Working with Greg Gammon at Buddy Rogers Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, this customer chose to build a first-of-its-kind instrument: the deep body A30. The deeper body measures 4-1/8″ at the head block and gives the guitar a bigger voice due to the larger chamber of the guitar body. Built with a stiff bearclaw Sitka spruce top and walnut back and sides, this guitar will respond to a heavier style of playing while also offering a warmer, “woody” sound. Stay tuned to hear how this guitar sounds!
The Breedlove Auditorium is the sonic mid-point between our Concert and Jumbo body shapes. Its depth and lower bout combined with its upper body cutaway produce the articulation of the Concert, with tonal depth reminiscent of the larger-bodied Jumbo. An extremely versatile instrument, the Auditorium casts a nod into dreadnought territory while also accommodating alternate tunings, fingerstyle and bold strumming. These characteristics make the Auditorium an outstanding platform for Breedlove 12-string guitars as well.
Top – Bearclaw Sitka spruce
Bearclaw Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the Pacific Northwest, United States. It has a shallow, cross-grain curl that seems to increase cross-grain stiffness. Many luthiers feel that it enhances the tone and sustain of spruce. The figure in bearclaw is not actually caused by a bear clawing the tree. While the true cause of the figure is unknown, it is widely assumed to be caused by either genetic mutation or climactic stress. The tone profile is a strong, focused tone with strong fundamental which makes it perfect for flatpicking styles. Bearclaw Sitka spruce usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It looks like a bear has clawed across the grain of the wood and is highly appreciated for its unique patterns, resulting in an eye-catching shimmer.
Back/Sides – Walnut
Walnut, juglans hindii, has a very even response curve. From the dramatic curly figure of claro walnut to the straight grain of black walnut, this tonewood offers a strong clear fundamental, with clear harmonics. First discovered by the English Botanist Richard B. Hinds in the Sacramento Valley, it is the favorite wood of many luthiers and has been described as “the mahogany of the rich.” With tight lows, strong mids, with fat, even treble tones and lots of sustain; it is warm and earthy with the overtone depth of rosewood the clarity of mahogany. Brighter than mahogany, but not quite as bright as maple. Coloration varies from black and orange contrasts to the usual chocolate walnut tones.