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Blueridge BR-183CE Historic Series 14-Fret 000 Guitar

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000 Sitka
Acoustic Electric Guitar
  • All-solid wood construction, Premium, solid Sitka spruce top, Premium, solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, Abalone purfling on all edges, Premium ebony fingerboard with Prewar split diamond abalone snowflake markers, One-piece neck
  • Hand carved parabolic top braces in authentic, Prewar, forward-X position, Carved, solid mahogany, low profile neck with adjustable truss rod & dovetail neck joint
  • Maple bridge plate, Bone nut and saddle, High-gloss finish with aging toner for perfect vintage look, Traditional carved diamond volute on back of headstock, Rosewood peg head overlay w/ M.O.P. and abalone inlays
  • Scale length: 25-58-Inch, Nut width: 1-1116-Inch, Saga's exclusive Dalmatian-tortoise-style pick guard, Accurate vintage-style 14:1 ratio open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
  • Fishman Presys Blend pickup system, Ebony bridge with abalone dot-inlaid ebony bridge pins, Delicate wood marquetry back strip, White body and neck binding, Gold-plated tuners
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Product Information

Size:000 Sitka  |  Style:Acoustic Electric Guitar
Item Weight 6.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 41.3 x 16.9 x 4.5 inches
Shipping Weight 7 pounds
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.
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Item model number BR-183CE
Customer Reviews
4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #147,178 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#1,282 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic-Electric Guitars
#3,442 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic Guitars
Date first available at Amazon.com August 3, 2012

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From the Manufacturer

Presenting the BR-183CE Historic Series Cutaway Electric OOO Acoustic Guitar by Blueridge

This may be the most beautiful and the most versatile guitar you will ever own! The BR-183CE is hand crafted from the finest solid spruce and solid East Indian rosewood for a tone of elegance and refinement, along with great acoustic carrying power. All borders are inlaid with colorful, flashing abalone pearl to make you the main attraction under the spotlights. The Fishman Presys built-in electronics give you as much tonal power as you need for any musical situation with a rich, totally natural acoustic tone-only amplifier. The cutaway shoulder gives you easy access to the highest frets, while the slim mahogany neck plays as fast and as easily as any electric guitar. This beautiful BR-183CE from Blueridge truly has everything (special order only). By popular demand, we have now combined leading brand pickup technology from Fishman, a deep cutaway and the legendary tone powerhouse of the Historic series BR-180. Each guitar is crafted to be light and resonant, but now offers even greater flexibility with electronics for use in any live or recording situation. And just like every other Blueridge guitar in the line, meticulous attention to detail and quality craftsmanship goes hand-in-hand with these modern refinements.

Traditional Look

Distinctive Design

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 111 /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.

Attention to Detail

Design Assures That Vintage Tone

The classic vintage style and modern improvements in playability and construction of the Blueridge guitars that make up the Historic Series have all the traditional features usually found on pricey vintage guitars, but at an amazingly affordable price! 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. Every Historic Series guitar features a slim mahogany neck with an adjustable truss rod to maintain perfect alignment.

  • Select solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic Pre-war forward X-pattern
  • Premium solid East Indian rosewood back and sides with Abalone Pearl on all borders
  • 000 cutaway body style with 14th-fret neck joint
  • Abalone border and sound hole rosette
  • Premium ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Maple bridge plate
  • Slim mahogany neck has adjustable truss rod and 1 11/16 inch nut width the traditional diamond volute on back of headstock
  • Scale length of 25.6 inch (650 mm)
  • Abalone position markers on fingerboard
  • Delicate marquetry center strip on back
  • Full D-45 style ornamentation
  • rosewood peghead overlay with unique, M-O-P and Abalone design
  • Natural high-gloss finish with aging toner for perfect vintage look
  • Accurate vintage-style 14:1 ratio gold-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
  • Factory installed Fishman Presys Blend pickup system
  • Shop Adjusted
  • Special Order Only - Contact an Authorized Blueridge Dealer

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Peter B. Hales on April 7, 2009
Style Name: Guitar OnlySize: 000 Sitka
I've owned my BR-183 for at least four years. It is still the favorite performing instrument of my bandmates, despite its smaller size and more intimate tone-- it is preferred over, for example, a top-end Taylor Grand Symphony Koa and a handmade mid-70s Brazilian Rosewood LoPrinzi dreadnought.

The fit and finish on this instrument is top-flight. Out of the case, it had a surprisingly full tone, and over the years of intensive playing and performance, it has only improved in tone. Intonation is excellent up and down the neck. The fingerboard is a bit narrow but I have yet to feel cramped on it, though I'm used to 1-3/4" nut widths. Played fingerstyle it is an absolute joy. Without picks, it has a finger-sensitive quality-- one can hear the smallest changes of finger-angle, the shifts between soft fingers, callouses, and fingernails hitting the string. Up and down the neck, notes glimmer and then arrive with nuance and authority. Strummed, with the action extremely low, it does compress, but in a very pleasing way-- it seems designed to provide a sort of percussive rhythm-guitar quality. "Snapping" the strings gives a delightful pop to the notes and they retain their sonority rather than simply dying, as occurs with the very-young and very stolid Taylor GS. While the Taylor has begun to open up over the year of its life with me, the Blueridge seems more like a 20-year-old instrument.

If there is a complaint to make, it's with the lacquer, which is fairly thickly laid on-- one wonders what the sound would be like with a thinner finish. The detailing is almost gaudy-- the abalone is beautifully inlaid, but there's a lot of it!
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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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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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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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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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