Masterclass Dreadnought Guitars
For the aficionado who desires clarity, warmth and a strong fundamental, the Masterclass Dreadnought is an heirloom-quality dreadnought that will only get better over time. Featuring a wood set from the Pacific Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, the figured koa back and sides bring the clarity of rosewood, but with the warm, light tones of mahogany, and the bearclaw Sitka spruce top provides focused tone with a strong fundamental. The more the Masterclass Dreadnought is strummed, the more it opens up, revealing an even richer and sweeter tone. 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 Dreadnought Specifications
- Body Type Dreadnought
- Neck Wood Honduran mahogany
- Solid Wood Top Solid bearclaw Sitka spruce
- Solid Wood Back & Sides Solid figured koa
- Top Finish Gloss
- Fretboard Ebony
- # Frets 20
- Nut Width 1 3/4"
- Tuners Hardware Gotoh 510, gold with black buttons
- Lower Bout Width 16"
- Waist Width 10 5/8"
- Upper Bout Width 11 5/8"
- Body Length 21"
- Body Depth 4"
- String Gauge D'Addario EXP 17
- Pickup LR Baggs Anthem TRU-Mic
- Bridge Winged bridge, African ebony
- Binding Koa
- Inlay Masterclass leaves
Breedlove set out to enhance the traditional dreadnought sound, and the results are evident. If you’re inspired by the familiarity of a dread, but are looking for more nuance and richness than usual, the Breedlove Dreadnought delivers. The shape is slightly more rounded than traditional dreadnoughts and produces beautifully full, punchy, and articulate tones. It also provides excellent projection and articulation, so it excels in any ensemble. The hand-graduated top provides the balance and clarity that make this one of the most innovative and expressive-sounding dreadnoughts on the market.
Bearclaw Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It has a shallow, cross-grain curl that seems to increase cross-grain stiffness. Many luthiers feel that the curl enhances the tone and sustain of Sitka spruce. While the cause of the figure is unknown, it is widely assumed to be a result of either genetic mutation or climactic stress. The tone profile is a strong, focused tone with solid fundamental, which makes it perfect for flatpicking styles. Bearclaw Sitka spruce usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It is widely appreciated for its unique patterns, which result in an eye-catching shimmer in a finished instrument.
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 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.