on His Ray LaMontagne Signature Model:
I hit the road that fall I brought four new Bourgeois guitars
with me, and retired all but one of my loyal Martins.
and his team are working on another level entirely. When Dana
and I began talking about a Signature Series I knew that I
wanted to create a guitar that was first and foremost a
A guitar built for touring. A guitar that could take a
beating , yet remain stable while enduring the drastic
temperature and humidity changes that it would undoubtedly
encounter on the road. And in my experience, that is a very
difficult trait to find in any guitar… If you’ve ever
played a Bourgeois Guitar you know that Dana’s guitars are
remarkably stable instruments.
was far less concerned with the outward appearance of the
think that stumped Dana
for a minute. I remember phone conversations where Dana would
ask about bindings, figured woods and inlays, and me trying to
explain that I thought of the guitar in much the same way that
I though of any tool in the toolbox.
wanted the guitar to be understated, with a nod to the great
guitars that inspired builders like Dana to pursue, and in
Dana’s case, forward the art of the Luthier.
wanted us to focus on the balance within any given chord, and
how that balance within the chord would then relate to the
voice. Also there was the challenge of building something that
could deliver some punch playing open chords while tuned down
a whole step, something I do quite often.
took all my suggestions into consideration and set out to
build a guitar that we both could be proud to have our names
I am so proud
to have had the chance to work with Dana, Bonni
and every one at Pantheon Guitars.
What a lovely bunch of people.
And I am
honored to have my name alongside Dana Bourgeois on one of his
instruments." Ray LaMontagne