2008 Bourgeois Vintage D Adirondack and “Panama Red” Rosewood NAMM ’08 Series #3 of 8 ID-5449
2008 Bourgeois Vintage D Adirondack and “Panama Red” Rosewood NAMM ’08 Series #3 of 8
We are pleased to have another rare Bourgeois on the rack... a 2008 Bourgeois Vintage D with Adirondack on the top and Panamanian "Panama Red" Rosewood on the back and sides. Panamanian Rosewood shares many characteristics of Brazilian without the high dollar price tag, although "Panama Red" is rare as well. It is perhaps most similar to Rosewood, both sonically and visually. This guitar is part of a series of 8 guitars built with the Panamanian Rosewood and made it's debut appearance at the 2008 NAMM show. This guitar is #3 of the 8... see photo below of Ricky Skaggs holding this exact guitar at NAMM.
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.
An additional upgrade on this Vintage D is the use of "hot hide glue" on the Adirondack bracing. Hide glue isn't used much in recent years due to the time involved and the mess it creates, but the glue sets up like glass and offers an extremely efficient transfer of energy... and most importantly... tone! To round out the visual package, this Vintage Dreadnought features herringbone top trim, ivoroid body binding, slotted squares and diamonds inlay, premium tortoiseshell pickguard, vintage-style top toner, and nickel Waverly tuners.
This Vintage D has a strong, balanced tone with rich, controlled low end and warm pleasant highs. This midrange is full of resonation without overpowering the highs and lows making for a guitar that is exceptionally balanced without a hint of woofy or harsh tones that can sometimes be associated with dreadnoughts. This guitar also possesses a unique reverby quality on single note leads, it sounds like the ideal amount of studio reverb built right in. As with all Dana Bourgeois dreadnoughts, it is loud and powerful with incredible headroom.
We were fortunate enough to have another Panama Red Vintage D in our shop recently, you can now find that guitar on tour with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, played by her guitarist Ben Helson!
This guitar has only light finish scratches on the pickguard area. There are some dings on the edges of the headstock, pictured in the detail photographs. Includes original hardshell case.
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Back and Sides: Panamanian Rosewood (Panama Red)
- Headstock Overlay: Panamanian Rosewood
- Serial: 004652
- Year: 2008
- Tuners: Waverly Nickel
- Rosette: B/W Vintage
- Backstrip: Zig Zag
- Ivoroid Body Binding
- Bridge: Ebony Belly
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Herringbone Top Trim
- Neck: Mahogany
- Bone Nut and Saddle
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Ivoroid Bridge and End Pin
- Nut Width: 1 23/32"
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Hardshell Case Included