Guitars - Specialty Models

Specialty ModelsThe following Specialty Models are available with very few Options other than Body Woods and Neck Sizes.

Model :

The Banjo Killer

Body Style :

Slope D

The Banjo Killer


The 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."


Top Wood Bear Claw Sitka
Back/Sides Mahogany - Figured
Rosette Wood
Backstrip DB
Buttwedge Body Wood
Body Binding Ivoroid
Purfling Black/Maple/Black with Back and Sides
Neck Mahogany
Head Veneer Ziricote
Head Binding None
Fretboard 14 Fret Ziricote
Fretboard Inlay Tiny Dots
Fretboard Binding Ziricote
Tuners Waverly Nickel with Ivoroid Buttons
Bridge Ziricote Belly - 2.2
Pins Ebony - Abalone Dots
Pickguard 00 / Celluloid
Top Color Natural
Nut Width 1 23/32
Notes :
1 23/32” nut comes standard with 2.2 Belly Bridge - 1 3/4” nut comes standard with 2 5/16” Belly Bridge. * No extra charge for 1 23/32” or 1 3/4” nut width on any model. Note: With few exceptions, we cannot do a cutaway on a guitar with Mahogany back and sides. Firestripe pickguard available only on Slope D and Small Jumbo.

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Square Headstock. Optional Sunburst.

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