For Tom Bedell, crafting guitars is definitely a labor of love. Nothing leads to better instruments than craftspeople that are passionate about their work, and if you were to talk to Tom about his shop, you'd definitely see that passion at play. When he was given the chance to take over an Oregon guitar workshop in 2010 and realize his dream of building beautiful domestic-made instruments, Tom jumped at the opportunity and he's never looked back. If you're concerned about the environment, then Bedell guitars are quite possibly the best acoustics you could choose. Each Bedell guitar comes with a "Seed to Song Journal" that outlines the company's commitment to preserving natural resources. That includes their decision to avoid getting their tonewoods from clear-cutting operations as well as the use of workshop equipment manufactured responsibly in the U.S.A.
Are you looking for a classic dreadnought-style guitar? If so, start your search with the Bedell Heritage Series HGD-28-G. This guitar took home a "Best in Show" award at the 2011 Summer NAMM, and there's no question as to why. Every wood is top-shelf, from the Indian rosewood back and sides to the Sitka spruce top. The craftsmanship is top-notch, and so is the well-balanced, brilliant tone.
Another fantastic option is the Bedell Heritage HGM-17-G. This is an orchestral acoustic guitar with a handsome finish and a Canadian cedar top. The sides and back are African sapele, and the combination works really well, putting out impressive volume and nicely-defined tone across the instrument's whole register. For playing in formal and orchestra settings, this guitar can't be beat.
Great sound is always the top goal for every luthier, but Bedell takes things a step further with sustainably-sourced tonewoods and forthright, down-to-earth philosophies behind everything they do. With these guitars, you'll know you're getting an instrument made to high standards by luthiers who constantly strive for quality.