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...
Incredible Discovery: Music & Sound Retailer Reviews the Breedlove Discovery Series Guitars
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
Acoustic Guitar Reviews the Breedlove Legacy Auditorium
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...
Music World Reviews Oregon Series Instruments from Breedlove
In this short video, Music World reviews the Oregon Series instruments from Breedlove.
No Treble: Breedlove Bass Review
From www.notreble.com Breedlove Stringed Instruments has revamped their line of acoustic-electric bass guitars with three models including the Pursuit, the Solo, and the Studio basses. Breedlove Pursuit Bass The Pursuit is 32-inch scale bass built around the company’s Concert body shape that first appeared in 1992. The bass is built with a solid sitka spruce top and sapele laminate back and sides, but the lead feature of the bass is its Fishman ISYS+ electronics. The preamp is fitted with a USB port for interfacing with DAWs like GarageBand. The Pursuit’s Breedlove Bridge Truss reduces tension on the bass’s sound board to allow the top to vibrate for more freely. Breedlove says this produces more sustain, balance, and clarity. Other features include a pinless bridge, a bone nut, and mini 15:1 chrome tuners. See full instrument profile here. Breedlove Solo Bass The Solo features a Jumbo body with a solid cedar top and nato neck. The bass is set apart with an additional side mounted sound hole that lets you hear the bass...