Luthier's Choice 6
Banjo Killer Slope
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The Bourgeois BK Slope D, is
modeled after a legendary
1995 Bourgeois Slope
D dubbed "The
Banjo Killer" by
Nashville flatpicking ace, Bryan Sutton. Bryan's
original Banjo Killer has been used for numerous stage and
recording performances, and was featured on the "Great
Guitars" page of Acoustic Guitar magazine in
October of 2000. Like the original, the
new BK Slope D features Premium Bearclaw Sitka Spruce and
Figured Mahogany back and
sides, Brazilian Rosewood headstock, fretboard, bridge, and
bridge plate, and Adirondack Spruce bracing .
Additional features include ivoroid binding, snakehead
23/32" nut width, ebony bridge
pins, Nickel /Ivoroid Waverly
tuners and a natural finish.
The first 30
guitars were introduced as a Limited Edition and will be signed
and numbered by Bryan Sutton and Dana Bourgeois.
What Bryan Sutton has to say about the guitar:
the first time I played the Slope-D Bourgeois that would come to
be known as the "Banjo Killer", I was amazed at the
range of tone and volume the guitar could produce. The
guitar always seems to be to able to handle any dynamic level of
I can hear
the guitar clearly in a loud jam session without feeling like I
have to overplay and also enjoy a full and sustained tone when I
want to play softly. Dana has recaptured that magic with the
new BK model. Congratulations Dana on 30 years of great
What Dana Bourgeois has to say about it:
BK Slope D known as the Banjo Killer has a
deep, broad tone. Through wood selection and voicing, we
push it in the direction of a bigger bottom end, a
"lush" top end, and greater volume, similar
to the characteristics of Bryan's original Banjo Killer. When
I first started making slope shouldered
Dreadnoughts, I went for something as different as
possible from the balanced and focused sound of my
standard Dreadnought. The Banjo Killer gets me back to that
Edition Series will be completed in November of 2006.
An unsigned version of the model will continue as the
BK Slope D.