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Blueridge BR-160 Historic Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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If you've been searching for a Golden Era guitar that isn't priced like it's made of gold, then Blueridge guitars are for you. Reminiscent of fine Am...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought exemplifies rich tone and classic styling.

If you've been searching for a Golden Era guitar that isn't priced like it's made of gold, then Blueridge guitars are for you. Reminiscent of fine American guitars built prior to WWII, Blueridge guitars are made with the same techniques as their antique counterparts, including many by-hand processes.

The Blueridge BR-160 Historic Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid choice spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides. X-braced for optimum tone and volume. The low-profile mahogany neck has a rosewood fretboard wth intricate mother-of-pearl inlays, vintage-style rosewood bridge with bone saddle, and a gorgeously original peghead shape with exquisite MOP inlays and Blueridge logo.

Like the best instruments, Blueridge guitars aren't overbuilt; they're crafted to be light and resonant. Meticulous attention to detail and quality craftsmanship is evident in the traditional, forward-position, hand-carved parabolic X-bracing which allows the solid Spruce top to ring loud and true. Blueridge guitars feature a traditional dovetail neck joint, slim mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod, and butterbean-button, Kluson-style tuning machines with an updated mechanism for modern precision and feel.

  • Solid spruce top
  • East Indian rosewood back/sides
  • Low-profile mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Vintage-style rosewood bridge with bone saddle
  • Mother-of-pearl position inlays
  • Mother-of-pearl peghead inlays and Blueridge logo

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A Really Fine Acoustic Guitar.

I have had my Blueridge BR-160 over two years now, buying it new. It sounded great the first day I recieved it. And by now the solid rosewood body has opened up...Read complete review

I have had my Blueridge BR-160 over two years now, buying it new. It sounded great the first day I recieved it. And by now the solid rosewood body has opened up more, with a great bass and treble sound. The workmanship and quality of the guitar is first rate. There are some things I changed to this guitar a after getting it. I changed the strings right away to Martin "SP" light gauge phosphor bronze. And I do switch to D'Addario Bluegrass medium/light phosphor bronze when I need to, when I play with local Bluegrass and Folk music bands in my area. The second thing I did to my BR-160 was doing a "reverse" wind to the guitar strings at the sixth string tuner peg, and also at the first string tuner peg. It's a very short distance from these two tuning pegs to the nut, and this gives the two strings a straight line directly to the nut. I also did away with the six factory "vintage" tuners. I installed a standard set of gold Grover enclosed tuners. The Grover six o'clock screw position for the wood mounting screws lined up with the factory wood screw holes at the bottoms of each tuner. And after changing all six tuner keys to the Grovers, I filled the six empty top wood screw holes with six spare factory wood screws. It does not detract from the appearance of my BR-160 at all. The Grovers are a much better addition in feel and gives a quicker turning ratio. I play with a number of bands, and travel with them to Bluegrass-Folk music festivals. I play a Martin HD-28, and I play my BR-160 much of the time too. It does everything I could ask for in a great dreadnaught solid spruce/rosewood guitar. My Blueridge has great sustain, with lots of bass and treble sound for my playing style.


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After a year....

The body is distorting around the bridge, the neck wont adjust evenly, anGthe first three frets are worn down on the GBand E strings very significantly. Unacceptable. But it sounds tremendous. But...Read complete review

The body is distorting around the bridge, the neck wont adjust evenly, anGthe first three frets are worn down on the GBand E strings very significantly. Unacceptable. But it sounds tremendous. But that is not enough, however, to put up the the very poor durability I have experienced. I liked it much better at first...but trust me, this thing has not held up. At least mine has not.

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One of the best guitars for any price!

By 2389845

from LA

I'm a multi-grammy award winning record producer, and I've recorded tons of different guitars, but when I heard this one, I was amazed. Sounded so good, I had to buy one...it's great.

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this is the one to buy

By modal boy

from Central Massachusetts

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Playing guitar since 1970 - this is a bluegrass guitar replica (HD-28 Martin) and has that natural full tone we all like. I have had professional bluegrass dudes play it and give me the big "'atta boy" nod. I've had mine 3+ years, the pick guard is just lifting a little on one corner. Easy fix. I put a K+K western pickup system in. Sweet. The action needs to be a little high and slap on a set of elixer or john pearse .13's and this baby will let you ride clean and true. Worth twice the price. No question.

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Blueridge BR-160

By mrkwhitehead

from Alexander City, AL

Without question the best guitar that I have ever played. I have owned some very high end guitars,but this guitar as literally blowed me away.I am a full time musician. Even with traveling all over the USA, this guitar has never failed to out perform any of my previous guitars that I have owned. The even tone from top to bottom, the bass to treble clarity is remarkable.The intonation is true and it just gets better and louder as time goes by. I can't say enough about it.The only thing that I have done to the guitar is change the pick guard, because the origanal kept coming loose and I put gold Grovers 18:1 ratio ones on it.Other than that, I just change strings and keep on playing. This will be a guitar that I will keep and treasure and at the end, pass to my children.

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Unbeatable for the money

By Spiffarino

from Asheville, NC

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My Gibson has lost its number one status; the BR-160 is as good a strummer and it's far superior for flatpicking. The tone is nicely balanced with nice rich lows that make it great for singing. The neck is rather flat, though. Keep that in mind if you prefer a thicker or rounder neck. I don't really care. It's great.


Blueridge up and coming!!!!

By Michael-Qr98z

from NewYork

I have been playing some fine instruments over the years and can't believe that Blueridge is putting out such a wonderful high quality instrument for this price. WOW! WOW! WOW! These guitars are INCREDIBLE! The only problem I see is that they won't be able to make enough of these to satisfy the demand and prices will shoot up. The BR-160 is amazing and the quality is outstanding you can not go wrong purchasing this or any Blueridge for that matter.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

After getting frustrated at how hard it is to get warranty work done on a Martin, I sold it and bought this BR-160. What a fantastic guitar this is. If you want nostalgic flashy bang for your buck, then look no further. This guitar sounds great for Bluegrass, Blues, Country and anything else.


What the heck are you waiting for!

By vbluguitar-mm67R

from Fairview Park, OH

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This guitar is so amazing. I posted some files on the internet so that you could hear how good it sounds, but I am not allowed to give the address here. Oh well. I have had this guitar for 2 months and as much as I love "said competitor" these guitars are every bit as well put together and good sounding. This instrument is just amazing. I don't know how they did it! You have to play one to hear it. My only critism is the crappy platic bridge pins which I have already replaced with bone. If you are thinking about purchasing this instrument but aren't sure if it is good, I am telling you that unless you are dead set on a (fill in the name that starts with M here), this guitar will do more than just serve you well. Get it... NOW!!!


Great guitar for the money!!

By Mr. Tonewood

from Missouri

I purchased my Blueridge al little over a year ago, and compared it to a Martin, Huss and Dalton, and Collings. I will not say that it performed better, but for the money it was a fnatastic bargain. I had the bridge lowered and have finally settled in on Elixer Bronze wound, and I added Martin ebony bridge pins. The luthier work and pins added about $100, but was worth it. This is a great instrument. Over the past year it has served me well, and my Martin friends like to trade me all the time. This guitar is a wise choice.


Great Guitar!

By Tommy

from California

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This guitar is awesome! I bought it used so it came with a couple of dings and no case! I also wasn't a huge fan of the lacquer finish and the wimpy sized headstock, however it plays like a dream, it is quite sensitive, and will fill an entire room by itself. I also have an Epiphone 500m which is a wonderful guitar, but is blown away by this Blueridge. It is comparable to guitars costing twice as much. I'm sure there are better guitars out there, but it will be difficult to find a guitar that will match the sound and quality of this guitar. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality guitar and doesn't want to spend a fortune.



By Guitar Man 73

from Castlewood Virginia

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Just like my title reads. This guitar is a BOOMER! If your looking for a great sounding,playing,well made guitar,that doesnt cost two grand. Than look no further friend ,you have just found it, in the Blueridge BR-160. I am from the heart of Bluegrass Country, and have played many numerous guitars,but none have been close to the sound of the Blueridge for the money. If you love great bass and greater volume in a guitar, you will love this one.

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