Dana Bourgeois knows wood. Since EVERYONE we know already seems to own several rosewood, mahogany, maple, walnut, and graphite guitars, we, like most shops, are looking for new tricks and considering new "alternative" tonewoods. When we are considering alternative tonewoods, I cannot say that RED GUM EUCALYPTUS is the first to leap to mind, but when Dana Bourgeois calls and says he just built his SECOND guitar of of "Red Gum" and it sounds (his words) "fantastic", he gets our attention. Previously, the only thing we knew about Eucalyptus was that Koala bears like to nibble on its leaves, and they get mightly mellow as a result. So, it is with Koala-bear sincerity that we offer up this FINE sounding Red Gum Eucalyptus guitar. How does it sound? Well, a little like koa but not unlike walnut, and sorta warm all over. The German soundboard and the overall voicing seem to indicate this unique guitar is ideally suited for flying fingers rather than flatpicks, but it's no scaredy cat. She is polite, but not timid. Well behaved, but not shy. Refined, but not starchy. It's a smart sounding guitar with a lot of subtle personality and exotic good looks. So Here's the deal: When Dana Bourgeois talks, we listen. Here we have a SUPERB fingerstyle orchestra model guitar for VOCAL ACCOMPANIMENT, if you are of that persuasion. 1 and 3/4" nut width, ebony belly bridge with 2 and 5/16" spacing, gold plated Waverly tuners with ebony buttons, cutaway, and fabulously figured wood. Dadgummit! A singer's guitar with a warm woody wistful vibe. List Price $5,495.