Regular Price: $6,295.00
Special Price $5,665.00
Upgraded with what Dana Bourgeois called "Rare and Ultra Uber Figured Mahogany"
The Banjo Killer is a slope shouldered dreadnought with a premium bearclaw Sitka spruce top and figured mahogany back and sides. The guitar is modeled after Bryan Sutton’s famous Bourgeois dubbed the “Banjo Killer". The fingerboard and belly bridge are figured ziricote wood. The Tor-tis pickguard is handmade, and the bridge pins are ebony with abalone dots. The tuners are Nickel Waverly with ivoroid buttons. Here's what IBMA "Guitar Player of the Year" Bryan Sutton has to say about the guitar: "From 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 play. 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 Bourgeois has this to say: "The BK Slope D 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. The Banjo Killer gets me back to that original idea."Learn More
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Individually hand-crafted using time-honored methods & premium hand-carved solid tonewoods. Solid Spruce Top, solid Flamed Maple back & sides. Ebony fingerboard & adjustable ebony bridge. F-style body with an oval sound hole for round, liquid tones.Learn More
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Upgraded with K&K mandolin pickup.
Individually hand-crafted using time-honored methods & premium hand-carved solid tonewoods with solid Spruce Top, Solid Maple back & sides. Ebony fingerboard & adjustable ebony bridge. F-style body with an oval sound hole for round, liquid tones.Learn More
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Individually hand-crafted using time-honored methods & premium hand-carved solid tonewoods with solid Spruce Top, solid Maple back & sides. Ebony fingerboard & adjustable ebony bridge. F-style body with F-holes for warm, ringing tones & excellent sound projection.Learn More
Featuring Waterloo's East Indian Rosewood back/side option, vintage-inspired x-bracing, and a prominent v-shaped neck with fully adjustable truss rod.
Full-bodied in both tone and stature, the aptly nicknamed "Jumbo King" is the largest size offering in the Waterloo line and a modern day tribute to jumbo-sized guitars of the early 1940s. Originally manufactured by Regal for the mail-order enterprise Montgomery Ward, this slope-shoulder body size was designed to provide performers of the era with enough volume and power for professional radio work. The WL-JK accomplishes this and more by employing a full five-inch body depth and a slightly narrow waist to enhance both the bass and treble response.Learn More
I've been aware of this instrument since 1983 when I read an article in Guitar Player magazine by George Gruhn about a 7 string Dobro made by Gibson. I was quite intrigued, as I played Dobro a bit as well. It was a marvel to behold. Now for a little history: CMI was a conglomerate that from 1944 until the mid fifties, owned Gibson and the National Guitar Company. There was a bit of an incestuous relationship between the two companies. It was not uncommon for National to use Gibson bodies, and then use their own necks, hardware, etc. I've seen Gibson J-45 bodies and ES-175 bodies with National parts. The point of this is that there was some intermingling of the two companies. After WWII, National stopped making resonator instruments. However, there was still a demand from traditional Dobro players. Even back then they were searching the pawn shops for used instruments. That brings us back to our Gibson Dobro. It exists, and we have it in our shop. It was possibly a prototype made by Gibson with a vintage National/Dobro resonator. National had a stash of those, and used them in the sixties on some models. So, this guitar was either made as a special order, or as an experimental model. I tend to think it was made for a customer because most prototypes I've seen are somewhat crude - this is not. It is a finished instrument. It is seven strings with four resonator screens. The body is a Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar body. It's bigger than any traditional style Dobro that I've seen. Bigger body, bigger sound; that's how it works. So as just a musical instrument, it's the best sounding Dobro I've ever heard. It's the only one my friends. There is a rumor that two more were made, but it is unsubstantiated. This is about the rarest Gibson on the planet and that is including the elusive, never seen "MODERNE". I've never seen a Moderne in person, but I can look at this guitar anytime I want to. It's clean and nice, showing some light wear, but overall condition is excellent. It's really something. A piece of history - and it can be yours! Comes with vintage hard case.Learn More
Regular Price: $17,195.00
Special Price $15,475.00
"Un objeto de gran belleza" That's a beautiful Spanish phrase isn't it? It means, "An object of great beauty". I can't think of anything that describes this guitar more eloquently and accurately. Where do I begin? This stunning instrument is a work of art that also happens to be an incredible guitar. It has a wonderful tone thanks in part to the Aged Tone Adirondack Top. Of course, the Brazilian Rosewood back and sides doesn't hurt either. This is a presentation model, like the beautiful presentation grade guitars and banjos made by the great instrument makers in the early 1900's. Instruments that were designed to represent the penultimate of the maker's art. The Bourgeois L-DBO-Presentation is that and more. This is as good as it gets, my friends.Learn More
The Traditional or "T" Series guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm, rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection. Each Traditional series guitar will come with a handmade lightweight Collings case designed and built in the Collings shop. The pairing of these new Traditional guitars and cases makes for a combination of old world quality and aesthetic that is unprecedented among instruments available today.Learn More
Full-bodied in both tone and stature, the aptly nicknamed "Jumbo King” is the largest size offering in the Waterloo line and a modern day tribute to jumbo-sized guitars of the early 1940s. Originally manufactured by Regal for the mail-order enterprise Montgomery Ward, this slope-shoulder body size was designed to provide performers of the era with enough volume and power for professional radio work. The WL-JK accomplishes this and more by employing a full five-inch body depth and a slightly narrow waist to enhance both the bass and treble response. Featues vintage inspired x-bracing, and prominent v-shaped neck with fully adjustable truss rod.Learn More
The WL-14 is the flagship model of the Waterloo guitar line and the inspiration that started it all. This "X" braced version retains tighter focus and balance across the tonal range. Custom Thinner neck profile for those players who do not want the very full "V" shape that comes standard on this model, with T-bar carbon fiber neck support for ultra-lightweight rigidity. Hardshell TKL case included.Learn More
This fingerstyle-friendly Grand Concert boasts the classic tonewood pairing of solid Indian rosewood back and sides with a Sitka spruce top, and like other Grand Concert body styles, features a slightly shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length to make reaching and fretting notes easier. The compact body is matched by a sonic footprint that will keep the overtones in check, giving the guitar clear tonal definition that works well both for solo and ensemble playing. Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup delivers natural-sounding amplified tone for gigging or recording. Aesthetic details include white binding, Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, a three-ring rosette, and satin finish back and sides with a gloss top. The guitar ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.Learn More
The Grand Concert 312e is a great option for players who favor the comfort and intimate feel of a small-body acoustic and want an onboard pickup. Solid sapele back and sides paired with a Sitka spruce top produce a clear, balanced tone, while Elixir ® HD Light strings bring out bolder highs, fuller lows, and impressive overall warmth. Featured appointments include black binding, a black pickguard, Italian acrylic small diamond fretboard inlays, and a 3-ring rosette. The guitar comes equipped with Taylor’s onboard Expression System 2 pickup and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.Learn More