Legacy Concert LTD Guitars

The Legacy Concert LTD pairs two exceptional, solid tonewoods—a Sitka spruce top and koa back and sides—for a voice that’s mellow and sweet while projecting with clarity, depth and volume. The visually stunning koa provides an aesthetic as rich as this instrument’s gorgeous tone.

Legacy Concert LTD Specifications
Body Type Concert
Neck Wood Honduran mahogany
Solid Wood Top Solid Sitka spruce
Solid Wood Back & Sides Solid Koa
Top Finish Gloss
Fretboard Ebony
# Frets 20
Nut Width 1-3/4"
Tuners Hardware Gotoh 381 gold w black button
Lower Bout Width 15"
Waist Width 9"
Upper Bout Width 11 1/4"
Body Length 20"
Body Depth 3.75"
String Gauge D'Addario EXP 16
Pickup LR Baggs Anthem TRU-Mic
Bridge Delta bridge, African ebony
Binding Tortoise
Inlay Legacy wave
Case Deluxe hardshell

Body Shape

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.

Top Wood

Redwood, sequoia sempervirens, originates in the coastal mountains of Northern California in the United States. Redwood is a dark, beautiful top wood favored by fingerstyle players who appreciate clear upper-harmonic content. Sinker redwood comes from logs that were submerged in an oxygen-free environment, in the bottom of lakes or ocean waters, yielding darker, more striped, and often stiffer and lighter, wood. The tone is bold, punchy, and crisp, with rich, strong overtones. It sounds like a cross between spruce and cedar. Coloration can range from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown.

Back and Side Wood

Indian rosewood, dalbergia latifolia, originates in India and southern Iran. Indian rosewood has been the standard rosewood choice for decades. It is often associated with the great dreadnoughts, and is an amazingly neutral wood that takes its personality from the player. Well-balanced lows, mids, and highs make it a natural for many styles. For the past 30 years, a vast majority of high-end steel-string and classical guitars have been made from Indian rosewood. It is famous for rich basses and a clear treble response with well-balanced lows, mids, and highs. It is a black-streaked wood with coloration that usually leans toward purplish brown, and then oxidizes to a rich brown color.

Graduated Top

Breedlove graduated tops 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 Bridge Truss

The Breedlove Bridge Truss (BBT) reduces tension on the soundboard of the guitar, so the top wood is able to vibrate more freely, producing remarkable sustain, balance, and clarity. The BBT also allows for a thinner graduated top, thereby allowing Breedlove craftsmen to bring out the optimal sound from the top wood without sacrificing structural stability. Relieving much of the string tension from the bridge prevents “bridge belly,” ensuring top stability for decades. Guitar strings can exert up to 230 pounds of pull from the nut to the bridge. Traditional methods for preventing top bowing at the bridge usually involve heavy internal bracing and thicker tops. The BBT compensates for this pressure in an innovative way: The BBT is mounted to the bridge from the inside and is connected into the tail block of the guitar, pulling downward on the underside of the bridge to distribute some of the tension, relieving pressure on the top. The resulting tonal effect on BBT-equipped guitars is more resonance and livelier sound with enhanced overtones.


Breedlove guitar necks 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.

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 warranted 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.

If you’ve ever paired the perfect wine with the perfect cheese, chocolate, or steak, you know how that combo can elevate both of the components to an almost orgasmic state—one that is infinitely greater than the sum of the two parts. That’s what Breedlove is attempting with their Legacy series: clever pairings of tonewoods to not only bring out the best of both but to also complement each body style the woods are used in. The Legacy Concert LTD is one such recipe, and it’s a stunner, both visually and sonically. The ingredients—solid Koa for the back and sides and solid Sitka spruce for the top—result in a gorgeous caramel burst on the front and beautiful figuring on the back. The look is made even sexier with the sensual curves of the concert-sized body, the gentle cutaway, and the subtle and pretty abalone rosette. The cool headstock caps it all off—definitely one of the more eye-catching non-traditional designs. I tuned up the Legacy with the silky-smooth Gotoh machines, picked a couple of fretted notes and let them ring against some open strings, and it was immediately apparent that this guitar has “it.” That 3-dimensional otherness that separates amazing instruments from good ones. The tone is balanced and sweet, with superb clarity from string to string. It exhibits great dynamics when strummed, but might be even better suited for fingerpicking, thanks to the string spacing afforded by the relatively wide, flat neck. Hybrid-picked passages with hammer-ons and pull-offs have a real pianistic quality that is just plain delicious. The Legacy’s easy action also makes big barre chords and long stretches a breeze. While the Legacy Concert performs beautifully in the studio, it’s also a great choice for a gigging acoustic because of the generous inclusion of a second strap button and the onboard LR Baggs Anthem TRU-MIC system. Combining a condenser mic with Baggs’ Element undersaddle pickup, the Anthem brings out all the Legacy’s acoustic goodness with surprising feedback rejection for a mic-based setup. I was able to get plenty loud through both acoustic and electric amps, and the tone stayed sweet and musical. Chords rang out with authority and speedy flatpicked passages sounded great as well, even way up the neck, which I was able to access easily with the sloping cutaway. This is obviously not an inexpensive guitar, but Breedlove definitely delivers the quality that the price tag demands. The Legacy has a hip, modern look and sound and is not trying to duplicate what has already been done. This guitar is its own thing, and it’s a beautiful thing at that.

Guitar Player Magazine | 02.22.2016

This guitar is everything you could want in a beautiful sounding intrument. Not only does it visually take your breath away, but the way each note resonantes off of it is heaven! From strumming to fingerstyle, it does it all! An absolutely lovely instrument! The Koa is beautiful, and I could find a single flaw anywhere! If you are looking for a guitar that can do just about anything, look no further.

Ryan | 09.06.2016

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