Bourgeois Touchstone Vintage TS OM and TS D review – all the mojo of the golden pre-war era of acoustics with a few modern twists

With tops made in Maine, USA, and bodies constructed in China by Eastman, these guitars provide access to a revered builder’s brand at a fraction of the cost

Bourgeois Touchstone Series
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

These instrument are superbly crafted by both parties and offer great tones inspired by pre-war acoustics without the price you'd pay for an actual pre-war acoustic on the vintage market.


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    Cannot argue with the tones.

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    Fantastic build.

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    Price makes it a fair deal.


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Dana Bourgeois has been building guitars since the 1970s and has become something of a legend in the world of boutique lutherie. In fact, early 2023 saw Dana’s 10,000th instrument leave his workshop. He has pioneered many techniques and innovative practices into the art and it’s no surprise that instruments bearing the Bourgeois name are highly prized among players worldwide. 

As you might imagine, this kind of reputation means that acoustics that bear his mark are the upper end of the price bracket and until now his guitars have been out of reach of enthusiastic amateurs and many serious-minded semi-pros alike. Thanks to a unique turn of events that involves teaming up with the respected Eastman company, Bourgeois guitars are entering a new era whereby the new Touchstone range is far more accessible.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.