2004 Bourgeois "The Soloist" Brazilian Rosewood and Engelmann Spruce ID-5177
2004 Bourgeois "The Soloist" Brazilian Rosewood and Engelmann Spruce
Introduced at the 2004 NAMM convention, the Bourgeois #5515 is a new model prototype, "The Soloist."
Dana says: "Nearly 20 years ago, inspired by the vision of Eric Schoenberg, I built what I believe was the first cutaway OM in a style that has since become something of a modern classic. (It was the first guitar of this style that I, at any rate, and the guitar community at large, was aware of.) Eric and I later became partners, founded a guitar company, and produced the new model under the name "The Soloist", after an elegant Victorian fingerstyle guitar associated with the early 20th Century guitarist, Vadah Olcott-Bickford. After the dissolution of our partnership, Eric and I agreed to produce our own separate versions of the Soloist. Aside from a handful of one-off examples, this is my first formal introduction of the Soloist as a regular model.
The 2004 Bourgeois Soloist is a true fingerstyle OM, featuring an Engelmann spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a 2 5/16" pyramid bridge, and the original Soloist style cutaway. Maintaining the spirit of the original Soloist, I have combined the only finest woods with the simplest of appointments, most notably Brazilian rosewood body bindings. While on the subject of decoration, I will take advantage of this opportunity to note that the marquetry backstrip that I first designed for the Soloist (and now use on many of my guitars) has been copied by more than one marquetry manufacturer, and is now available through a number of distributors. Far from being offended, I am delighted that other makers have mistaken this for a vintage design!"
The Brazilian on this guitar features very straight grain and sounds rich and vibrant, everything you would expect out of Brazilian Rosewood. Lots of sustain and complex overtones with lightning fast response thanks to the Engelmann Spruce top, which is much softer than Sitka, offering more volume and ease of playing with a lighter attack.
- Top: Engelmann Spruce
- Back and Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Model: The Soloist (2004 NAMM Prototype)
- Serial: 3065
- Brazilian Rosewood Body Bindings
- Rosette: Wood
- Headstock Style: Square
- Fretboard Inlay: Short Patterned Squares, Diamonds
- Bridge: Ebony Pyramid
- Tuners: Gold Waverly
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Upper Bout: 11 1/4"
- Lower Bout: 15 1/16"
- Body Length: 19 5/16"
- Depth: 4 3/16"