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A crossover instrument for guitar players looking to expand their skills.
The Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin is designed as the go-to instrument for guitarists wishing to add depth to their repertoire by learning to play the mandolin. This carved, solid-top mandolin features a wider nut width and a radiused fretboard inspired by the Breedlove Custom Shop for exceptional comfort and playability at an affordable price. This is an excellent instrument for guitar players looking to expand their skills by picking up the mandolin.
The Breedlove O body is an elegant rendition of the traditional teardrop "A" body shape that has typified mandolin style from Celtic to bluegrass.
The solid, carved Sitka spruce top is complimented by the carved maple back and sides -- a timeless combination that produces exceptional resonance, projection and musicality.
The semi-gloss finish on this handcrafted neck provides the most comfortable and fastest playing neck possible by preventing hand binding from the sticky texture of a full-gloss finish.
Fretboard and Nut Width
The radiused rosewood fretboard is optimized for comfort and playability, and the 1-3/16" nut width provides wider string spacing for faster, easier chording.
With pronounced volume, the f-hole design articulates tone clearly so that it stands out from other instruments in an ensemble.
The semi-gloss black finish on this mandolin is contrasted by an ivory binding at the top and back body. The binding provides protection for the instrument and highlights the elegant dimensions of the mandolin.
Set-Up and Quality Assurance in Bend, Oregon USA
Breedlove's comprehensive quality control process provides the player with an instrument that will play great right out of the box. Prior to shipment, every Breedlove instrument undergoes a rigorous multi-point inspection in Bend, Oregon by their expert U.S. quality control team. They start with a visual inspection: they check aesthetic and structural elements of the body and all components for flaws. Next, each guitar is tuned and undergoes a play test, where craftspeople check nut height, relief, action, and string height. Based on the results of the play test, they then adjust for maximum playability. Next, each instrument is buffed and polished by hand with painstaking attention to detail. Once the instrument has passed inspection, a signed QC sticker is placed, and the instrument is carefully packed and shipped.
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Comments about Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin:
"Experienced" musician but new to mandolin... I bought the oval hole version and liked it so much I got this f-hole as well--still less cost than one mando at this quality level. I now play and prefer this one (f-hole).
Main reason I was interested was b/c Breedlove makes mandos w/ slightly wider nut (1-3/16) which really does make a difference for me, but doesn't make you dependant on that width. But I am blown away by the quality, sound and playability.
I believe the f-hole model here is more of a compromise between classic f and o sound, where the o-hole can be a little TOO sonorous. F-hole model seems to have a little more space between the string pairs at the bridge, which helps for tremelo.
The ONLY not-perfect aspect was that the strings sat a little unnecessarily high in the nut, but I filed them down using some (affordable) StewMac tools, lowered the bridge (very easy to do) and now feel like I have something absolutely first rate. Even if you had a tech do the slot filing, still WAY more cost effective. And fits PERFECTLY into the Musician's Gear A-style mando case. Highly recommended.