Archtop - with Pickup
Click on pictures for closeup view. Each sunburst in our shop
by hand and the colors vary depending on several factors
including the color of the top.
"For years I have been asked to install pickups on my
archtops. I usually
decline--not so much out of wanting to maintain acoustic "purity", but
mostly because pickups are so darn messy to install. Finally, I resolved to
design an installation that wouldn't spoil the aesthetic
appearance of my archtops, or their acoustic performance.
I was so pleased with the result that I decided to offer a new electric model, the A-360, as a companion to
the acoustic A-350. The A-360 is built to the same specs
as the A-350 with the addition of a gold plated, hand wound Kent
Armstrong mini humbucking pickup. Dana's solution to the
sometimes messy appearance of pickup, volume and tone control was to
install the tone and volume under the pickguard in a tidy package
that with access through thumbwheels that protrude slightly
from the pickguard.
The A-360 is a carved, cutaway archtop that pairs the exceptional quality and workmanship of Bourgeois guitars with an outstanding price.
Each piece is built by hand in Pantheon's Lewiston, Maine shop by Dana Bourgeois and his team of seven craftsmen. The elegant yet simply appointed, hand crafted instruments are individually signed by Dana Bourgeois.
Known primarily for his stellar 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 guitar because I believe the archtop can offer guitarists one of the richest tone spectrums available with six strings!"
The Bourgeois A-360 Archtop is voiced and braced to be an acoustic instrument, and at
16 ¾" 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 and features a Bourgeois snakehead headstock and a three-piece Curly Maple neck. The pickguard, tailpiece and fretboard are ebony and feature an elegant white purfling line. 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
A-360 have a high gloss finish. Gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons and a premium hardshell case are also standard appointments.
Photo shows Custom A-360 with Natural finished Maple
back & sides and a lovely Premium spruce top.
Tortoiseshell body binding looks great against the maple. T
a Pantheon Guitars Limited Lifetime Warranty. A variety of
optional tonewoods, appointments, hardware and finishes are also
These guitars are available at one of
our fine retailers.
List price: Inquire
16 3/4" x 3" Cutaway
Archtop with carved top & back.
Solid Premium Select Spruce top.
Solid Premium Curly Maple back & sides.
Three piece Curly Maple neck.
Ebony Snakehead style headstock trimmed with white
Violin 'Burst top with Violin back, sides and neck.
1 23/32" nut width.
25.5" scale length.
Elevated, Ebony Fretboard with
standard Bourgeois frets.
No Fingerboard inlay.
Fretboard binding is Black with
Double Action Truss rod,
adjustable at head.
Tortoise shell body binding
with Black/White top purfling.
Adjustable Ebony bridge with
Ebony tailpiece with white purfling and black aluminium hinge .
Floating Ebony pickguard with
High gloss finish on body and
Gold Schaller tuners with Ebony
Acoustic Phosphur medium
Handwound Gold plated Kent
Volume and tone
Premium hardshell case.
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