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Blueridge BR-160A Historic Craftsman Series Dreadnought Guitar with Deluxe Hardshell Case

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Dreadnaught Adirondack
Guitar With Case
  • 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
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Back Material Indian Rosewood Mahogany rosewood Cherry
Fretboard Material Information not provided Indian Rosewood Rosewood Rosewood
Neck Material Mahogany Mahogany dovetail Maple
Top Material Spruce Adirondack Spruce Spruce Cedar
Number Of Strings 6 6 6 6
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Size:Dreadnaught Adirondack  |  Style:Guitar With Case
Item Weight 16.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 45.7 x 18.1 x 5.9 inches
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ASIN B00GVE4O10
Item model number BR-160ABUN1
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4.2 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #268,102 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#2,269 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic Guitars > Steel-string Acoustics
Date first available at Amazon.com November 20, 2013

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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!

Traditional Look

Distinctive Design

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.

Construction

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.

The Details

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

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Style Name: Guitar OnlySize: Dreadnaught Adirondack
If you've made it here and are thinking about buying the 160-A you probably already know the basics of the instrument so I'll try to provide some insight into whether it's this or something else you might want to buy.

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.
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I've had this for about 3 weeks now and for the money you will not find a better sounding and acoustic guitar. The tone is amazing and the neck feels like an electric. I had been searching for an acoustic guitar for over a year and live very close to Sam Ash and Guitar Center but did not want to spend $2k. The only guitars that come close to this BR-160 are Taylors,Breedlove and Martin guitars costing 4 times. Don't be afraid to buy this guitar. All of the reviews you read on this guitar are very accurate. It is truly amazing for the money.
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We have two BR-160's and both are fantastic guitars. I originally intended just to purchase one, and decided to have a replacement sent, because of a small issue with the fingerboard. The first guitar sounded awesome, very open, deep bass, crisp and loud! It has a wide grain spruce top with some heavy silking in the center. The fretboard and bridge were also very dark, almost like ebony. The second one sent was even nicer looking! The top is VERY tightly grained with heavy silking over the whole top (FWIW, the fingerboard is a more traditional shade). While the second sounded very nice as well, I preferred the first by a slight margin. I have a luthier across the street, so walked over and showed him the first guitar, and the issue I was concerned about. He told me not to worry about it, and agreed that it would be ok to keep the one I liked best. Decision made. Before shipping back the second, I showed it to my wife one more time, because it has such an amazing silked top, and she said she wanted to keep it for herself!

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.
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Style Name: Guitar OnlySize: Dreadnaught Sitka
There's a lot of support out there on the forums for this guitar--and most of it is true:
-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.
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