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Blueridge BR-180 Historic Series Dreadnaught Guitar

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  • Solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped braces gives you clean articulation and a crisp tone
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides guarantees deep bass and strong cutting power
  • Slim mahogany neck offers fast, easy action and inherently long-lasting stability
  • Abalone purfling, diamond volute behind the headstock, and snowflake position markers all give this the perfect vintage touch
  • Gold-plated 14:1 tuners are smooth and precise to always keep you in tune
  • To learn more, please see our Product Description below
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Back Material Indian Rosewood Indian Rosewood rosewood Mahogany
Fretboard Material Ebony Rosewood Rosewood Rosewood
Neck Material Mahogany Mahogany dovetail Mahogany
Top Material Sitka-Spruce Sitka Spruce Spruce Spruce
Number Of Strings 6 6 6 6
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Product Description

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.

The Details

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.

Key Features
  • 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

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 42.5 x 18.5 x 4.5 inches ; 6.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001G7F6TG
  • Item model number: BR-180
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,602 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at October 29, 2008

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wardicus on July 4, 2011
I've been playing the guitar for over 50 years, from rock and roll to church music. And the BR-180 is the finest guitar I have ever owned. The workmanship is beautiful, and the tone has to be heard to be believed. The first time I heard one was a couple of years ago in Kentucky while on vacation. It was a bluegrass group, and as soon as they took a break I ran forward to ask the guitar player what kind of guitar he was playing. It was a BR-180. I've never heard another guitar with the tone of the BR-180, not even Martins or Taylors. As soon as I got home from vacation, I sold three of my other guitars and bought a BR-180. It will be the last guitar I ever buy, as I can't fathom that I'll ever find another one as good, especially considering that it is essentially a D-45 for 1/10th the price. Not to mention, I rarely play my other guitars now. Buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Phillips on April 15, 2011
Went into a guitar store with money in my pocket to buy a Martin D-45 or a HD-28V. Played them both but was leaning toward the 45. Heard someone playing this BR-180. Gave it a try and the tone just grabbed me. Took it home and saved $5000. I have not been disappointed. Got over the headstock envy years ago. Sound good as it is and will only get better with age. I play it a couple of hours every day. If you want a fancy guitar with great tone at a decent price check it out. Oh yeah, the workmanship on all the abalone is flawless as is the beautiful head stock. I'm very happy to have found it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on August 16, 2012
I've been playing in a Bluegrass Band for about 17 yrs now. My first guitar was a $250 Lotus. After I realized I was gonna stay with playing a guitar, I dropped the dime on a Martin HD28, that sure flattened my wallet, lol. The HD28 is my "Go to" guitar for jigs. Then, a banjo-picking friend of mine showed me a guitar I had never heard of, a Blueridge BR 180. He has just bought it. Wow, beautiful ornamentation and a sound that rivals the HD28, though not quite as bassy, but a great sounding guitar, none the less.

So, I bought me one and have never been sorry. Another member of the bluegrass band I play with has several Martins, he plays a Martin D35 at practice and even he is impressed with the sound of the BR 180. As far as volume goes, he stands right next to me at practice and when I'm hammering out Orange Blossum Special or Foggy Mountain Breakdown, I can't even hear him on the D45 - maybe he's playing light, don't know, but you can sure heard my BR 180.

So, as you can see, I really like my Blueridge BR 180. Its a 1,000 bucks cheaper than the HD28, and still ranks right up there with the Martins. I'd buy it again.

UPDATE (1-18-14) - My BR-180 is still going strong. Now, own and play three Martins (HD-28, D-41 and D-45) and I can tell you that my BR-180 is right up there with them. The sound is great and so is the action. I had a local guitar shop add a Fishman Matrix Infinity Pick-up to it - in short it is one absolutely fine sounding guitar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter B. Hales on March 6, 2014
I own two Blueridges-- a BR163 and this BR-180. My first, the 163, was a placeholder while I was waiting for a very expensive Collings. After a month with the 163, I cancelled the Collings order and I've never regretted it. It's been through intensive stage and studio time and while it's a little bit the worse for wear, the sound remains superb and the playability extraordinary. The BR-180 was an impulse buy, as I was looking for a guitar to keep at an apartment in NYC when I was in town. Instead, it, too, has become a monster in my repertoire. Here are the specs: the guitar comes with an uncompensated saddle, yet from the box the intonation was spot-on and remains so, a few years out. The action is, if anything, a little TOO low if you're using light gauge strings and decide to do some digging-in flat picked soloing. With medium gauge strings, it's as playable as most high-end guitars with light gauge strings-- though bending those mediums is an exercise in strength! The sound is huge, but also capable of real delicacy and shimmer. Think of those Martins Crosby, Stills and Nash used on their early albums and you'll get a sense of what I mean. Of course the fit and finish are nearly flawless. Because these instruments are largely robot-made using CNC machines, they're so uniform that you don't need to worry about ordering online. Three caveats. 1. The nut width is a bit narrow and the neck slender-- in this, it's more like an electric than a Martin-- so if you have meaty fingers you may want to try it out to be sure you're comfortable. 2. The pickguard is garish. That's the bad news. The good news is that when you pick at the edge and slowly pull up, it will come right up, as it uses spray adhesive. Then you can do without or buy a nicer pickguard to replace. 3. the "aging toner" is not the same as a 60 year old guitar. But: you'll get used to it. Final say? a great guitar!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Flagg on December 4, 2011
I have played Martin guitars for more than sixty years. One 0018 and the rest D28's. Still have my old D28. Taking my son's advice, I tried a Blueridge 180 and have played it ever since. Will always love a Martin but the 180 is just as good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Durbin on January 17, 2014
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Just got it today. I was seriously thinking about buying a Gibson songwriter deluxe studio. This BR-180 sounds as good if not better. It has a lot more flash. Very easy to play right out of the box. The resonation is as good as any guitar I have heard. May not have quite the bass sound as a martin, but plays as loud. For 1150.00 what a bargain. If you like abalone, then this is the guitar to buy. I lowered the action just a little. Been playing for over 40 yrs now.
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