Concerto Body Shape
When we set out to create a guitar that would surpass the classic big body sound of the dreadnought, we didn’t just want it to be loud. We sought to bring out more tonal complexity, and to offer a much more comfortable playing experience, too. Introducing the new Breedlove Concerto, a new guitar shape created to elicit more volume than a classic dreadnought, and more lush, complex tonal resonance in a comfortable body shape that feels just right. Loud, textured, and supremely satisfying.
Using Galloup Sound Profiling technology, we dial in just the right frequency for each piece of exotic tonewood, bringing out its special characteristics so you hear not just volume, but a palette of distinct tonal flavors. Crafted from woods like myrtlewood, mahogany, rosewood, koa, cocobolo, and Brazilian, the Concerto shape lets each wood resonate in a way you’ve never heard before.
The woods in an acoustic guitar are interactive. It is the synergy of the variable organic woods that determines the sound, balance, volume, complexity, and tone. The size of an instrument and how a player approaches the strings also affect the sound. So it was critical for us to observe countless musicians play, how they position their hand around the neck and their fingers on the fretboard.
We measured the relationships between soundboard frequencies and back frequencies, targeting fundamental resonant frequencies and the various pathways to achieving them. To accomplish big, lush sound in the Breedlove Concerto, we increased the interior air space and reduced the sound hole size to increase air resistance.
At Breedlove, we want to make sure that each piece of beautiful wood is maximized to its fullest musical potential. The characteristics of the wood found at the bottom of a 400-year-old tree varies from the wood found near the top. Likewise, the older wood near the center is quite different from the younger wood at the perimeter. To consistently deliver a huge and more complex voice, we took one major step beyond what other guitar factories do: SOUND PROFILING every top and back to specific target frequencies.
Almost all acoustic guitar manufacturers cut their tops and backs to predetermined dimensions. This automatically results in up to a 30 percent variance in the frequency of tonewood sets. We individually profile tops and backs, and then sand tops to the thinness that will deliver target frequencies. This level of detail is a critical to producing the powerful punch at your fingertips with the Breedlove Concerto.
While sound is very important, it must be comfortable to play. The Breedlove Concerto has a more pronounced waist, making it comfortable to play while sitting and approachable while standing. We also use the thinner Breedlove neck profile, inviting more flexibility in finger movement across the fingerboard.
Through this journey in the research lab and around the world, we’ve unveiled eight exquisitely handcrafted guitars for the new Concerto.