Masterclass 12-String Guitars
The distinct sound of the Masterclass 12-string can effortlessly quiet a sold-out coliseum and capture the attention of the rowdiest crowds. The evenness of voice allows for show-stopping chord-for-chord and note-for-note clarity. The distinct ring of the strings, whether strummed in unison or separately, is truly awe inspiring. For the collector and aficionado seeking show-stopping chord-for-chord and note-for-note clarity in one of the most unique and noteworthy 12-string guitars available today. This fine instrument along with all other Masterclass, Exotic and Custom Sound Studio Series instruments are available exclusively in the USA through our Distinctive Dealers or internationally through our International Distributors.
- Masterclass 12-String Specifications
- Body Type Auditorium
- Neck Wood Eastern hard rock maple
- Solid Wood Top Solid Sitka spruce
- Solid Wood Back & Sides Solid Western bigleaf quilted maple
- Top Finish Gloss with aged toner
- Fretboard Ebony
- # Frets 20
- Nut Width 1 7/8"
- Tuners Hardware Gotoh 510, gold with black buttons
- Lower Bout Width 15 5/8"
- Waist Width 9 3/16"
- Upper Bout Width 11 3/8"
- Body Length 20"
- Body Depth 3.75"
- String Gauge D'Addario EXP 38
- Pickup LR Baggs Anthem TRU-Mic
- Bridge Winged bridge, African ebony
- Binding Koa
- Inlay Masterclass leaves
Kim Breedlove designed the Auditorium body shape in 2005 for a sound that falls between the intimacy of the best-selling Concert and the deeply resonant power of the Jumbo. An extremely responsive and versatile shape, the Auditorium’s depth and lower bout produce the articulation of the Concert with tonal depth reminiscent of the larger-bodied Jumbo. When played acoustically, this shape has the volume and projection to fill a room, plus added clarity, balance and sustain due to the magical combination of the larger body with the Breedlove Bridge Truss and a thinner graduated top. The Bridge Truss allows the top to move more freely, so melodies and fingerpicking won’t get lost. And when you really want to dig in and strum, these guitars can take it, projecting your music to the audience in the fullest, most expressive way possible.
Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the northwest United States. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for American-made instruments for decades. It is strong and light with extended harmonic content, and it nearly equals the power of Adirondack. It offers a strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental -- perfect for flatpicking styles. When compared with European spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones. Sitka takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It has a straight uniform grain and coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.
Back and Side Wood
Western bigleaf maple, acer macrophyllum, originates in the western United States. With a powerful fundamental and even harmonics, it is clear and present, without pronounced peaks and valleys in the harmonic content, which makes it great for standing out among other instruments. It offers a clear attack and fast response to articulation in the whole frequency range with excellent note separation, quicker note decay than other medium-density woods, and more treble sparkle than rosewood. Sapwood color ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown.
Bridge TrussBreedlove Bridge Truss
The 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 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 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 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.