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The Blueridge BR-60T Tenor acoustic guitar from the Contemporary series features a Sitka spruce top, with rosewood back, sides, and peghead overlay. ...Read More

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Classic styling and vintage tone at an old-fashioned price.

The Blueridge BR-60T Tenor acoustic guitar from the Contemporary series features a Sitka spruce top, with rosewood back, sides, and peghead overlay. Prewar forward X-pattern bracing delivers tone and volume just like vintage dreadnought guitars. Low-profile, carved mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard. Beautiful touches like 5-ply body binding, multi-line rosette and backstrip, and mother-of-pearl dot inlays add to the Blueridge guitar's classic look. Stable, nickel-plated Kluson-style tuners ensure proper pitch.

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 WWI, Blueridge BR-60T guitar is made with the same techniques as their antique counterparts, including many by-hand processes.

Blueridge guitars are 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. The Blueridge BR-60T guitar 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. Includes limited lifetime warranty.

FEATURES
  • Select, solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic braces in the authentic X-pattern
  • Santos rosewood back and sides
  • Natural high-gloss finish
  • Multi-ply white body binding
  • Carved mahogany, low profile neck with dot position markers
  • East Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Dovetail neck/body joint
  • Blueridge logo in m-o-p with ornate m-o-p and abalone peghead inlay
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Black pickguard
  • Vintage-style, 14:1 ratio, nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons

SPECIFICATIONS

BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar

  • Nut width: 1 9/32"
  • Scale length: 22 7/8"
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BlueridgeBR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Very Reasonable Instrument

I can't say this is the best quality instrument I've played, but I have nothing negative to say about it. Also, it is my first tenor guitar so I am comparing the quality...Read complete review

I can't say this is the best quality instrument I've played, but I have nothing negative to say about it. Also, it is my first tenor guitar so I am comparing the quality to other instruments I've owned or played which are not tenors. I've read a few good reviews of the guitar and, for the most part, agree wholeheartedly.

As far as quality, I was very impressed. It is comfortable to play, a beautiful instrument, and does not seem cheap at all. Considering it is a factory instrument made in China, I think it is very good. If I were to give one criticism it is that the frets are not as filed and smooth as they would be on a finer instrument. However, like I mentioned before, the instrument is extremely comfortable, just not extraordinarily so.

The sound is good, although, given it has a spruce top, it is too soon to judge what it will mature to. However, I wouldn't go out of my way to describe it as glorious or exquisite. It is nice, but not to die for. I expected a bit more volume from the review's I've read as well. Playing acoustic with pandeiro (contemporanea w/leather head), cavaco (rozini RC02), and Nylon Guitar(Cordoba unknown model) It seems a little under-powered as a solo instrument, but not far off. (Will have to find a solution to amplify for balance) Sound is very clear and balanced for the instrument from my assessment. Overall the sound is reasonably good.

One other observation: Santos Rosewood is actually Pau Ferro (or from what I understand also called Morado). I like this wood and have other instruments made out of it. However, it is not a true Dalbergia and a more affordable option than Brazilian Rosewood and probably Indian. (not an expert, but have read a little bit around). This might not matter too much in either case given the back and sides are laminated.

The guitar delivered most of what I expected. I am extremely satisfied. I was looking for a first tenor guitar that I could grow into and play shows on eventually. (Usually do one payed gig a month) If I sound overly critical it is only to point out the limitations of the instrument to be helpful. I would purchase the instrument again and recommend it to anyone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

well made intrumemt. just not finished

The set up leaves you unable to play in tune starting with the second and third fret. I took it to a luthier and had a pro set up done. It's very cool...Read complete review

The set up leaves you unable to play in tune starting with the second and third fret. I took it to a luthier and had a pro set up done. It's very cool now, but out of the box, it wouldn't play in tune enough for any purpose. These are a bit hard to find, and I am now pleased with this one, but factor in to your price that you will need a set up to play it at all.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By 

from Princeton, NJ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • No Strap Button

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

The Blueridge BR-60T has amazing sound for a relatively inexpensive guitar. The string height at the 12th fret when I received the guitar was 7/64", which was a little high but not bad. I'm using the guitar with Chicago tuning (DGBE) and DR Sunbeam RCA-12 strings. I checked the intonation at each fret using a Planet Waves NS clip on tuner, and every fret was in the green. I may lower the string height to 5/64" at the 12th fret if I have the clearance to do it. I'm still figuring that out.

The only downside to the guitar (which I knew before I purchased it) was that it does not have a strap button at the heel. I'm going to have a luthier install one since I don't feel comfortable playing the guitar with the strap around the headstock.

I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone interested in purchasing a tenor guitar.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BR 60-T tenor guitar

By 

from Coachella Valley in California

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Beautiful tone
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great action
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

    I read some of the negative reviews and Maybe I just got a good one but this little guitar is great! I've have many acoustic and electric guitars a 5 string banjo and lots of ukuleles. I've been playing for over 40 years, a few of those years as a pro and I can tell you this little guitar has it all. The most important thing in a guitar is the action. If the action is bad forget everything else. Second is the intonation, third is tone, then the fit and finish is last. The one I got has EVERYTHING! The only change I made was to move the string size from 10's to 11's (And I always use Elixir strings). I tune in DGBE because I've played the guitar so long. The finish is flawless the rosewood back and sides are much darker and prettier then the photographs and very glossy also the head stock design has changed, for the better I think. "blue ridge" is not on a banner any more but is a stand alone pearl inlay and is much classier. The other inlays are the same. I was surprised how smooth the frets are as you slide up and down the neck. Note ... just remember this is a small body guitar, (Size "0") so it's not going to be as loud as a full sized guitar. (these are made in China and sometimes the quality control can be off but if you get a bad one you can always send it back).

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    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Tuning Problem

    By 

    from Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning
    • Tuning Problems

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

    I am a Tenor Banjo player and purchased the BR-60T for practice with banjo tuning of CGDA.
    I had a problem with tuning on the A string and the string broke so I could not get the A string tuned.
    I took it to a local music store and the guitar technician put on a new string and he had the same problem tuning the A. The string broke after a few
    minutes. He then tried an Ernie Ball Custom Guage 9(1009) Electric or Acoustic Guitar String and it tuned correctly and sounds good.
    With guitar tuning you probably won't have this
    problem but with banjo tuning CGDA you will need a very thin guage string to get the A to tune up without breaking. I like the sound of the guitar with this tuning and since it is the same as my 4 string banjo I could play it right away. Just use the proper string and it will tune and sound OK.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Problems beyond the 10th fret

    By 

    from Illinois

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

    I tried three of these guitars. All of them went sharp when played above the 9th fret. The 1st was very off (7th fret and above) the second improved to about the 9th fret and the third held to the 10th fret. It is a pretty guitar and (except for the above) appears well made. The sound is bright. If you are looking for an instrument to play in first position or just for jamming, it should be fine. But overall I am disappointed - based on their six string guitars I expected better from Blueridge
    Final Note - Musician's Friend was very accomidating in trying to resolve this issue - impressive customer service.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Guitar I've Been Waiting For!

    By 

    from Buffalo, New York

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Now My Go To Guitar
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Best Sound On Stage
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

    I own a 1964 Harmony Archtop, and a 1940 Kalamazoo Flattop tenor, by far the sound quality of the Blueridge is far superior, and I would match the sound to a Martin tenor already. I just can't wait until it's really broken in, in a year or so, because it will just get better.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Nice Piece

    By 

    from First Coast, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good tone
    • Nicely Crafted
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Teaching

      Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

      There are very few Tenors on the market today. I was pleasantly surprised at the craftsmanship and good looks of this instrument. It plays well and has a nice warm tone. 50+ years ago I learned on a Tenor, and will start my grandson on this one as soon as he's ready. The light action, narrow neck & finger board make it very small-finger friendly. It's a real bargain.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice Piece

      By 

      from First Coast, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Nice Tone
      • Solid Build
      • Well Built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

        Not many manufacturers make a tenor these days. I was pleasantly surprised ... This one is quite nice. Well built and appointed ... sounds good and plays like an expensive instrument. Nice narrow neck and fingerboard make it good for young players' fingers. ...
        I started on a tenor over 50 years ago and will give this one to my grandson when he's ready.

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        well made intrumemt. just not finished

        By 

        from Nashville. TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blue Ridge Uses Good Wood
        • Fun To Play
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • Nut Too High
        • Requires Constant Tuning
        • Set Up Needed

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Many Tunings Work Well
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues
        • Unique Sound

        Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

        The set up leaves you unable to play in tune starting with the second and third fret. I took it to a luthier and had a pro set up done. It's very cool now, but out of the box, it wouldn't play in tune enough for any purpose. These are a bit hard to find, and I am now pleased with this one, but factor in to your price that you will need a set up to play it at all.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Really nice guitar

        By 

        from Vaughn, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy to play
        • Fun To Play
        • Looks great
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • No Cons

        Best Uses

        • Play For Pleasure
        • Practicing

        Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

        I had a tenor 40years ago. Really liked it but it got busted up in a move. This one is much nicer than that one, but brings back many memories. It looks great, plays great, and even remembers tunes I used to play.

        Comment on this review

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good value, but...

        By 

        from San Joachin Valley.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blueridge BR-60T Contemporary Series Tenor Guitar:

              On the model shown, the tenth fret position marker is on the ninth fret. This is typical of builders that usually make six string guitars and think a tenor is just a scaled down six string. Since a tenor guitar is tuned in fifths, it has it's position marker where all instruments tuned in fifths do: On the fifth, seventh, TENTH and twelfth frets. Mandolins, tenor banjos, etc. It's a small matter, but confusing to someone used to playing in fifths.

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