(NEW) It's been almost 10 years since Dana Bourgeois had the foresight to bring torrefied tone woods to the high-end acoustic guitar market, and it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that it has changed everything. What once had players skeptical (how can a brand new guitar sound so good?) has now become ubiquitous, and almost every guitar maker of note offers torrefied (aka thermo-cured, aka baked) spruce tops as an option on their builds. Aside from the tonal benefits like a dry, played-in, vintage-inspired sound, there is also more dimensional stability to the wood, and it doesn't shrink and swell with changes in humidity to nearly the extent of non-treated wood. It's a win-win-win!
With Bourgeois, it has resulted in his most full-sounding dreadnoughts, and we've got a real nice one here, just arrived from Lewiston Maine. This D Vintage has an Aged Tone Adirondack spruce top, Adirondack spruce braces and special curly Indian rosewood back and sides. The wavy figuring is subtle but lovely, and some of the spiderwebbing figure reminds us of good Madagascar rosewood. Other than the fancy rosewood, the styling is classic "28" style, with ivoroid body binding, herringbone top trim, three-ring rosette, zipper back strip and diamond fingerboard inlays.
For specs, it has a 1 3/4" nut, 2 5/16" saddle spacing and, of course is long scale for power and projection. The fingerboard and bridge are ebony, the pins and (nice tall) saddle are bone. The tuners are nickel Waverly.
A shining example of how Bourgeois has gotten to the top of mountain as an acoustic guitar maker! Includes hard case.
List Price: $7,799... AMW Price: $7,015 (Online checkout, Bourgeois 2023 MAP price)
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