Welcome to the Breedlove FAQ page. Please note that some of the topics previously covered here are now answered within the Breedlove Owner's Manual. Download here
Guitar Care and Maintenance Quick Links:
General Guitar Care and Maintenance:
What is the proper method for humidifying my guitar?
What do you recommend for polishing scratches or cleaning my guitar?
How should I clean my guitar?
What's the best way / place to store my guitar?
Is it okay if I change the string gauge myself?
Do you sell replacement parts?
Warranty / Registration:
Instrument Specs / Tec:
Are custom options available?
What Finish process do you use?
What is the string height on your guitars and bass?
Would you please explain your model numbers?
What are the body lengths of your guitars?
What kind of strings does my Breedlove Guitar, Bass or Mandolin come with?
What is that "thing" in my guitar? JLD Bridge Truss System?
What models feature the JLD Bridge Truss System?
Original vs. Revival Design?
Where are the Pro and Roots Series Made?
Do you offer factory tours? Do you have a showroom and instruments to play?
Where/How do I purchase a case for my guitar?
How do I become a sponsored Breedlove artist?
Are you hiring?
General Guitar Care and Maintenance:
Q. What is the proper method for humidifying my guitar?
Temperature and humidity are critical factors in the life and playability of your acoustic guitar. Maintaining the appropriate humidity level will help to prevent cracks, stabilize tuning and increase the playability of your instrument. Humidity levels between 45% and 55% are considered optimum.
It is recommended that you store your acoustic guitar in its case when not in use. Do not store your guitar by a fireplace, heater, oven, in a car, in direct sunlight, or near any heat source. This will cause damage to your instrument by over-drying the wood below recommended humidity levels.
If you live in a dry environment, a simple room humidifier will work to keep your instruments hydrated at their proper levels. Combine the humidifier with a hygrometer to accurately read the humidity level in the room. Instrument humidifiers will also maintain proper humidity levels and are the surest way to know that your guitar is getting the proper amount of moisture. These are filled with water and typically sit either in your instrument or in your case to provide the optimum level of humidity, and are relatively inexpensive.
Routine maintenance and care on a regular schedule will also enhance the life and playability of your instrument. Get in the habit of wiping down your guitar with a soft cloth after use, and polish it every month or so. Cleaning removes sweat and dust, both of which work to corrode your instrument’s polish and wood, increasing the likelihood that your guitar will dry out. Use products that are designed for the specific parts and materials of your guitar. Make sure you use non-corrosive materials for your guitar cleaning. Never use rough cloths or household cleaners. You can purchase a recommended humidifier from our Gear Store. Back to Top
Q. What do you recommend for polishing scratches or cleaning my guitar?
Although we do not recommend a specific brand, many of our employees have been happy with Meguiar’s # 7 Show car glaze for polishing surface scratches. If you have deeper scratches then you may need take your guitar into a technician to be buffed / sanded / then re-glossed. If you have a satin or semi gloss guitar, please do not use polish. When a polish is used on the satin it changes the appearance permanently creating gloss spots, the proper way to take care of this finish is simply to use a moist rag. Back to Top
Q. How should I clean my guitar?
Wipe down your guitar with a soft cloth after use, and polish it every month or so. Using a very soft cloth and guitar or guitar polish will ensure your instrument maintains its natural oils. Cleaning removes sweat and dust, both of which work to corrode your instrument’s polish and wood, increasing the likelihood that your guitar will dry out. Use products that are designed for the specific parts and materials of your guitar. Note: Make sure you use non-corrosive materials for your guitar cleaning! Never use rough cloths or household cleaners. Back to Top
Q. What's the best way / place to store my guitar?
Keep your guitar in its case when it’s not in use. Never store your guitar by a fireplace, heater, oven, radiator, in a car, or in direct sunlight. These will dry-out and prematurely age your guitar. Back to Top
Q. Is it okay if I change the string gauge myself?
If you'd like to try a set of heavier or lighter strings, that should be fine. Note that this will probably alter the amount of overall tension on the neck, thus changing the amount of relief in the neck. You can compensate for this by making a small adjustment to the truss rod. If you're uncomfortable or unfamiliar with this procedure, please contact your local qualified luthier or repairman, or call the Breedlove Guitar Company at 541-385-8339. Back to Top
Q. Do you sell replacement parts?
Yes, we sell a selection of truss rods, saddles and side sound holes on our Breedlove Gear Store. Back to Top
Warranty / Registration:
Q. Is the warranty transferable?
No, they are non-transferable. Back to Top
Instrument Specs / Tec:
Q. Are custom options available?
Yes! Please see the link below for details: Custom Options
Q. What Finish process do you use?
We use catalyzed polyurethane finish. Back to Top
Q. What is the string height on your guitars and bass?
Our string height is as follows: Treble side: 2/32, Bass side: 3/32. Measured on the 14th fret.
Measured from the top of the fret to the bottom of the string. Back to Top
Q. Would you please explain your model numbers.
Our model numbers can be a mystery until they are properly explained: Breedlove Nomenclature
Q. What are the body lengths of your guitars?
Please visit this link for further information on body length specs: Body Lengths
Q. What kind of strings does my Breedlove Guitar, Bass or Mandolin come with?
6 String Guitar:
Your Breedlove guitar or mandolin is factory-equipped with D’addario EXP16 light gauge strings. D'addario string specs: Click Here
12-String Guitars :
Your Breedlove guitar or mandolin is factory-equipped with D'addario EXP38 gauge strings. D'addario string specs: Click Here
Your Breedlove guitar or mandolin is factory-equipped with D’addario hard tension EJ48 Nylon strings. D'addario string specs: Click Here
Your Breedlove guitar or mandolin is factory-equipped with D’addario EXP170 light gauge bass strings. D'addario string specs: Click Here
Your Breedlove guitar or mandolin is factory-equipped with D’addario EXP74 strings. D'addario string specs: Click Here
We use D’addario, but mix the gauge accordingly:
Bass : 45
American and Master Class Tenor uses Worth Brown Tenor strings: Info Here
KB Signature uses: Info Here
Q. What is that "thing" in my guitar? JLD Bridge Truss System:
The bracing system behind the bridge is called a bridge truss system. It offers support to the bridge, relaxing the top, and offering better tone and sustain. We feature JLD Bridge Truss Systems on all of the original designs, but not on the revival designs.
Not all of our models include the JLD Bridge Truss. Our Passport series, which is our base series does not include the JLD. However to confuse things a bit, our discontinued Passport Plus did include the JLD. Additionally, our revival models do not feature the JLD, so as to keep them traditional. In general our Atlas series on up, excluding revival models all feature the JLD. Another way to verify is by looking at the bridge itself. If the bridge features one small center plug, that indicates it features the JLD. Back to Top
Q. Original vs. Revival Design?
The original style guitars feature the standard style, asymmetrical head stock, winged bridge and bridge truss system. Revival design features a more traditional style. If you require more power, more punch, then you may want the revival design - whereas the original is better suited for a finger picking style. Back to Top
No, we currently are not offering factory tours on a daily basis. While we do not sell instruments directly to the public, we do have a small showroom and a small number of instruments are usually available for you to play. Please contact us at 877-800-4848 or by email to schedule an appointment. Back to Top
Q. Where/How do I purchase a case for my guitar?
Please visit our gear page to see the latest available options: Breedlove Gear Shop
Q. How do I become a sponsored Breedlove artist?
We appreciate your interest in Breedlove! Please download and complete the artist application from our Resources Page.
Q. Are you hiring?
Yes! We are currently hiring multiple positions. Please visit our Career Opportunities page for more info.
Q. Where are the Pro and Roots Series Made?
Sixty percent of the work results from our custom shop team preparing the highest gloss finish, custom shop bridges, fretwork, assembly and sting-up processes. Thirty percent of the handcrafted work is done with our woodworking team in Korea with the highest quality one-piece necks and all solid tone woods from the Pacific Northwest, India, Indonesia and Africa. Add the quality of Gotoh tuning machines from Japan, German fretwire, Canadian nut and saddle, the award winning L.R. Baggs Element Active-VTC pickup and the deluxe Breedlove hardshell case, you end up with a no-compromise world class performance guitar with a Made in the USA Limited Lifetime Warranty.