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Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin Natural

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This arched, all-solid tonewood, mandolin features a wider nut width and a radiused fretboard - inspired by the Breedlove Custom Shop - for exception...Click To Read More About This Product

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Comfortable, affordable, musical. It's a triple threat of traditional fun.

This arched, all-solid tonewood, 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, and is ideal for guitar players looking to expand their skills by learning the mandolin. Breedlove has pioneered contemporary US-made mandolins for nearly 20 years. The Crossover comes in two new colors, violin stain gloss and natural gloss, while still delivering exceptional tone and playability at an affordable price.

Body Shape
The O body is Breedloves version of the revered and time-honored teardrop shape. This compact shape has slightly less internal spatial volume than the K and F bodies, yielding very clear, distinct notes. Comfortable and accessible, this is the ideal everyday mando shape. It plays beautifully and delivers on the Breedlove promise of distinctively crafted sound, making it the ideal utilitarian mandolin with a little extra flair found only in Breedlove instruments.

Top Wood
Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the northwest United States. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for American-made instruments for decades. It is strong and light with extended harmonic content, and it nearly equals the power of Adirondack. It offers a strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental - perfect for flatpicking styles. When compared with European spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones. Sitka takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It has a straight uniform grain and coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.

Back and Side Woods
Maple is great for standing out among other instruments. With a powerful fundamental and even harmonics, it is clear and present, but without pronounced peaks and valleys in the harmonic content.

Setup in Bend, Oregon
Our comprehensive quality control process provides the player with an instrument that will play perfectly right out of the box. Prior to shipment, every Breedlove instrument undergoes a rigorous 25-to-30-point inspection in Bend, Oregon by their expert U.S. quality control team. They start with a visual inspection: checking aesthetic and structural elements of the body and components for flaws. Next, each guitar is tuned and undergoes a play test, where their craftspeople check nut height, relief, action, and string height. Based on the results of the play test, we then adjust for maximum playability. Finally, 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.

FEATURES
Body 
Body type: O Shape
Top wood: Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Maple
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Radiused
Nut width: 1-3/16"
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Maple
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Gloss
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Other
Headstock overlay: Info Not Available
Tuning machines: Chrome
Bridge: Other
Saddle & nut: Nubone/Tusq
Number of strings: 8-string
Special features: None
Case: Gig bag
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: China

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BreedloveCrossover OF Mandolin
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

BREEDLOVE= BEST MANDOS FOR THE MONEY, BEST BANG FER YER BUCK

By Ragtime Willi's Mando Guy

from Bally, PA

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Radiused neck

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin:

    Got this one 2 years ago as a back-up while my Breedlove American FF was in the shop for fret work. Nice tone and it was a more than adequate replacement for the American FF right out of the box.. Slightly different neck than the FF...a bit thicker, but not an impediment. Stays in tune very well and looks cool. I play 75- 80 gigs a year, and I'm not sure how this particular unit would stand up to the rigors of this kind of schedule. So far so good. The only downside to this mando is that there is no neck adjustment...hope this isn't an issue later on.

     
    5.0

    Solid woods

    By Bobaloo

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Comments about Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin:

    This IS a good choice to learn mandolin. It is all solid wood. While it's not a pro level mandolin, used around the house and to record demos, I am very happy with it. If you find you want to move up to a better instrument, this will be a great foundation to work up from.
    I enjoy mine to practice and take to festivals to jam with.

     
    4.0

    Decent learner mando

    By guitarmando

    from Somerville, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin:

      I'm primarily a guitarist and purchased this model to learn mandolin. After a professional setup, I've been happy with this as a learners instrument. It sounds decent, stays in tune and the intonation is acceptable. It has a good, comfy feel. When I've gotten together with other mando players with better, solid wood instruments, this mando, with its laminate back and sides, sounds a bit thin and one dimensional. I'm thinking of upgrading to a solid wood mando, but that's to be expected. For what it is, it's good.

       
      5.0

      Very Good Mandolin

      By J

      from Arkansas

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin:

        This mandolin is nice. It looks good, has a strong build, and sounds great. I got it from the "scratch and dent," and I couldn't find a scratch or dent on it besides under the bridge, as expected. It's a great mandolin.

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