Oregon Myrtlewood Series
There is a special magic found only in the Northwest, and this magic inspired a series of instruments unlike any other. It began with the Oregon Series, combining the power of Sitka spruce tops, myrtlewood backs and sides and hard rock maple necks. Then we became curious what a guitar would sound like if we used a myrtlewood top. WOW! Not only are the instruments stunning with myrtlewood’s fascinating color, texture and figure, the sound is balanced, rich and profound. The results are five of the best selling, best sounding guitars we handcraft in Bend, Oregon. Factory installed LR Baggs EAS VTC electronics and a Breedlove deluxe hardshell case are included.
The Tonewoods: Myrtlewood Top, Back and Sides
Myrtlewood is visually stunning with an awe-inspiring range of grain pattern, coloration, and figure, but it’s also an extraordinary tonewood. Some say it is one of the finest tonewoods available. It has all the best attributes of rosewood, mahogany, and maple. Strum an Oregon Series guitar and you’ll hear a sound that is incredibly alive in each of the tonal ranges; you’ll be amazed at how well these guitars express across all registers – lows, mids, and highs – all with the famed Breedlove balance and clarity.
A dense, gorgeous hardwood rarely found in production guitars, myrtlewood grows primarily in a 90-square mile area along the Pacific Coast. One tree can take up a century to mature, and throughout its lifespan, endures dramatic winds, driving, violent rainstorms, dense fog cover, and the blinding summer sun. Imagine the adaptation and strength required to survive a hundred such seasons. It is this rugged climate, combined with the mineral-rich soil of the region, that gifts myrtle with a wide range of coloration and figure and with the clarity and definition of sound rarely found in a single tonewood.
The Neck: Hard Rock Maple
We paired myrtle and Sitka spruce with a hard rock maple neck because the stiffness and density of maple locks in the vibrations of the body, making the neck an anchor point for the soundboard and the back and sides. The maple neck also brings out the best of both myrtlewood and Sitka, allowing the back and sides to resonate with the soundboard in a remarkable way.
- All Models of Oregon Myrtlewood Series
- Neck Joint Bolt-on
- Scale Length (in inches) 25 1/2" (25" Parlor)
- Nut Saddle Tusq
- Case Deluxe hardshell
- Crafted In Handcrafted in Bend, Oregon, U.S.A.