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The Breedlove Difference

Sound Better. Play Better. Play More.

Breedlove is building tomorrow’s guitars today. With the goal of superior sound and sustainable exotic tonewoods, we have the right guitar for you, at the right time in your musical journey. You will sound better, play better and play more with a Breedlove. For 30 years, we’ve been following your lead, designing trusted, quality instruments for a new era in our Bend, Oregon Custom Shop. Our passion matches yours, together we know what makes a great guitar. Four revolutionary body shapes, marrying science, art and beauty, cater to your individual style, offering personalized, signature tones you never thought possible; with unmatched ease of playability and striking fit and finish across all models. You will fall in love at first strum. That’s the Breedlove difference.

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Discover Your Sound

Find Your New Favorite Guitar

Breedlove has the right guitar for you, for your unique groove, whether you’re a basher or a picker; whether it’s your first instrument or your new favorite; whether you want to rock or relax. And Breedlove makes it easy to discover your individual sound and mode, regardless if your main concern is body shape and comfort, play style, sustainability, tonewood choice or, quite simply, price. Begin your journey here.

Body Shape

In 1990, Breedlove Guitars made its mark with the distinctive Concert body shape. Ergonomic, focused and strikingly balanced, it established Breedlove as an innovator with an eye on the future and an ear to the past—melding the best traditional elements of superior acoustic sound with a modern viewpoint about comfort, playability and construction. 30 years later, the Concert has become a classic. It is a trusted, versatile platform for players of every style, with an instantly recognizable voice and a sleek, enchanting profile. Breedlove now offers guitars in four revolutionary body shapes, each linked to and informed by the Concert, which remains the most popular and influential of all. The Concerto, the largest at 16” wide, updates the dreadnought with similar volume and power, but a more complex tonal palette, perfect for driving a band or backing a charismatic singer. The Concertina, a secret weapon of sorts, pares down the Concert, landing right in a fingerpicker’s lap with 12 frets to the body and a short scale that makes for easy, expressive bends. The newly introduced Companion puts all that Concert goodness—including careful research and amazing sound—into a compact travel guitar that plays like its full-sized cousins.

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Play Style

The way you play says a lot about you. And your guitar should help you express that. If you’ve been making music for years, you may have already sorted out what works for you. Perhaps it turns out you’re a chameleon, like Joni Mitchell, using a variety of open tunings to channel your muse, and you’ve settled on a versatile Solo Concert CE because you love the way the red cedar top responds to your fingerpicking, but also thrill to the way the ovangkol back and sides support your strumming—and, oh, the lush way that Side Monitor Soundhole just washes you in sound. Breedlove has classified its instruments into three broad categories of play—Heavy, Versatile and Light. These are not firm designations, but simply a pathway to finding what fits you and your preferred method of expression. If you like to bang out big chords on a loud guitar, try an all-solid Organic Collection Performer Concerto CE. If you favor a gentler approach, softly thrumming with a thin pick or opting for the clean, simple sound of skin on string, look into a Legacy Concert CE or a diminutive Pursuit Companion CE. Enjoy exploring the many options here!

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Sustainability

With your help, Breedlove is aiming to save the planet one guitar at a time.

All Breedlove guitars starting June 25, 2021, are made from sustainably-sourced exotic and native tonewoods. No clear-cut trees are used in these instruments. Breedlove uses salvaged and individually harvested timber and has deep relationships with responsible suppliers around the globe. Owner Tom Bedell and his team have visited 15 countries to discover exactly where the wood comes from, how it is selected and harvested, and how this affects the wildlife, the community, the forest and the planet.

We only have one world. Please join us. Breedlove believes that we should all consider the decisions we make about consumption, and ask questions about where the products we use from and how they are made. A guitar is a lifetime investment. It brings you joy and it helps you bring more joy into that one world. Shouldn’t it be sustainable? Shouldn’t it help heal the world, rather than harming it? We think so and we know you do, too.

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Tonewoods

Are you a flatpicker who can rip through “Blackberry Blossom” or “Jerusalem Ridge” with equal ease? Then you’re probably looking for the classic, dynamic Adirondack spruce/East Indian rosewood combination of the Premier Concerto CE—it’s a bluegrass machine! Maybe you are at the other end of the spectrum, a mellow fingerstylist with a sweet spot for the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” in which case, the redwood-topped Premier Concertina CE would answer your call with a responsive tone and softer attack. A songwriter, maybe, inspired by the rootsy genius of both Hank Williams and Brandi Carlisle? You might want to hunker down with an all-solid, sustainably sourced Organic Collection Wildwood Concert Satin CE, just to get lost in the inspirational warmth and dry midrange of African mahogany, which can carry you away to your next perfect ballad. Breedlove offers a range of exotic and native tonewoods, each targeted to bring out the best in your individual style of play, whether a shy bedroom picker or a bold stage star. The world of tonewoods can be intimidating, but we’re happy to be your guide. These descriptions can help you find what is right for you. Maybe you’re a koa or a cocobolo after all!

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Features and Benefits

The ECO Collection

Two values drive Breedlove—protecting our world’s forests and maximizing acoustic guitar sound. Breedlove’s ECO Collection addresses both. In a visionary feat of engineering, Breedlove has developed a process to integrate three layers of tonewood—sustainably harvested from forests visited by Breedlove owner Tom Bedell—avoiding the soft center core that dampens sound on other laminates. The ECO Collection is ushering in a new era in six-string history. With the Breedlove ECO Collection, for the first time, you can play an environmentally friendly, solid top guitar with vibrant, renewable, sound enhancing EcoTonewood back and sides.

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EcoTonewoods

Sustainable, integrated tonewood technology, optimized natural sound.

Preserving the World's Forests

Two values drive Breedlove—protecting our world’s forests and maximizing acoustic guitar sound.

Dependable, Convenient and Reliable Electronics

Side-mounted Fishman Presys I electronics (with built-in tuner, volume, contour and phase controls) make amplification a breeze.

ALL SOLID TOPS

Fully sustainable and clear-cut free, all solid tops for improved sound.

AFFORDABLE & BEGINNER FRIENDLY

Beginner-friendly design & accessible price points allow a perfect introduction to the world of music.

The Sound Optimization® Process

Building a better sounding guitar

At heart, guitars are complex machines, merging art, science and engineering towards a single goal, the creation of soundwaves. For Breedlove, that goal is even higher, the creation of superior acoustic sound—with rich tone, sustain and projection—matched with effortless playability. We achieve that for you through Sound Optimization® on all of our Made in Bend acoustic guitars. You will hear and feel the Breedlove Difference.

Sound Optimization® & Hand Voicing

Why do Breedlove guitars sound so good? It’s simple, Breedlove guitars—from Legacy to Discovery—are made with care, with the goal of allowing you to play better, sound better and play more. But it’s also complex, with art, inspiration, craft and science merging together in service of tone. Made in Bend models feature Sound Optimization® and are hand voiced, with experienced luthiers meticulously tapping, listening and shaving away tiny curls of exquisite tonewood as they target specific, measurable frequencies that will make each unique, individual instrument sound its very best. Various wood species are carefully milled, weighed and considered, with backs and tops tuned to each other to create light, responsive guitars with superior tone and sustain. When you play a Breedlove Premier, or sit down with an Oregon, it answers your lightest touch and its notes sing for an eternity, because a Breedlove builder has made sure it will inspire you every time you open the case.

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Designing Revolutionary Body Shapes

In 1990, Breedlove Guitars made its mark with the distinctive Concert body shape. Ergonomic, focused and strikingly balanced, it established Breedlove as an innovator with an eye on the future and an ear to the past—melding the best traditional elements of superior acoustic sound with a modern viewpoint about comfort, playability and construction. 30 years later, the Concert has become a classic. It is a trusted, versatile platform for players of every style, with an instantly recognizable voice and a sleek, enchanting profile. Breedlove now offers guitars in four revolutionary body shapes, each linked to and informed by the Concert, which remains the most popular and influential of all. The Concerto, the largest at 16” wide, updates the dreadnought with similar volume and power, but a more complex tonal palette, perfect for driving a band or backing a charismatic singer. The Concertina, a secret weapon of sorts, pares down the Concert, landing right in a fingerpicker’s lap with 12 frets to the body and a short scale that makes for easy, expressive bends. The newly introduced Companion puts all that Concert goodness—including careful research and amazing sound—into a compact travel guitar that plays like its full-sized cousins.

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Utilizing & Sustaining Exotic Tonewoods

Traditionally, guitars have been made from a variety of exotic tonewoods, often bearing enchanting names reflective of their tropical origins—species like cocobolo, ziricote, ovangkol and koa. More familiar timbers like rosewood, redwood, cedar, spruce and mahogany have an even more hallowed place in the annals of lutherie. Breedlove, which pioneered the use of sonically unique, visually striking native Oregon myrtlewood, employs all of these materials, with a particular eye towards sustainability and the health of the wildlife and humanity engaged in our world’s great forests. No clear-cut woods are used in Breedlove models. Breedlove has made this commitment without making any sacrifice in sound quality, build quality or beauty—and it is a commitment. Owner Tom Bedell and his team have traveled to 15 countries to ensure the compliance of suppliers, to monitor best practices and to see the forest with their own eyes. You will sound better and sleep better with a Breedlove. We have but one world, let’s keep it alive. Ask where your guitar comes from.

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Crafting Your Individual Play Style & Sound

The way you play says a lot about you. And your guitar should help you express that. If you’ve been making music for years, you may have already sorted out what works for you. Perhaps it turns out you’re a chameleon, like Joni Mitchell, using a variety of open tunings to channel your muse, and you’ve settled on a versatile Solo Concert CE because you love the way the red cedar top responds to your fingerpicking, but also thrill to the way the ovangkol back and sides support your strumming—and, oh, the lush way that Side Monitor Soundhole just washes you in sound. Breedlove has classified its instruments into three broad categories of play—Heavy, Versatile and Light. These are not firm designations, but simply a pathway to finding what fits you and your preferred method of expression. If you like to bang out big chords on a loud guitar, try an all-solid Organic Collection Performer Concerto CE. If you favor a gentler approach, softly thrumming with a thin pick or opting for the clean, simple sound of skin on string, look into a Legacy Concert CE or a diminutive Pursuit Companion CE. Enjoy exploring the many options here!

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