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Exceptional tonewoods and a beautiful finish make this an instrument you'll want to play for years.
For performing artists seeking a bassy voice with exceptional clarity in an heirloom-quality instrument built on a Sitka-maple combination and a classically inspired body shape. The Legacy OO mandolin is crafted from the highest grade tonewoods: Sitka spruce for the top, and Western bigleaf maple for the back, sides, and neck. Black binding on the body top, back and neck accentuate the simple lines of the teardrop O-style body. The Legacy OO is finished with a captivating red toner full-gloss finish. The radiused fingerboard (which offers great comfort) is adorned with a detailed mosaic pin inlay and standard sized frets. Gold hardware is standard on all Breedlove Legacy Mandolin models. For amplification, the Legacy OO is equipped with the K&K Twin Internal electronics system.
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Comments about Breedlove Legacy OO Mandolin:
I currently own a Breedlove KO I use largely for Bluegrass, when I really need a an outstanding "chop". I've actually been told to lay back by my band members as it sometimes gets a little overpowering, if you can believe it -- a real "banjo killer". I also own a magnificent sounding Breedlove tenor guitar that I've enjoyed immensely for solo work. However, I've searched unsuccessfully for a great oval hole mandolin for years, having owned an Eastman, Weber and Rigel in my quest; all of them have moved on to other owners as none had the combination of bell like tone, volume and "woodiness" that I was looking for.
When I saw that on paper the Breedlove Legacy OO had everything I was looking for, I decided to try once more to find my "holy grail". I've had this instrument for two weeks now and I believe I've finally found it! This mando has a truly wonderful voice -- super sweet, bell-like, highly resonant tone, great woodiness, plenty of volume and a surprisingly effective "chop". The truly amazing thing is that it still thinks it's a tree! I know it will take several years of consistent playing for it's sound to mature and fully develop, but when it does, this is going to be a frighteningly good instrument! Bravo Kim Breedlove!
There is only one thing about it that I would change -- for some reason, standard size frets are used, on only this model in the Legacy series. I'm sure that was done because the OO is the most traditional looking mandolin Breedlove has ever produced. Personally, I do enjoy the oversized frets on the KO and tenor, and if I had my druthers, I'd go big. Oh well, some years down the road when it time for a re-fret, I can make the change. This certainly wasn't a big issue for me, but prospective buyers should be aware that it's the "odd duck" of the line up.
I summary, I cannot recommend this instrument more highly!