Chuck Johnson of Apple Music hosted an annual custom-build event with a select group of customers in the Breedlove Custom Design Center in Bend, Oregon. For this guitar, the customer chose a uniquely figured piece of walnut to pair with a richly colored redwood top. To accentuate the lines of the guitar, he chose a master-class maple bind on the neck, body and soundhole. The aesthetic was completed with a spoked abalone rosette and Revival Snowflakes inlay.
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 – Redwood
Redwood, sequoia sempervirens, originates in the coastal mountains of Northern California, United States. Redwood is a dark, beautiful top wood favored by fingerstyle players who appreciate clear upper harmonic content. Sinker redwood comes from logs that were submerged in an oxygen-free environment, in the bottom of lakes or ocean waters, yielding darker, more striped, and often stiffer and lighter wood. The tone is bold, punchy, and crisp, with rich, strong overtones. It sounds like a cross between spruce and cedar. Coloration can range from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown.
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.