Any fan of Peter Rowan and bluegrass music knows the fateful story of Panama Red. Here's a wonderful Dreadnought that was inspired by the spirit of that classic song. It also features absolutely stunning Panamanian Rosewood back and sides. This rare tonewood shows beautiful burnt orange coloring, and it offers superb resonance and a tone profile similar to Brazilian Rosewood or Cocobolo.
The song "Panama Red" gets called in bluegrass picking circles all around the world, and—thanks to Bourgeois' "Aged Tone" touches—this dreadnought will be heard loudly and clearly in any picking circle. It features an Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce top that is torrefied, and it also has torrefied Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce braces. Torrefaction gives a new guitar the seasoned, broken-in richness of a well-loved guitar. And as you put it through the paces for years and years, it'll only sound better and more refined.
But The Aged Tone treatment doesn't end there. Just like a treasured prewar icon, this Bourgeois D was also constructed with Animal Protein glue throughout. The body finish is also a thinner "Aged Tone" mix of nitrocellulose lacquer. Though subtle, these differences help this dreadnought sound like it has some age to it, even though it's brand new and fresh from Lewiston, Maine.
- Body: D
- Top: Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce
- Back & Sides: Panama Rosewood
- Scale Length: Long, 25-1/2"
- Rosette: Panama Red
- Backstrip: Zipper
- Endpiece Inlay: Ivoroid
- Body Binding: Ivoroid
- Purfling: DB Signature Herringbone with Back
- Head Shape: Square Headstock with Diamond
- Head Veneer: Madagascar Rosewood
- Head Inlay: Mother of Pearl Bourgeois Logo
- F.B./Bridge Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Long Pattern Abalone Slotted Squares & Diamonds
- Fretboard Binding: Black
- Nut Width: Nut- 1 23/32"
- Heel Cap: Ivoroid
- Tuners: Waverly Nickel Oval
- Bridge: Belly Bridge
- Pins: Bone with Black Dots
- Pickguard: Celluloid Tortoise
- Glue: Animal Protein
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Headstock Finish: Satin
- Body Finish: Aged Tone Gloss
- Special Options: Aged Tone Torrefied Bracing
This Bourgeois "Panama Red" D AT produces rich, nuanced tone that shares subtle characteristics with some of our favorite prewar dreadnoughts. But its Panamanian Rosewood back and sides are like nothing you've seen before—the gorgeous figuring on the back make this guitar unlike other dreads. Nevertheless, what really sets this guitar apart from the rest is the complex, crystal-clear tone it produces. This is an impressive boutique guitar from an impressive boutique builder at the top of their game.