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Guitar Interactive Magazine Review Breedlove Dreadnought CE

Guitar Interactive Magazine Review Breedlove Dreadnought CE

Breedlove Discovery Dreadnought CE | Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 28 | Written by Michael Casswell The American guitar maker  Breedlove produces top-end acoustics  that  are highly  respected and  priced  accordingly. The man hours, materials and the craftsmanship that  go into a Bend, Oregon produced Breedlove come  at price, however, as they do with any high-end instrument, so to cater for the vast majority of players who either can't afford or just can't justify the cost of a US produced guitar,  Breedlove has taken a leaf out of many other US guitar brands and arranged for some lower cost versions of its guitars to be made in China. So far, this isn't very different from  a lot of other  guitars,  like Epiphones, cheap Fenders  and so on.  But this Breedlove Discovery is actually  a really good sounding and playing  instrument for a silly low price - and it will do the job live or in the studio. In fact,...

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Premier Guitar Review: Breedlove Pursuit Bass

Premier Guitar Review: Breedlove Pursuit Bass

From premierguitar.com Breedlove instruments are known for their distinctive yet classy designs, and the new Pursuit acoustic bass guitar follows suit. The 32"-scale Pursuit streets just under $600, but given its DNA and build quality, you might not guess that at first hold or glance. Its comfortable concert-shaped body consists of a solid Sitka spruce top that’s dressed with a pinless bridge, along with sapele laminate back and sides adorned with attractive tortoise binding on both the top and bottom. The Pursuit is outfitted with a Fishman ISYS+ electronics system that includes a 2-band EQ, phase switch, and onboard tuner, and a built-in USB for direct interface with a variety of recording software. Tonally, the bass delivers good acoustic volume and sustain (especially for a non-jumbo body), but like many acoustic bass guitars, it’ll still have trouble keeping up with dread-wielding guitarists at an acoustic jam. Plugged in, the Pursuit brings a warm and woody blanket of low end that’ll serve both fingerstyle and pick...

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Acoustic Magazine Review: Breedlove Oregon C20 Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Magazine Review: Breedlove Oregon C20 Acoustic Guitar

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

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

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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