Up for sale, 1995 Bourgeois Jumbo OM Cutaway (JOMC) in exceptional condition, complete with a hardshell case. Dana Bourgeois and his skilled team produce intimately crafted guitars, built with an unwavering attention to detail, and using the finest tonewoods and a reliance on hand-assembly. To this day, Dana meticulously oversees the top and back voicing of every guitar and approves selection of all tonewoods. Yet for a company founded in 1993, this early example of the JOMC was produced when the Bourgeois team was considerably smaller, undoubtedly benefitting from considerable craftsmanship from Dana himself.
A company that has been revolutionary in the acoustic guitar industry, Bourgeois' innovations were numerous, including a unique X-bracing system. The acoustic instrument voicing method of tap tuning an instrument's top, and the pioneering of torrefaction (a Finnish method of heat-treating raw timber to cure the tonewoods and produce an "aged" sound) were also techniques pioneered by Bourgeois.
A Bourgeois original, the Jumbo OM Cutaway sits comfortably between a dreadnought and an OM, representing the largest body style in Bourgeois' 0/00/000-OM/JOM sequence. Following the same profile as their Grand Auditorium, the Jumbo OM features a deeper side depth, bringing its overall air cavity closer to the realm of a dreadnought.
Tonewoods include a Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides, paired with a mahogany neck capped with an ebony fingerboard. The top benefits from a unique x-bracing system that scallops only the bass-side braces while the treble braces are shaped and tapered, to enhance bass-to-treble balance in a large guitar. The sound is extremely crisp and articulate with tons of treble detail and clarity. There’s a brightness to the plain strings without being too delicate, while the wound strings hold together well with vigorous strumming, with each string staying defined while yielding to a certain sweet growl and bloom to the notes as they sustain. The overarching tonal profile is perfectly tailored for fingerpicking, and the cutaway offers easy access to the highest registers. This guitar weighs 4lbs 12oz, dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-54 bronze strings and comfortable action.
The mahogany neck has a slender very soft V-shaped profile carve with just a hair more overall heft and roundness further up the board, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 9th. The original slender frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. The guitar plays easily up the 25.4" scale, with a modern, fully-adjustable truss rod that mimics the tonal response of vintage guitars having a steel t-bar neck reinforcement. The carved bone nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width, and the headstock is outfitted with genuine Waverly open-gear nickel tuning machines (original Kluson-style gears are also included). The headstock face has a bound rosewood veneer and ebony truss rod cover, with just a couple small nicks on the headstock edges.
The ebony bridge sits flush with the top, fitted with a tall, compensated bone saddle. A K&K pickup has also been installed with a 1/4" endpin jack, and there is a unique hardware accessory that hangs the strap button an inch behind the jack, lining up more closely with the positioning of the forward strap button on the heel. Cosmetic wear is limited to some requisite pick scuffing across the deep reddish brown tortoise pickguard, a few light finish scratches on the back, some small nicks clustered on the treble-side lower bout on top, and one small finish chip on the cutaway binding edge. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.
The included black tolex hardshell case is structurally sound with functional latches and the original handle, exhibiting some wear and liberal use of gaffer tape on the exterior.