click on any photo for a closer look.
Vintage OM / Red Adirondack spruce
Indian Rosewood Back & sides.
You can think of the Vintage OM as a smaller version of our Vintage
D--or maybe it's the other way around. The OM, you see, is really where it all started. Here's what Dana has to say:
"Back in the early 80's I had a great opportunity to work on
very many pre-war OMs. Due to their lack of metal neck reinforcement, almost
all were totally unplayable. They had probably been so for quite some time,
which would explain why, as a group, they appeared to be in otherwise
spectacular condition. In spite of appearances, however, most of these
guitars didn't sound as good one would expect. Over time I found that
stabilizing the rigidity of the neck and setting it to the proper
complimentary angle--relative to the degree of flexibility of the top (or it's present state of deterioration, in some cases--could
transform a ho-hum OM into a monster. Remember, these are small guitars. I
found that the best OMs can sound almost as big as a dreadnought, but you've got a much narrower window in which to make
all the parts work as a unit."
Our Vintage OM is a culmination of Dana's two decades of experience in repairing, restoring and building the legendary Orchestra Model. It comes
standard with an Adirondack spruce top--just like the originals--and is appointed identically to our Vintage Dreadnought,
with ivoroid binding, herringbone top trim, short pattern squares and diamond
inlays, tortoiseshell pickguard, vintage style top toner, and nickel Waverly
Tuners. Premium quartersawn, straight-grained Indian Rosewood is the
standard material for the back and sides, and Brazilian rosewood is offered
as a popular optional upgrade. The OM is the only model in which we scallop
both sides of the X brace, as a result of its natural need for a little
extra help in bottom register.
Because of its characteristic superb balance, clarity of voice, and sustaining top register, the OM was once thought of as the quintessential
fingerstyle guitar. It still is. It's not surprising, however, that
more than a few players have begun to realize that these same characteristics are also highly
employable for a diverse variety of applications. (We have, in fact, built a reputation on our ability to make
Dreadnoughts sound like giant OMs--which is exactly what contemporary
bluegrass players are screaming for.) If you don't need to compete
with fiddles, banjos and mandolins, however, the Vintage OM might be just
the guitar you've been looking for.
Below are some examples of Custom Bourgeois guitars with the OM
body style. Click on any photo for a closer look.
Below are pictures of the OM in Adirondack &
Mahogany with Tortoise shell binding and simple dot inlay.
This guitar also features our Ebony Belly bridge.
The next custom OM is Adirondack and Figured
Curly Koa binding and Herringbone top border. (this particular
guitar was built for Ricky Skaggs and features optional Long Pattern
Squares and diamonds & optional Ebony Belly bridge).
This one shows the Vintage OM in Brazilian Rosewood and
Adirondack with Optional Cutaway with traditional Ebony Pyramid
Except as noted, all
Bourgeois models include the following features:
25.5" Scale Length, One piece Mahogany Neck, Bone Nut &
Saddle, Ebony Fretboard & Bridge, High Gloss Body and Satin Neck
Finish, Mother of Pearl Bourgeois headstock inlay, Bourgeois Premium
Tortoiseshell style pickguard, Ivoroid Bridge and Ed Pins, Deluxe
Hardshell Case and a Limited Lifetime Warranty. A variety of
optional tonewoods, appointments, hardware and finishes are also
are available at one of our fine retailers.
||1 3/4" standard
|| Indian Rosewood
||Short Pattern Squares,
||2 5/16" Ebony Pyramid
||Ivoroid Heel Cap and Butt
Wedge. Premium Vintage style pickguard.
Available with 1 23/32" nut & 2.2 Ebony Belly
bridge for no extra charge.
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