1998 Bourgeois OMC Bearclaw Sitka and Indian Rosewood Cutaway ID-5268
1998 Bourgeois OMC Bearclaw Sitka and Indian Rosewood Cutaway
This 1998 Bourgeois OMC is a pre-pantheon Dana Bourgeois build featuring a great Bearclaw 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 tone. The bass response is impressive for any OM, but especially for a cutaway... Dana never loses much tone with his cutaway options and this guitar is no exception. Trebles are smooth and pleasant with no harsh overtones.
"Twenty years ago, Eric Schoenberg dreamed about having an OM with a cutaway styled after the Selmer Maccaferri guitar. I drew up something that he liked and started building, but found that I wasn't able, at the time, to make such a tight bend in the side! So I gave up and substituted the much rounder version that I still use today." - Dana Bourgeois
The OM is already a small guitar. It's unique sound results from the ratio between it's 25.5" scale length, the surface area of its soundboard, and the volume of it's air cavity. The addition of a cutaway, therefore, is no small consideration. Harmonizing beautifully with the classic curves of the original OM outline, Dana's solution offers three additional frets of accessibility while minimally altering the OM's critical proportions.
Sean Watkins, of Nickel Creek, used his Bourgeois OMC to record most of the cuts on his CD, Let It Fall. The solo guitar piece, "Cloudbreak", is an excellent example of what the OMC is all about.
This guitar has numerous dents, as pictured in the detail photographs. The bridge appears to have been re glued, although we can't confirm. There is finish damage around the sound hole from previous pickup installation. There are imprints on the back of the headstock from the original tuners, which have been replaced. There is finish scratching throughout that does not go through the finish. There is some binding separation on the lower upper bout.
- Model: OMC
- Top: Bearclaw Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood
- Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Rosette: Wood
- Backstrip: Bourgeois
- Body Binding: Tortoise
- Fretboard Binding: Black
- Fretboard Inlay: Short Patterned Squares and Diamonds
- Headstock Veneer: MOP Bourgeois Logo
- Bridge: Ebony Pyramid
- Tuners: Gold Schaller
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Upper Bout: 11 1/4"
- Waist: 9 1/8"
- Lower Bout: 15 1/16"
- Body Length: 19 5/16"
- Depth: 3 5/16"
- Total Length: 39 9/16"