(SOLD) Breedlove Oregon Concert Acoustic/Electric 2014
Breedlove Oregon Concert, natural finish, made in USA 2014. Here's one from my personal stash! Breedlove make stunning guitars, tucked away in Bend, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest of USA. The company was started by a pair of gents who spent a lot of time at Taylor, so there's some shared heritage there; for a while the two companies even shared some parts apparently. The Oregon Series aimed to use timber from their local neighbourhood... it's one of the only places in the world sitka spruce grows, which they've paired with a more unusual tonewood for the back and sides in American myrtlewood, as well as some local hard rock maple for the neck. We get myrtle here in Tassie too, but this is a different species, with a vibrant yellow colouring and a gorgeous detailed grain. It's a small body, but a combination of the lightweight bracing, unique hardware and tonewood choice mean this has unreal volume and bass for a guitar of this size. It's extremely clear and responsive, bringing out the detail and nuance of every note and chord and rewarding more intricate playing. The neck is a slim C, carved from quarter-sawn rock maple... an unusual choice for an acoustic. It feels a lot like a modern Strat neck in profile and texture; it's very intuitive if you're used to playing electric. The ebony board feels great under the fingers, and has a nice little subtle figure through it to boot. This was my main gigging guitar for several years, and it absolutely excelled as a solo instrument owing to being so comfortable and easy to play and sounding so rich and clear. I wasn't too fond of the original pickup, so it's gained an LR Baggs Dual Source system, with both a mic and a piezo, that works a treat and sounds very natural. The pinless bridge, quirky headstock and herringbone binding are all nice little details; this is a very classy item. It's almost certain I'll regret moving this one on, but my loss is your gain, and this will surely make your life more enjoyable for many years to come.
Model: Breedlove Oregon Concert
Made: 2014, Bend OR USA (serial 0080414)
Finish: natural, gloss nitro top, satin back/sides/neck
Body: solid sitka spruce top, solid American myrtlewood top/back/sides, scalloped X bracing, concert size
Neck: rock maple, ebony board, 25.5" scale, 44mm nut, 14th fret join, slim C shape
Mods: pickup replaced
Pickup: LR Baggs Dual Source mic+piezo+preamp system
Case: Breedlove hard case, including original docs, couple of latches are broken
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has a couple of minor dimples on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and some rub wear on back only. The back has a few light scuffs around the middle of the body, no major marks. The sides have some dimples on the top shoulder and some rub wear in the elbow area and bottom corner. The front has some dimples dimples on the bottom corner and near the back edge, rub wear on the elbow area and some play wear around the soundhole. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. Electronics tested and working properly. The frets have minor wear, 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 12/54 John Pearse strings.