(SOLD) Bourgeois Bryan Sutton LTD, Brazilian Rosewood, Aged Tone, Powerful Dreadnought!
We are thrilled to have just received another in a series of truly exciting limited edition Bryan Sutton Limited Edition Aged Tone dreadnought guitars. Developed in a close cooperation with Bryan, these guitars will feature the first use of Aged Tone™ (torrified) Adirondack spruce braces. These guitars will be made with Master Grade Brazilian Rosewood, selected by Dana Bourgeois specifically for the model, and a limited number made for export with Master Grade Madagascar Rosewood. Both versions will be identical except the body wood. Orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Eighteen years ago, Bryan Sutton burst onto the bluegrass scene with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, capturing the immediate attention of the bluegrass world and beyond. Thousands of performances, hundreds of recordings and seven IBMA “Bluegrass Guitarist of the Year” awards later, Bryan is widely regarded as finest flatpicker of his generation and among the most tasteful players in the history of the genre.
Bryan’s first Bourgeois guitar was a throaty, raucous-sounding Slope D that he dubbed “The Banjo Killer”. However, the guitar probably first seen and heard by most Bryan Sutton fans was a Bourgeois Brazilian/Adirondack D-150 that was used extensively on Ricky Skaggs’ groundbreaking album, “Bluegrass Rules” (1997), on Bryan’s influential solo album, “Ready To Go”, (2000), and in countless stage performances.
The Bryan Sutton Limited Edition Aged Tone™ Dreadnought is re-creation of Bryan’s 1997 D-150, incorporating not only the look, feel and sound of the original, but much of its broken-in vibe as well. According to Dana, “To say that the original is now well-played is something of an understatement. The idea behind the Limited Edition is to get as close as possible to that same elusive, broken-in sound. The new version will still require some playing to achieve the fullness, immediacy and ‘old friend’ feel of the original, but we are convinced it will not require seventeen years of playing by a picker as prolific as Bryan!”
Bryan, who has been test driving our Aged Tone guitars since the earliest prototypes, agrees. He recently reports, “The newest prototype is already opening up . . . I hear a real voice developing. I’m taking it to Telluride today.”*
The Bryan Sutton Limited Edition Aged Tone™ Dreadnought features premium Brazilian rosewood back and sides, an Aged Tone Adirondack top, hide glue construction and the familiar D-150 trim package (triple-bound ivoroid body, fretboard and headstock, abalone rosette, squares and diamonds fretboard inlay, fossil ivory pins).
Priced at $11,650 List for the Brazilian version – only 30 Bryan Sutton Dreadnoughts will be made. Options include 1 ¾” – 2 5/16”string spacing or 1-23/32 – 2.2″ spacing, and standard saddle configuration vs through saddle.
This guitar has the 1-23/32 – 2.2″ spacing, saddle with vintage-style long cut-thru saddle.
What can we say? If what you seek is a dreadnought guitar with “Vintage” tone and modern stability, reliability, and playability, this is as good as it gets. Suitable for a player as fine as Bryan Sutton…and YOU perhaps?
Note: Since our first several Sutton LTD models sold prior to delivery, Bourgeois has permitted us to order six more! In total, we will receive EIGHT of the THIRTY limited edition guitars! This is # 28 of 30.
Note: This guitar has the more modern 1-23/32 – 2.2″ spacing.
Additional features, unique to the Limited Edition, enhance the vintage look and broken-in sound of the guitar. These include Aged Tone Adirondack braces, double-scalloped Banjo Killer-style X bracing, a new, ultra-thin version of his standard Aged Tone finish, and a vintage-style” long” saddle.
Serial # 7095
AMW Price: $ 10,500 (SOLD JS)