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Blueridge BR-140 Historic Series Dreadnought Guitar with Deluxe Hardshell Case
- Solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped braces gives you clean articulation and a crisp, bright tone
- Solid mahogany back and sides for robust, warm resonance
- Slim mahogany neck offers fast, easy action and inherently long-lasting stability
- Choice East Indian rosewood fingerboard ensures silky smooth playability
- Nickel-plated 14:1 tuners are smooth and precise to always keep you in tune
- Superior CD-1510 deluxe hardshell case included for maximum protection
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|Back Material Type||Mahogany||Rosewood||Indian Rosewood||Mahogany||Indian Rosewood||Rosewood|
|Body Material Type||Mahogany||Sitka-Spruce;rosewood||spruce;East India Rosewood||laminated-and-solid-wood||solid-wood||solid-wood|
|Fretboard Material Type||—||Ebony||Rosewood||Ebony||—||Rosewood|
|Hand Orientation||Right Handed||Right Handed||Right Handed||right||Right Handed||Right Handed|
|Item Dimensions||18.1 x 45.7 x 5.9 in||47.24 x 9.25 x 20.47 in||16 x 40 x 5 in||18 x 44.5 x 5.5 in||18.1 x 45.7 x 5.9 in||16 x 40 x 5 in|
|Neck Material Type||Mahogany||Rosewood||Mahogany||Mahogany||Mahogany||Mahogany|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
|Top Material Type||Sitka-Spruce||Sitka spruce||Sitka Spruce||Spruce||Spruce||Sitka Spruce|
Traditional bracing with solid mahogany back and sides give the BR-140 a pure vintage sound. This understated yet, perfect guitar for any style of acoustic music. Fine black and white top purfling and the original abalone and pearl inlay work on the headstock are touches of fine art. Other features include all solid Honduran Mahogany back and sides and solid Sitka Spruce top. The BR-140 boasts a sound and style perfect for any style of music. Buy yours and never miss a tone or lick.
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I had never played a Blueridge, so I was very shy about buying it online, but there are no Blueridge dealers near me where I could try one. I had to rely on reviewers being honest and accurate, and I'd seen and heard an awfully lot of good reports..
When it arrived, I let it sit in the box for 2 days to acclimate from the cold wx before I opened it. It was packed pretty well and sustained no damage in shipping. I removed the wrapping on the strings and shook the 3 silica gel packs out of the body, which was somewhat difficult, and tuned it up. It shipped with the strings quite slack.
The neck is thinner than just about any guitar I have played, but it played very nicely. It came with D'Addarios from the factory (probably med/light). The tone is exceptional, which is subjective, but most seem to agree. Very full with good presence in the high-mids.. some very good 'ding', like you might expect if there were medium strings on it. I normally use a Blue Chip TD35 pick and love it, but I've found that my old trusty Fender thins sound much better on this particular guitar. The type of pick you use can make a BIG difference.
I play mostly bluegrass, and this guitar is GREAT for that. That hi-mid presence will punch right through if you need it to, and a softer strum gives you a very nice rhythm warmth and fullness. It has surprising volume. I find myself needing to back off sometimes. That's not a bad thing. Better plenty than too little.
I also do a little finger picking, and I noticed that the strings are spaced slightly wider at the saddle than typical, which some finger pickers would like.
I gave it to one of the best luthiers in this region to look over and tweak out for me. He told me (twice) that it was a very nice guitar, especially for what I paid. He said he couldn't really improve the action significantly from the way it came from the factory. He and I were both pretty stunned. He said the fret wires were a bit tall at about .040 (which affects the way the action feels), and they were just a little bit 'gritty', so he polished them a bit (which helped), adjusted the neck just a little, put on some EJ16's, and Voila! A poor man's Martin!
My other main option was a Taylor 110e, which is very nice, but I'm glad I got this BR140. Unlike the Taylor, the BR140 uses all solid tone wood (no plywood), so the sound will mellow with age and will be a better overall investment, especially for what I paid. I'm a happy camper.
I was so impressed I took it to my luthier the next day, had him lower the action a bit, put on medium strings and install ebony pins. Even he commented on what fine craftsmanship went into this guitar.
Since then I pick this guitar up every chance I get.
I would definitely recommend this guitar to anyone looking for an excellent quality guitar at a very affordable price. You definitely will get your money's worth from this guitar. select, solid Adirondack spruce top, choice solid mahogany sides and back.
I won't compare the sounds to a Taylor or a Martin, every guitar has it's own character, but I guarantee you won't get these quality solid woods in any other guitar that I know of for this price. The tone of this guitar is fantastic and the sustain is incredible.
I also want to note, if like me you have fat fingers, that little 1/16th of an inch (Nut width at the bridge 1 3/4) makes an incredible difference. Great for finger-picking and strumming alike. All around great guitar.