Guitar Body Shapes and Dimensions
CM Body Shape
Designed in 1992, the CM put Breedlove on the map with unique design and distinctively crafted sound. Built on Breedlove’s Concert shape, with an asymmetrical twist, this innovative award-winning design captures the essence of Breedlove’s imaginative challenger mentality. No other guitar looks or sounds quite like it. The sonic imprint of the CM is uniquely full spectrum and immensely gratifying; the lower bout rewards the player with a generous, defined bass, while the abbreviated upper bout generates beautifully balanced and clear treble tones. The CM is excellent for alternate tunings and has been described as having piano-like qualities. If you wish to expand your sonic and aesthetic boundaries, the CM is an adventurous design that will deliver in spades.
Concert Body Shape
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.
Auditorium Body Shape
Kim Breedlove designed the Auditorium body shape in 2005 for a sound that falls between the intimacy of the best-selling Concert and the deeply resonant power of the Jumbo. An extremely responsive and versatile shape, the Auditorium’s depth and lower bout produce the articulation of the Concert with tonal depth reminiscent of the larger-bodied Jumbo. When played acoustically, this shape has the volume and projection to fill a room, plus added clarity, balance, and sustain due to the magical combination of the larger body with the Breedlove Bridge Truss, and a thinner graduated top. The Bridge Truss allows the top to move more freely so melodies and fingerpicking won’t get lost. And when you really want to dig in and strum, these guitars can take it, projecting your music to the audience in the fullest, most expressive way possible.
Parlor Body Shape
Breedlove Parlors are incredibly balanced with an abundance of sound, volume, and projection. Don’t be fooled by the Parlor’s compact size: It’s a serious musician’s instrument. Inventive bracing allows for a thinner graduated top, allowing the soundboard to move more freely, providing warmth, clarity, and balance with dynamic midrange. You’ll be amazed at the amount of sound provided by such a small body. Whether you’re at home or in the studio, the Breedlove Parlor is an intimate experience that connects you to your music in a visceral, inspiring way.
Dreadnought Body Shape
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.
Jumbo Body Shape
If you’re a strummer seeking dominating sound, the Jumbo – Breedlove’s largest body shape by volume – is the perfect body shape for you. If you’ve played a Breedlove Jumbo, you know it’s a powerful experience: Sound feels sonically propelled by the movement of so much air inside the body. It’s specifically designed to convey big, beautiful chords across all six strings – a strummer’s paradise. These bodies provide a big bass response, and a sound that Breedlove Jumbo devotees describe reverently as “grand-piano like.” Breedlove Jumbos rise above the competition in their clarity and expressiveness due to their graduated tops, which add nuance to the tonal spectrum without losing volume.