This is Dana’s Delightful Design, executed in beyond-words Brazilian rosewood back and sides, utilizing the loveliest, premium Adirondack top they ever sawed, having a square headstock with a Brazilian overlay, a 1-23/32" nut width, a triple bound (in ivoroid) body, headstock, neck and side purfling. The soundhole is surrounded by abalone, the back stripe is Bourgeois’ own; the fingerboard is festooned with squares and diamonds fingerboard inlay; the Waverly brand tuners are gold-plated. This mind-blowing morsel will consume your every waking thought from the moment you first see it.
This is one of the finest and most beautiful of the modern masterpieces – the fulfillment of many a Dalbergian dream. Finding Brazilian rosewood guitars at affordable prices is, as you know, becoming more and more difficult. Two fine manufacturers have told us they will not utilize the holiest of wood – Collings and Gibson say that they’re not gonna do it. C F Martin will do it, but they have priced their new Brazilian rosewood guitars so high that they are purchasable mainly by Saudi Arabian sheiks and Ponzi-scheme purveyors still in business. Dana Bourgeois, Santa Cruz and Huss and Dalton are three American companies still making Brazilian guitars at reasonable prices. The wood on the sides, back and headplate are exquisite, the first two being bookmatched and bona fide.
This model is not obeisant to prewar specification in that its top and headstock are bordered in ebony-spruce-ebony purfling, the fingerboard in white-black-white and so are the sides and the back. The backstripe is south-western style with arrowheads facing north in multi-colored marquetry; the end graft is a wedge of Dalbergian delight and the heel cap is a triangle of the same. Tuners are gold-plated, open-gear Waverly; the soundhole is ringed in abalone and the pickguard is a prewar style tortoise color teardrop with beveled edges. The action is low and comfortable and the neck is far more low profile than it is V-shaped. The script, mother of pearl, inlaid “Bourgeois” headstock logo gleams ferociously and the ebony fingerboard is inlaid with etched diamonds starting at the fifth fret. The wide-grained abalone top is pretty and parallel, and overall the guitar shows why it presides at the pinnacle of the plectral proscenium.