Pursuit Exotic Concert CE Guitars
For musicians seeking amazing power with a clear and sweet tone, both acoustically and plugged in, the Pursuit Exotic Concert Koa - Koa is a true reflection of Breedlove’s Distinctively Crafted Sound. Its solid Koa top and Koa back and sides “open up” the more the instrument is played, expanding the midrange, for an even richer, sweeter tone over time. The stunning beauty of the figured koa make the Pursuit Exotic Concert Koa - Koa a work of art as well as an extraordinary musical instrument.
- Pursuit Exotic Concert CE Specifications
- Body Type Concert
- Neck Wood Mahogany (Okoume)
- Solid Wood Top Koa
- Back & Sides Koa
- Top Finish Natural gloss
- Back & Side Finish Natural gloss
- Fretboard East Indian rosewood
- # Frets 20
- Nut Width 1.6875"
- Tuners Hardware Gold Closed Gear
- Lower Bout Width 15.37"
- Waist Width 9"
- Upper Bout Width 11.28"
- Body Length 19.875"
- Body Depth 3.75"
- String Gauge D'Addario EXP 16
- Pickup Fishman USB
- Bridge East Indian rosewood
- Binding Black
- Inlay Centered dots
- Case Standard gigbag
- Scale Length 25.5"
- Sound Hole 4"
- Crafted In China
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 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 Pinless Bridge
The Breedlove Pinless Bridge helps maintain the integrity of the top by eliminating the need for six drilled string holes. The fewer holes in your soundboard, the more evenly the sound wave can move across the interior, without any loss of energy. The Breedlove Pinless Bridge also provides a gentler string-break angle from the bridge to the top of the saddle, reducing saddle strain. This innovative bridge also makes string changes a breeze, especially on 12 strings. Plus, you’ll never again have to worry about lost, worn-out, or broken bridge pins.
Breedlove guitars feature a slimmer neck profile, which enables comfortable play, even with smaller hands. The hand-rubbed, semi-gloss Breedlove neck finish also contributes to ideal playability. The labor-intensive finish process includes 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.
Top, Back and Side Wood
One of the most visually stunning woods available, with golden hues and often with dramatic figure. Koa is characterized by a tone that is both clear and sweet. The voice grows over time, from sweet to sweeter. Clear and sweet. The wood “opens up” the more the instrument is played, expanding the midrange, for an even richer, sweeter tone over time. Due to its popularity, it is harder and harder to find top-quality koa. Limited supply has driven up prices in recent years, making koa expensive, and therefore rarely found in production guitars. Has the stiffness and clarity of rosewood, but with the warm, light tones of mahogany. Similar in weight and strength to black walnut. Colors range from brown to gold, with rich and varying grain, tending toward curl or flame figure in old-growth trees. Koa is a fast-growing tropical hardwood, native to the Hawaiian Islands. It requires up to 200 inches of annual rainfall. As a nitrogen fixing plant, it is perfect for growing in the young volcanic soil of the Islands.
Premier Guitar recently sat down with the Breedlove team and Jeff Pilson of the band Foreigner, to review two new Breedlove guitars: the Oregon Concert Rogue (new limited edition of the Oregon Series) and the Pursuit Concert Koa (new limited edition model from the Pursuit Series). View the review video here!
Premier Guitar | 01.26.2016
Guitar World stopped by the Breedlove booth at the 2016 Winter NAMM show to review the new Breedlove Pursuit Koa Limited Guitar. In this short video, we hear a breif description of the instrument and hear a little audio sample.
Guitar World | 01.02.2016
By Dave Celentano | Guitar Tricks For the last 25 years Breedlove, an acoustic guitar manufacturer from Bend, Oregon, has steadily built a reputation with dealers and musicians for making award-winning stringed instruments. Their latest addition is no exception. The new, limited edition Pursuit Concert Koa has received raving reviews ever since its debut at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, and deservingly so. This guitar is for musicians seeking a high-quality, reliable instrument that not only has delicious tone acoustically and while plugged in, but also looks like an elegant piece of art (and won’t break the bank!). The Koa top, back, and sides are stunningly beautiful. More importantly, the solid top and unique truss support system guarantee a guitar that will last a lifetime with tone that improves through the years. - See more at: http://breedlovemusic.com/about/reviews/guitar-tricks-pursuit-koa-review#sthash.1ZaQL261.dpuf
Guitar Tricks | 03.05.2016
One run through Mary Flowers’ “My Bluebird,” a blues in G major, finds Breedlove’s Concert Koa to be well-suited for fingerpicking. Same with J.J. Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze,” with its classic shuffle pattern. The guitar’s ample midrange is nice in this context, with a snap and crispness that lends itself well to palm muting.
Those are two songs that I had notated in the August issue of this magazine, and the ease and comfort of the Concert Koa with both shows this instrument can be versatile.
You can see why in the construction: It glows with intensely figured and richly colored koa and abalone purfling, and its rosette inlay work. It’s a jewel of a guitar, for sure, and a highly functional tool—no big surprise coming from a forward-thinking guitar maker like Breedlove.
The Pursuit Concert Koa is the latest member of Breedlove’s series of affordable guitars designed at the company’s Oregon headquarters and made in China. This line of instruments, intended for players looking to branch out into gigging and recording, pairs Breedlove’s signature design flourishes with Fishman electronics, including a USB output—good both for street-corner busking and capturing ideas on the fly.
However, my first tonal impression of the Concert Koa is that it doesn’t sound quite as handsome as it looks. The bass feels a bit meek, and overall the guitar sounds constricted. But it seems to open up fairly quickly after I spend some time with it. Read the full review.
Well, I wasn't going to do a review. Although Acoustic Guitar's article was very good, after reading it I felt I needed to step in and have a say.
I bought one of these about 6 months ago. In my opinion the guitar sounds fantastic and plays wonderfully right from the factory. The sound is warm and sweet, full of harmonics. I noticed the sound changing and getting sweeter after only a couple of weeks of playing. Acoustic Guitar found the bass a little lacking. My opinion is NO, definitely not, no, not at all. The bass is very present and the overall sound, again, is quite beautiful. Not to mention this is one kick-ass good-looking guitar! The abalone purfling sparkles in rainbow colors giving the instrument a very cool look, and the gold tuners say "we're proud of this". The finish and workmanship is absolutely outstanding. Not one blemish or even a tiny imperfection anywhere on the guitar. It is absolutely 100% perfect. $1000 for an all Koa guitar with solid graduated top, the Breedlove bridge truss system, built-in pre-amp with volume, phase, and tone controls, built-in electronic tuner, AND a USB output so you can go directly into your sound card? Yeah, I want one! It's a steal at that price! I tune my guitar to A444, which means using an external tuner, as the built-in one is locked to A440. I've been playing around with DADGAD for a couple of months. I like the lower tones. Am thinking of re-tuning it to standard, except setting every string a whole step lower.
Can't wait to see what this baby sounds like years down the road. They say the sound of Koa continually improves with age. Am I going to store this work of art in a gig bag? I don't think so. So I got Breedlove's $200 hardshell case to go with it. Then I discovered the guitar don't get played when it's in a case! So I got a stand and placed it in my "playroom". Now it gets played numerous times every single day! Incidentally, the case with its bright red stitching is an eye-catcher also. You might want to get your Koa guitar sooner rather than later because the Hawaiian Koa wood will not last forever. It is only obtainable from private landowners.
John | 10.31.2016