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Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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The Blueridge BR-40 dreadnought acoustic guitar uses the same wood selection as its higher-priced counterparts. Features a Sitka spruce top, mahogany...Read More

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The BR-40 combines solid top-tone, classic styling, and an entry-level price.

The Blueridge BR-40 dreadnought acoustic guitar uses the same wood selection as its higher-priced counterparts. Features a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back, sides, and peghead overlay. Gorgeous accoutrements like 5-ply body binding, mother-of-pearl inlays, and nickel-plated Kluson-style tuners. The contemporary series acoustic has authentic pre-war bracing that ensures tone and volume just like the finest vintage guitars.

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.

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back, sides, and peghead overlay
  • Low-profile, carved mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • 5-ply body binding
  • Mother-of-pearl inlays
  • Nickel-plated Kluson-style tuners

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BlueridgeBR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Incredible Guitar for the Money

By Nejxn

from Jackson, MS

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

IMHO, there is nothing out there that can touch the B-40 in it's price range. Actually, I like it better than a lot of guitars costing hundreds more. Factory setup leaves a little to be desired - I had to adjust the truss rod out of the box, and after a few days of playing, the bridge piece settled, but was easily adjusted with a shim. Aside from replacing a couple of tuners, I have had no other problems. Once I had everything tweaked, it has been nothing short of amazing for the price. I also own a D-18, and the sound and feel are very similar. I gig with the the Blueridge exclusively. No, it's not a Martin, but at a third of the price, it's hard to justify paying the difference - especially with the bangs and dings that you get gigging. Would buy another in a heartbeat, and have no hesitation recommending it to others.


Amazing Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This is a pretty amazing guitar. I thought the back and sides were laminate but when you view the inside, you can clearly see that it's solid wood. Not sure why they wouldn't point this out.(Maybe so they won't cannibalize their own higher end models?)This guitar RESONATES like crazy. It's very light and has a very nice complex sound. The bass booms with authority as well. I have an Guild Gad 25 and a Larrivee D-03 and I for sound I would definitely put it right up there, although the overall build of the other two are a bit better. (wood binding, grovers, etc..)Also, I think the case that comes with it is nicer that what is seen in the picture. I'm was reluctant with Blueridge at first, but now I am a believer. Would buy this again in a heartbeat. Is this a Martin? No, nothing is a Martin. Does it sound as good... I can't believe that it's actually close to it. It rivals my Larrivee and I consider the Larrivee better than most Martins.

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Great For The Dollar But No Martin

By No Martin....

from Nashville,Tn

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Ive played this guitar many times and I'll admit it does sound very good and is very well made for the money. But it in no way can compare to a Martin in sound. Don't fool yourself. There is a reason Martin has lasted for 175 years. Again, good guitar but it is not a Martin in any way.

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No Martin but good for the $

By mandoguy-2RH3w

from Boulder, CO

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This is a great guitar for the money. Just don't confuse the issue and ever think that it stacks up to a Martin D-18. There is a reason the Martin is around $1,000.00 more. Don't attmept to convince yourself otherwise. You are only fooling yourself. You get what you pay for. There are no bargains or great kept secrets out there. This is a fine guitar for the money, but it is no Martin.


Excellent Guitar.. possibly best for the price

By Sujith

from Fairbanks, AK

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I had been going to three different music stores and playing all the name brands at this price point and the Blueridge BR-40 was the definite winner. It is laminate body and so will make an excellent campfire guitar. It scored over higher priced Takamine, Alverz, Tahoma (even their solid wood models) and stood its ground well when compared with the all solid wood Martin D-16RGT and Martin D-15. I will eventually buy a Martin D28 or Martin SWDGT, but the BR-40 will always remain with me as my excellent campfire guitar that requires lesser care than a solid wood one.I had purchased a Seagull S6 online from all the hype and then realized there was one more music store in my town that I had not explored which carried the Seagull. I immedietly went there, played their Seagull and was happy with my purchase online, untill.. I played the Blueridge BR-40. It simply blew away both the Ceder and Spruce top Seagull S6. The workmanship quality was identical with a slight edge towards the the Blueridge.Many people including me had been convinced by other reviews that all Chinese products are inferior, but the Blueridge really was much better sounding and well balanced than the Seagull S6.Don't go with what others say.. You will find plenty of reviews that claim cheap guitars ($300-$600) to be better than the high end Martins like D-28 etc... I don't know how people can write such reviews... so use your logic and possibly play the guitars at your store and decide for yourself.At this price point, I am really happy that I purchased one of the best guitars after playing many many in three different stores for over two weeks.


Great Bang For Your Buck

By MTBuddha

from Central Illinois

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This is the second Blueridge I have purchased to supplement my Martins. And I am never disappointed in the workmanship, the sound, the quality and value for the dollar--even when I buy them through Clearance sales!The sound is clear, the action low, great treble and good enough bass to hold its own in a room full of more expensive guitars. I just wish we could build a guitar this good at this price in the US!This guitar looks better than the 140 in that it does not have that orange toner to the top, but sounds exactly the same to my ear. I just like the Blueridge guitars in general and do not think you can find a better acoustic than the 40 in the price range. As a dyed in the wool Martin fan that pains me greatly. It holds its own againts a D15 at 1/2 the price.Whether you want a great beginning guitar or a knocking around guitar, I think this is a winner.I am just an old left-over hippie that plays an occasional gig, but generally just plays within my musical family. If I amplify I throw a woodie in the sound hole for the evening, no pre-amp and play through a bass tube amp.


D-18 clone gets it done!

By flyingcow

from Chestertown, MD

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

Have owned this guitar for 4 months--A/B'd this guitar against the big names--chose the BR-40 over ALL Mxxxxx guitars up to and including the D18 (DX1, DM, D15 Custom, D16GT, D18)--also A/B'd the BR-40 against the Blueridge BR-60, 140, 160, and 240, and chose the BR-40 (sound, NOT the price was the only factor in my decision)--great sound out of the box w/perfect setup from factory--beautiful wood in this guitar, top and back--after about 8 weeks of daily playing, this guitar really opened up--it now produces the much discussed "Mxxxxx thump," clear highs and distinct, clear bass, plus great volume--am so impressed w/this guitar that I bought a second one of the same model--my 2 BR-40s were made a year apart 12/04 and 11/05, but the sound is consistent between the 2, so I do not think my first, great sounding BR-40 was a fluke--if you are looking for a D18 style mahogany dreadnought, this is the one (the free hardshell case is a bonus)--been playing since 1963--always wanted a Mxxxxx, but no more--my Blueridge D18 clone has ended my desire to own a Mxxxxx, at 1/5 the price (although I repeat, price was not the issue in my decision, sound was)--if you buy a BR-40, put some Mxxxxx Marquis or SP light strings on it and play away!CAVEAT: Of course, impressions of a guitar's sound IS subjective. And, I may be totally deaf. But every day I play one or both of my 2 BR-40s, and the sound just keeps getting better. I'm still amazed each day that this much sound can come out of a $350 mahogany laminate guitar. Amazing!


A workhorse of a guitar

By Perfect-Tommy

from Ohio

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is a great value. It will remind you a lot of a Martin D-28. I am currently playing in multiple bluegrass bands. WHile waiting to go to a show, my guitarist and I had a chance to play one of these. We were blown away! He actually turned to me and said "If you bought this, I would use it on stage."This guitar is perfect for someone starting in music or someone that is looking for an upgrade to a mid-level guitar. Don't let the price fool you, this guitar could easily sell for more then double the price if it had a different brand name on the headstock. Also note, that it comes with a hardshell case! Do not let this one pass you by!!!!


Like this guitar

By Tim Overstreet

from EAstern KY.

Comments about Blueridge BR-40 Contemporary Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar was more than I exspected the wood is some of the best looking wood you will find it has beautiful grain. I have 2 martins a D35 and a D18 my favorite guitar for flat picking is my D18 the BR 40 Blue Ridge will hold its own with any guitar I have played it with and plays more like my D 18 than any other guitar I have played. The top string buzzed when I got it a little turn of the truss rod and a higher bone saddle cured the problem. I was impressed that the BR40 came with bone saddle and nut. My D18 plays a little easier and has a little more volume but for the price of the BR 40 you can't go wrong it has a very balanced tone with good bass and good highs. It stays in tune very good and in detail very much resembles a pre war guitar even the case looks like a vintage case. If you are looking for a pre war type dreadnaught guitar that will stand up to the test and don't want to spend a lot of money look no futher this is the one I don't think you will be disappointed.

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