Bourgeois introduces 40th Anniversary model

40thBourgeois has announced a limited run of a truly distinctive, 40th Anniversary guitar. Only 15 of these models will be built, using special reserve quilted mahogany back/sides and master grade, torrified adirondack spruce tops. They will be offered in either a dreadnaught or orchestra model body style.

In approaching this milestone, Dana Bourgeois recalled how he made his very first guitar in his dorm room at Bowdoin College 40 years ago. Now, 7,000 guitars later, he is proud to attach his name to this run of limited edition instruments. He is personally choosing all of the woods for these models and each one will be signed and numbered.

The following specifications are listed for the 40th Anniversary LE:

  • Master Grade Aged Tone Adirondack Top and Braces
  • Exclusive Special Reserve Quilted Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Snakewood Bridge, Fingerboard, Tail Wedge and Headstock
  • Special Inlay: Bone “Diamonds & Arrows” with headstock, heel and bridge wing inlays
  • Aged Tone Finish and Animal Protein Glue Construction
  • Ziricote bindings with black and white purfling
  • Abalone Rosette
  • Bone Bridge Pins
  • Waverly Tuners with Snakewood Buttons
  • “40th Anniversary” decal on the back of the headstock
  • Available as either a Dreadnought (1 23/32″ nut) or an OM (1 3/4″ nut)
  • List Price $9,165

To demonstrate these guitars, Bourgeois brought in Bryan Sutton and Courtney Hartman to shoot this video of the first two 40th Anniversary models to be made. They played Lelia’s Tune, a new instrumental of Sutton’s.


A small number of dealers will soon have these guitars in stock. A list can be found on the Bourgeois web site.

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