Bourgeois Aged Tone Madagascar OM Acoustic Guitar 6943  From Bourgeois

Hard to describe how perfect this guitar really is. The tone is just unreal. 


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What We Think

This is the kind of sustain that makes you do a double-take. Strum it once and three seconds later the notes are still lingering so full and rich that you'd swear the pick had just left the high E. It's warm, woody, and familiar but still complex and full of surprises. It's like a book you could read over and over for the rest of you life. I love the grain in the Madagascar and the quick, powerful response of the Adirondack. The aging process Dana's been doing is really extraordinary. It really does sound old and wise. 

Manufacturer's Description from Bourgeois

“Aged Tone tops may be the most significant technological advance I’ve seen in decades, but these new guitars are about more than just the tops,” reports Dana Bourgeois. “A treated Adirondack top is, after all, just another tonewood; the thing that matters is what you do with it. To get the vibe I was looking for, I ended up modifying my approach to voicing and developed an entirely new finish. The combined result isn’t a substitute for a great vintage guitar, nor will it make people stop playing new guitars with untreated tops. It’s entirely new, yet partially old, totally different and overwhelmingly musical. I can’t wait to hear what different players do with these guitars!”


The Aged Tone Series 
by Bourgeois Guitars.


Bourgeois Guitars is proud to announce the Aged Tone Series, designed to capture some of the sound, look, feel and vibe of vintage guitars.

Limited production is scheduled between now and the end of 2012 so if you want one, call your favorite dealer and reserve it.



Pre-war guitars are prized by players for lightning fast response, elevated volume and presence, tonal complexity, and the deep golden-brown color of their tops. These guitars sound different today, however, from the way they sounded when first strung up. Part of the difference comes from the effect of many years of playing. Another part is attributable to the chemical and structural transformations wood undergoes after decades of natural curing. 

  Dana’s vision for the six Aged Tone models blends vintage appearance and Dana’s exclusive approach to voicing with the new Aged Tone finish and theAged Tone top .  

Aged Tone tops

Our new Aged Tone tops are treated with a unique curing process. The commercial version of this process, known as, “thermo curing”, “wood torrefaction” or “roasting”, was developed in Finland to enhance durability and appearance of such products as siding, decking, and outdoor furniture. Commercial processing typically uses higher curing temperatures to maximize stability and rot resistance. Higher temperatures, however, can also sacrifice structural integrity. 

The process used to cure our Adirondack tops is a highly controlled, low-temperature variation of the basic commercial treatment. During processing, water, sugars, and resins are cooked off, leaving behind cellulose and lignum--the “glue” that binds cellulosic fibers together. Once processed, mass and weight are reduced, absolute stiffness is increased and internal damping is decreased;  stiffness-to-weight ratio and Velocity of Sound (the rate at which vibration transmits through solid material) aredramatically increased.  

Our observations concur with industry research data, which reports increased stiffness at lower curing temperatures. It’s thought by at least one expert that low-temperature curing optimizes the distribution of lignum throughout the cellulosic structure, while higher temperatures break lignum down. The trick is to findthe temperature and curing schedule that optimizes Velocity of Sound.  

Like naturally cured spruce, Aged Tone tops are darker in color, opaque vs. translucent, highly stable when exposed to changes in humidity, and have a sweet, woody smell. These same changes naturally occur in spruce tonewoods after many decades of exposure to oxygen, UV radiation and other environmental elements. 

In the pictures below, we show our standard Adirondack top (on the left) and a Aged Tone Adirondack top on the right.  Neither top has been stained.


The Aged Tone process gives the tops a dark, rich hue, without any aging toner or finish.  

Bourgeois guitars made with Aged Tone Adirondack tops combine characteristics of both new and vintage guitars.  Players describe their sound as “immediate, “open”, “ responsive”, “loud” and “surprisingly broken in”.  New guitars made with Aged Tone tops will continue to break in as the top reacts to continuous string loading and vibrational activity.

 Aged Tone finish

Dana recently developed a light but durable finish to complement Aged Tone tops. The Aged Tonefinish, combines the sound and look of a well-preserved older finish with the durability of a modern catalyzed finish.

The Aged Tone finish began as an effort to replicate the sonic and aesthetic qualities of older nitro.  Nitrocellulose never fully cures. It starts out thick and soft and becomes considerably thinner and harder over time. As it cures, weight and mass diminish, molecules become rearranged, damping recedes and this transformation contributes significantly to what we recognize as ‘vintage’ sound.

After several years of experimentation we found a finish in the cyanoacrylic family that’s hard enough to exhibit minimum damping, offers reasonable protection compared to other thinly applied finishes, and has much in common with the sound and look of older nitro. Like our varnish finish, it’s application is both labor and skill intensive; we’re entirely convinced, though, that the results are worth the added effort.

Aged Tone Series

Our vision for our new Aged Tone models – a mahogany and rosewood D, mahogany and rosewood OM and a short scale Slope D and a DS-Mahogany 12 Fret Slot-head -- blends vintage appearance, a new vintage-style finish, Dana’s exclusive approach to voicing, and a unique method of tonewood curing.   

According to Bob Minner, flatpicker extraordinaire and Tim McGraw sideman, “For the past 20 years Dana has consistently set the bar for modern guitar construction, all the while paying homage to the great guitars of yesteryear.”  

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About Manufacturer

Bourgeois Guitars are defining the future of vintage tone, combining old-world hand-voicing techniques with modern innovations in design and materials. Built in a ca. 1850s mill in the industrial town of Lewiston Maine, master luthier Dana Bourgeois and his small team of highly skilled craftsman produce some of the finest steel-string instruments available today. 
Known for tonal excellence, meticulous craftsmanship and top-notch materials, they are played by six-string luminaries such as Bryan Sutton, Ricky Skaggs, Sean Watkins, Della Mae, the late Doc Watson and countless professional and nonprofessional enthusiasts. Bourgeois guitars have had a prominent role in the American steel-string guitar renaissance for more than two decades, helping shape acoustic music’s most recent rise in popularity.


Model: Aged Tone Madagascar OM

Top: Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce

Back: Madagascar Rosewood

Rosette: B/W fiber

Body Binding: Ivoroid

Purfling: Vintage Style Herringbone Border w/ Black Purfling

Backstrip: Zipper

Head Shape: Mahogany Square Head with Diamond

Head Veneer: Madagascar Rosewood

Head Inlay: Bourgeois Logo

Head Binding: None

Fretboard Wood: 14 Fret Ebony

Nuit Width: 1 3/4" Fossilized Mammoth Ivory

Fretboard Inlay: Short Pattern Slotted Squares and Diamonds

Fretboard Binding: Black

Pickguard: Vintage

Bridge: Traditional Ebony Belly

Pickup: None

Signature Label: Dana Bourgeois Signature Label

Tuners: Waverly Nickel

Notes: Aged Tone Finish, Hide Glue, Toned, Satin Finish Headstock, Bone Pins, 2 5/16" Bridge Spacing