Bourgeois- Pantheon Guitars, LLC was formed in October, 2000 when Dana Bourgeois, a well known master luthier, and a set of new business investors came
together to form Pantheon Guitars.
Dana and Bourgeois
Guitars had, up to that point, crafted over 1,000 of the finest
acoustic instruments played by musicians around the world. At that
time, having designed and built guitars for more than a quarter of a
century, it was exciting for Dana to be part of Pantheon Guitars and
combine strong business resources, marketing capability and great
guitar building into the same organization.
Together, everyone at
Bourgeois-Pantheon Guitars is working to be the best "small shop" acoustic guitar builder in the
world, and Dana,
working full time at the helm of his small crew, has the opportunity to focus on designing and building instruments of the highest quality and
making Bourgeois guitars the best they can be.
of 2010, Dana
Bourgeois has been designing and building
guitars for thirty five years. "I am particularly
excited about our new guitars and the
very positive responses we are receiving
from customers," commented Dana.
"Pantheon has provided me
with the opportunity to focus on designing and building
instruments of the highest quality.
All Bourgeois guitars are handcrafted in Maine and carry the Bourgeois headstock signature which guarantees a level of quality that players and enthusiasts alike
have come to expect in fine steel string acoustic instruments.
Roy Continental Mill. Built in 1866. Listed
on the National Register of Historic Places -1979. Home to Bourgeois Guitars - 2000.
Located in an 1860's mill in Lewiston, Maine, Dana and his fellow
craftsman, build about 30 guitars a month and remain committed to
giving each instrument a level of attention to detail that is hard
to find in the world today.
ABOUT DANA BOURGEOIS
Dana Bourgeois . Photo by Kevin Kinnear.
Dana Bourgeois is known around the world for his superb craftsmanship and also as one of the foremost authorities on the voicing, selection and utilization of fine acoustic tonewoods.
He selects and matches the woods for each guitar at the beginning of the production process and, once each guitar is complete, checks it from top to bottom insuring it is aesthetically perfect and sounds and plays up to the demanding Bourgeois standard. Throughout the production process you can find Dana applying bridges, spraying a sunburst top, buffing the final finish coat, selecting and applying pick guards as well as overseeing the eight other individuals working on the various facets of the guitars being built.
Dana Bourgeois at his Bench.
Dana's career began when he built his first guitar in his dorm room at his alma mater, Bowdoin College in Maine. From there, using the knowledge he gained primarily from the repair of guitars, he launched into lutherie on a full-time basis in 1978.
His experience with a more extensive production came after he received a request from Eric Schoenberg to build an OM cutaway in the traditional design.
This initiated a decade long partnership with Schoenberg and the engagement of Martin Guitars in the final assembly of instruments designed by Dana and with tops he individually voiced. Over 300 guitars were built in this fashion bearing the Schoenberg label and carrying the signature of Dana's design and sound. Dana was then retained by Paul Reed Smith Guitars in 1990 to spearhead acoustic development for the PRS organization, and later by Gibson Guitars to assist in construction and setup of their new production facility in Montana. With this experience and knowledge Dana went on to establish his own small-shop production company, Bourgeois Guitars in 1995.
In 2000, he co-founded Pantheon Guitars and currently oversees and participates in the design and annual construction of about 400 guitars bearing his name.
In our small shop, every instrument is tweaked, shaved and prodded by expert hands.
It starts with each set of wood being approved by Dana Bourgeois
himself. And moves through the shop from bench to bench with
Dana as the final word on each process. We have been
lucky that Dana's reputation as a master builder has brought people
from around the country to our door for a chance to work in our
shop. The small tight-knit group of craftsmen are proud of
what they do and work hard to build the best guitars they
As testimony to these great instruments, they have become a favorite of many professional
players, such as Ray LaMontagne, Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Sutton, Martin Simpson, Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Steve Earle,
Ron Block, Dan Tyminski and Marshall Crenshaw. Bourgeois
guitars are cherished by many serious musicians around the world,
young and old.