Instruments & Gear: New Gear

Bourgeois Tony Rice Tribute Guitar Auction

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Bourgeois Guitars to help raise funds for ailing bluegrass legend.

by Teja Gerken
November 25, 2014

Chris Eldridge plays "Church Street Blues" on the Tribute Guitar for Tony Rice

Bourgeois Guitars has built a one-of-a-kind guitar to be sold via an online auction, with the proceeds benefitting bluegrass flatpicking legend Tony Rice, who has been facing serious health issues. Inspired by Rice’s iconic 1935 Martin D-28, the guitar combines vintage and contemporary design elements.

"Tony Rice had a major impact on my career,” explains luthier Dana Bourgeois. “I got to know him back in the ’80s, when he often worked out of Boston, and I sometimes brought him guitars to critique. Once, after trying one of my OMs he suggested that I try scaling that sound into a bigger package, explaining that the natural balance of the OM was ideal for a flatpicker who used every note on the fretboard. This guitar is my interpretation of Tony's '35 D-28. The essential features are the Bourgeois Aged Tone top, Bracing, and Finish, with Brazilian back and sides, a bound fretboard without position markers, a large soundhole, a Tor-tis pickguard, and oval button Waverly tuners. The top bracing is period correct in pattern and shape, though I used Bourgeois standard back bracing. I think ‘interpretation’ is an appropriate description, as I included many Bourgeois construction features such as our neck joint and truss rod."

The auction will be held online at bourgeoisguitars.com, beginning December 1, 2014.  In the weeks leading up to the auction, several events will be held showcasing the guitar (details at bourgeoisguitars.com). All profits from the sale of the guitar will go directly to Tony Rice.

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