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HAMFIST 07-13-2014 09:36 PM

Show us your BREEDLOVES
 
So there are a lot of threads here regarding Martin, Gibson, boo-teek builders like Santa Cruz and luthier-built instruments. One major builder I am not seeing much stuff here for is Breedlove.

On some boards, I see folks rip on Breedlove because they are modern. They are not anything Arlo Guthrie played. The headstock is not symetrical. All of these ... true.

I like me a Martin or a Gibson or a Santa Cruz model F as much as they next guy, but I am drawn more to Breedlove. They are doing things with construction and design that nobody else is, to tremendous effect.

So show me your Breedloves!

Here are mine ... I am short, so I play smaller guitars. Both of my Breedloves are the concert body shape, which due to depth and design has plenty of bass. Due to bracing differences (one w the bridge truss, one without) the guitars are very different beasts tonally.

Breedlove C20 SM American series. Bight. Powerful. Stands up for itself in competition with other instruments acoustically.
http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/...140701_002.jpg

Breedlove C20 SMYR limited edition Oregon series. Complex. Rich. Sophisticated.
http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/...nn/c20smyr.png

motojosh 07-13-2014 10:15 PM

I'll take some better pictures of it soon, but here's the Oregon Concert that I brought home a few weeks ago. This was the pic that I took as soon as I got home. Played it every day since.....

http://motojosh.smugmug.com/photos/i...xX254wR-XL.jpg

AZLiberty 07-14-2014 01:05 AM

Breedlove American Series C20/SR
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...eedlove005.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...eedlove007.jpg

The finish is so shiny you can see the reflection of the grass blades in the Rosewood.

guit3090 07-14-2014 01:55 AM

I like the tone which the JDL bracing system helps give, had an Atlas OM for a short time.

Bearclaw Spruce 07-14-2014 04:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HAMFIST (Post 4038873)
So there are a lot of threads here regarding Martin, Gibson, boo-teek builders like Santa Cruz and luthier-built instruments. One major builder I am not seeing much stuff here for is Breedlove.

On some boards, I see folks rip on Breedlove because they are modern. They are not anything Arlo Guthrie played. The headstock is not symetrical. All of these ... true.

I like me a Martin or a Gibson or a Santa Cruz model F as much as they next guy, but I am drawn more to Breedlove. They are doing things with construction and design that nobody else is, to tremendous effect.

So show me your Breedloves!

Here are mine ... I am short, so I play smaller guitars. Both of my Breedloves are the concert body shape, which due to depth and design has plenty of bass.

Actually one builder whose innovation and modern building techniques you have failed to mention is Taylor Guitars, and I believe Breedlove's concert shape is based on Taylor's original Grand Concert body. Breedlove is innovative, but they are not the only company.

44Runner 07-14-2014 04:52 AM

Not mine but I really like it. I noticed Ted just added a SEXY Breedlove to his stupid deals page:

http://laguitarsales.com/tools/local...062c8d24fc.jpg

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...d.php?t=346473

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...6&postcount=14

Yeah. I wouldn't mind one of those. Having already ordered from Ted's stupid deals I guarantee the price is amazing.

HAMFIST 07-14-2014 06:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bearclaw Spruce (Post 4039037)
Actually one builder whose innovation and modern building techniques you have failed to mention is Taylor Guitars, and I believe Breedlove's concert shape is based on Taylor's original Grand Concert body. Breedlove is innovative, but they are not the only company.

Of course Kim and Larry Breedlove and Scott Henderson metriculated in the Taylor shop.

Taylor I think innovated quite a bit in terms of making the nontraditional neck joint more common and acceptable. Other builders including Gurian, Tacoma, etc. have used them, but Taylor really dida quite a bit to use it as a way to lower the cost of finishing the instruments because neck and body can be finished separately.

I know this board started as a Taylor enthusiast forum, but have not played an early Taylors, but the more modern ones frankly have never grabbed me. We don't want the thread hijacked ... topic for another day.

Treenewt 07-14-2014 06:50 AM

I stumbled on this American OM/SM last year and have enjoyed every minute of it. The build quality is excellent, playability is great, and the tone is nice and warm. Very punchy and clean. It has a Baggs Lyric in it and sounds great plugged in. Not a "traditional" Breedlove I guess but I love It!

Here it is alongside my Martins a couple weeks ago.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/a...psgykyptj6.jpg

paulzoom 07-14-2014 06:54 AM

Breedlove Focus SE, Redwood top and rosewood back and sides and a Breedlove American D20Sme, spruce top with mahogany back and sides.

http://www.paulzoom.com/breedlove-focus1.jpg

http://www.paulzoom.com/breedloveD1.jpg

HAMFIST 07-14-2014 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treenewt (Post 4039145)
I stumbled on this American OM/SM last year and have enjoyed every minute of it. The build quality is excellent, playability is great, and the tone is nice and warm. Very punchy and clean. It has a Baggs Lyric in it and sounds great plugged in. Not a "traditional" Breedlove I guess but I love It!

Here it is alongside my Martins a couple weeks ago.

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/a...psgykyptj6.jpg

How is the American OM-SM not a traditional Breedlove? Does it lack the bridge truss or something.

My Oregon series concert does not have the truss. The American does. VERY different bracing patterns and voices.

HAMFIST 07-14-2014 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 44Runner (Post 4039042)
Not mine but I really like it. I noticed Ted just added a SEXY Breedlove to his stupid deals page:

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...6&postcount=14

Yeah. I wouldn't mind one of those. Having already ordered from Ted's stupid deals I guarantee the price is amazing.

I am tempted to call, just out of curiosity, but would not waste their time. My wife wants to redo the kitchen after all. And if she even THOUGHT I was looking at another guitar, much less one with a sinker rosewood top, I would be done for.

markallen 07-14-2014 07:57 AM

Custom 000 12 fret with Sinker top and Cocobolo B/S. This is currently up for sale over in the classifieds.
Cheers,
Mark
http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/x...m/DSC00021.jpg

Gorquin 07-14-2014 07:57 AM

I haven't given Breedlove a look and perhaps I should have.
What model designations separate the USA models from Imports?

I LOVE the sound of my Martin OMC-28 BUT can't get used to the wider neck and string spacing. It's 1.75" at the nut and 2 1/4" bridge spacing.
I also have an old Guild D40, my first good acoustic, and it's a bit small at 1 5/8" at the nut. SoI need an 00, 000, or OM, preferably with a cutaway, that has a 1 11/16" Nut and 1 1/8" String spacing.

Any suggestions for a Breedlove that fits that bill?

44Runner 07-14-2014 08:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HAMFIST (Post 4039202)
I am tempted to call, just out of curiosity, but would not waste their time. My wife wants to redo the kitchen after all. And if she even THOUGHT I was looking at another guitar, much less one with a sinker rosewood top, I would be done for.

Look, call him. I have bought two of his stupid deals now because they were something I wanted and the price was too good to pass up. The second will be here today. If not simply to satisfy your curiosity. Ted is great to deal with.

skitoolong 07-14-2014 08:25 AM

My humble contribution
Breedlove C25/CRe-h

http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/...psa773ae68.jpg

Treenewt 07-14-2014 09:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HAMFIST (Post 4039182)
How is the American OM-SM not a traditional Breedlove? Does it lack the bridge truss or something.

My Oregon series concert does not have the truss. The American does. VERY different bracing patterns and voices.

No bridge truss. Old school belly bridge. Whole thing is based of "traditional" acoustics. If the pic showed the headstock it's a squared martin-esque one and not the pointy or wavy one.

Wasn't meant as a knock, just that it looks different than a "traditional" Breedlove.

HAMFIST 07-14-2014 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treenewt (Post 4039290)
No bridge truss. Old school belly bridge. Whole thing is based of "traditional" acoustics. If the pic showed the headstock it's a squared martin-esque one and not the pointy or wavy one.

Wasn't meant as a knock, just that it looks different than a "traditional" Breedlove.

Don't worry. I'm not mad atcha.

I am not sure what to think about all of the different headstocks. For the Revival series, it makes sense to have the straight one. The wavy one ... not sure what to make of that one. Both of mine have the triangular one, which I find very visually appealing, in addtion to any practical benefits.

HAMFIST 07-14-2014 09:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gorquin (Post 4039224)
I haven't given Breedlove a look and perhaps I should have.
What model designations separate the USA models from Imports?

I LOVE the sound of my Martin OMC-28 BUT can't get used to the wider neck and string spacing. It's 1.75" at the nut and 2 1/4" bridge spacing.
I also have an old Guild D40, my first good acoustic, and it's a bit small at 1 5/8" at the nut. SoI need an 00, 000, or OM, preferably with a cutaway, that has a 1 11/16" Nut and 1 1/8" String spacing.

Any suggestions for a Breedlove that fits that bill?

One area where I think Breedlove could use a kick in the butt is on how frequently they switch around their product lines. Some folks suggest this is to avoid sales of used guitars from cannibalizing the new ones. For all I know, that is true.

Currently, the imports are the Solo, Studio and Stage series. The domestics are the Oregon, Premier, Legacy, Master Class and Exotic. There are not a whole lot of visual distinctions between imports and domestic instruments. That might be something else I would advocate for. But what the heck do I know about it?

Both of my Breedloves are the entry level American-made products, and I traded in Larrivee 03 series guitars on each one. I think this is the part of the market where Breedlove really shines. Once you get into the $2,500 and up category, there are more better options, including stuff like the Martin OM21. But at this price point of about a grand to $1,500, you might get a Martin like the GPCPA4 with various components made out of cardboard and epoxy or something like that -- and may be made in Mexico. Don't get me wrong. There are some nice guitars made in Mexico, and at the same time US or even Canadian guitars can command a premium due to lower volumes and the perception that manufacturers source their lower-end models from other locales.

In the intermediate term, Breedlove will probably give Larrivee, which I also think very highly of, a good run for their money.

KevWind 07-14-2014 09:47 AM

nice pictures people here is mine

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i.../Breedlove.jpg

Gorquin 07-14-2014 09:54 AM

One suggestion. When you post the pics, and they are nice, please post model #'s and USA or Import so the uniformed, like me, know what we're looking at. :D

Thanks.

KevWind 07-14-2014 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gorquin (Post 4039361)
One suggestion. When you post the pics, and they are nice, please post model #'s and USA or Import so the uniformed, like me, know what we're looking at. :D

Thanks.

Sorry yes good idea , mine above is Breedlove Master Class " Phoenix" USA

Ziricote back and sides Redwood top

earri 07-14-2014 10:28 AM

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...ps2a695454.jpg

My humble contribution C25/SSe American - made in US in Bend, Oregon solid Sitka spruce over solid Sapele B&S. My 1st solid wood acoustic - love, love, love it! But GASing for a Pheonix (see KevWind) since I saw heard one played by Jarabe De Paulo live.

markallen 07-14-2014 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HAMFIST (Post 4039202)
I am tempted to call, just out of curiosity, but would not waste their time. My wife wants to redo the kitchen after all. And if she even THOUGHT I was looking at another guitar, much less one with a sinker rosewood top, I would be done for.

Hey Ham,

I'd hate to see you in trouble at home, so I forced myself to talk to Ted about it this morning. That little beauty should be arriving at my office later this week :)

Cheers,
Mark

HAMFIST 07-14-2014 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by markallen (Post 4039423)
Hey Ham,

I'd hate to see you in trouble at home, so I forced myself to talk to Ted about it this morning. That little beauty should be arriving at my office later this week :)

Cheers,
Mark

I appreciate your help with that.

Let me know if you want to sell at some point.

markallen 07-14-2014 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HAMFIST (Post 4039546)
I appreciate your help with that.

Let me know if you want to sell at some point.

Always glad to help a fellow AGF'r maintain a happy marriage. I'll gladly give you first right of refusal if I decide to sell at some point.

Mark

HAMFIST 07-14-2014 02:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KevWind (Post 4039371)
Sorry yes good idea , mine above is Breedlove Master Class " Phoenix" USA

Ziricote back and sides Redwood top

Dude, that is just sick looking.

How would you characterize the sonic contribution of that redwood top?

I have been intrigued by Redwood, although Spruce does the job pretty well for someone of my humble needs.

marty bradbury 07-14-2014 02:40 PM

The most responsive guitar I ever played was a Breelove, Cedar over Mahogany, master class I believe. a light strum and you could feel it through the whole body.

Quake17 07-14-2014 03:50 PM

Breedloves
 
MMMM, Maple:

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...7/IMG_0130.jpg

Mermaid:

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...7/IMG_0131.jpg

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...7/IMG_0132.jpg

KevWind 07-14-2014 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HAMFIST (Post 4039723)
Dude, that is just sick looking.

How would you characterize the sonic contribution of that redwood top?

I have been intrigued by Redwood, although Spruce does the job pretty well for someone of my humble needs.

Humm ? I'm not sure I could give an accurate delineation of just the redwood top, perhaps one of the luthiers could.

The overall tone in combo with the ziricote is somewhat complex in the overtones. And it has an amazing amount of low end for a shallow small concert bodied guitar . It presents a very different sound from my Taylor 810 ce.
Also I go against the norm somewhat as it is billed as an excellent finger style instrument and no doubt it is, but I play flat pic and IMO it is superb for that as well.

GELewis 07-14-2014 04:54 PM

Breedlove Koa Master Class
 
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z...psa201caa4.jpg

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z...psc1fa3233.jpg

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z...ps2f1e3130.jpg

Built in the Breedlove Custom Shop in May, 2011. Dead mint, never played outside of home. A phenomenal fingerstyle instrument, far and away the most beautiful (the photos don't do it justice) and easiest playing guitar I've ever owned).
-Concert body with sharp cutaway
-Western Red Cedar soundboard
-Koa Body
-Rosewood Binding
-Polished ebony headstock
-Bone Nut and Saddle
-Gold Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons
-Lyric pickup with soundhole volume control


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