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Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar 

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The BR-180 is a tone powerhouse with a beauty that is second to none. No expense was spared on this guitar as is evidenced by the authentic pre-war D...Click To Read More About This Product

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

The BR-180 is a tone powerhouse with a beauty that is second to none. No expense was spared on this guitar as is evidenced by the authentic pre-war D-45 style specifications. Each guitar is 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 that 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.

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 braces in a authentic pre-war forward X-pattern
  • Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides with abalone pearl on all borders and soundhole rosette
  • Premium ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Abalone position markers on fingerboard
  • Delicate marquetry center strip on back
  • Slim mahogany neck has adjustable truss rod and and traditional diamond volute on back of headstock
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Rosewood peghead overlay with unique, m-o-p and abalone inlay design
  • Accurate vintage-style 14:1 ratio gold-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
  • Natural high-gloss finish with aging toner for perfect vintage look

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SPECIFICATIONS

Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

  • Nut Width:1-11/16"
    Scale Length: 25.6 inch
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BlueridgeHistoric Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful guitar!

[*] It is a high quality instrument throughout. If you like the bling of a D-45 but can't justify the price, then look no further. I'm not claiming that the...Read complete review

[*] It is a high quality instrument throughout. If you like the bling of a D-45 but can't justify the price, then look no further. I'm not claiming that the BR-180 will outperform more expensive guitars, but it will certainly hold its own against many costing hundreds more. Dollar for dollar, all Bluridge models appear to offer great value and should not be overlooked...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

BR-180 is no martin or gibson

The Blueridge BR-180 is a nice guitar but I have a Gibson Blueridge and this one will not hold a light to, I also have a DM Martin which I play a lot ...Read complete review

The Blueridge BR-180 is a nice guitar but I have a Gibson Blueridge and this one will not hold a light to, I also have a DM Martin which I play a lot But My Silvercreek SC170 will blow the BR-180 away, and about one third the price. The BR-180 may get better with playing, but only time will tell

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5.0

Wonderful guitar !

By BigRed

from Charlestown,Rhode Island

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought my BR 180 in the spring of 2004. I've played it endlessly for 14-1/2 years and loved every minute. Terrific guitar in every way. Had a Martin D41 which came and went...the 180 stayed... I use Elixir Nanoweb PB .012-.53 strings.Rich bass,balanced mids and clear singing highs..Capos beautifully..I've recorded 3 albums and done many solo gigs...My '73 Guild F50 has sat in its case for 14 years. I'd recommend trying one if you're in the market for a terrific dreadought rosewood acoustic!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Would buy this guitar again!

    By RW.

    from Iowa

    About Me Experienced

    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-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      One great guitar. I can't believe the quality ! Frets perfect .Smooth as can be. Must have let the wood age some,simply beautiful sound. I have had two Martin guitars,One D28 and one D41 I can't tell the difference. Get one of these before the price goes up.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice Guitar

      By Jerry

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        After pondering over this guitar for over a year and reading the reviews over and over I finally broke down and purchased one. I've been a die hard Martin man all my life but this guitar has changed my mind some what. Right out of the box the set up was perfect and the tone and volume is right there with my Martin D-28. I could not be more satisfied. It is already my go to guitar when I want to practice. If you are pondering like I was, then buy this guitar. I don't think you be disappointed.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of My Dream Guitars

        By Walkertexpre62

        from Texas

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          I have owned many guitars and the BR-180 is among the best. I have owned a Silver Creek 170 and it does not blow the BR-180 away as stated in one review. It's the other way around. I know it's not made in America, but it's the Poor Man's Martin. I tried the cheaper Martins and was not satisfied. I can't afford a higher end Martin so I got this. Satisfied and proud to own it.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really nice

          By Hack

          from Columbus, GA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bluegrass
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I own and play three Martins (HD-28, D-41 and D-45) and I can tell you that my BR-180 is right up there with them. The sound is great and so is the action. I had a local guitar shop add a Fishman Matrix Infinity Pick-up to it is it is one absolutely fine sounding guitar.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            surprised me for quality

            By Gurianboy

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Needed New Nut

            Best Uses

            • Playing At Home

            Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            It took me all of ten seconds to decide to purchase this guitar. The only thing I missed was that the nut spacing was skewed too close to the center, and I had to have one re-cut to spread the string spacing out toward the edges better. The tone and stability of this instrumment is impeccable. The construction overall beats the American products, I'm not happy to report. Comparable to a high end Guild easily.

            (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            BR-180 is no martin or gibson

            By Fred Bull

            from Springfield, OH

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            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

              The Blueridge BR-180 is a nice guitar but I have a Gibson Blueridge and this one will not hold a light to, I also have a DM Martin which I play a lot But My Silvercreek SC170 will blow the BR-180 away, and about one third the price. The BR-180 may get better with playing, but only time will tell

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great!!! Too Early

              By EricAU

              from Atlanta GA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All

                Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                It may be too early to tell a full review, I finally decided to get this after sending a blueridge back. Initial out of the box is amazing!!! I could be blind folded with a D-28, D35, and my blue ridge and would not be able to tell them apart! My only complaint is MF shipping, looks as if someone stepped on the box.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Blueridge BR-180 Acoustic

                By Jammin Newfie

                from Zephyrhills, FL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                  I've only been playing guitar for two years and wanted a better guitar. I just love the volume and tones from this guitar. It's much easier to play than my other one and is great for bluegrass, oldtime music and country.

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful guitar!

                  By rockinstephen

                  from So. ME/Central FL

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Blueridge Historic Series BR-180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

                    [*] It is a high quality instrument throughout. If you like the bling of a D-45 but can't justify the price, then look no further. I'm not claiming that the BR-180 will outperform more expensive guitars, but it will certainly hold its own against many costing hundreds more. Dollar for dollar, all Bluridge models appear to offer great value and should not be overlooked...

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