The Bourgeois Luthier's Choice IV is an extremely limited edition carved, cutaway archtop with only 12 pieces available. Each piece is built by hand in Pantheon's Lewiston, Maine shop by Dana Bourgeois and his team of six craftsmen. The simple, yet elegantly appointed, hand crafted instruments are individually signed and numbered by the maker.
Known primarily for his flattop guitars, Dana built his first archtop in 1982. Although production of these guitars has been limited, Bourgeois archtops are loved and played by various artists including Darren Vincent, guitarist with Ricky Skaggs. Dana says: "I have always loved the sound of the acoustic archtop --guys like Eddie Lang and Carl Kress pulled great tone from those guitars. The archtop guitar and modern steel string guitar have common beginnings and have always influenced the development of each other. I am really excited about this limited edition because I believe the archtop can offer guitarists one of the richest tone spectrums available with six strings!"
The Bourgeois LC IV Archtop is voiced and braced to be an acoustic instrument, and at 16 3/4" x 3", it is sized for a balance of tone, power and ease of playing. Traditional appointments include a solid Premium Spruce top and solid Premium Curly Maple back and sides. The instrument features a Bourgeois snakehead headstock and a three-piece Curly Maple neck. The simple ebony pickguard and tailpiece match the inlay-free ebony of the fingerboard. Tortoise body binding rounds out the look. A violin colored finish has been applied to the back, sides and neck, while the spruce top features a fine, violin style sunburst. Both the body and neck on the LC IV have a high gloss finish. Gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons and a premium hardshell case are also standard appointments. (List price: $4440)