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A crossover instrument for guitar players looking to expand their skills.
The Breedlove Crossover OO Mandolin is designed to be 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 the optimal 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.
The oval hole provides a rich, full voice that blends well with other instruments in a band or 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 OO Mandolin:
After having played guitar more than 25 years, I decided to try my hand at mandolin. As an owner of high quality guitars (late 80's and early 90's PRS Customs), I wanted a quality instrument that was priced under half a grand and decided on the Breedlove Crossover OO Natural.
This is a beautiful instrument and has a great sound to match. The tone is dynamic and articulate and the oval hole projects well. The overall aesthetics of the instrument are fantastic and it certainly looks like it costs twice as much as it does. The neck is a joy to play and feels like a mini guitar in my hands (hence the crossover).
However, I was mildly disappointed it did not come "ready to play", as I had read and heard that although made in China, it would go through Breedlove's QA in Bend, Oregon before being shipped out. While the Final Assembly & Inspection sticker is initialed, it could not have been checked for intonation or proper action as there were multiple dead spots (fretting out to be more precise) throughout the neck and I needed to reposition the bridge for accurate intonation. However, once completed all notes are ringing accurately and with great resonance.
My biggest disappointed came today (after less than two months of ownership) when I noticed a crack about a half inch long on the top running from the O hole to just above the 20th fret (see picture). If I had put undue stress on the neck and top by over tightening the tuners or misuse in some way I would understand, but that is simply not the case.
While I would like to give a score above three stars, I have to be honest and base my opinion on all aspects of the mandolin, not just the beauty and sound, but the durability and to a lesser degree, the initial setup as well. For full disclosure, this item was not brand new but was in mint used condition in its original packaging materials from MF.
With all that being said, I would still recommend this instrument to any guitar player looking to crossover into the world of mandolin without spending a large bag of money.