Bourgeois Guitar anyone?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by empty71, Sep 5, 2005.


  1. empty71

    empty71 Member

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    I'm considering representing Dana's guitars in Singapore. I've tried them at various NAMM shows and am impressed by the selection and quality of tonewoods and more importantly the tone.

    I would appreciate any comments about Bourgeois Guitars and how they hold up to the likes of Collings, Santa Cruz and Goodall.
     
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    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    the couple I've played did not speak to me like the Collings guitars I own
     
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    The quality is on par with the others you mentioned.... believe it or not, one of the best archtops i've ever played was a Bourgeois.
    I also prefer Collings, but i prefer them , dollar for dollar , over ANY maker.
     
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    I have a Bourgeois Slope D and I love it. The craftsmanship and tone are excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

    There's a shop near me that specializes in high end acoustics and they carry quite a few Collings and Santa Cruz guitars. When I was looking for a new acoustic I went down and played through what they had and the only one that really stood out to me was the Santa Cruz VJ. It's basically a knock-off of the Gibson J-45. The slope D is basically the same idea as well.
     
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    I own a Bourgeois that I totally love, though I think the Santa Cruz's may be my favorite acoustics I've played, but just by a hair. Still, I don't have a burning desire to buy one now because the Bourgeois is working out so well...
     
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    Thanks guy for your thoughts. I'm now waiting for Bonni Loyd of Pantheon to get back to me.

    I would love to represent Santa Cruz but they already have a dealer in Singapore and I feel Collings would be too close a comparison to SCGC thus my sights are set on Bourgeois;)
     
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    I have played several and I really wanted and expected to like them but they were a little one dimensional tonally when compared to Collings, Huss Dalton or a good Martin. Maybe that is part of their appeal that they can cut through the mix better but alone I like others better.
     
  8. empty71

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    Thank you for your comment THROBAK. I had the opportunity to install the Baggs Element Active System on a Bourgeois Vintage OM recently and agree with your comment.

    I'm not speaking for Dana but from what I understand he's going for the dry vintage Martin sound with a strong fundamental emphasis. They do lack the harmonic complexity as found in a Collings, Goodall, Santa Cruz and Huss and Dalton.
     

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