(NEW) Here it is, folks, the pinnacle of traditional flattop technology from one of the best builders to ever do the thing, Dana Bourgeois of Lewiston, Maine. We are generally big fans of the large soundhole dreadnought design, as popularized by the great Tony Rice, and Dana’s versions are among his very best sounding instruments, ever. The larger soundhole seems to bring everything into focus for the sometimes-unruly 14-fret dread shape, presenting a deep, bass-forward sound that never swallows up the mids and the highs. Indeed, Dana’s dreads are some of the most balanced sounding out there.
We flew all the way up to Maine to hand-select the Brazilian rosewood back and sides for this guitar, and the finished product certainly meets our expectations. Good Braz can be hard to find anymore, but the folks at Bourgeois always seem to have one or two great sets waiting for us when we get there. Dana rejects a lot of wood, so if it’s on a Bourgeois, you know it’s good.
This guitar features an Adirondack spruce top with healthy bearclaw figuring, and the top has been torrefied to produce not only a more stable top overall, less susceptible to fluctuations in humidity, but also results in a well played-in sound and faster responsiveness, much like a vintage guitar.
The look is just fabulous, with a bound soundhole, no logo on the front of the peghead (but a handsome gold foil stamp on the back), traditional herringbone purfling and zipper back strip, ivoroid body and neck binding, and relic Waverly tuners. It looks as good as it sounds and sounds as good as it looks.
Other specs include 1 3/4″ nut width with 2.2″ string spacing at the saddle, animal protein glue construction, one-piece mahogany neck with modified V profile and silky satin finish, and no pesky fingerboard inlays.
If you’ve been cycling through dreads trying to find the ultimate, we have great news for you, your friends at AMW have made it happen!
List Price: $11,620… AMW Price: $10,455