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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"
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BlueridgeBR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Stays in tune (12)
  • Consistent (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small Body, Big Sound!!

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. ...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Blueridge Br-371 Parlor

Maybe I'm too picky but I think that's a good quality to have when picking a guitar. Try one, you may like it, the playability and intonation were fine but I just couldn't...Read complete review

Maybe I'm too picky but I think that's a good quality to have when picking a guitar. Try one, you may like it, the playability and intonation were fine but I just couldn't connect with it so I returned it. The string spacing and nut width are great for fingerpicking though.
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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small Body, Big Sound!!

By Johnson Fan

from Western NY

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Verified Reviewer

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.

      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Vintage Sound

      By Bob from CTH

      from Amherst, NH

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      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.

        (6 of 6 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

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Blueridge BR-371

        By Dave

        from Anza, California

        About Me Experienced

        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 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Big sound in a small package

            By No Nickname

            from Oklahoma City, OK

            About Me Experienced

            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!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exactly what I wanted!

              By Steve

              from Lafayette IN

              About Me Experienced

              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!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful guitar!

                  By Bill

                  from San Mateo, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  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:

                    This is an incredible guitar at this price point. Unbelievable build quality throughout. I had a K&K Pure Mini pickup professionally installed and this guitar KILLS when plugged in!!! Basically, it's an incredible buy.

                    (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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                    See all my reviews

                    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

                      love this guitar

                      By folkie1

                      from lynchburg va

                      Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                      I just bought this guitar today after playing it in the store and falling in love with its sound, and, I admit, its looks. I am not a professional musician, but I perform folk songs, and find this a perfect instrument to accompany the voice. It's sound is simple, slightly rich, and, for me, perfect.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Mighty Fine Guitar

                      By Iceman

                      from Central Virginia

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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:

                          Beautifully constructed and excellent play ability out of the box. The wide neck won't be favored by everyone (1 7/8) but with the substanial neck and short scale, is extremely playable for me. I prefer 1 3/4 wide nut over most that are narrower. The tuners with beautiful ivoroid buttons are very solid and high quality. The ebony is black and obviously not dyed. The top is a beautiful sitka and carefully book matched IRW back and sides. The inlay work is incredible. (Blue Ridge made a good move when they replaced the plastic bridge pins/end pin with inlaid ebony ones).

                          The BR-371 is a wonderful guitar that compares well to high end guitars costing many times over. It responds well to finger picking as well as a flat pick. This is not just a lot of guitar for the money; it is a helluva bargain and the finest guitar in the 0/parlor size I have ever played! I highly recommend it!

                           
                          3.0

                          Blueridge Br-371 Parlor

                          By Michael J Vitale

                          from Philadelphia, Pa

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                            Maybe I'm too picky but I think that's a good quality to have when picking a guitar. Try one, you may like it, the playability and intonation were fine but I just couldn't connect with it so I returned it. The string spacing and nut width are great for fingerpicking though.
                            Good Luck

                             
                            4.0

                            A beautiful guitar with an unfinished finish

                            By Chasseral

                            from Switzerland

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • poor setting

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                            Beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound. But the setting is poor: The neck is bent slightly backwards. The action too high. The nut slots rather high but appera also slightly too narrow for the strings the jump when adjusting. I'll bring it to my luthier to correct. Pity, no great problems, but reduced the plaisir of my new instrument.

                             
                            5.0

                            The best 0 parlor that is not a Martin

                            By Tuxritter

                            from Baltimore

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Fun To Play
                            • Rich Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Recording
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                              This is a Martin 0 28VS without the price tag. Had been looking for a good parlor. This is a great copy of the Martin. Sitka top and rosewood back and sides. All solid wood. The neck is the same as the Martin. 17/8 inch nut. Rich sound and playability. Will be putting a K&K mini in.
                              I have been wanting to get an insterment to get my finger picking up and running. I have no excuse now.

                               
                              5.0

                              Like it

                              By Guido

                              from North Dakota

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Blueridge BR-371 Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                                Surprised by this guitar at price point. Exceptional value, Only negative is poly finish . I enjoy this instrument as much or more than my more expensive guitars. Just a fun guitar.

                                 
                                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.

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