Presenting the BR-180 Historic Series Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar by Blueridge
The BR-180 is a tone powerhouse with a beauty that is second to none. No expense was spared on this guitar as is evidenced by the authentic pre-war D-45 style specifications. Each guitar is crafted to be light and resonant. Meticulous attention to detail and quality craftsmanship is evident in the traditional, forward-position, hand-carved parabolic x-bracing which allows the solid spruce top to ring loud and true. Blueridge guitars feature a traditional dovetail neck joint, slim mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod, and butterbean-button, Kluson-style tuning machines with an updated mechanism for modern precision and feel.
Body Wood Selections
After WWII tone woods like Adirondack and high-end Brazilian rosewoods were no longer available to use for the production of acoustic guitars. Over-forestation and other factors encouraged guitar makers to find more abundant tonewoods that would perform just as well. In this series we use Sitka spruce for the top to impart an already aged sound that has made it the most popular top wood used to date by any maker. For the backs and sides, Indian rosewood was selected to replace South American varieties and more readily available species of mahogany were also substituted.
Fingerboards and Fittings
In more modern acoustic guitars made by the best, traditional American makers, Indian rosewood is the most common fingerboard and bridge material used. Its characteristics are perfect for use in these applications because it is very durable, looks great and adds to the desirable, yet complex tone of any instrument.
It goes without saying that traditional construction techniques used in the making of vintage instruments during the Golden Era of instrument production continue to stand the test of time. Therefore, Blueridge holds fast to traditional construction methods and incorporates the sought-after forward shifted X-brace pattern for the top. Conversely, this series also uses the more modern nut width of 1 11 /16 for easier fingering for modern players.
With every Blueridge guitar, what makes each of them special is found in the details. In this series, we also combine rosewood backs and sides with traditional white binding and delicate herringbone or exotic abalone purfling, while the guitars with mahogany backs and sides will have Black ABS binding. The signature Dalmatian tortoise pickguard is also used for that look of distinction.
Inspired Design Assures That Vintage Tone
Taking cues from guitars produced in the years after WWII to present, the Historic Series combines more readily available tone woods from Canada for an already broken-in, vintage flavored tone. The slim, fast-playing necks and easy action makes these guitars truly professional-quality instruments - although they are priced within the reach of students and amateurs! Elegant pearl and abalone inlay on peghead, fingerboard and all borders characterizes our top models as well as the finest solid East Indian rosewood and solid Sitka spruce. All tops are carefully braced with the same forward-X bracing found on costly prewar originals and the tone of our new guitars greatly resembles those old masterpieces. Our mid-line features traditional herringbone binding on top and back strip and delicate, tasteful pearl inlay on fingerboard and peghead. The mahogany series is noted for its power and clarity, making these guitars equally suited for lead and rhythm playing.
- Select, solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved and scalloped parabolic-shaped braces in a authentic pre-war forward X-pattern
- Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides with abalone pearl on all borders and soundhole rosette
- Premium ebony fingerboard and bridge
- Maple bridge plate
- Abalone position markers on fingerboard
- Delicate marquetry center strip on back
- Slim mahogany neck has adjustable truss rod and 1 11/16 inch nut width and traditional diamond volute on back of headstock
- Nut and saddle are made from bone
- Scale length of 25.6 inch (650 mm)
- Rosewood peghead overlay with unique M-O-P and Abalone inlay design
- Accurate Vintage-style 14:1 ratio gold-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
- Natural high-gloss finish with aging toner for the perfect vintage look
- Shop Adjusted