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Bourgeois Parlor Victorian AT Adirondack/Madagascar #9338  From Bourgeois

A lovely little Victorian Parlor from Bourgeois Guitars.

Bourgeois Guitars

$8,010.00

Retail:  $8,899.00

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What We Think

Are you hunting for something really different? Are you tired of big, boomy bluegrass cannons with suspension-bridge string tension? Well, my friend, here's the guitar for you. Bourgeois's Victorian "Piccolo" Parlor hearkens back to the Martin Size 3 guitar, a model from well before the dreadnought and the OM were apples in Martin's eye. It boasts elegant era-correct appointments, most notably the half-herringbone purfling and marquetry. The guitar's sonic strengths lay in its warm mids and nylon-like response, thanks largely to the aged Adirondack spruce top, but it also shows off the character of its Madagascar rosewood back and sides with plucky bass and airy treble. Despite the incredibly compact footprint, it still has a scale length of 25", slotting it right between familiar Martin and Gibson scales, and it feels loose yet reactive under the fingers. All things considered, it's a remarkable blend of an archaic, nearly-forgotten design and state-of-the-art know-how.

Manufacturer's Description from Bourgeois

From the Victorian Parlor to the recording studio, performance arena, or your own pickin’ parlor.

Modern guitars were not simply created out of thin air in the 1930s. They evolved from the instruments that preceded them, bearing improvements such as longer necks, solid head stocks, larger bodies, higher string tension, greater volume and superior presence. Our Victorian model is a tip of the hat to an elegant, long lost pre-pre-war aesthetic that deserved to survive into the modern era, featuring half-herringbone (also know as “rope”) purfling, Ivoroid binding and a once-common pyramid bridge. 

Bourgeois Guitars

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.

Specifications

Model: Parlor Victorian

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Top: Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce

Back & Sides: Madagascar Rosewood

Scale Length: Short Scale

Rosette: Rope Style

Backstrip: Arrowhead

Endpiece Inlay: Floating Box Body Wood

Body Binding: Ziricote

Purfling: Half Herringbone (Rope) with Back & Sides

Head Shape: Small Square Headstock with Diamond

Head Veneer: Ziricote

Head Inlay: Mother of Pearl Bourgeois Logo

Head Binding: None

Fretboard Wood: Ebony

Fretboard Inlay: Short Pattern Slotted Squares & Diamonds

Fretboard Binding: Black

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Heel Cap: Ziricote

Tuners: Waverly Nickel with Ebony Knobs

Bridge: 2 5/16" Ebony Small Pyramid

Pins: Bone with Black Dots

Pickguard: None

Pickup: None

Label: Standard

Glue: Standard

Neck Finish: Satin

Headstock Finish: High Gloss

Body Finish: High Gloss

Top Color: Natural

Cutaway: None

Case: Hardshell