Although this Bourgeois was built in 2015, in many ways it's a continuation of Dana's efforts from almost 30 years earlier when he did much of the most critical work on the early Schoenberg/Martin guitars based on original 1930 OM models. Today's cutaway OM models, whether made by Martin, Schoenberg, or a long list of other builders, are all based on those late 1980s Soloist models. When you play this example it's understandable that if feels new and different yet familiar. True, Dana has done a lot of fine tuning in recent years, particularly in the bass and overall volume, and we doubt any of his pre-21st Century Soloists could match this one. Since this type of guitar is rarely played hard, you would be forgiven for wondering why its volume would be an issue. But as serious players would remind you the advantage of an instrument that can be loud with little effort is that you have a far wider tonal palette as a result.

This example is made with very dark old-growth Brazilian rosewood, and when combined with the light bracing and torrefied Adirondack spruce top the sustain and overtones invite playing with less effort yet getting more from the guitar. In terms of condition there is only very modest fret wear and light finger scuffs to the finish on the top where a pickguard would normally be. And, as luck would have it, the previous owner ordered a beautiful OM-shape pickguard in authentic early '30s faux tortoiseshell from Bourgeois that has never been installed. Original deluxe case included.

stock no. 57517

ModelOMC Soloist Adirondack/Brazilian
Top"Aged Tone" Adirondack
Back and sidesBrazilian rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge materialebony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialmahogany
Bracingscalloped X
CutawayYes
Electronicsnone
Total frets20
TunersGold Waverly, ebony buttons
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No007113
Bindingebony