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Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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This pre-war inspired "Herringbone" dreadnought has it all. The BR-160's great sound and great looks are just part of what will make it one of the mo...Read More

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Exquisite details and all solid woods make this pre-war inspired guitar an instant classic.

This pre-war inspired "Herringbone" dreadnought has it all. The BR-160's great sound and great looks are just part of what will make it one of the more desirable vintage-style acoustic guitars in production today. It starts with a solid Sitka spruce top and hand-carved parabolic top braces that respect the prewar forward X-pattern. Indian rosewood back and sides add a strong bass to the spruce top's already full sound. The slim mahogany neck is comfortable and features a dovetail neck joint and adjustable truss rod. Beautiful appointments include a Dalmation style pickguard and mother-of-pearl neck and headstock inlays.

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. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Select, solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic prewar forward X-pattern
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides with center strip of delicate wood marquetry
  • White body binding with delicate herringbone inlay around top
  • Slim mahogany neck with dovetail neck joint and adjustable truss rod
  • Rosewood bridge and bridge plate
  • Rosewood peghead overlay adorned with a unique mother-of-pearl and abalone design
  • Saga's exclusive Dalmatian style pickguard
  • Natural high-gloss finish with aged toner
  • Accurate vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
  • Nut and saddle are made from bone
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS

Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 inch
  • Scale Length: 25.6 inch
  • Shop Adjusted
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BlueridgeHistoric Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Recording (5)
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    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    5.0

    Believe the hype

    By Jdd18vm

    from North Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      First in the interest of full disclosure I am living room hack, not a professional by any means. I play for my own amusement and if lucky friends an family (maybe neighbors) get a bit of enjoyment out of it as well. I have a 94' Martin D18vm (vntage model) and was looking for another guitar to leave in alternate tunings. A lot of research and recommendations lead me to the Blueridge BR160. I love the D18 and mahogany tones but always loved and wanted a HD28 and Rosewood. So this seemed ideal (it was somehow on sale for 200$ less than listed above). When it finally showed up after a month on backorder I was NOT disappointed. It was a boomer right out of the box. Even my wife remark how loud it was. Very playable. I dont believe you can beat this guitar for the price. It is every bit as good as all the positive remarks herein. Do not hesitate on this. Can you get a dud? Maybe, but I just played an EC000-28 at Gruhn that I immediately put back on the hanger, so it can happen to Martin too.

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      5.0

      Great guitar for the money

      By steve

      from North Georgia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought this guitar after a lot of bluegrass musicians told me what a value they were . I wanted a rosewood dreadnought style guitar for flat picking and this one certainly does it all. The BR 160 was a little brighter and louder than a friends D 28. The action on the neck was great right from the factory. This guitar is a joy to play

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Used BR-160 satisfying to play and worth

        By Steve

        from Salt Lake City, Utah area.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I bought this BR-160 used in a music store for very little.. I have played and enjoyed a BR-180, also purchased used. The 160 sounds as good as my Martin and Takamine instruments, better in some ways, deeper toned and growling when I need that sound. Sustain is good, and it rings like a bell on the upper notes. Small cracks in the back are not terrible but occur at the bottom edge and run with the grain. Cosmetically I can cover them and there doesn't appear to be any significant construction compromise because of this. Can't complain because of the price and the sound is very good. The BR-180 is flawless, after a slight neck tension adjustment. Get one. You'll like it.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Terrific Guitar

          By Buck

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            If you love the sound of a prewar Martin, but don't want to spend a fortune, this is a perfect guitar for you. Guitar is very well made and the tone is wonderful. I highly recommend it.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Isn't this a Marti.......Oh wait.

            By Mark

            from VA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I bought this guitar probably 12 years ago when they just came out. It was around 400 back then.

                  I can sum up my review very easily. I was in a shop this past weekend playing some acoustic guitars with a friend. I was playing another guitar and not looking as he had picked something up and started playing himself. The sound coming out of that guitar was very familiar. It sounded very, very similar to my Blueridge BR-160...

                  It was a Martin HD28.

                  That is, after all, what this instrument is supposed to emulate.

                  I'm sure if you really listened to every nuance you'd identify the Martin as a much superior instrument. Maybe. Possibly. But at first listen it's the same instrument. I've been a musician for over 20 years. You eventually just get an ear for these things.

                  My only gripe is that after 12'ish years the top rose and started to crack a bit, but this was likely my fault leaving it in a hot car while on vacation. I had it professionally set up and lowered the action as low as possible. As long as I take care of it from here on out I see no reason it won't last a lifetime.

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                  (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not so nice and overpriced

                  By PWC

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Flat Sound
                    • Not Consistent

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      Very disappointed not what I expected. Seemed like a knock off guitar. Should have been sold for half price but even then it would need a trip to the luthier to get it playing good. Sound was inconsitent accross the neck, at times it sounded great and other times flat and bland. I played a Blueridge BR 60 laminate that played and sounded better. This guitar was discontinued at one time and I think these new builds are not in the same league as originals. They are built by saga

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                      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing guitar like a D-28

                      By Plantation Trail picker

                      from NC

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Incredible Quality
                      • Looks great
                      • Price
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                      • Needed To Adjust Action

                      Best Uses

                      • Bluegrass Acoustic Folk
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      I'm a die hard Martin guitar player and was very skeptical of a guitar made in china. When I played the pre war blueridge I was pleasantly surprised. This guitar is on par with my D-28, I play the blueridge when I travel and leave my expensive Martin at home. Absolutely blown away at the price of this guitar! Believe the hype, for once it is gonna pay off.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fantastic for the money!

                      By ShrillBill

                      from St.Louis Mo

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                      I bought one of these used when they first hit the market because a friend had told me to watch for them. This guitar has everything you would expect from a much more expensive guitar. Very deep rich sound which carries well but also very defined and delicate when the need arises. Being from China I would imagine there are some consistency problems but I love mine.

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                      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      best to play them first

                      By jdog

                      from Sask Canada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                      • Flat Sound

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                        Don't know, maybe becasue it's new and needs time to 'break in' but a buddy has an older one of these that sounds fantastic....this once I got replaced after a BR 163 developed a crack (warranty)...BOTH of them sound the same in terms of what is LACKING and that seems to be a FULL body richness (the the BR 163 I have is over a year old now), there is a shine to the sound, yes but, and a certain richness, BUT it's lacking in something, seems underdeveloped...loud, yes, but there is something missing from the sound that an older cheap Japanese acoustic I have has that this BR and the other BR I have don't have...time will tell, perhaps, but just how long???? These are definitely functional guitars, for the money probably decent...2.5 stars

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