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Blueridge Historic Series BR-163 000 Acoustic Guitar  Natural

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The Historic Series offers authentic vintage style, paying close attention to the details of the most sought after pre-war instruments. The BR-163, b...Click To Read More About This Product

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A compact instrument that's great for fingerpicking with all solid tonewoods and traditional construction.

The Historic Series offers authentic vintage style, paying close attention to the details of the most sought after pre-war instruments. The BR-163, built in the comfortable 000-sized body makes not only a truly enjoyable guitar to play, but the ultimate finger picking guitar in its price range. Crafted with a select solid spruce top, hand-carved X-bracing, choice solid rosewood back and sides, with herringbone top trim and a traditional dovetail neck joint.

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 pre-war forward X-pattern
  • Solid, Select Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Delicate herringbone top inlay and back center stripe
  • White binding
  • 000 body style with a 14th-fret body joint
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Slim mahogany neck has adjustable truss rod and
  • 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 aging toner for perfect vintage look
  • Accurate vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons

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SPECIFICATIONS

Historic Series BR-163 000 Acoustic Guitar

  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 inch
    Scale Length: 25.6 inch
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BlueridgeHistoric Series BR-163 000 Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blueridge BR-163

By William

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-163 000 Acoustic Guitar:

    Okay... Blueridge/Saga copied the Martin design. Many Martin owners are not thrilled with that. I own several (6) acoustic guitars including a Martin D-18V, and I've gotta say the BR-163 is, IMHO, easier to play (nice neck profile), as pretty, and actually sounds AS GOOD as my Martin. Now, I realize I'm comparing a dreadnought Martin mahogany back/sides to a OOO Blueridge rosewood back/sides, but the Blueridge is a louder, more evenly toned guitar. Considering the price tag on the Martin ($2000+) vs the Bluridge ($650+), this purchase is a no brainer. If you don't believe me, go play one and compare. I think you'll be as surprised as I was.

    As soon as I received my BR-163, I took it to my Luthier and he did recommend adjusting the nut, but was otherwise impressed with the overall build. He commented on how the frets were a perfect fit and finish, which he thought was unusual for a "factory built" guitar. He also pointed out the beautiful color in the abalone fretboard inlays, and the quality of the spruce top and rosewood used.

    All in all, I'm very pleased with this guitar, and look forward to hearing how the guitar sounds after being broken in, since it sound sooooo good in its unplaced condition.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Maybe one of the best guitars values

    By tony

    from New York

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-163 000 Acoustic Guitar:

        Probably one of the best guitars for the money. I do have a Martin OM and I got this Blueridge BR 163-A because it is similar in size, shape, style and wood materials and I wanted a guitar that I would not be afraid to bring along on trips. Funny, now I tend to play the BR more than the Martin OM. I was skeptical before ordering as to how it would feel and sound and was stunned at how good it is!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Its the real deal

        By David G

        from Jupiter, FL

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        Pros

        • Balanced Sound

        Cons

        • Ugly pickguard color

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-163 000 Acoustic Guitar:

        Out of the box the action is high. Get a professional setup or if you experience you could attempt this. Any alteration of the product makes it not returnable so proceed with caution. Saddle pops out easy. Mark 1mm or so from bottom on both sides a line with pencil from one end to another. Held saddle on sander. 60 grit paper my guess. Then adjust neck if need be slightly. Quarter turn to the right worked for me. Use accompanying Alan wrench. Would not budge with hands. Used pliers to slightly loosen and then tighten. Waited over night. Then tightened less than a quarter turn. I may remove the pick guard. I play very gently and it's not the prettiest. It's not a trivial change so I'll wait to make sure I want to do that. I wish the top color was a shade lighter. Here's the good part. This guitar, though not overly loud is the best sounding guitar I've ever owned. Getting a Martin that sounds like this would be a major investment. Even the mid level Martins don't come close to how this sounds. The wood sounds similar to a Gibson J-15 that I tried and the neck and workmanship is similar. The pins are plastic. Just ordered new ones. Saddle is bone or something. It's very hard, hence I used a sander otherwise it would have been close to impossible to reduce slightly. I love the tuners. Inlays are nice but they got a little carried away on the head. Trim around the top sides is very nice. Double binding is nice too. Rosewood on the back and sides is out of this world gorgeous. I tried a Recording King before this but the wood did not sound like this. My Martin and Gibson are hanging on the wall for display. This one is on my guitar stand next to me and my go to guitar now. I had a Guild F-130 which had some minor flaws and sounded good but not as good as this one to me. Both are nice but there's something special about this one. The gloss finish is perfect. Strings had carbon on them. Changed. 9.45 out of 10 for this guitar.

         
        5.0

        Extremely pleased with my purchase

        By Deepee

        from Washington

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • I do not like the headstock inlay

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-163 000 Acoustic Guitar:

        I already own a Martin 000 1 but when I found a used one and after only a few minutes of playing I simply could not walk away and went ahead and bought it. Got it at an awesome price. Just love it. This will be my choice guitar for my busking sessions.
        Do yourself a favour and buy one. I have a strong hunch that they will only go up in price as the years go by.
        You will not regret it. Cheers

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