Acoustic Guitar Reviews

Acoustic Magazine Review: Breedlove Oregon C20 Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Magazine Review: Breedlove Oregon C20 Acoustic Guitar

Aug 04, 2014

April 20, 2014 by Guy Little True to its name, Breedlove shows that there is much to adore with its line of sustainable beauties. Alun Lower falls head over heels…. There’s no denying that sustainable construction is a hot topic in the world of guitar construction, with the prices of legendary tonewoods soaring and some companies like Walden even pledging themselves too 100% FSC-certified materials. Breedlove’s contribution to this movement comes in the form of a special line of sustainably-built instruments made with tonewoods sourced in the Pacific Northwest. This is then partnered with Breedlove’s usual assortment of modern appointments, resulting in a guitar that on paper should find itself poised to impress on both a visual and sonic level. But where some see sustainable building as responsible, others are bound to see it as a potential compromise, so the C20/SMYE is inevitably going to have to work extremely hard to impress. Build Quality One of the things I have long admired about Breedlove as a guitar...

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Harmony Central Reviews: Breedlove Studio Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar

Harmony Central Reviews: Breedlove Studio Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar

Aug 04, 2014

By Ara Ajizian | August 01, 2014 For me, the acoustic bass is an instrument that has never seemed to click. I've played several over the years that I enjoyed, but never could find one that provided the proper balance between acoustic sound, plugged-in options and playability that suited me. I've always liked the idea of an acoustic bass though, so I was excited to get my hands on the Studio Bass from Breedlove, a company that has been making huge waves in the world of acoustic instruments over the past several years.  What You Need To Know • The Studio Bass is part of Breedlove's Studio Series of acoustic instruments, designed and built with an emphasis on being studio ready at an affordable, mid-level price point. • The Jumbo body of the Studio Bass, along with Breedlove's bass bracing system, makes for a bass that projects incredibly well across the spectrum, from its bold and rich low end to the crisp midrange cut as you move up the neck. • Despite its size, the Studio Bass is incredibly...

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Breedlove FF and KO Mandolin Review: Vintage Guitar Magazine

Breedlove FF and KO Mandolin Review: Vintage Guitar Magazine

Jun 30, 2014

By Steven Stone | Vintage Guitar Magazine Unlike luthiers who re-create classic designs, Kim Breedlove prefers new ideas and cutting-edge aesthetics. Breedlove’s FF and KO mandolins combine unique visual style with superb build quality. For mandolin players looking for nontraditional instruments, the Breedlove FF and KO offer welcome alternatives. The models share several specs and features, including a big leaf maple neck, ebony fretboard, TUSQ nut, adjustable ebony bridge saddle, solid Sitka spruce top, western maple back and sides, 14" scalelength, vintage stain, and a bolt-on neck joint. The primary differences are their body and soundhole shapes. While the FF has f-holes and a horn on the upper bout, the KO has an oval hole and lacks the FF’s horn. Both mandolins have similarly high levels of fit and finish. They lack the multi-ply bindings and fancy scroll carving found on some traditional pro-level f-style mandolins, but make up for this with their elegant craftsmanship. The FF and KO feature solid wooden edge joints...

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Incredible Discovery: Music & Sound Retailer Reviews the Breedlove Discovery Series Guitars

Incredible Discovery: Music & Sound Retailer Reviews the Breedlove Discovery Series Guitars

Jun 24, 2014

Overview: Breedlove’s Discovery Series Specifics: Breedlove Stringed Instruments presents the 2014 Discovery Series, designed in Bend OR. The well-designed, easy-to-play Discovery models were created to support newcomers to the instrument. They boast many of the features found in higher-end models, such as a radiused fretboard, slimmer neck profile and pinless bridge. The Discovery Series is available with two different options: dreadnought and concert with no cutaway or electronics and dreadnought and concert with cutaway and Fishman ISYS-T electronics. The Breedlove Concert is the original Breedlove shape. Designed for the fingerstylist to be well balanced, compact and comfortable to play, it generates an articulate range of tone with an ample low end that is never boomy. The Breedlove Dreadnought enhances the traditional dreadnought sound by adding more nuance and richness than usual

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Acoustic Guitar Reviews the Breedlove Legacy Auditorium

Acoustic Guitar Reviews the Breedlove Legacy Auditorium

Jun 16, 2014

by Adam Perlmutter Before playing a note on Breedlove’s new Legacy Auditorium, I notice the guitar is vibrating excitedly to the sounds of music played at a moderate volume on my desktop speakers. I take this not to be an indication that the guitar has a preference for Thelonious Monk, but as evidence that it’s a highly responsive instrument. A few open-chord strums confirms this and, more importantly, reveals the guitar has a beautifully balanced sound with excellent note separation and clarity—actually no great surprise, considering the celebrated name gracing the headstock. A History of Innovation At the 1992 NAMM show, two luthiers who had cut their teeth at Taylor Guitars, Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson, unveiled the first modest line of Breedlove guitars. At their little custom shop in Bend, Oregon, the pair would devise the structural innovations, like novel bracing systems and graduated soundboards, that eventually resulted in Breedlove’s signature well-balanced and highly responsive guitars. Now part...

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