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Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar 

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The Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar celebrates the past. This new Blueridge is the perfect replica of a classic, small-bodied parlor guitar b...Click To Read More About This Product

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Spruce and rosewood in a wonderfully accurate turn of the century recreation.

The Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar celebrates the past. This new Blueridge is the perfect replica of a classic, small-bodied parlor guitar built around the turn of the century. Every feature of design, workmanship and ornamentation is faithfully reproduced, but with a few modern improvements such as a slimmer, more playable neck and adjustable truss rod. Representing the top of the line for the Blueridge Parlor guitars, the BR-371 features stunning abalone pearl inlay around top and soundhole as well as select solid woods throughout.

FEATURES
  • Select solid spruce top
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Handcarved parabolic-shaped and scalloped top bracing in the authentic PreWar forward-X position
  • Solid mahogany neck with traditional diamond volute
  • Abalone top and sound hole purfling
  • Grained ivoroid binding on body and neck
  • Ebony fingerboard and pyramid-style bridge with bone saddle
  • Bone nut
  • Natural high-gloss finish
  • High quality, nickel-plated
  • Gotoh tuners with grained ivoroid buttons
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Nut Width: 1-7/8"
  • Shop adjusted

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BlueridgeBR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Excellent Sound and Action. Great craftsmanship

By Greg

from Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Arrived with tarnished strings

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

The guitar arrived with badly tarnished strings, but once replaced, this baby really began to sing. The neck took a little getting used to as its a bit thick, but the action is fast for a folk guitar. I would buy this guitar again in a minute. The sound, quality, fit and finish are all very good. Setup was perfect out of the box. Read up on stringing this type of machine head before restringing; it has its own quirks. This is my second Chinese acoustic guitar. They really are making some fabulous instruments for the money

 
5.0

Absolutely astonishing

By Fiddler

from Ireland

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

    The decoration on this br-371 is pretty much a replica of that on my martin d-42. The quality of the materials, the inlay, the finish and the workmanship all match the martin in every way. The sound is beautiful and harp-like and the sustain is to die for. Projection is fantastic. I play finger-style blues on it and man, I can't put it down once I start playing. The Martin and Taylor never get a look-in nowadays. Buy one, you will love it.

     
    5.0

    My prreccciiiooouusss

    By Redbeard

    from Central FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautifully crafted
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar is my new baby, the sound and build quality was off the charts. The wood and sound are unbelievably rich. To bring all of this guitars awesomeness is the wonderfully done abolone inlays. I own 6 guitars one of which is a taylor 510 but still my new blueridge is my go to.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Small Body, Big Sound!!

      By Johnson Fan

      from Western NY

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

          I've been through a lot of guitars in my search for a parlor or "0" guitar with a decent bass response and without the boxiness typically found in guitars of this size. This guitar fits the bill perfectly. A nice rich bass and a mellow tone. It is head and shoulders better than the others that I have purchased (Recording King RP1-626, Alvarez AP70, Seagull Coastline Grand, Recording King RP-6, Recording King rp-10) and those than I have tried (Larrivee, A&L). The next best among the lot is the Recording King RP-10.

          I have large hands and find the 1 7/8 neck to be very comfortable. If you have small hands you would probably find it uncomfortable. Intonation is excellent on the guitar I purchased.

          Fit and finish are also excellent. All the abalone and the bleached white top push close to the edge on gaudiness. That's a small sacrifice for this little tone monster.

          It was much too difficult to dig up information on the dimensions of this guitar. For those in the same boat, there's this:

          Lower bout: a little more than 13 7/8 inches
          upper bout: 9 3/4 inches
          waist: 8 1/4 inches
          depth: 3 1/2 inches at upper bout and 4 inches at end pin
          length: 19 5/8 inches for the body; about 38 1/2 inches total
          As you can see from the dimensions, this guitar is not a parlor. It's much closer to an "0."

          Short of spending a whole lot more money, I doubt that you'll find a better guitar of this size. It sounds great - and I don't mean great "for the money." I mean just great. For comparison a few of my other small body guitars are a Martin 00-18v, Martin CEO-7, Eastman E-15ss, and the Taylor 12 Fret.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A+ Excellent craftsmanship, woods, sound and playability....

          By jammer

          from IOWA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

            Years of experience playing and working on instruments I believe make me qualified to comment here.quality spruce top with bear claw (on mine), rosewood clear nice pattern match, clean inside, inlays are exquisite nice flat fast neck. The boys across the water did an excellent job building this guitar. It has the sound of a quality om and some dreadnaughts. Its tight, well built, finished. Its a darn nice guitar. The higher end blue ridges are up to par with taylor, breedlove, martins.. This is a fact. Lower grade models, does not quite the same quality from my exp. You will love this guitar. its a keeper, player. worth it

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Exactly what I wanted!

            By Steve

            from Lafayette IN

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                I have owned many guitars and the sounds from this one top them all. The automatic dismissal of guitars because of the made in China label needs to end here. The fit and finish and overall build quality of this guitar is amazing. I just sold a name brand guitar which had a really good sound. The string spacing was a real problem on it. The wider nut on this 371 is perfect for me. This guitar came perfectly set up, the action is low with no buzz. The neck is straight. It won't need to see a tech. The only problem I ran into is the back of the nut is sharp and digs into my hand when playing a B7. This will probably be fixed easily by filing the edge. The resonance on this guitar is unbelievable! IMHO it absolutely sounds better than anything I have owned. It will compete with any guitar that I have played. It is not a loud guitar so don't expect a dread, but for songwriting or playing in your chair it can't be beat. You could also install a pickup. I can only imagine how awesome it would sound amplified. MF was out of stock when I ordered so I had to wait about a month. It was worth the wait. I highly recommend this guitar!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Blueridge BR-371

                By Dave

                from Anza, California

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                    I recently purchased a Recording King ROS-06 12fret sound seemed flat little hard to play, poor volume just didn't like it. Probably the Laminated Mahogany back and sides. After reading many Reviews I purchased the Blueridge BR-371 12fret Volume and tone is big and full across all 6 strings. Action is very low out of the box, no rattle, easy to tune,tight straight vertical grain quartersawn spruce top, excellent fit and finish, I have no issues. Well maybe a little more character in the Rosewood Back, but that is nit picking. This is the Guitar I have been looking for. Exceeds my expectations.

                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Vintage Sound

                    By Bob from CTH

                    from Amherst, NH

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                      This December 25th will mark my 50th anniversary as a guitar player and I decided to buy myself a present. The Blueridge BR-173 arrived on November 20 and I would have written this review sooner but I have been unable to put it down long enough to do so! I now own three parlor guitars and this is the one that truly captures the sound of a vintage parlor that I have been looking for. I will disclose, however, that there was a slight workmanship issue in the nut and saddle that caused a slight buzz in the "B" string but today when I took it to my guitar tech to have a K+K pure mini pickup installed (also highly recommended) he was able to make the proper adjustments in a matter of minutes. I did switch out the strings to Elixer light gauge nanoweb phospher bronze but that is my personal choice for all of my guitars, I also own several high end Taylor guitars. Since early retirement in 2009 I have been playing professionally in the area (approx 100 dates annually)as well as leading worship at a church on a weekly basis and I can highly recommend this instrument to anyone looking for a quality parlor guitar.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Big sound in a small package

                      By No Nickname

                      from Oklahoma City, OK

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                        Hoping to improve my fingerpicking I was looking for a small-bodied, short scale guitar with a wide nut (1 7/8") and wide string spacing at the saddle. I had hoped to find a used Martin 00VS that I could afford when I came across the Blueridge. The specs were just what I was looking for. In fact, Saga Music has borrowed heavily from the VS Martin.

                        The guitar's scale seems to be 24.9" instead of the 25.5" scale listed in the product info. The BR-37l that I received is very well built and perfectly voiced for fingerpicking. The fit and finish are very good and the guitar is a joy to play It has a jaw-dropping resonance, nice volume and balanced full-bodied sound. But, maybe too much resonance for aggressive flat pick strumming.

                        I wish this instrument had been available decades ago, my fingerpicking would probably be much farther along by now. If you can step up to the American-made Martin buy it, but if you can't, the BR-371 will not disappoint you.

                        As always, Musician's Friend did an excellent job with my purchase...GREAT PRICE, GREAT SERVICE, GREAT FINANCING, NO PROBLEMS!

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent

                        By Lapp

                        from QC CAN

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                        I've played acoustic professionally for 40 years ,owned and played everything .My preferred stage instrument is a 1978 Larrivee L27 ,,still is .I have a Blueridge BR 283 ,and this BR 371 . The 283 is 5 years old ,the 371 2 years old .I have MANY MANY hours on both of these exceptional instruments .I do not write reviews ,these warrent an exception .There is nothing anywhere that compares anywhere near the price range ,no question ,that's that.I know ,I've been at it forever.I won't go into details ,it's not necessay ,just get one and you'll be pleased .As long as they last I'd say get the top of the line and never look back .Don't get hung up on Branding .As Chet Atkins once said " if it sounds good & plays good ,it probaly is "

                        Here is a video of the BR 371 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w77f2JoHVAo

                        and one of the BR 371 using a K&K mini pure
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72LnVr9pXe4

                        and one of the BR 283 acoustic
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v43aEHmfH5s

                        I took the pick guards off ,I hate them & don't need them

                        Buy one today ,you won't regret it

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