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Bourgeois DB Signature Natural Dreadnought #5953 - Used  From Bourgeois

Dana Bourgeois' exquisite signature dread!


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What We Think

Condition: Used, Excellent

As is to be expected from any Dreadnought, this guitar is LOUD. But in an awesome way. In the type of way where you can feel it resonating against your chest as you hold it, and hear the rich fullness of tone that retains clarity at all dynamic levels. Seriously, if you are a heavy-handed player who is always trying to coax more out of your guitars, this is the instrument for you as it will just not break up or boom. Crisp, bright, sparkly, and dry, this piece is obviously perfect for you flat-picking and chord-strumming gitfiddle bashers out there. However, after noticing how well balanced it was across the registers, I did a little fingerpicking and that blew me away just as much! Like DB says, adirondack has strong fundamentals but also exhibits a complex overtone content.   
On to the aesthetics of this guitar: all I can say is wow! The bearclaw figure on the adirondack top is fascinating and gorgeous enough to make the front row at your shows swoon and stare, while the multicolor herringbone trim for the backstrip is a little special something just for you to look at (or maybe show off to your buddies at rehearsal). All the other bells and whistles are just as lovely and tastefully done - which is no surprise - the work Dana does with his guitars is always exemplary and unique. 

Bourgeois DB Signature Natural Dreadnought #5953 (Used) Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure Acoustic Specialist Sam Kelly tests out the Bourgeois DB Signature Natural Dreadnought #5953.

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    • Bourgeois DB Signature Natural Dreadnought #5953 - Used

Manufacturer's Description from Bourgeois

This year Dana decided to build a new guitar for himself.  In the process, he designed a new rosette and herringbone purfling to compliment  his earlier design of the Dana Bourgeois backstrip.  He also decided to pick his top and back woods primarily for tone.  The Adirondack and Madagascar Rosewood he chose for his DB Signature Woods are not the most pristine examples of those species.  But we can guarantee that they are some of the best sounding. 
Here's what Dana says about Madagascar :  "Madagascar rosewood will probably get you closest to the sound of Brazilian, and at a much lower price. Madagascar has much of the same rich overtone range as Brazilian, as well as a slightly "reverby" quality. It's a little heavier than Brazilian, so I have to be careful about selecting the right top and the right neck in order to keep the weight down and not adversly effect its response characteristics. "  Since Dana himself still picks every top, back and side for each guitar we build, this isn't a problem for us.
This guitar features  "Signature" Adirondack and "Signature" Madagascar RW. The traditional  Squares & Diamonds inlay are made unique by cutting them from Certified Fossil Ivory. With finely flamed Curly Koa body binding, Gold Waverly tuners, Bone pins and a premium pickguard you will be hard pressed to find more value and beauty in a single guitar.
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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.


Serial Number: 005953
Body Style: Dreadnought
Head Style: Square
Nut Width: 1 23/32"
Top: Adirondack Spruce
Rosette: DB Signature Rosette
Back and Sides: Madagascar Rosewood
Backstrip: Multicolor Herringbone
Body Binding: Figured Koa with DB Signature Herringbone 
Fretboard Binding: Black
Fretboard Inlay: Certified Fossil Ivory Squares & Diamonds
Headstock Binding: None
Headstock Veneer: Ziricote
Bridge: Ebony Belly 
Tuners: Waverly Gold with Snakewood Buttons
Finish: Natural
Bone Pins
Original Hardshell Case