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 two unique pieces of wood: sinker redwood for the top and swamp myrtlewood for the back and sides. The sinker redwood was harvested in the forests of California, and during the trip down the river, it sank, and was reclaimed years later. During the years of submersion, the wood absorbed minerals that lead to its unique coloration. Similarly, the swamp myrtlewood was also submerged following harvest and once reclaimed, it exhibited a unique hue. This Breedlove nylon guitar is built for a steel string player looking to play a nylon string – it has a radiused fingerboard and a 1-7/8″ nut width, rather than the flat fingerboard and 2″ nut width of a classical nylon string guitar.
The Concert is our most popular body shape, favored by players because it is well-balanced, compact, comfortable to play, and offers all the qualities of a great sounding guitar. It generates a wonderfully articulate range of tone with an ample low end that is never boomy, but always felt. The Concert works well when played fingerstyle, as vocal accompaniment, or at a full strum.
Top/Side – Sinker 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/Side – Myrtlewood
Myrtlewood, umbellularia californica, formerly oreodaphne californica, originates in California and Oregon. Myrtlewood offers a strong fundamental with a powerful voice. Grown in the Pacific Northwest, it is a favorite for many styles of playing and is used primarily for back and sides. Similar to maple, it is clear and bright with superb projection and sustain, and offers a very full and balanced sound. Highly unique, no two sets are alike. Coloration ranges from blonde to taupe.