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Bourgeois Guitars Coming Soon to Sunrise Guitars

We are thrilled to announce that Bourgeois Guitars are coming soon to Sunrise Guitars, making us the only dealer in the state to carry this wonderful line of instruments. For more information on Bourgeois Guitars, see below (source:

Bourgeois Guitars are defining the future of vintage tone, combining old-world hand-voicing techniques with modern innovations in design and materials. Built in a ca. 1850s mill in the industrial town of Lewiston Maine, master luthier Dana Bourgeois and his small team of highly skilled craftsman produce some of the finest steel-string instruments available today.

Known for tonal excellence, meticulous craftsmanship and top-notch materials, they are played by six-string luminaries such as Bryan Sutton, Ricky Skaggs, Sean Watkins, Della Mae, the late Doc Watson and countless professional and nonprofessional enthusiasts. Bourgeois guitars have had a prominent role in the American steel-string guitar renaissance for more than two decades, helping shape acoustic music’s most recent rise in popularity.

Dana Bourgeois has been building guitars for 40 years, and is regarded as a Master Luthier throughout the acoustic community

He was very influential in bringing many design innovations to the acoustic guitar field, including:

-A soft cutaway on a flattop guitar (while working with Eric Schoenberg and CF Martin for Schoenberg Guitars)

-Re-introducing Adirondack Spruce to acoustic guitar luthiery in the early 90s

-Hand-voicing in Steel String Guitar design

-Introducing torrefied (a.k.a. heat-treated) wood to acoustic guitar building  

Dana and his small crew of 12 artisans build about 350 guitars a year from his shop in a historic mill in Lewiston, Maine.

All of Bourgeois guitars are hand-voiced at several stages in the production process.

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