|Comments||Boucher guitars are fairly new for us, but they bring a fully developed and realized instrument line.
These fine instruments are very well built using prime materials, wonderful attention to detail, and great finishes.
Today we have a Boucher Guitars Alancia Goose OMH, or Orchestra Model Hybrid. This model features cocobolo back and sides, this specific example a wood set with lovely sapwood providing visual effects.
Cocobolo is becoming very popular with guitar builders and players as a replacement for woods like Brazilian rosewood. It provides strong projection and fast attack, deep bass and midrange. The hybrid OM body balances out the depth of the bass with an even, sparkling top end.
|Serial Number||Varies as new; this example is AA-1001-OMH. Built at the Boucher shop in Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec, Canada. Berthier-sur-Mer is on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a bit east of Quebec City.|
|Pricing||$3,310.00 CAD with hardshell case.|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with unbound ebony fingerboard. Abalone position markers and side dots, mother of pearl Boucher logo inlaid on headstock. 25.5 inch scale length, 1.75 inch nut width.|
|Body||Hybrid Orchestra body shape, 16 inches wide. Adirondack spruce top, cocobolo back and sides, spruce bracing on top, back and sides, spruce center back strip, mahogany kerfed linings. Forward shifted X bracing, hand-scalloped and tuned. Maple binding, Herringbone purfling and soundhole decoration. Faux Tortoise pickguard.|
|Finish||Gloss finish on the body, satin on the neck. The satined neck makes for a much ‘slicker’ feel; gloss finishes can tend to become a bit ‘sticky’.|
|Hardware/electronics||Gold ‘Boucher’ branded tuners, Tusq nut, bone saddle.|
|Playability/Action||Plays very well. I’m having a hard time stopping playing it to write this! Lots of saddle height, and it looks like Boucher uses a bolt-reinforced neck joint so that when the guitar eventually requires a neck reset (as nearly all acoustics do, after some decades), the work will be straightforward.|
|Case||Hardshell case included.|
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