Ricky Skaggs' Bourgeois Brazilian D-150
This is the first guitar that Dana Bourgeois built for Ricky Skaggs back in 1996. We brought the guitar to the Bourgeois shop in Lewiston, Maine to let Dana have a look at it again after 25 years. He recalled that Bryan Sutton, who was already playing a Banjo Killer, introduced Dana and Ricky at the Point Thomas Bluegrass festival in 1996 and that he built a guitar for both Bryan and Ricky.
We looked at Dana’s records and found #651 in a log book with Ricky’s name on it. Dana is pretty sure that this was Ricky’s personal road guitar from 1996 to 2002. We’ll include a copy of the log page with the guitar.
As Dana noted when he picked it up for the first time in 25 years, it plays great, easy up and down the neck and has had new frets installed. The tone is even and balanced and this guitar is capable of playing loud and responding to energetic playing like you would expect from Ricky Skaggs’s show guitar.
We carefully examined the guitar at the Bourgeois shop and made these notes on it. The pick guard is original and the wear on the top was earned honestly playing Bluegrass music. The guitar is road-worn but was well maintained so that it is solid and sounds great. There is a small repaired crack on the back. We presume that there has been a neck re-set and the bridge was thinned to a height to allow for a tall full saddle with lots of room to shave in the future. The original neck profile was thinned (see photos). That and the 1 3/4" nut makes the neck feel contemporary and easy to play.
The guitar is gig ready with a Fishman VT system installed and comes with a hard shell case.
Top Wood : Adirondack Spruce
Back and Sides : Brazilian Rosewood
Body Shape : D
Nut Width : 1 3/4"
Scale Length : 25.5"