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Blueridge BR-160A Historic Craftsman Series Dreadnought Guitar with Deluxe Hardshell Case
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- Solid Adirondack spruce top with scalloped braces provides you with superior note clarity and volume to spare
- 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
- Distinctive herringbone marquetry, tortoise style pickguard and snowflake position markers evoke vintage 30's beauty
- 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
- To learn more, please see our Product Description below
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Presenting the BR-160A Historic Craftsman Series Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar by Blueridge
Although Blueridge guitars have been around for more than twenty years, it wasn't until about 10 year ago that Saga became the first instrument manufacturer to offer an all-solid wood dreadnaught guitar made from the legendary combination of tone woods. ..Adirondack spruce and East Indian rosewood as a standard production model. Even more, it was introduced at a price that any musician could afford. Sought after vintage guitars with similar specifications, are often referred to as, inchthe bone inch because if the distinctive Herringbone marquetry that surrounds the top edge and is a characteristic feature of this guitar, too. Just by looking at the BR-160A, the discerning player will know that this guitar has the deep, rich and articulate tone that has been a signature sound heard in traditional and popular music for more than 70 years. So, take one for a test drive and find out why the BR-160A get one great guitar and really packs that prewar punch at a a surprisingly affordable price!
Body Wood Selection
The finest, solid Adirondack spruce combines with either select, solid mahogany or choice solid East Indian rosewood of just the right thickness and density to provide consistent, excellent tone in every Blueridge guitar. The highest models feature a neck in one piece of solid mahogany selected for its stability as well as beauty. A super-strong, traditional dovetail neck/body joint is a feature of every model Blueridge. With the finest selected tonewoods and careful construction techniques, each Blueridge guitar will provide musical enjoyment for generations.
Fingerboards and Fittings
The finest East Indian rosewood is used for fingerboards and bridges while select, solid ebony is reserved for the highest models, the BR-180A series. Tuning machines are vintage-style, open back models with Butterbean buttons, plated in either nickel or gold on the top models. These 14:1 ratio tuners turn easily and hold securely. They replicate the prewar original tuners but with much-improved turning action, precision and longevity.
Prewar structural features are replicated throughout in every phase of these guitars’ construction. A small, maple bridge plate reinforces the underside of the top, and the spruce top bracing is scalloped to provide the perfect balance of strength and light weight to ensure the best tone and volume. The forward-X top bracing pattern has been the preferred method of top bracing for almost 100 years. It gives these brand-new guitars a true, vintage tone right out of the box.
All of the pearl inlay designs are rooted in the old traditions and executed with taste and skill. The distinctive Dalmatian tortoise teardrop-shaped pickguard is a Blueridge innovation—already widely copied by other makers. You’ll find small details like the carved neck volute on the back of the BR-180 series headstock that reflects the hand-craftsmanship of a bygone age. All these details of proper design and craftsmanship resemble costly boutique guitars retailing for 3 or 4 times the affordable price of a Blueridge!
Attention to Detail
Blueridge Historic Craftsman Series Legendary tone woods and clean lines make these Blueridge guitars the best!
The Blueridge guitars of the Historic Craftsman Series possess a tone unequalled by any other brand and the reason is the use of a legendary tonewood—Adirondack spruce. Each guitar in this series has a top of this exclusive, costly tonewood—graduated to just the right thickness to allow the best tone and volume. When combined with a back and sides of select solid mahogany or select rosewood, Adirondack spruce guarantees a tone that really resembles a fine, old Collectible. All details and structural appointments closely follow the finest prewar examples, while the slim, easy-playing necks are a decided improvement that will please the modern player. A fully adjustable truss rod guarantees that each neck will stay in perfect alignment and can always be quickly adjusted. All cosmetic details are styled in the true vintage manner to please the collector, aficionado and the average player. The higher models are decorated with delicate wooden Herringbone trim or borders of sparkling abalone pearl with lavish pearl inlays in fingerboard and peghead. Any guitarist can experience the quality and style of a costly vintage collectible for a very moderate price in these Historic Craftsman Series guitars!
- Select, solid Adirondack spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic prewar forward X-pattern
- Solid, select Indian rosewood back and sides with center strip of delicate wood marquetry
- White body binding with delicate Herringbone inlay around top edge
- Slim mahogany neck with dovetail neck body joint and adjustable truss rod
- Rosewood bridge
- Maple bridge plate
- Rosewood peghead overlay
- Saga's exclusive Dalmatian-style pickguard
- High-gloss lightly toned top finish
- Accurate Vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
- Nut and saddle are made from bone
- Nut width of 1 ¾ inch
- Scale length of 25.6inch (650 mm)
- Shop Adjusted
Top Customer Reviews
1. This guitar is currently made with a 1 and 3/4 inch nut width vs the old 1 and 11/16 so please take that into account. The wider nut does make it easier to pick for some but harder for others, I personally view this as a positive.
2. This is an all solid guitar and is made in china, Blueridge was one of the first manufacturers to introduce a high quality guitar was back int he early 2000's when they started producing the Blueridge line with higher standards than their older offerings. They have now started offering adirondack spruce as part of their line-up. This guitar fluctuates in price A LOT, especially on amazon. Keep watching this page and pounce on a good deal if you decide this is the guitar for you, as the prices commonly fluctuate on amazon.. The appearance of the adirondack is not top quality, but that can be expected for the price. This doesn't mean it's not great sounding wood, as they buy in bulk, and Saga doesn't buy from a place that grades the wood based on tone, it's based on visual appearance. So the elasticity, which often produces different tones, could vary, which is why if you buy one that you don't like, it's nice getting it from a place like amazon that has a great return policy.
3. Fortunately most of these things do sound great. There is some variance on x-brace placement and woods etc etc, but they all are built to quite a high standard and even a fine experienced player can enjoy playing these guitars.Read more ›
Anyway, we now have two! Both sound great, the one with the wide grain is a bit louder, crisper, deeper bass, and a great tone. The tight grained top 160 also sounds very nice, with good volume, nice articulation and rich overtones. They are both strung with D'addario EJ-16's, the wide top now has ebony pins (Martin) and the tight topped one has bone pins. Its interesting to have two of the same model to compare! Both guitars have a very nice finish and sound great, very consistent. I also was able to spend some time with a BR-180 and was prepared to buy it if it sounded better, but with that particular guitar, at least, I preferred the tone from the 160.Read more ›
-awesome bass from the rosewood back and sides
-forward x bracing lets the top sing--this dreadnought is a real cannon! harmonics seem to vibrate much longer, hammer-ons and pull-offs are easier. really in love with the sound...
-poor man's Martin--i got mine for $600
Stock setup was fine, no buzzing and low/medium action. The no-name open-back tuners look vintage and do their job--nothing special here.
However, there are some things that I didn't care for:
-neck feels too thin! it's a D-shape that's shallower than my Mexican Strat and Big Baby Taylor, but combined with the nut width and string spacing, everything feels a bit cramped. if possible, sample this guitar in a store first before buying.
-the aesthetics: 'vintage' finish is too orange and looks like a fake tan. headstock inlay is way over the top. dalmatian pickguard seems tacky compared to the standard black/tortoise.
Try the Silver Creek D-170 instead if these issues might be important to you. Because it doesn't have the fancy headstock and fretboard work, it's much cheaper ($250 now) and has the same deep rosewood sound. I have the T-170 (000 body version), and the neck is much more playable because it isn't as cramped. I suspect the D-170 will have the same neck and be just as playable.
If you don't mind these issues/features of the BR-160, then this is a stupendously good sounding guitar for the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful guitar. Sounds just like a Martin HD28. This guitar is made in China; however, the factories that they're made in are constantly under the supervision of supervisors and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stetson H.
I was looking for a guitar that I could use for a variety of music, including bluegrass, acoustic rock, and church gospel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mandopickr
This is a beautiful guitar. I put medium strings on mine but just because of personal preference. The sound is outstanding and the craftsmanship is to. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I received my BR-160A a few days ago. I am very happy with the way it sounds and plays. The guitar is well worth the money that I paid for it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kenneth R. Cox
Amazing instrument for a great price. Such a great sounding, feeling and playing guitar. I have been playing guitar for 26 years and this is the finest Acoustic and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Holly Meyer
Fantastic Guitar, Rosewood Back and Sides and solid Spruce Top, great sound and it doesn't
get any better.
Over the past decades I've bought and sold many guitars for personal use. Some I bought new, some used. Read morePublished on August 19, 2014 by Amazonian
Back in 2005 I was playing a lot of Bluegrass, and I was playing a laminated Alvarez Yairi. It was a very nice guitar, but I wanted a solid bodied instrument, and all of the other... Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by StarDale