Which body shape appeals to you most? Maybe you’ve been playing dreadnoughts since you were a teenager. Or maybe you saw Johnny Cash play live, and you’ve been a jumbo fan ever since. Whatever your sentimental preference, there are two other factors to consider when choosing a body shape: comfort and voice. When it comes to comfort, it’s all about the shape that feels right against your body, and in your arms, that fits your frame. You’ll know it when you feel it.
Voice is a little more complicated. The shape and size of a guitar’s body affects its voice in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways. A large-bodied guitar encompasses a greater amount of air, which can contribute to a deeper bass response. A smaller body often focuses the sound and gives more definition to the individual notes. The outline or shape of the guitar affects how various parts of the top vibrate.
Once you’ve identified the shapes that fit your frame and feel good against your body, the next step is to identify the voice most suited to your playing style. Once you have a clear vision of what you need in terms of voice and comfort, we can help you choose the right shape. Below you’ll find a list of our body shapes, and the voice you can expect from each one.
THE CM BODY SHAPE
The CM is an award-winning, asymmetrical body shape. One of Breedlove’s most well-known shapes – no other guitar looks or sounds quite like it. The sonic imprint of the CM is uniquely full spectrum and immensely gratifying; the lower bout rewards the player with a generous, defined bass while the abbreviated upper bout generates beautifully balanced and clear treble tones. The CM has been described as having piano-like qualities. Excellent for alternate tunings, the CM is an adventurous design that will appeal to players who wish to expand their sonic and visual boundaries.
THE CONCERT BODY SHAPE
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.
THE AUDITORIUM BODY SHAPE
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.
THE PARLOR BODY SHAPE
Breedlove Parlors are incredibly balanced with an abundance of sound, volume, and projection. Don’t be fooled by the Parlor’s compact size: It’s a serious musician’s instrument. Inventive bracing allows for a thinner graduated top, allowing the soundboard to move more freely, providing warmth, clarity, and balance with dynamic midrange. You’ll be amazed at the amount of sound provided by such a small body. Whether you’re at home or in the studio, the Breedlove Parlor is an intimate experience that connects you to your music in a visceral, inspiring way.
THE DREADNOUGHT BODY SHAPE
The Breedlove Dreadnought is slightly more rounded than traditional dreadnoughts, producing beautifully full, punchy, and articulate tones. The Dreadnought appeals to players inspired by the familiarity of a dreadnought, who are looking for nuance and richness from their instrument. The Breedlove Dreadnought projects well, so it excels in an ensemble, and yet retains the refinement needed for vocal accompaniment.
THE JUMBO BODY SHAPE
The Breedlove Jumbo is our largest body shape by volume. Playing the Jumbo is a powerful experience: Sound feels sonically propelled by the movement of so much air inside the body. It’s the perfect shape for conveying big, beautiful chords across all six strings – a strummer’s paradise. The Breedlove Jumbo is also an excellent platform for 12-string guitars.