Guitar Guru - Do vintage guitars live up to their reputation?

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Ryan at Bourgeois
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Guitar Guru - Do vintage guitars live up to their reputation?

Postby Ryan at Bourgeois » Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:50 pm

Hi Everyone,

Fred asked, Dana responded, and Acoustic Guitar printed it! Check out the most recent Guitar Guru article with a question pulled right from this forum!

http://bourgeoisguitars.net/our-news/gu ... e-guitars/

We'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on the subject, it's a age-old debate! (pun intended)

Ryan Fitzsimmons
Bourgeois Guitars

ffinke
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Re: Guitar Guru - Do vintage guitars live up to their reputation?

Postby ffinke » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:45 pm

Thank you Ryan AND Dana. That clears up a lot of the mystique and I really liked the "buyer beware" aspect of Dana's reply. I know a lot of people (with a lot of money) would rush to buy anything built in the 30s/early 40s and end up with (potentially) a disappointment. But that one gem...

Thanks again.

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Re: Guitar Guru - Do vintage guitars live up to their reputation?

Postby ffinke » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:32 pm

I'm really sorry to see that Dana has dropped his column in AG Mag. I'm sure the new person, Mamie Minch, will do a terrific job but I always appreciated Dana's honesty and expertise. Many thanks Dana.

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Re: Guitar Guru - Do vintage guitars live up to their reputation?

Postby SugarmillMan » Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:14 pm

I will also miss reading Dana's column. It was usually one of the very first things I used to look for with each new AG mag issue.
The best to you and staff, Dana. I will miss reading your wisdom but look forward to owning a Slope D or a BK Slope in 2017.

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Re: Guitar Guru - Do vintage guitars live up to their reputation?

Postby ScottH » Wed May 16, 2018 12:12 pm

I am the latest (4th) owner of an older Bourgeois OM, serial number 000053, which I was told was built in 1993. If that's the right year, I gather that that makes my OM "Vintage". (BTW, the top is cedar and the back and sides are a gorgeous set of Brazilian rosewood.

I have played any number of vintage Martins, most notably, a pair of 1947 OO-17s (all mahogany) played in Bath, England a few years ago. Playing those guitars, I first experienced that OMG! moment as I strummed a chord and that fine old instrument filled my ears with rich, woody sound as it vibrated against my chest. My new/old Bourgeois doesn't quite come up to that experience, nevertheless, I was knocked out by the volume and richness of its sound -- much louder than my 2013 Martin OOO18-Golden Era 1937 (which is now for sale) and my 2004 Martin SWOMGT -- with ringing trebles, a deep but not boomy bass, the OM styles well-known balance accross the fretboard, and , thanks, I think, to the cedar top, a warm,"buttery" tone. A freshly recorded sample can be heard on my Soundcloud page at https://soundcloud.com/scott-hunter-4/sophies-first-vin-de-pissenlit

I'm a fingerpicker and use the Travis system (it's so much more than just a repeating pattern!), or alternating thumb style, almost exclusively. So the OM has always been my choice of model. I love my new girl (I call her Sophie, because she is French (or should thyat be French Canadian? ;)

When I figure out how to put up photos, I'll post a few.


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