JOURNEY CONCERT E Guitars
The Breedlove Journey Concert is designed to deliver powerful, robust sound. It takes full advantage of Brazilian rosewood's character of delivering highly present bass tones much as a woofer does for a sound system. There is little subtlety with this instrument, the more a musician dives into the Breedlove Journey, the more it will respond. The salvaged Sitka spruce top is paired perfectly to allow for tonal balance and, most importantly, tonal range. The Breedlove Journey truly comes alive the second it is played.
- JOURNEY CONCERT E Specifications
- Body Type Concert
- Neck Wood Honduran Mahogany
- Solid Wood Top Sitka spruce
- Solid Wood Back & Sides Brazilian rosewood
- Top Finish Natural High Gloss
- Back & Side Finish Natural High Gloss
- Fretboard Ebony
- # Frets 20
- Nut Width 1-3/4"
- Tuners Hardware Gotoh 381, Gold with black buttons
- Lower Bout Width 15"
- Waist Width 9"
- Upper Bout Width 11 1/4"
- Body Length 20"
- Body Depth 2 (3.75")
- String Gauge D'Addario EXP 16
- Pickup LR Baggs Anthem TRU-Mic
- Bridge Winged bridge, African ebony
- Binding Ivoroid
- Inlay Dots
- Case Deluxe hardshell
The Breedlove Concert is the original Breedlove shape. It first appeared in 1992, and has been the best-selling Breedlove body shape ever since. Designed specifically for the fingerstylist to be well balanced, compact, and comfortable to play, it generates a wonderfully articulate range of tone with an ample low end that is never boomy, but always felt. The unique construction also allows the Concert to sing even at a full strum. If you’re a fingerstylist, or are seeking an instrument to use as vocal accompaniment, this is the shape for you. The Concert is engineered to provide exceptional sustain with a pronounced bass response, both of which can be achieved with a light touch. The graduated top works in harmony with the Breedlove Bridge Truss to provide an even response throughout the lows, mids, and highs, with sustain, and clear, concise, note-for-note projection.
Breedlove graduated tops, featured on select models, contribute stunning balance from lows to highs. How? Graduated tops are slightly thicker on the treble side, balancing the higher energy treble frequencies with the lower energy bass frequencies traveling through the thinner bass side. The result: clearer, cleaner highs and stable, resonant lows. Because no two soundboards are exactly the same, Breedlove craftsmen evaluate each top for stiffness and density, and then graduate it accordingly. The amount of graduation is customized for each individual instrument. The top is sanded to the precise graduated thickness to achieve optimal flexibility and stiffness. This hands-on process is one of the major contributors to the Breedlove sound.
Breedlove guitars feature a slimmer neck profile, which enables comfortable play, even with smaller hands. Unlike traditional dovetail neck joints that require major surgery for a neck re-set, it is easy to adjust the play action and neck angle with the Breedlove bolt-on neck and single-action truss rod. The hand-rubbed, semi-gloss Breedlove neck finish contributes to ideal playability – the finish process alone takes three days, including precise finish coat applications, fine sanding, and hand buffing and rubbing.
The asymmetrical headstock is featured on CM, Concert, Auditorium, and 12-String body shapes. This headstock isn’t just a pretty shape – it’s specifically designed to keep the strings in a straight, even line from the nut to the tuning pegs. The result is even tension, stable tuning, and ease of alternate tuning.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Breedlove players around the world can attest: With consistent, proper care, your Breedlove will give you a lifetime of service – and inspiration. New Breedlove instruments, purchased through an authorized Breedlove dealer, are warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship throughout the lifetime of the original owner. In addition to materials and workmanship, Breedlove offers a two-year warranty on tuning machines and electronics packages. Cases and bags are subject to a one-year warranty covering defects in structure and hardware. Full details on our limited lifetime warranty are available here.
Guitar World stopped by the Breedlove both at the 2016 Winter NAMM show to check out and review the new Breedlove Journey Concert Brazilian Rosewood Guitars.
Guitar World | 02.01.2016
I stumbled upon the Breedlove line of guitars and quickly realized I was onto something incredible. These guys go find and salvage fallen Redwoods and Brazilian Rosewoods and turn them into the most phenomenal sounding guitars. The one I featured is the Journey Concert series because it was not only beautiful looking, but man did it sound great. The top is salvaged Redwood which is paired with aged Brazilian Rosewood. They can also custom hand-tune each individual guitar to its wood’s frequency potential. Basically: they know their wood, and they know how to unlock the highest potential of each guitar they build. Full Review.
Gear Ographer | 02.16.2016
Brazilian rosewood was the tonewood of choice for the backs and sides of guitars by Martin and other makers from the 1800s through the 1960s, when supplies grew thin due to overharvesting. In 1969, Martin discontinued the use of Brazilian rosewood in favor of Indian rosewood, and since then the company has used Brazilian only for it’s occasional limited-edition series, as have other guitar makers. In 1992, Brazilian rosewood was added to the CITES treaty (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) banning its exportation. Now the wood can be used only if it was harvested before 1992 or from trees that have fallen naturally. That’s why production-model Brazilian rosewood guitars are rare these days, and a luthier-made Brazilian can easily set you back in the high five– or even six-figure range. Several years ago, Breedlove scored the world’s largest legal collection of Brazilian rosewood, which had been drying for half a century in a village outside of Madrid, Spain. The company pulled 50 sets from its reserves for the limited-edition Journey. Our review model boasts some particularly attractive portions of the tonewood, with a rich, dark coloring and a bit of spider-web figuring: the perfect complement, visually as well as sonically, for its salvaged– Sitka spruce top. (Breedlove also offers a cutaway version with a salvaged-redwood top, the Journey FS Concert.) - Read the Full Review.
Acoustic Guitar | 06.01.2016
Playing the Breedlove Journey Concert, you’re reminded of the depth of sound that a set of Dalbergia nigra—or Brazilian rosewood—back and sides lends to a steel-string acoustic guitar (the guitar features a solid Sitka top). The bass notes have an unmistakable oomph, as if the guitar is outfitted with a subwoofer, and overall, the guitar has a lush, ringing sound that makes putting it down a challenging proposition. Brazilian rosewood guitars of any constructional style are getting harder and more expensive to come by. Thanks to the Journey Concert’s onboard electronics—LR Baggs Anthem TRU-MIC, combining a miniature microphone with a piezo pickup—the guitar sounds warm and detailed. The guitar is highly recommended for anyone wanting to get in the door with a guitar made from this precious tonewood—while it’s still available on a new instrument. PRICE: $5,332 list/$3,999 street. Read more.
Acoustic Guitar | 11.07.2016