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Tonewood Talk: Brazilian Rosewood

Tonewood Talk: Brazilian Rosewood

In January, we introduced you to James, our Wood Librarian.  He shared some of his thoughts on Cocobolo and what it's like to working with the unique wood.  You can read that story here. This month, we are switching gears and talking to James about Brazilian rosewood. Q: What do you love about Brazilian rosewood? A: I love the way it looks! It comes in an array of browns, with an immense amount of character in the way the grain flows. The best part though is the sapwood....

Breedlove Guitars Craftsman Evan Manthei talks Cocobolo

Breedlove Guitars Craftsman Evan Manthei talks Cocobolo

Evan Manthei has been a craftsman with Bedell and Breedlove since 2010.  Originally working for Bedell Guitars in Spirit Lake, Iowa, when Tom Bedell purchased Breedlove in 2011, Evan made a move to Bend, Oregon and joined the team here.  Originally from Minnesota, he became a fan of stringed instruments at the age of six when he started playing the violin.  At 14 Evan switched to playing the guitar.  He was one of the only craftsmen to come over from Spirit Lake, IA when Tom...

New for NAMM 2017

The Breedlove Guitars team is excited to attened the 2017 NAMM show in January.  We have a large collection of exciting new models and are eager to share them with the music industry! Breedlove Offers Concerto Acoustic Guitar Body in New Guitar Models Comfortable guitar body shape now available in eight models, offering the volume of a dreadnought and complex tonal resonance via Sound Profiling technology  Breedlove Guitars announces new guitar models featuring the Breedlove...

CITIES wood update from Breedlove

The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) held their annual meeting September 24 - October 4 in South Africa.  In this session, they changed regulations on ALL species of rosewood under the genus Dalbergia and three bubinga species.  These are now listed under CITES Appendix II, effective January 2, 2017. Knowing that Indian rosewood, and rosewoods in general, are a highly traditional tonewood used in guitars, many people are concerned...

The New Concerto Featured in Premier Guitar

The New Concerto Featured in Premier Guitar

Breedlove Stringed Instruments is proud to unveil the Breedlove Concerto, a new body shape that delivers a higher level of guitar resonance, volume and intonation. This new handcrafted guitar shape was designed to elicit the volume of a classic dreadnought, but with more lush, complex tonal resonance and a comfortable form whether sitting or standing. The Breedlove Concerto is crafted from responsibly harvested exotic tonewoods such as myrtlewood, mahogany, rosewood, koa, cocobolo, and...

CITES EXPANDS THE APPENDIX II LISTINGS TO INCLUDE ALL ROSEWOOD, COCOBOLO AND BUBINGA

From Tom Bedell | Owner, Breedlove Guitars | Dec 2, 2016 182 nations have ratified the international treaty called CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), a convention committed to protecting threatened and endangered plants and animals around the world. It allows for various levels of regulation from a complete ban, for example, on any trade in elephant ivory, to a mere reporting and tracking of vulnerable plants and animals. Enforcement happens at the border of each...

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