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Blueridge BR-183 Historic Series 000 Acoustic Guitar  

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    Blueridge

    The BR-183 is the ultimate fingerpicking guitar in its price range.

    Crafted with a select solid spruce top, hand-carved X-bracing, choice solid rosewood back and sides, and a traditional dovetail neck joint for pure Golden Era tone. Lavish Style 45-inspired abalone pearl inlays adorn the soundboard on all borders. The intricate pearl and abalone inlay work on the headstock, fingerboard, and delicate marquetry center strip on the back are touches of fine art. Aged-tone finish completes the vintage look. The slim mahogany neck and comfortable 000-sized body make it a truly enjoyable guitar to play.

    The Historic Series offers authentic vintage style with strict adherence to the spirit of prewar instruments from the materials used to the ornate inlay work.

    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.

    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.

    Features
    • Select solid Sitka spruce top
    • Hand-carved forward X-pattern parabolic braces
    • Choice solid rosewood back and sides
    • 000 body size
    • Slim mahogany neck
    • Traditional diamond volute on back of headstock
    • Premium ebony fingerboard
    • Dovetail neck joint at 14th fret
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • 25-1/2" scale length
    • Rosewood headstock overlay
    • Premium ebony bridge
    • Full Style 45-inspired ornamentation
    • Unique mother-of-pearl and abalone design headstock inlay
    • Abalone position markers on fingerboard
    • Abalone border and sound hole rosette
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Back center strip of delicate wood marquetry
    • Aged natural finish
    • Dalmatian tortoise pickguard
    • Vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated tuners

    Why take a fabulous collector-status guitar out to a gig? Take your Blueridge instead and never miss a tone or lick. Order your Blueridge today!

     
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    4.7

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    Blueridge BR-183 The real story

    overall a great guitar .
    As a luthier/repair tech, and player I had the chance to do a bridge replacement on a br183 and after a careful inspection,here is what I...Read complete review

    overall a great guitar .
    As a luthier/repair tech, and player I had the chance to do a bridge replacement on a br183 and after a careful inspection,here is what I found. I read several other reviews of this guitar and there seems to be some confusion as to the ornamentation and finish on the 183's. To start with the D45 style abalone border is NOT INLAYED. It is a decal like product called Abalam.This product has been installed on an unfinished guitar,then cleared over with a heavy layer of nitrocellulose lacquer.Then the guitar is sanded down to level the surface and polished. The finish on the guitar I repaired showed a lot of sand scratches and poor polishing. What peaked my interest when I first began to examine this guitar was how anyone could do such extensive ornamentation at the price this guitar sells for, I know the Chinese work cheap but this a little much even for them,so I took a real close look at the so called inlay work, only to quickly realize that the only actual inlay work is the position markers on the finger board, even the rosette is a decal. I guess an argument could be made that if it takes a 30X magnifying glass to tell the difference between inlay and overlay that it isn,t that important. After I completed the bridge repair and restrung the instrument, I was totally surprised at the sound. This guitar sounded fantastic and played well. I did some truss rod adjustments and reworked the nut and saddle and was amazed at how well it played. Now I was beginning to see why so many people rave about this guitar. In closing All I can say is regardless of the technique used to decorate this guitar at the end off the day, It is a great sounding, great playing guitar that would be worth the purchase price without the ornamentation, so whether you like the looks or not, this guitar is a serious player that can hold it's own withe the best of them

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    okay guitar but way too much for a pac-rim guitar

    These are okay guitars if you find one used at a reasonable price. No way are they worth the price tag for a pac-rim guitar. They sound similar to a Martin I suppose that's...Read complete review

    These are okay guitars if you find one used at a reasonable price. No way are they worth the price tag for a pac-rim guitar. They sound similar to a Martin I suppose that's what they were going after. You want a Martin? Buy a Martin. I wish they would come out with the upgraded ebony fretboard, but without all the abalone bling. It looks flashy, but it's just overdone. Save your money and look for it used, or try out a larrivee or used Martin in this price range. Nothing depreciates faster than these pac-rim guitars. Expect to lose half of the new price when you walk out the door...

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    4.0

    Blueridge BR-183 The real story

    By morgan raffe

    from california

    overall a great guitar .
    As a luthier/repair tech, and player I had the chance to do a bridge replacement on a br183 and after a careful inspection,here is what I found. I read several other reviews of this guitar and there seems to be some confusion as to the ornamentation and finish on the 183's. To start with the D45 style abalone border is NOT INLAYED. It is a decal like product called Abalam.This product has been installed on an unfinished guitar,then cleared over with a heavy layer of nitrocellulose lacquer.Then the guitar is sanded down to level the surface and polished. The finish on the guitar I repaired showed a lot of sand scratches and poor polishing. What peaked my interest when I first began to examine this guitar was how anyone could do such extensive ornamentation at the price this guitar sells for, I know the Chinese work cheap but this a little much even for them,so I took a real close look at the so called inlay work, only to quickly realize that the only actual inlay work is the position markers on the finger board, even the rosette is a decal. I guess an argument could be made that if it takes a 30X magnifying glass to tell the difference between inlay and overlay that it isn,t that important. After I completed the bridge repair and restrung the instrument, I was totally surprised at the sound. This guitar sounded fantastic and played well. I did some truss rod adjustments and reworked the nut and saddle and was amazed at how well it played. Now I was beginning to see why so many people rave about this guitar. In closing All I can say is regardless of the technique used to decorate this guitar at the end off the day, It is a great sounding, great playing guitar that would be worth the purchase price without the ornamentation, so whether you like the looks or not, this guitar is a serious player that can hold it's own withe the best of them

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    okay guitar but way too much for a pac-rim guitar

    By Jack-WKboO

    from Monterey, Ca

    These are okay guitars if you find one used at a reasonable price. No way are they worth the price tag for a pac-rim guitar. They sound similar to a Martin I suppose that's what they were going after. You want a Martin? Buy a Martin. I wish they would come out with the upgraded ebony fretboard, but without all the abalone bling. It looks flashy, but it's just overdone. Save your money and look for it used, or try out a larrivee or used Martin in this price range. Nothing depreciates faster than these pac-rim guitars. Expect to lose half of the new price when you walk out the door...

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    5.0

    I've seen the light!

    By Blueridge Fan!

    from Chicago

    I was told about this guitar by a friend (BR-183) and how amazing it not only sounds but feels and the craftmanship. Yeah Yeah I heard about this before with other guitars and everyone claims they found the best, but wait a minute, I got my chance to play one at an open mic night, and I can't believe that this guitar has been kept a secret this long, it is an amazing well built, toneful soulful, work of art that gets it done and just in a few words, the best acoustic guitar I own and I have many top end guitars Gibson Martin. I purchased my Blueridge 183 and find myself always reaching for it, it will always be with me. Get your self one and you won't be dissapointed: test one out and you will seee what the rest of us know! Thanks Blueridge Thanks !

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    5.0

    Perfect fingerpickin' guitar

    By daddyragtime

    from Indiana

    What a wonderful acoustic guitar! You'd never know that this fine instrument was made in China. If you're in the market for an excellent finger picking guitar, look no further than the Blueridge BR-183!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing fingerstlye guitar

    By TheUnsMan

    from South Carolina

    I am a finger style player and this guitar has the perfect string spacing for finger style. The rosewood gives a great bass response and the guitar is very sensitive to what you do. With a slight strum you can get a beautiful warm tone or you can harsh it up a little by picking hard. Over all it's an great guitar for alternate tunings and finger style. I recommend it for anyone needing a low priced guitar of this quality

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    5.0

    great buy

    By bikerman2

    from naperville il

    I own it along with my dm and d16gt and my guild dcie they are all good guitars but the br183 just feels greta and sounds unbelievable i did not like the original strings i put on addario 12 gauge phospherous bronze now it really sings unbelievable the differance the addarios make i am also getting a 414ce but this br 183 has a special place and will never letit go It is a steal for the price it sounds better than amartin om42 it is more robust

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blueridge Br-183

    By Jbug

    from Boston

    Sound is dark, complex, just beautiful.. Not great for strumming, but it could be the ultimate fingerpicking guitar in its (possible higher) price range. I'd recommend phosphor bronze martin or DR light strings. Tuners are cheap and wobble sometimes, but they hold their tunes well. Personally,. I hated the pickguard's design. I took it off right after the purchase. Got the new pickguard. The guitar is very flashy, especially the MOP in the headstock. But it does not look cheap aesthetically. Its just showy. But most important thing for me is the sound of it and it sounds just beautiful! 99/100!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BR-183 000

    By Eric-4VaL0

    from Philadelphia, and England

    I was minding my own buisiness when out of the corner of my eye I saw what I believed was a Martin 000-28, but to my surprise it was a Blueridge BR-183, now I have heard much about the guitar but never had a chance to play one. An hour and a half later I found my self in absoulute amazement at the quality and the tone of this guitar. I could not believe the sound and the feel. I now own a BR-183 and love this guitar. I can not say anything bad about the guitar and I am very pickey when it comes to my guitars. Now I love my Martin but this guitar will stay in my arsenal and has a home with my Martin and Taylor. The guitar is an equal and by all means get your hands on one and see what everyone is talking about, Blueridage has hit the target with this guitar.

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    5.0

    Better then a Martin?

    By Sphynxter

    from Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have to confirm that this is the best sounding, easy to play, and best looking acoustic I've ever seen. Okay, the Gibson Doves in Flight might look better, but this is much more playable based on body size and tiny nut size on the Doves. I know this has guitar one level better wood (Rosewood and Ebony, vs. Mahogany and Rosewood)then my Martin 000-18 and the 000-18 has the shorter scale, but this guitar has so much more sound and color in the sound the Martin. It really looks, plays, and sounds perfect.The only real complaint I see is with the case. It'a a little generic looking and really gives no hint there is something very special inside.

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    5.0

    A great guitar

    By patsyclone

    from Griffin, IN

    I recently bought this BR-183, and it is wonderful. I tried two Gibson's before I decided to try this Blueridge. The Blueridge sounds just as good as the Gibson's and the visible craftsmanships looks better than the Gibson's I got because they both had blemishes and I returned them for that reason. The Blueridge BR-183 is constructed top quality materials. The action is good right out of the box. I might have it set up by a pro to get it a little lower just for my own personal preference. The tone is perfect all the way up the neck. No rattles or buzzes anywhere. The tone is warm and the sustain seems to go on forever. All of the inlay work is beautiful and perfect. What can I say? It's just a perfect acoustic guitar. I wish Blueridge would make this model with an electric pickup in it. Then I would truly never need to buy another guitar ever. I love the OOO size because I am a small person and the guitar is not too big for me. It is described as having a slim neck, but I have an Ibanez with a slimmer neck which fits my small hand perfectly. The neck on this Blueridge is fine for me, but a little slimmer would be even better. I have trouble making barre chords, but on this guitar I can manage to make them sound good. I just need more practice at that. This is a great guitar. Every guitar lover needs to try Blueridge guitars. My BR-183 is fantastic.

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