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Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Traditional bracing with solid mahogany back and sides give the BR-140 a pure vintage sound. This understated yet, elegant guitar has a sound and vib...Click To Read More About This Product

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A versatile guitar with all-solid tonewoods and deluxe inlays.

Traditional bracing with solid mahogany back and sides give the BR-140 a pure vintage sound. This understated yet, elegant guitar has a sound and vibe that's perfect for any style of acoustic music. At a price that's hard to beat, it has fine black and white top purfling with original abalone and pearl inlay work on the headstock that are touches of fine art. Other features include all solid Honduran mahogany back and sides and solid Sitka spruce top.

Blueridge is an offshoot of the South San Francisco-based Saga Musical Instrument Company. Blueridge specializes in "traditional" guitars that offer today's player vintage styling with modern performance at a level of quality and price that compares favorably to historic guitars. Each instrument is the result of detailed research and is carefully crafted at the Blueridge factory. Consistency is evident throughout, from the fretwork to the intricate inlays that adorn each Blueridge headstock.

FEATURES
Select, solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic prewar forward X-pattern
Solid mahogany sides and back with inlaid center sripe
East Indian Rosewood fingerboard, bridge, and bridge plate
Sagas exclusive Dalmatian tortoise pickguard
B/W/B plastic binding with fine black and white purfling on soundboard
Slim mahogany neck has adjustable truss rod and dovetail neck joint
Nut and saddle are made from bone
Rosewood peghead overlay adorned with a unique mother-of-pearl and abalone design
Natural high-gloss finish with aging toner for the perfect vintage look
Accurate vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
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SPECIFICATIONS
Nut width: 1 11/16 inch 
Scale length: 25.6 inch
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BlueridgeHistoric Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Stays in tune (10)
  • Fun to play (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (3)

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Full, rich tone!

By John E

from Westport, MA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    First on-line instrument purchase. Didn't think I'd ever buy a guitar without playing it. Played other Blueridge models ( and was impressed) but wanted the one that was closest to my favorite, yet out of reach D18. Ordered the BR 140 as I couldn't find it anywhere. It arrived well packaged. I tuned it and that's it. Perfect! Sounds and plays even better than I expected. Rich, full tone. Great for all styles. Nice feel. Easy to play.

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful, Quality Awesome sounding, playing dreadnought.

    By Guitarman

    from Greensboro, N.C.

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Quality Crafted Guitar
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • None-tickled Pink So Far

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is my third Blueridge guitar. Musician's Friend consistently sends me flawless, first quality instruments. If anyone has any doubt, Blueridge guitars are first rate, beautifully crafted, beautiful looking, great playing as well as sonically wonderful instruments. For those researching and conflicted over their purchase, I also own a Martin MMV dreadnaught and have played D18s, D28s, HD28s and am amazed at what beautifully crafted, perfect and awesome sounding guitars they all are. I feel the exact same way about my Blueridge guitars. As a patriotic American I wish all my guitars were American made, but I have to live within my means and my desire to play the very best I can afford. This is a great guitar, comparable to the very best and most expensive. Go for it. I also own a Blueridge BR-140A and BR-160 and this review would also describe them accurately. They all have rich warm bass, perfect mid-range and bright, even, and sparkling highs. I've learned that for my tastes medium gauge strings are best on dreadnaughts and the thickness of your picks determine the warmth and/or brightness of your sound. Experiment with different strings and picks till you find which combinations you like. I believe you are sure to like your new Blueridge BR-140.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent guitar.

    By Jamie

    from Alabama

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Thin neck

    Best Uses

      Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I bought my BR-140 for a beater guitar. I didn't want to take my Martin HD28V some places for fear of it being stolen or damaged. I must say the BR-140 hangs with my Martin. It is louder and crisp. It would never replace my Martin but I would rethink any future purchases that cost was a factor. I would love to AB a BR160 vs my HD28V. Blueridge defiantly makes a quality product at a competitive price. Makes you wonder if the extra $1500- $2000 is worth it.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent guitar

      By Kev

      from Tryon, NC

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      Excellent sound for the price. It's certainly no Martin, but it's pretty close for it's price range. Surprisingly close. It's loud. The mahogany back and sides give the nice vintage sound. It's light and resonant. Can't wait to hear what it sounds like years down the road, after the wood has really "opened up." Perfect for flatpicking and strumming. I wanted a guitar that had nice bassy lows and shimmering trebly highs. This guitar fit the bill perfectly after I changed the light strings that came on it and put some mediums. I've had mine for about 3 weeks now and I love it.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      For the cost you will be getting a very high quality guitar

      By Tom

      from Pa.

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I have been playing Bluegrass for many years. I have seen heard and played many guitars. I had a martin DM that I traded on a Maitin D-16-RGT. that I like very much and will not part with, but I have missed the sound of the mahogany back and sides until I got this Blueridge guitar that is right up there with my Martin. in quality and sound. I had to do some setup on it to get the action I wanted but that is it. It's got a High quality big bold crisp clear rich full sound only found in the best. If I could only afford one guitar I would buy the DR-140. I have been blessed to be able to have both

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All solid wood value

        By CabinTom

        from Lost River WV

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Balanced voice, easy action
        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Overall sounds like a spent twice as much!
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday playing
          • Jamming

          Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          Unbelievable value. Really wanted an all solid guitar and liked to old style/sound of early Martins but could never afford one. The Blueridge 140 sound is rich and full in the low end and balanced mids to highs. Absolutely better sound than I ever expected and I am extremely happy with the purchase.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar without Breaking the Bank

          By KM

          from Whittier,NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            Great value for someone not wanting to spend a lot of money on a Martin,Gibson or Taylor. Sound is very good and the neck feels very nice. I would highly recommend.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Simply Amazing

            By Littlejohn

            from Franklin Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              I play the guitar in a bluegrass group in the church and at home really nice go to guitar now I don't have to worry about taking my 71 Martin with me

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              enjoy playing my BR140

              By chip

              from Oklahoma

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                I did have a new nut , saddle and some professional adjustments made to this guitar after two months. Overall I am very satisfied by this guitar for the cost .

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It's everything I anticipated

                By Jim

                from CO

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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 Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I did a review yesterday on a BR-140 and it occurred to me later that I really didn't give much detail other than I preferred the tone from the mahogany over similar Indian Rosewood back/side models I've played. So while I let the lemon oil soak into the fingerboard, I'll add some more detail.
                  The good stuff: This guitar has a very fast neck and reminds me much of an elec-guitar. No sharp fret edges, she's well dressed. They've used a fairly thick piece of rosewood for the fret-board. It feels good in my hands. Some of the chord shapes seem a tiny bit cramped, but not in an unplayable way (just some minor adjustments). The tuners are solid and after stretching the strings, she stayed in tune well. The body is well dressed and put together. Beautiful grain on the side and back wood. I'm not sure I'm in love with the yellow tint to the guitar top, but it's not fugly, so no issue there. There is one very small smudge in the finish on the front side, but not a deal breaker for me. I've read quite a few reviews of folks hacking on the head-stock decoration. It's a little busy, but I like a little bling on a guitar. Mostly I really like that it just has a deep, nice, mellow, smooth tone and I prefer it over the more..."reverby" or "tinny" sound that rosewood can give off.
                  The not so good: The fingerboard and rosewood bridge was dry...I mean Arizona desert dry! But considering it was shipped from China trucked to a warehouse in Kansas and then stored there for a while, it's understandable. Some lemon oil was greatly needed and absorbed by this guitar. The fingerboard was covered in protective paper when I un-boxed it. The strings were D'Addairo's. And I normally like them, but these were dirty and left dirt on my fingers when I stretched them. I also noticed a small amount of corrosion on them, so they're in the garbage now. The action was a bit high so I sanded the saddle an 1/8th inch. One small tweak also on the truss rod needed and it felt stuck at first. Good now!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Guitar

                  By SurlyGuitar

                  from Denver, CO

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                  Pros

                  • Economical
                  • Excellent setup
                  • Fantastic Tone
                  • Meticulous Finishing
                  • Playable Neck
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                  • Only a single strap button

                  Best Uses

                  • Bluegrass
                  • Country
                  • Folk

                  Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  All I can say is Wow! Meticulously finished as seems to always be the case with Blueridge guitars. Incredibly playable neck, fantastic setup out of the box, and incredible tone. All for five hundred.

                   
                  5.0

                  What more could you ask for ?

                  By Rick the plunker

                  from Powell's Crossroads, TN

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    Feels good in your hands, sounds good to the ear, makes you want to play it, what more could you ask?

                     
                    5.0

                    This one you can buy online and not worry if you'll like it!

                    By Jim

                    from CO

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • I wish the fret-board was just a tad wider

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-140 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      I'm mostly an electric guitar guy, but that could change with this guitar! I've had a few acoustic guitars in the past and out that bunch, I've only really liked the Taylor Mini G Koa. The others were beautiful solid spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and side guitars. But I just never really...appreciated the tone from them.
                      So I opted to go with this mahogany back and sides model from Blueridge. Great choice for me as I prefer the tone of this secondary wood much more than the rosewood.
                      What got me after one of these in the first place was playing another musician's Martin D-18 (1937 RI).
                      Does this BR-140 match his $5500 Martin. Absolutely not! But it does sound very good and similar to the D-18.
                      It's a good guitar and a keeper and I'm very happy with it. I'm sure it'll get better over time as well.

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