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The Bourgeois Slope D Guitar

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Bourgeois BK/Slope D With Burst Finish. Note The Figured Mahogany Backside

Bourgeois BK Slope D
Credit: http://www.12fret.com/content/2011/05/03/bourgeois-bk-slope-d-namm-show-consignment/

Bourgeois Acoustic Guitars

Listen, when it comes to music I can be a bit of a snob.  When it comes to high end acoustic guitars, I'm a mega snob.  I'm rather biased, and I know it.  If you're into these kinds of things, you'll run into some folks online who're a lot less mature about admitting to the bias they have.  

I'm an acoustic guitar snob.  I love Martin instruments, and always have.  I love Gibson instruments, nothing interesting about that.  I do, however, think of Santa Cruz and Bourgeois guitars as the best there are.  You might guess why I think the way I do, you'd probably guess right.  I don't, however, own a Bourgeois; but I've sure played a few of them.  I do lots of "tire kicking" in music stores when I can.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  I've literally played thousands of acoustic guitars in my life.  I'm not particularly good at it, but I'm particularly drawn to it.  In all my days I don't think I've played a guitar I thought was better than any of the Bourgeois guitars I've played.  You can't make one better than Dana Bourgeois, not in my book you can't.  It's not just MY book either.

What's Special About The Bourgeois BK/Slope D?

It's The "Banjo Killer!"

I remember when I first heard of Bourgeois guitars.  It was just after Ricky Skaggs put out his "Bluegrass Rules" album, and all the rage in the magazines was about this hot shot new guitarist Ricky had found and done the album with.  I ordered the thing from amazon.com right away, and I was sure amazed when I got it.  Truly, Bryan Sutton was a monster guitarist.  He's a guy who can play on the level of Tony Rice, and even wound up taking over Tony's position in a tour when Tony injured a finger.  Ricky Skaggs and Bryan Sutton were both playing Bourgeois guitars.  Bryan was playing a BK/Slope D

What is this "banjo killer" business?

In a Bluegrass band the steel string guitar, without amplification, faces a serious challenge.  No matter how hard the lead guitarist plays his leads with a heavy plectrum, he still faces the serious lack of volume his instrument will have compared to fiddles, banjos, and mandolins.  Particularly gifted in the volume department, is the banjo.  Banjos are very loud, and so it has forever been the goal of luthiers building guitars which may be used in Bluegrass settings to make their guitars as loud as possible.  Now, regardless of the guitar in question, the player also has to be on the level, as obviously, guitars make no noise at all without a human being messing about with one.  The Bourgeois BK/Slope D is known as "the banjo killer" because the instrument is particularly loud.  Now, having said all of that, I should also say it would be completely ridiculous to think of this fine flat top as something one only uses for Bluegrass music.

 

Bourgeois Slope D With Natural Finish

Slope D Natural Finish
Credit: http://www.deluxeguitarexchange.com/

Fine Figured Woods

The woods used in the building of a Bourgeois Slope D are a thing of beauty in and of themselves.  The specific cuts of wood could have been used to build anything, and they'd be easily recognizable as more beautiful than normal. The Slope D gets it's "slope" from the shoulders of the guitar, and they are rather sloped when compared to a Martin style dreadnought.  The Slope D's body is plainly modeled after the sloped shoulder Gibson instruments of yesterday and today; but after that, the guitar is all Bourgeois.

The instrument features all solid wood construction, and the body is of figured mahogany.  Mahogany is already a tonewood producing a greater velocity of sound than is rosewood, the figuring producing greater beauty in the eyes of many.  The top is bearclaw sitka spruce, another bit of aesthetically pleasing to the eye gorgeousness. 14 frets clear of the body with a total of 20 make this guitar your standard sized "non S sized" dreadnought.  The width of the mahogany neck at the nut is something available with options, it can either be one and 3/4 inch at the nut, or one and twenty-three thirty seconds at the nut.  The tuning machines are Waverly.

One very interesting and fairly rare wood is used for the bridge and fretboard of this guitar. Ziricote is used, and this wood is known to be more dense than is rosewood. Ziricote is also sometimes called "Siricote."

As with all Bourgeois brand guitars, this guitar is not cheap, and it is not inexpensive either.  This is the kind of guitar one buys when one has the money, and is looking for a very specific sound and for a specific sort of job.  The cost of the BK/Slope D is around $4,500; and with the skills applied, it is sure to leave an audience stunned, and friends jealous.  Thanks for reading.

A Nice Demonstration Of The Bourgeois BK/Slope D

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