When we last updated you at the end of May, 50% of our workforce had just returned to our Lewiston, Maine workshop. At that time we were cautiously optimistic about both the downward trend in local coronavirus infection rates and the steadily increasing demand for our guitars worldwide.
Not quite two months later we are happy to announce that the shop’s Health and Safety plan has been approved by the State of Maine and Bourgeois Guitars is once again humming at full capacity. More importantly, the entire team has made it through the spring in good health.
Through the challenges of the pandemic, music has continued to offer solace, and recent times have indeed inspired many of us to turn our focus inward. One result, unsurprising in retrospect, is a renewed appreciation for the special type of inspiration that can be found in the voice of an heirloom instrument.
Back in March we had no idea when conditions might permit us to reopen. To our surprise however, as we enter the second half of 2020, we now find ourselves backordered at historically high levels. In fact, in response to this steadily growing demand, we are actively hiring additional workers here in Maine.
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Guitars bearing the label designation “Made in Lewiston, Maine” will always be the centerpiece of our product line. As they have been for 45 years, these instruments are built entirely in Maine by Dana and the small and talented group of luthiers he has spent decades personally training.
Our growth strategy has always placed the quality of our guitars above all else. As worldwide demand for our guitars ticks steadily upward and Lewiston production keeps pace, Bourgeois Guitars remains a small, dedicated and tight knit group, still less than half the size of successful high-end peers.
While the sawdust once again flies here in Lewiston, we also continue to make progress on the development of our new line of guitars co-produced and co-branded with Eastman Music.
In recent weeks Dana personally voiced hundreds of tops for this project and has worked tirelessly with Eastman to dial in the finer points of design and execution. “The difference between a good guitar and a great guitar is a study in subtleties” Dana reflects. “As we work toward launching this innovative new product, we’re meticulously checking all the boxes.”
Though the roll-out date for the new line has necessarily been pushed back a bit due to the interruptions presented by COVID-19, we are still anticipating an early 2021 release.
For more information on the details of the Bourgeois/Eastman partnership and the exciting projects we are working on together, we encourage you to read our recent news, found here:
Through these challenging times life continues to move along quickly. For the team here in Maine this has never been truer than it is now. I invite you to stay tuned as we keep you up to date on the latest developments here at Bourgeois Guitars.
Stay well, stay safe and, as always, thank you for your continued support.
President, Bourgeois Guitars