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Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Select tone woods, hand-carved top braces, and deluxe refinements create beautiful sound and appearance.

This Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar is packed with value and a tone to challenge much more expensive guitars. Genuine, Adirondack spruce for the forward X-braced top guarantees the best tone and volume, and the back and sides are of the finest solid rosewood. The slim, fully-adjustable mahogany neck makes playing fast and easy and the delicate Herringbone top purfling adds a touch of class.

FEATURES
  • Select, solid Adirondack spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic prewar forward X-pattern
  • Solid, Select Indian rosewood back and sides with center strip of delicate wood marquetry
  • White body binding with delicate herringbone inlay around top
  • Slim mahogany neck with dovetail neck joint and adjustable truss rod
  • Rosewood bridge and bridge plate
  • Rosewood peghead overlay
  • Saga's exclusive Dalmatian-style pickguard
  • High-gloss lightly toned top finish
  • Accurate vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
  • Nut and saddle are made from bone
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"

Adirondack tops provide richer, fuller sound. Order today and hear for yourself.

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BlueridgeBR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Different review after owning guitar for year and a half

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By Wild Bill

from Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Poor Construction
  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

Have had this guitar for a year and a half now and am not nearly as impressed with it as I was when I first got it. This guitar is mainly used for practice/fingering exercises as I prefer my Gibson 335 over any other guitar on the planet. The Blueridge has a nice tone and very playable neck, but construction is far from impressive. Right out of the box it comes with cheap soft plastic bridge pins which I promptly replaced with tusqs. The bone saddle was way to high for any sort of real playing, but this worked out in my favor because after an hour of meticulous filing I was able to shape the saddle to my specs with the higher strings being a little closer to the fretboard than the lower strings. I could easily overlook these flaws due to the tone produced by this guitar which is phenomenal. Very 'Martinesque' and high end Martin at that. But now after owning the guitar for a year and a half the Adirondack top is splitting right down the middle below the bridgeplate. The top is actually peeling up from the bracing. Still sounds great though. Today I'll purchase some quick set 'Jet Glue' from a RC model shop, then apply spar urethane and refinish the top. Blueridge's warranty is useless, just a piece of paper. If my repair efforts don't do the trick I'll spring for a Martin 000. This flaw, or lack of craftsmanship was not apparent when the guitar was new so if you're considering buying one, proceed with caution.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent guitar ... regardless of the price!

By Desert Hermit

from Nevada Desert

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Excellent projection
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Outstanding fit & finish
  • Plays well as $+ guitar
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • None that I've found yet

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

I had been debating buying a Blueridge Guitar since I first started seeing them on line years ago. I kept looking for negative reviews such as: The top warped, the tail piece came loose or the neck broke. Such reviews never came. I stopped practicing a couple of years ago and I hoped that buying a new guitar would help to light a fire under me so I would start practicing again. I had also wanted a 000 or OM because I primarily play finger style and the body size is great for practice.
Well, I'm practicing again and I am somewhat amazed by the quality and sound of my BR163A. The fit and finish are excellent and leave nothing to be desired. I cannot find any craftsmanship issues. The bindings are perfect as are the inlays. The back and sides are the quality of wood one might expect to find on a far more expensive guitar. The Adirondack Spruce top looks and sounds great. I have not had a chance to play my guitar next to a similar, higher priced guitar, but it definitely plays as well as a one and I feel that the tone and projection (loudness) are equal to higher end guitars. To sum it up; my Blueridge 163A has met or exceeded my expectations. I have only had it for a couple of weeks, so I can't say about the test of time, but I have no reason to believe that my guitar will fall short in that area.
I did purchase an SKB 000 hard shell case. MF offers a case at about half the cost of SKB, but I an a diehard fan of quality hard shell cases. SKB are very high quality.
The only negative thing I have to say about my BR163A is that it came with strings which were far too heavy, 14's. I noticed it in a hurry and changed to lighter strings. 14's will rip the tail piece out of a dreadnaught and they have no place on a 000! So you might want to check with a micrometer before you tune.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 stars. Zero reservations. What a sweet axe!

By 1iJack

from Venice, FL

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

    This is a great little guitar: the workmanship is excellent throughout. The finish is beautiful (high gloss, no defects). The feel of the instrument and playability are excellent and of the 000 size guitars out there, it is one of the prettier ones. Sound is very good: clean projection, good intonation, good response for both fingerstyle and playing with a pick, way better that you would expect for it's price.

    I got this as a pactice guitar for my studio. It comes with no case and no electronics built-in, which will limit it's usefulness for playing out. However, if you get one of these, I predict it will become one of the guitars that you pick up most often to play because it plays and feels so great.

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    5.0

    novice or experienced, a great box

    By doc sevinn

    from Prov. R.I.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Well Craftedgood Action

    Cons

    • Zero Issues

    Best Uses

    • Makes Me Sound Like Doc W

    Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

    tried them all; martin,takamine,gibson,combines all the great things of these guitars at a working mans price. So what that it may not be worth as much as other brands in twenty five years? I"m enjoying it now.

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    5.0

    Bought one of these a few weeks ago

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    By Wild Bill

    from Fort Walton Beach, FL

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Crafstmanship
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Playability
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune
    • Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

      Completely happy with this guitar. Shaved some material off of the bridge saddle to lower the strings. Got them real low and no fret buzz. Replaced bridgepins with tuscs. Sounds even better. Fun guitar to play. Much more comfortable than a dreadnaught and has great tone and volume. I will keep this sweet guitar for the rest of my days. Also changed the strings to D'Addario extra lights. Tone is rich and resonant similar to a Martin D-28. Get one, do a little tweaking on it and you'll be happy with it.

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Top Notch

      By Hoskins304

      from Charleston, Wv

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      Pros

      • Easy to play
      • Its Just Awesome
      • Really Loud
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Neck And Head Ding Easy
      • Plastic Pins

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

      Alright I have had my 163a for 5 months as of march 2013 and let me tell ya this thing is a little animal. Ive played live shows, recorded, and a blue grass circle here and there and this thing shines over most everything. Im not saying its number one but its a contender for most, its been beside martin d28's and a couple of gibsons and I would'nt trade them for my little blueridge "no way". I did upgrade it a little bit tho its not perfect, I had the acton lowered just a hair, added Tusq pins and a strap button the tusq pins really set it off its got so much sound it still puts a smile on my face. If you have the cash for this bad lad you wont be upset one more thing the picture up top shows the fancy head stock they only come in a regular head stock now which to me is better "I dont play banjos so I dont want my guitar to look like one" BUY IT!

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      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar!

      By Robert Turney

      from Houston

      Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

      Wow! I had tried a Blueridge several years ago and was really impressed. But I didn't decide to get one until the Adirondack top appeared. I used to have a Martin HD-28V but had to get rid of it. I've been looking for a replacement ever since but couldn't afford a Martin right now. I also wanted a 000 type and when I saw the BR-163A, I was impressed. When it arrived and I got it tuned up I was astonished! The tone is amazing. The whole guitar resonates throughout! It also feels very lightweight. I was thinking that I'd have to take it to get set up, but it is not necessary! It is set perfectly for me with a low action and no buzzing! I would recommend this guitar to anyone.
      This guitar is amazing. It has all solid woods with adirondack top and rosewood back, sides, fretboard and bridge. Bone bridge and nut. Forward shifted scalloped X-bracing. Dovetail neck joint.
      Extremely well built. I found zero imperfections. The set up is fantastic with excellent string height and a perfect neck relief!
      Huge value!

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      (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By David Johnston

      from Chicago

      Comments about Blueridge BR-163A Adirondack Top Craftsman Series 000 Acoustic Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for three years and I love it. The price is fantastic for an all solid wood guitar. Perfect for country blues!
      It is what it is.
      Solid and well built. Very resonant and easy to play. Was set up well right out of the box.
      Great value for the money

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