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Dana Bourgeois’ involvement with guitars predates by many years the company that carries his name. His work has, in fact, enriched the steel-string guitar world for almost 40 years. Although Bourgeois began playing guitar shortly after seeing the Beatles’ historic performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, his journey with the craft of lutherie began in earnest while attending Maine’s Bowdoin College in the early ’70s. After devouri ng Irving Sloan’s landmark book Classic Guitar Construction, Dana figured he’d give it a shot in his dorm room. “My grandfather was a machinist, and my father was an amateur wood worker, and between the two of them, I received enough help to actually build a guitar,” he remembers. Clearly, Dana had found his passion. By 1977, he had established a one-man shop in Brunswick, Maine, which soon led to his first commission for a hand-built guitar. “From the mid-’70s to mid-’80s,” he says, “my bread and butter was repair and restoration, but I never stopped building guitars.”
Lewiston, Maine
Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Sutton, Martin Simpson, Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Steve Earle, Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, Marshall Crenshaw
Country Boy, Standard D, Vintage D, DB Signature, D-150, Slope D, Advanced Slope D, BK Slope D, Banjo Killer, JOM, JOMC, OMC, Vintage OM, Soloist, OMS, OMS-150, DS-260, Petite Jumbo, DB Jumbo, Celtic JOM
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