USA Concert Fire Light E Guitars
The Breedlove research team set a goal of crafting the most textured big-sound in a Breedlove Concert. First we achieved the thinnest finish ever on a Breedlove – just 5 mils on the top and 2 mils for the back and sides. Our tops are thinner, backs a bit thicker and the sound hole smaller to hit our target fundamental resonance frequency for textured big sound. We minimized the binding and decoration. Coming in at just 3.5 pounds, the Breedlove USA Concert is almost 25% lighter than our other Breedlove all mahogany concerts.
- USA Concert Fire Light E Specifications
- Body Type Concert
- Neck Wood Honduran mahogany
- Solid Wood Top Honduran mahogany
- Solid Wood Back & Sides Honduran mahogany
- Top Finish Fire Light satin
- Back & Side Finish Satin
- Fretboard African ebony
- # Frets 20
- Nut Width 1.75"
- Tuners Hardware Breedlove, nickel
- Lower Bout Width 15.37"
- Waist Width 9"
- Upper Bout Width 11.28"
- Body Length 19.875"
- Body Depth 3.75" (neck), 4.5" (tail)
- String Gauge D'Addario EXP 16
- Pickup LR Baggs EAS VC
- Bridge Delta bridge, African ebony
- Binding None
- Inlay Offset dots
- Case Deluxe hardshell
- Scale Length 25.5"
- Sound Hole 3.75"
- Crafted In Bend, OR USA
Concert Body Shape
The Breedlove Concert is the original Breedlove shape. It first appeared in 1992, and has been the best-selling Breedlove body shape ever since. Designed specifically for the fingerstylist to be well balanced, compact, and comfortable to play, it generates a wonderfully articulate range of tone with an ample low end that is never boomy, but always felt. The unique construction also allows the Concert to sing even at a full strum. If you’re a fingerstylist, or are seeking an instrument to use as vocal accompaniment, this is the shape for you. The Concert is engineered to provide exceptional sustain with a pronounced bass response, both of which can be achieved with a light touch. The graduated top works in harmony with the Breedlove Bridge Truss to provide an even response throughout the lows, mids, and highs, with sustain, and clear, concise, note-for-note projection.
Breedlove guitar necks feature a slimmer neck profile, which enables comfortable play, even with smaller hands. Unlike traditional dovetail neck joints that require major surgery for a neck re-set, it is easy to adjust the play action and neck angle with the Breedlove bolt-on neck and single-action truss rod. The hand-rubbed, semi-gloss Breedlove neck finish contributes to ideal playability – the finish process alone takes three days, including precise finish coat applications, fine sanding, and hand buffing and rubbing.
The asymmetrical headstock is featured on CM, Concert, Auditorium, and 12-String body shapes. This headstock isn’t just a pretty shape – it’s specifically designed to keep the strings in a straight, even line from the nut to the tuning pegs. The result is even tension, stable tuning, and ease of alternate tuning.
Mahogany top, back and sides
Mahogany is a medium-lightweight wood, ranging in color from light brown to dark, primarily used for necks because of the feel and the stability it provides. Balanced, resonant tone with notable sustain. Thick bottom end, rich midrange, and controlled, warm top end. Found from southern Mexico through Central America and south to Brazil and Bolivia.
BEST IN SHOW AT SUMMER NAMM!
Here at Breedlove, we’re constantly striving to make outstanding guitars. Instruments that sound so good, you just can’t put them down. With the USA Series, we set out to create an ultra-light USA made instrument with an astonishing sound and tone you have to hear to believe.
We recently unveiled two new models of the USA Series at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. The USA Concert Day Light E Mahogany - Mahogany and the USA Concert Sun Light E Sitka Spruce - Mahogany. These guitars were awarded best in show. We are tremendously proud and humbled by this outstanding accolade and distinction. On behalf of our entire team of designers, dedicated craftsmen and management team – we want to thank the judges for this recognition!
SUMMER NAMM |
After a very long journey through guitar stores, luthiers, and trade shows I came across this jewel by accident. Everything got me immediately hooked: the look, the sound, playability, and the lightweight of this special model.
Although the sound is designed for fingerpickers it suited my cross-picking needs better than any other guitar I played before. But most of all I liked the character. The guitar has an individual sound that you can tell among many.
So for me, after traveling long ways to find something special, this mahogany beauty felt like coming home.
- J.D. | 10.23.2017