Premier FO Mandolins
For the player drawn to a dynamic, full voice, with deep, rich tone, the Sitka spruce and maple combination produces a full range of bass, bright high-end tones, and notable clarity and sustain. The traditional Florentine shape of the Breedlove Premier FO is simple and elegant. Deep and rich, with a complex and full voice, this instrument really sings through a single oval sound hole in the body. The combination of Sitka spruce for the top wood and Western maple for the back and sides produce a full range of bass and bright, high-end tones in a stunning package. Amazing clarity and sustain are provided through a bigleaf maple neck, ebony bridge and fretboard, while the radiused fingerboard and oversize frets allow for extreme comfort. The silky feel of the semi-gloss vintage sunburst is so lovely you'll never want to put instrument to leave your hands.
- Premier FO Specifications
- Body Type F
- Neck Wood Bigleaf maple
- Solid Wood Top Solid carved Sitka spruce
- Solid Wood Back & Sides Western maple
- Top Finish Vintage stain semi-gloss
- Fretboard Ebony
- # Frets 20
- Nut Width 1-3/16"
- Tuners Hardware MF-300, nickel
- Lower Bout Width 10"
- Waist Width 5 1/8"
- Upper Bout Width N/A
- Body Length 14"
- Body Depth 1 13/16"
- String Gauge EXP 74 - Mando
- Bridge Ebony
- Inlay Dots
In 1973, while on a surf trip, Kim Breedlove visited the town of Paracho, Mexico looking to buy a mandolin. He got the mandolin and a lot more: In that little town bustling with gifted luthiers, Kim realized he wanted to spend his life pursuing the craft of luthiery. For 40 years, mandolins have been Kim’s passion, so as you can imagine, they’re a very special part of the Breedlove collection. Kim has never been one to imitate or follow convention, and as a result, there is nothing ordinary about Breedlove mandolins.
Kim has spent decades applying his creativity and expertise to the traditional mandolin form, and has fine-tuned the 2014 models to deliver balance, tonal clarity, and fullness of sound. These instruments deliver an experience and a sound that is uniquely Breedlove: They offer a contemporary aesthetic, they’re remarkably easy to play, and they embody distinctively crafted sound, all while staying true to the spirit of the mandolin.
Kim Breedlove reinterpreted the traditional Florentine mandolin in the F body – the headstock, weight, size, and volume are very similar to the Florentine shape. It features a unique retro-inspired peg head and a pronounced scroll on the bass upper bout. The rim depth is shallower, and the overall top arc is slightly compressed for a distinct throaty sound and a powerful bark that will particularly appeal to bluegrass players.
Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the northwest United States. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for American-made instruments for decades. It is strong and light with extended harmonic content, and it nearly equals the power of Adirondack. It offers a strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental -- perfect for flatpicking styles. When compared with European spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones. Sitka takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It has a straight uniform grain and coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.
Neck, Back and Side Woods
Western bigleaf maple, acer macrophyllum, originates in the western United States. With a powerful fundamental and even harmonics, it is clear and present, without pronounced peaks and valleys in the harmonic content, which makes it great for standing out among other instruments. It offers a clear attack and fast response to articulation in the whole frequency range with excellent note separation, quicker note decay than other medium-density woods, and more treble sparkle than rosewood. Sapwood color ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown.
Breedlove graduated tops, featured on select models, contribute stunning balance from lows to highs. How? Graduated tops are slightly thicker on the treble side, balancing the higher energy treble frequencies with the lower energy bass frequencies traveling through the thinner bass side. The result: clearer, cleaner highs and stable, resonant lows. Because no two soundboards are exactly the same, Breedlove craftsmen evaluate each top for stiffness and density, and then graduate it accordingly. The amount of graduation is customized for each individual instrument. The top is sanded to the precise graduated thickness to achieve optimal flexibility and stiffness. This hands-on process is one of the major contributors to the Breedlove sound.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Breedlove players around the world can attest: With consistent, proper care, your Breedlove will give you a lifetime of service – and inspiration. New Breedlove instruments, purchased through an authorized Breedlove dealer, are warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship throughout the lifetime of the original owner. In addition to materials and workmanship, Breedlove offers a two-year warranty on tuning machines and electronics packages. Cases and bags are subject to a one-year warranty covering defects in structure and hardware. Full details on our limited lifetime warranty are available here.