Crossover FF SB Mandolins
New for 2016, this arched, all solid tonewood mandolin features a wider nut width and a radiused fretboard – inspired by the Breedlove Custom Shop – for exceptional comfort and playability at an affordable price, and is ideal for guitar players looking to expand their skills by learning the mandolin. Breedlove has pioneered contemporary US-made mandolins for nearly 20 years. The Crossover comes in three new colors; natural gloss and sunburst for 2016 while still delivering exceptional tone and playability at an affordable price.
- Crossover FF SB Specifications
- Body Type F
- Neck Wood Maple
- Solid Wood Top Sitka spruce
- Solid Wood Back & Sides Maple
- Top Finish Sunburst gloss
- Back & Side Finish Sunburst gloss
- Fretboard Rosewood
- # Frets 20
- Nut Width 1.1875"
- Tuners Hardware Chrome
- Lower Bout Width 10.125"
- Body Length 14"
- Body Depth 1.875"
- String Gauge D'Addario EXP 74
- Bridge Mando
- Binding Ivory
- Inlay Dots (3mm)
- All Models of Crossover Series Mandolins
- Neck Wood Maple
- Fretboard Rosewood
- Nut Saddle Bone
- Tops Solid Sitka Spruce
- Case Standard Gigbag
- Crafted In China
In 1973, while on a surf trip, Kim Breedlove visited the town of Paracho, Mexico looking to buy a mandolin. He got the mandolin and a lot more: In that little town bustling with gifted luthiers, Kim realized he wanted to spend his life pursuing the craft of luthiery. For 40 years, mandolins have been Kim’s passion, so as you can imagine, they’re a very special part of the Breedlove collection. Kim has never been one to imitate or follow convention, and as a result, there is nothing ordinary about Breedlove mandolins.
Kim has spent decades applying his creativity and expertise to the traditional mandolin form, and has fine-tuned the 2014 models to deliver balance, tonal clarity, and fullness of sound. These instruments deliver an experience and a sound that is uniquely Breedlove: They offer a contemporary aesthetic, they’re remarkably easy to play, and they embody distinctively crafted sound, all while staying true to the spirit of the mandolin.
Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the northwest United States. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for American-made instruments for decades. It is strong and light with extended harmonic content, and it nearly equals the power of Adirondack. It offers a strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental -- perfect for flatpicking styles. When compared with European spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones. Sitka takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It has a straight uniform grain and coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.
Back and Side Wood
Maple is great for standing out among other instruments. With a powerful fundamental and even harmonics, it is clear and present, but without pronounced peaks and valleys in the harmonic content.
Set-up in Bend, OR
Our comprehensive quality control process provides the player with an instrument that will play perfectly right out of the box. Prior to shipment, every Breedlove instrument undergoes a rigorous 25-to-30-point inspection in Bend, Oregon by our expert U.S. quality control team. We start with a visual inspection: checking aesthetic and structural elements of the body and components for flaws. Next, each guitar is tuned and undergoes a play test, where our craftspeople check nut height, relief, action, and string height. Based on the results of the play test, we then adjust for maximum playability. Finally, each instrument is buffed and polished by hand with painstaking attention to detail. Once the instrument has passed inspection, a signed QC sticker is placed, and the instrument is carefully packed and shipped.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Breedlove players around the world can attest: With consistent, proper care, your Breedlove will give you a lifetime of service – and inspiration. New Breedlove instruments, purchased through an authorized Breedlove dealer, are warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship throughout the lifetime of the original owner. In addition to materials and workmanship, Breedlove offers a two-year warranty on tuning machines and electronics packages. Cases and bags are subject to a one-year warranty covering defects in structure and hardware. Full details on our limited lifetime warranty are available here.
Just got my Crossover ff / sb. I've only been playing mandolin for about a year now, and yet, I can tell you this is a good instrument. Intonation was spot on. String height was nearly perfect. There is no over spray to the finish, the binding is clean and we'll done. Overall, a great build.
As for the sound, ya better be ready to play a bit softer than normal. This thing puts a ton of sound. The sound design is full with just enough change and twang to do bluegrass. I play in several styles and it is able to do them all fairly well.
Thank you Breedlove. This is the only mandolin in its price range that is worth the money in my book. I don't care where it was made... this is a great mando, especially for the cost.
M.R. | 04.16.2017