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Blueridge Historic Series "000" BR-143CE Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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From folk to fingerstyle, the Blueridge BR-143 Historic Series OOO Acoustic Guitar can really do it all. Its smaller body size makes it easy to wrap ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Sweet vintage tone and style combined with a very comfortable body!
From folk to fingerstyle, the Blueridge BR-143 Historic Series OOO Acoustic Guitar can really do it all. Its smaller body size makes it easy to wrap your arms around to focus on playing. Crafted with a select solid spruce top, hand-carved X-bracing, choice solid mahogany back and sides, and a traditional dovetail neck joint for pure Golden Era tone. 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 BR-143CE guitar's vintage look. The slim mahogany neck and comfortable 000-sized body make it a truly enjoyable acoustic electric guitar to play.
Blueridge Historic Series Guitars offer 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 musical instruments, Blueridge guitars such as the BR-143CE acoustic-electric, 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.
Select solid Sitka spruce top
Prewar-style hand-carved forward X-pattern parabolic braces
Choice solid mahogany back and sides
Traditional dreadnought body size
Slim mahogany neck
Dovetail neck joint at 14th fret
1-11/16" nut width
25-1/2" scale length
Bound rosewood headstock overlay
Unique mother-of-pearl and abalone peghead design
Abalone hexagonal fretboard inlays
B/W/B body binding
Fine black and white purfling on soundboard
Rosewood bridge and bridge plate
Mother-of-pearl dot bridge inlays
Bone nut and saddle
Delicate wood marquetry back center strip
Aged natural high-gloss finish
Dalmatian tortoise pickguard
Vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners
Butterbean-style tuner buttons
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I have been playing many many years and I have never run across a guitar of this quality for this little money. I have played Martins, Guilds and you name it I would rank this one right up there. You don't have to treat it like its made of Diamonds and you can still afford to feed your family unlike other guitars. A REAL players guitar.
First of all, it's a beauty, with a nicely coordinated matchbook solid top, solid mahogany back and sides, and understated b/w/b body binding and unusual "Dalmatian" pickguard. Very glossy all around, with a rather ornate MOP headstock decoration--which might be off-putting to some folks, but I love it. It has great playability, being a bit smaller than the full-size dreadnought or jumbo style, and the cutaway is helpful as well. The action when I got it was perfect, plenty low but with no fret buzz. It has the Fisher Prefix Plus system, which is very nice quality (though I play it mostly unplugged), and the overall sound is very balanced. As for the "pre-War" sound it was supposed to have, I didn't really notice any big difference between the Blueridge and, say, an equivalent Martin at first, but after a few months, I realized it was coming across more with a "smooth-yet-raw" sound (does that make any sense?). I think it just took a little time to get played in (maybe with the strings also--don't know what brand/type they are exactly). Anyway, it is a unique sound, and it appeals to me a lot; it's very sensual, kind of gut-grabbing when I pick a few notes or (especially) bend a few notes. Definitley worth the price.
This is a truly great guitar. I was intent on purchasing a Taylor 310 which, by the way is also an excellent guitar. After playing both, I was amazed that the Blueridge sounded and played as well or better than the Taylor. This guitar is easy to fret but does not "buzz" when played hard. The lows are warm and deep and the highs are crisp and clear. Plugged in, the Fishman pickups also sound great. My friends who swear by Taylor are also amazed. They kept on asking - "Now how much did you pay?" The finish is absolutely beautiful. Overall, this is an excellent guitar at less than half the price of a comparable big name guitar.