Luthier

Bourgeois Guitars

Head luthier
Dana Bourgeois
Location
Lewiston, ME
Founded
1992

Dana Bourgeois has been a prominent force in the modern revival of the acoustic guitar every step of his career. 

From perfecting his dreadnought design with feedback from Tony Rice, to reviving the OM with Eric Schoenberg and C.F. Martin, to giving Adirondack spruce a well-deserved renaissance, it's impossible to imagine the modern world of boutique guitars without Dana. These days he and his team produce 400 finely crafted guitars every year in Maine, from faithful reproductions of classic builds to Dana's own creative designs. Considered one of the master voicers, Dana still personally hand-voices every instrument in his shop, in addition to being intimately involved with every other step of the building process.

“My philosophy of building, regardless of the size of the guitar, is to get good balance and clarity: string-to-string and note-to-note balance.”

Bourgeois Guitars has several different series, each with varying focuses, build techniques, and appointments.

The Generation Series offers OMs, dreadnoughts and L-DBOs in limited tonewood pairings and minimal appointments, making them affordable instruments for working musicians that don't skimp on tone or reliability. These models also come installed with an L.R. Baggs pickup so they're stage ready.

The Professional Series is essentially Bourgeois' answer to the Martin Standard Series. The Country Boy guitars are the 18-style pairing of Sitka and mahogany, while the Vintage guitars feature 28-style Sitka and Indian rosewood. All standard body sizes are available.

The Hog Top Series focuses on all-mahogany guitars of all shapes and sizes.

The Heirloom Series tips the hat to beloved pre-war guitars. Adirondack spruce replaces Sitka on these models, which are also built with animal protein glue and other traditional-style appointments, all to capture the essence of vintage guitar sound in a modern package. Additional body designs and tonewood options can be found on the Style "35", Style "42", and Style "45" models.

The Legacy Series features Dana's specialty models, which are often his innovative take on traditional builds.

The Aged Tone Series features top woods that have been put through Bourgeois' proprietary torrefication (aging) process, giving you that played-in sound straight out of the case.

The key is that every piece of wood is a little bit different. You have to work with what you’ve got and try to bring out the greatest variety.

Dana Bourgeois

The Guitars

Every traditional guitar shape you could imagine, plus a few extra that Dana has revived.

Models

0

With a small body but a nearly full scale length, the Bourgeois single 0 is ready to travel, but still has enough voice and character to stand toe-to-toe with an instrument twice its size.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (except the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
18-1/4"
Depth
3-1/4"
Lower bout
13-7/8"
Total length
38-1/8"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25"
Nut width
1-23/32"
Bourgeois' Notes

"Don’t let its diminutive size fool you. Style 0 is voiced to emphasize surprising balance and presence, perhaps more familiar to players of our medium-sized guitars."

00 14-Fret

Very similar in feel and overall size to the comfortable single 0, just with a longer and wider soundboard, giving the player even more versatility and dynamic range in a very comfortable package.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (except the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
18-3/4"
Depth
3-1/4"
Lower bout
14-1/2"
Total length
38-5/8"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25"
Nut width
1-3/4
Cutaway
Optional
Bourgeois' Notes

“When the right combination of scale length, soundboard area and air cavity come together, magic happens. The 14 fret 00 is one of those guitars.”

00 12-Fret

We here at TNAG love the Bourgeois 12-fret 00 for its strikingly responsive, articulate voice, no matter what the tonewood combination. A delightful fingerstyle guitar that can hold its own against a flatpick. Add a cutaway for the best of both worlds.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (except the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
18-3/4"
Depth
3-1/4"
Lower bout
14-1/2"
Total length
38-5/8"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25"
Nut width
1-3/4"
Cutaway
Optional
Bourgeois' Notes

"What happens when you put a 12 fret neck on a 14 fret body? The nut becomes easier to reach and the bridge finds itself located in widest section of the lower bout. The practical result? When the body is small to begin with, playability approaches effortlessness."

L-DBO

The L-DBO, as you might have guessed, is Bourgeois' answer to the classic 1930s Gibson L-00 (and Dana's personal go-to guitar these days). Slightly larger than a 00 but with a narrower upper bout and relatively large soundhole for its size, it's got all the boxy, woody, focused tone you could want. Available in a 12, 13 and 14 fret configuration, as well as in a deep body version.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (including the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
19-5/16"
Waist
8-1/2"
Upper bout
10-1/4"
Lower bout
14-3/4"
Total length
39-3/4"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25"
Nut width
1-23/32"
Neck joint
12, 13 or 14 fret
Depth
Deep body available
Bourgeois' Notes

“After a lifetime of playing Dreadnoughts, the L-DBO has become my go-to guitar”, says founder Dana Bourgeois. “Close your eyes and listen to Sierra Hull or Courtney Hartman work an L-DBO on a mic. You’re forgiven for thinking that’s a much larger guitar.”


000

An ideal guitar for vocal accompaniment, the Bourgeois 000 shares a body shape and size with the OM, but with a shorter 25" scale for slinky, reduced string tension playability.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (except the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
19-5/16"
Upper bout
11-1/4"
Waist
9-1/8"
Lower bout
15-1/16"
Total length
39-9/16"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25"
Nut width
1-23/32"
Neck joint
14th fret
Bourgeois' Notes

"A short scale length brings the nut a little closer to the player, slightly reduces string tension and improves ease of playability, though at the expense of modestly reduced single-note power and presence."

OM

If you're going to have only one guitar, the OM is the way to go, especially made by the luthier who helped bring this versatile body shape back into fashion along with Eric Schoenberg and C.F. Martin. The full scale length combined with the comfortable body sizing makes for a guitar that toggles easily between flatpicking and fingerpicking. Options like an enlarged soundhole, cutaway, and arm bevel add even more ranges of playability and comfort.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (including the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
19-5/16"
Lower bout
15-1/16"
Total length
39-9/16"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25-1/2"
Nut width
1-3/4"
Additional options
Enlarged soundhole, cutaway, beveled armrest
Bourgeois' Notes

"Our most popular body size – and probably the second-most popular acoustic guitar worldwide – it’s no coincidence that the “Orchestra Model” appeals equally to fingerstyle players and flatpickers, thanks to its unparalleled combination of balance, presence, power and comfortable playability."

GA (JOM)

For years, Bourgeois has been making the JOM, or Jumbo OM - essentially a beefed-up OM for players who want some of the power and dynamic range of a dreadnought in the comfortable OM shape. Now, they're calling it like it is - the GA, or Grand Auditorium.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (excluding the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
19-7/8"
Lower bout
15-1/2"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25-1/2"
Nut width
1-23/32" or 1-3/4"
Bourgeois' Notes

"As versatile as they come."

12 Fret OMS

Before the current OM design was crystallized, there were variations that sported a bigger upper bout and the 12-fret configuration, which changes the bridge placement to the widest part of the lower bout. The result is uniquely responsive, dynamic, and perfect for (but not limited to) fingerstyle.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (excluding the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
20-1/8"
Lower bout
15-1/6"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25-1/2"
Nut width
1-3/4"
Cutaway
Optional
Bourgeois' Notes

"In the late 1920s, 12 fret, slotted head guitars began their historic transformation into the still-dominant designs of the 1930s. Left behind, however, were larger upper bouts, longer air cavities and optimal bridge placement at the center of the widest part of the lower bout. The OMS combines these throwback features with a slotted headstock and a 25.5” scale neck to recreate a design still coveted by fingerstylists – and not a few flatpickers."

Small Jumbo

A delightful rhythm guitar, the Bourgeois SJ is roughly the same overall size as the OM, but with a wider lower bout, giving it some serious dynamic range and strumming power. A shorter 25" scale length makes left-hand work easier, and contributes to a tighter bass sound.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (excluding the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
19-1/4"
Lower bout
15-1/2"
Waist
9-7/8"
Total length
39-7/8"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25" or 25-1/2"
Nut width
1-23/32"
Bourgeois' Notes

"Prized for its ability to blend warmly with diverse ensembles, the Small Jumbo became a rhythm guitar of choice for many makers of hit recordings the ‘50s and ‘60s. Our small Jumbo still fills that role with style and grace, especially versions built with maple back and sides and Adirondack tops."

JOMT

Developed along the same lines as the JOM, or GA (Grand Auditorium), the JOMT is a best-of-both-worlds shape sitting between the OM and the dreadnought. Available with an enlarged soundhole and cutaway for optimal playing options and dynamic range.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (excluding the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
19-7/8"
Lower bout
15-1/2"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25.5"
Nut width
1-23/32"
Additional options
Enlarged soundhole, cutaway
Bourgeois' Notes

"The 25.5” scale JOMT represents the largest body style in the 0/00/000-OM/JOM sequence. Following the same profile as our Grand Auditorium, the JOMT features a thinner side depth. As you can easily imagine, the JOMT boasts a voice big enough to tackle just about any assignment, though without requiring the right arm reach of a full-sized Dreadnought."

Dreadnought

The "flatpicker's flagship", as Bourgeois calls it, the 14-fret square-shouldered dreadnought is a mighty rhythm and lead workhorse. Dana's dreadnought design was honed over years with feedback from Tony Rice, and with deep study and consideration of the changes that guitars go through in their lifespans. Whatever the Bourgeois secret sauce is, it appeals to countless profesional guitarists.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (including the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
19-7/8"
Lower bout
15-1/2"
Total length
40-1/8"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25-1/2"
Nut width
1-11/16"
Cutaway
Optional
Bourgeois' Notes

"In the 1990s Dana modified the traditional Dreadnought bracing system by scalloping only the bass side of the X brace and lightening it’s tone bars. The result successfully counteracted a Dreadnought’s tendency to “unbalance”, and over the years has attracted scores of Dreadnought players including Bryan Sutton, Josh Williams, Andy Falco, Courtney Hartman and many others."

Slope D

A perfect singer's guitar, the versatile slope-shouldered dread certainly shares the mighty power of its square-shouldered brethrenn. But at only 25" scale, it makes for a responsive fingerpicker's gutiars as well.

Available with an array of tonewood and other build options, and in most of Bourgeois' series (excluding the Generation Series).

Dimensions
Body length
20-1/8"
Lower bout
15-13/16"
Total length
40-1/8"
Standard specifications
Scale length
25" (or longer)
Nut width
1-23/32"
Bourgeois' Notes

"Curvier and ever so slightly wider and deeper than its counterpart, the Slope D’s most important structural distinction lies in its short, 25” scale length. Long favored by country musicians – and additionally popular with a variety of American roots stylists – the Slope D is widely regarded as a superb choice for vocal accompaniment."

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All our guitars come with an appraisal period meaning easy returns if you’re not satisfied