Acoustic Guitar Reviews

Premier Guitar Reviews the Premier Auditorium Rosewood

Premier Guitar Reviews the Premier Auditorium Rosewood

Mar 28, 2014

From Premierguitar.com Breedlove is one of the most original makers of acoustic guitars to emerge in the last few decades. Now owned by Two Old Hippies (which also owns the Bedell and Weber brands), the Bend, Oregon, outfit’s offerings include instruments that range from quality, affordable import models to extravagant, one-of-a-kind instruments built in the spirit of Breedlove’s original vision as a bespoke custom shop. The new U.S.-built Premier series sits somewhere in between the most affordable Breedloves and the most exclusive ones—although the Premier Auditorium Rosewood reviewed here often manages to sound custom-shop luxurious at a much more accessible price. Understated Beauty With its distinctive, asymmetrical headstock and unique take on the auditorium profile, the Premier Auditorium Rosewood is instantly recognizable as a Breedlove. Appointments are simple and unfussy: a single ring of abalone for a rosette, basic white body binding with black-and-white purfling around the top, and no back strip. Rather than...

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Breedlove Oregon Series Guitar Review: Uber Apparatus

Breedlove Oregon Series Guitar Review: Uber Apparatus

Dec 11, 2013

2014 Oregon Dreadnought from Breedlove Guitars From Uber Apparatus A surprising and exciting Breedlove crafted from Northwest body woods, the 2014 Oregon Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar [$1,999.00] is wonderfully alive with tone. When musicians play the Oregon Dreadnought, the first word out of their mouths is usually, “Wow.” Something magical happens when these locally sourced tonewoods come together: Sitka spruce, myrtlewood and maple. Myrtlewood provides more lows and midrange than maple and more highs than mahogany and rosewood, making it a favorite non-traditional tonewood. A remarkable value, the Oregon Dreadnought is a solid-wood guitar, 100% handcrafted in the U.S. by the same workshop that builds Breedlove’s most exclusive instruments. Get your hands on a Breedlove Guitar

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Review: Passport B350/SMe-4 Acoustic Bass

Review: Passport B350/SMe-4 Acoustic Bass

Sep 17, 2013

Review by Gareth Morgan, Rosetti With acoustic music gone mainstream once again, it's a fine time for bassists to make sure they will fit in when it comes to image as well as sound. It's easy to imagine that the surge in interest in acoustic basses over the last four or five years is simple down to our adoption of the romantic notion of playing music outdoors on the metaphorical porch. The more practical minded will point to the improvements in design and build quality, which have led to more reliable, better sounding instruments - or to the fact that, after years of loitering on the periphery, those seeking to play low notes have finally come to see the acoustic bass as a legitimate tool that can serve some valuable musical purpose. While these instruments aren't geared towards every style of music, you can certainly practice on them with or without the aid of amplification. Breedlove was established as a going concern by Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson in 1992 in Bend, Oregon. In 1994 Larry's brother Kim joined the...

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Guitar Muse:  Oregon Series Acoustic Guitar Review

Guitar Muse:  Oregon Series Acoustic Guitar Review

Sep 12, 2013

by Ronnie Brooks, Guitar Muse Unbelievable – American made from American woods – at a believable price! I love surprises. Let me clarify that: I love going into a guitar store and being pleasantly surprised by a guitar. And I had one of those nice surprises recently when I played all three models of Breedlove’s recently introduced Oregon Series  acoustics. These American-made dreadnaught, orchestra and concert models – while sounding different from one another – all lived up to their press release (that’s a bit of a surprise in itself) and left me thinking that more people need to know about these guitars. I’ll start by admitting I’ve been a fan of Breedlove for a long time. Using traditional and exotic tonewoods, and proprietary body dimensions, they produce impressive instruments, both sonically and visually. Their “C” (Concert) body shape can sound like the best of both Gibson and Martin together: an aggressive attack and punchy, controlled bass combined with a warm,...

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iGuitar Breedlove BJ350 SME4 Studio Fretted Acoustic Review

iGuitar Breedlove BJ350 SME4 Studio Fretted Acoustic Review

Mar 12, 2013

Moving on to the second Breedlove bass in for review, we have the Atlas BJ350 CM4 Solo Fretless. Again from the Atlas BJ350 range, it shares the same outline and a lot of the same features. Once again, it features a solid top, but this time it is a perfect slice of cedar married up to a sapele mahogany back and sides. The same wonderfully carved neck is again made from nato mahogany. The bass this time is coated in a semi-gloss finish (usually called 'Satin'), as against the gloss finish of the fretted Studio model. Both finishes are spotless, not a blemish in sight. These really are well-made instruments! The most striking difference between the two basses is what Breedlove refer to as a 'Monitor soundhole', an egg-shaped cutaway in the upper edge of the body. I've played an acoustic guitar before that had a similar design and was surprised at how great it sounded, having the soundhole, in effect, right in front of my ears. Acoustic instruments usually sound different to the player and audience, as the audience...

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