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Aged Tone Fully Torrefied Guitars

March 30, 2015

When we introduced our Aged Tone guitar series a few years ago, the acoustic world was quick to take note the virtues of torrefied top wood, and the vintage sound and appearance it gave our guitars. Now we are taking torrefaction a step further, and we are excited to introduce our Aged Tone Fully Torrefied guitars.

Torrefaction at its simplest definition is ” a process by which wood is heated in a controlled environment, cooking off the volatiles—the oils, sugars, and resins that naturally vacate the wood but only after many decades of drying.”  We’ve found that it  makes new wood sound and act like old wood, allowing us to add a major element of that old, vintage tone to our new guitars.  To explore the process further, follow these links:

Dana talks to Acoustic Guitar about torrefaction (article)

Dana talks to the Fretboard Journal about torrefaction (podcast)

While our Aged Tone guitars have proven the difference torrefaction makes on the top, a fine guitar is more than just its top wood.  With our Aged Tone Fully Torrefied Guitars, we’ve brought the process to the rest of the guitar – back, sides, neck, braces and bridge plate.  The result is a guitar that is one step closer to the sound and look of vintage instruments, with increased sustain and responsiveness.

Our Fully Torrefied models will be available in stores late this summer, available with Mahogany back & sides and Maple back & sides in limited body types.  Contact your closest Bourgeois Dealer for more information.

Here’s a gallery of the Aged Tone Fully Torrefied Mahogany Dreadnought we showcased at this years NAMM show.