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It’s pretty common knowledge that the longer a guitar is played, the better it sounds. This concept is why well-loved, older guitars are usually superior to newer or rarely played guitars of the same model. However, the master luthiers in Lewiston, Maine at Bourgeois have recently produced their Bourgeois Aged Soloist acoustic guitar whose dried body proves you don’t have to have an old guitar to get that same excellent tone. Their renowned craftsmanship and materials are now even more elevated by new techniques.

Torrefaction: The Superior Aging Imitation Process

As a guitar is played and ages, its tone woods dry. That lack of moisture is what gives older guitars move better, giving it more volume than a newer guitar. Through the baking process of torrefaction, Bourgeois has closed the wood’s pores and crystalized the raw resins in the wood.

The same process that was used to make wooden siding more resilient makes guitars transfer energy better as you play. Torrefaction is the safest and most reliable way to artificially replicate the aging process, especially compared to the more crass method of propping your guitar up to amps or loudspeakers. Torrefied instruments possess a vintage heirloom character that has to be played to be believed. This process benefits all shapes and sizes of guitar (Large soundhole Dreadnought, slope d’s like the banjo killer, 00 coupe, jumbo, L-DBO) as well as other instruments like mandolins and ukuleles. Aged Tone Italian Spruce and Aged Tone Bearclaw Sitka Spruce are also popular top options; not just Adi!

Bourgeois Takes Solo Approach to Soloist Design

Whereas no one can quite match Collings’ knack for construction and composition, Bourgeois guitars are not as conservatively designed as other boutique manufacturers. That said, you can only take an idea so far before you go out-of-bounds in the guitar’s construction. The Bourgeois Aged Soloist is one example of Bourgeois’ successful experiments with its:

  • Ebony pyramid bridge
  • Ziricote binding
  • Cutaway body
  • Premium tone woods for Soundboard and back/sides

The unique addition of an ebony pyramid bridge accompanies the Ziricote binding. Ziricote is a hard, dark, dense wood used for aesthetic purposes. This Mexican rosewood is not common in other guitar manufacturers, but you frequently find it in Bourgeois guitars. While beautiful, Ziricote is not a good tone wood. Therefore, this guitar only incorporates it to highlight the minimal cutaway on this orchestra model. The cutaway gives the Bourgeois Aged Soloist a unique aesthetic and easy access for the player, yet its design is non-obtrusive on the guitar’s body.

Premium pieces of aged tone Adirondack spruce and Brazilian rosewood (much more sought after than Indian Rosewood and even Madagascar Rosewood or alternatives like Koa, sinker mahogany, cocobolo, or figured mahogany) are held together with hide glue, an older style of glue to match the guitar’s aged status. This glue dries harder, making it easier to repair without affecting the acoustic guitar’s playability. Full list of this guitars’ specs include:

  • Premium Brazilian Rosewood back and sides
  • Aged Tone Adirondack Sitka Spruce Top
  • Wood Rosette
  • Ziricote Body Binding
  • Black/Maple/Black – Maple – Black/White/Black w/Back & Side
  • Multicolor Herringbone
  • Mahogany Square Head with Diamond Headstock
  • Brazilian Rosewood Head Veneer
  • 14 Fret Ebony Fretboard Wood
  • 1 3/4 Nut Width
  • Short Pattern Slotted Squares and Diamonds
  • Black Binding
  • No Pickguard
  • Rectangular Pyramid Brisge
  • Dana Bourgeois Signature Label
  • Gold Plated Waverly Tuners w/Eb Buttons
  • Aged Tone Finish
  • Hide Glue
  • Cutaway
  • Triangle Heel Inlay
  • Antique Walrus Ivory Pins
  • Hard Case

Our Verdict

The Bourgeois Aged Soloist is easily in the top 3 most versatile Bourgeois guitars. It has a lot of headroom to take advantage of with a pick—which is unusual for OM guitars—but it still has a fresh, bright tone to bring out for fingerstyle applications. You don’t get quite as warm of a tone as you would with other rosewood guitars, but its tight sound and overall volume makes it a great performance or recording instrument for any guitarist.

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