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Guitar Interactive Magazine Review Breedlove Dreadnought CE

Guitar Interactive Magazine Review Breedlove Dreadnought CE

Breedlove Discovery Dreadnought CE | Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 28 | Written by Michael Casswell

The American guitar maker  Breedlove produces top-end acoustics  that  are highly  respected and  priced  accordingly. The man hours, materials and the craftsmanship that  go into a Bend, Oregon produced Breedlove come  at price, however, as they do with any high-end instrument, so to cater for the vast majority of players who either can't afford or just can't justify the cost of a US produced guitar,  Breedlove has taken a leaf out of many other US guitar brands and arranged for some lower cost versions of its guitars to be made in China.

So far, this isn't very different from  a lot of other  guitars,  like Epiphones, cheap Fenders  and so on.  But this Breedlove Discovery is actually  a really good sounding and playing  instrument for a silly low price - and it will do the job live or in the studio. In fact, once  recorded  and  blended in a track,  no one could  tell the difference between  this or an acoustic  costing  ten times more. Exposed  to a critical side by side comparison with  a top priced acoustic  there  may be a more of an obvious  difference, and,  yes, a high-end, hand  produced, solid wood,  nitro  finished  acoustic will get better  and  better  with age, whereas a polyester  finished budget guitar  like this will tend to sound how it sounds now and forever. Then again, this Breedlove has a solid Sitka spruce top mated  to its laminated sapele back and sides, so there should be some maturing with  age. Either way, for a no-frills get the  job done instrument, this Breedlove Discovery  would  easily pay for itself in no time.

The  Discovery series of Breedloves includes a family of four slightly different body shapes with or without cutaway, each giving a slightly different character to the sound. The Dreadnought CE does have a cutaway  and although it is labelled a Dreadnought, it is actually  more  rounded in shape and a tiny bit smaller than  the usual Dreadnought size, the theory being you get the size and fatness of tone  of a Dread but with  the projection and subtlety of a Concert shaped guitar.  Good intheory but I think these things come more from  the person  playing it rather  than  body shapes. Then again,  this guitar  does have a sound that  is big but not  boomy, so maybe  there is something in it.

The  neck is slightly slimmer than  you often find on acoustics  of this type, making it easier for beginners, and generally  the set up on our sample  was very good.  I didn't feel the need to particularly tweak or change  anything and felt at home very quickly, even though I prefer big fat necks. The fretwork on the nato neck's rosewood  fingerboard seemed well done  and comfortable and the string action was medium to low, so again no adjustments needed.

Read the full review here.

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