Ever since my first incredibly difficult to play $125 Epiphone acoustic guitar that almost made me quit playing, I’ve wanted a nice acoustic guitar. Fast forward about 14 years or so, and I finally got one. At first I only had my eyes set on either a Martin or a Taylor, the two big dogs of the acoustic guitar industry. That is until I sat down and played a Breedlove brand guitar.I spent a few hours at Guitar Center this past weekend with Andrew and Don and hashed out all the positives and negatives about each guitar in the price range I was looking at. Ben, from Guitar Center, described the sound quality of the Breedlove as a very well balance guitar that rings out like a “bell”, meaning it has sustain, and is tonally somewhere between the typically bassy/mid-range Martin and a bright Taylor. He was spot on. And in my opinion, the Martin and Taylor were incomparable to the Breedlove.
In addition to the sound of the guitar, you get a few additional features/finishes when you’re not paying for the name. This guitar has rosewood back and sides, abalone edging on the face, around the soundhole as well as the fret markers, Grover tuners, and a Fishman pre-amp with built in tuner. I may have lost a few readers with that last sentence, but if you know what I’m talking about, then you know you’d have to pay about twice as much for some of those finishes.
I’ve only had this guitar for less than a week, but it’s already accomplished its mission of making me want to play guitar more often. I highly recommend considering a Breedlove if you’re in the market for an acoustic guitar. Check out the specs of my guitar here, and the rest of the pictures on my set on Flickr.