Adirondack dreadnought will be capable of... not to mention that many players simply don't play hard enough to comfortably drive an Adirondack top. Sitka Spruce is in many ways the perfect compromise!
We are not 100% sure of this Bourgeois OM240's actual build year, around 1995 there was a fire that destroyed records regarding serial number information. For an instrument that is 15+ years old this guitar is in remarkably good condition! There are some minor finish scratches on the top, back, and sides. There are also a few dents on the headstock and body as shown in the detail photos. On the sides of the guitar there were a few minor scratches that we were not able to photograph. Original Hardshell case included.
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: 000468
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Indian Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Bracing: Adirondack Bracing
- Rosette: Abalone
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony Pyramid
- Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly
- Purfling: B/W/B
- Body Binding: Flamed Maple
- Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
- Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Backstrip: Chevron
- Headstock Shape: Snakehead
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: Bourgeois Logo
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included