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Breedlove Atlas Series AD20/SM Acoustic Guitar   

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The AD20/SM is a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany-back dreadnought with a big, bold sound and attitude, ready to jam. This Atlas Series acou...Click To Read More About This Product

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Unsurpassed playability and craftsmanship.

The AD20/SM is a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany-back dreadnought with a big, bold sound and attitude, ready to jam. This Atlas Series acoustic features a tortoise bound body with BWBWB purfling, abalone rosette with black border, abalone dot fingerboard inlays, glossy finish, hand rubbed neck, dovetail neck joint, dual-action truss rod, and gold Grover tuners.

Breedlove crafts acoustic instruments that reflect the principles of uncompromising craftsmanship, environmental consciousness, and customer focus. The best aspects of traditional guitar making are fused with new ideas and relevant technology to create instruments with unsurpassed tone, feel, and visual appeal.

Each spectacular instrument in the Atlas Series is designed and engineered to attain these same qualities at an accessible price. They feature scalloped bracing, a pinless bridge, a dual-action truss rod, and the JLD Bridge Truss System. The bridge, fingerboard, and peghead overlay on each model is made from Indian rosewood and tops are crafted from solid wood. They have an ebony end pin, dovetail neck joint, and a slightly narrower nut (1-11/16"). All models have the same low string action for fast, comfortable playing. They're all set up and hand-inspected at Breedlove headquarters and come strung with light-gauge D'Addario EXP strings.

  • Dreadnought body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Breedlove bracing system
  • JLD Bridge Truss system
  • Tortoise bound body BWBWB purfling
  • Abalone rosette with black border
  • Abalone dot fingerboard inlays
  • Glossy finish
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Hand rubbed neck
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Gold Grover tuners
  • Ebony end pin
  • D'Addario EXP light gauge strings
  • Designed by Kim Breedlove, crafted in Korea

Atlas Series AD20/SM Acoustic Guitar

  • Body depth: 4-9/16" at tail block, 3-3/4" at heel
  • Lower bout width: 16"

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Breedlove got it right!

By July

from Bend Oregon

I've owned and played many high end acoustic guitars in my 40 years of playing and this Breedlove was a complete surprise! The voice, tone, note accuracy, and overall quality is amazing.

I'm the 2nd owner and I had reserves about buying it because the 1st owner didn't monitor humidity or keep it in a case. Fortunately I live near the Breedlove shop and they were kind enough to look it over and even replaced the bridge saddle and adjusted the setup for free. There was 1 minor mishap at their shop but I won't go into it here. They gave it a thorough inspection and it passed 100%. I also got a tour of their custom shop where the American and Master-Class Series Breedloves are hand built. They have some amazingly beautiful creations. I even got to see Kim Breedloves workroom, but he was out for the day.

I think that a 5 year old solid top and back guitar surviving unscaved in this dry enviroment is a good indicator of quality and design. The guitar is in beautiful condition in spite of neglect. The sound makes you become a better player and the tonal accuracy gives you a whole new world of options.

The neck shape and action are comfortable and fast. Very accommodating to any style of play with tone and sustain to spare. On stage, in the studio, or for family and friends, this can defiantly do the job.

I'm more then happy with every aspect of this Breedlove guitar. I hope to purchase a Breedlove Auditorium Cutaway, someday!
Inlays, tortuose binding, gold Groover tuners, perfect!
Exceptional quality that shows it will last.
The best sounding guitar in its price range and beating many higher priced guitars.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Who Are These Guys?

By Matty P

from portland OR

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Here's a no bs review. This guitar is the only guitar at this price point that you will be absolutley satisfied with. The tone...the rich throaty resonance...come on...there has got to be a catch. I love this guitar...did I say how much I love this guitar?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great guitar under $1000.

By koperken

from New York City

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This is a great guitar under $1000, I spent some time in the stores... My first choice would be a Taylor, but for at least $1500 or a Breedloves for over $1000. But if you can't spend thousands, then check this one out. Well balanced sound, a bit mid-rangie, but nothing like seagulls. Very nice action. Not very expressive, a little to characterless, but it's the best you can get in this price range. Not as bright and sparkly as Taylor, not as deep and 'earthy' as Martin, but very good, the best for this kind of money.

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Great Buy

By playaplay

from Pittsburgh, Pa

Awesome guitar for the price! I don't want to sound like all the other people, but this guitar is truly awesome. I took home a takamine and when I got it home I noticed a chip in it so I took it back and got this one for the time being until the takamine's were restocked. Needless to say after having this guitar a week I just said screw the takamine and kept this guitar. Wow... i truly do love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Breedlove AD20SM

By Bob-xyyd5

from Kansas City

I've had this guitar for about a year, after having purchased it used. If this is Breedlove's "entry level" guitar, I'm curious as to their higher end stuff. This guitar has never disappointed. The sound is bright, without being "tinny". If you're fingerpicking, it will give off a very rich tone, and if you decide to get after it with some barky blues, she handles it like a champ.

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excellent sound

By redrebel

from Covington, GA

It plays easily- 4 on a scale of 5. It sounds terrific with PB light strings and a Bob Colosi bone saddle on it. The sustain is better than most guitars. I compared it to a Blueridge BG and a Martin D15 custom rosewood on my sofa. The sustain was way better than the Blueridge and as good as the Martin. The sound is more melodic than the Martin. It is almost as loud as the Martin. The bass is good but not to the level of boominess as the martin but makes up for it with clear ringing mids and highs along with clear ringing bottoms. The top is tight grained spruce and the mahogony is quite beautiful on the sides and bottom. There is a very nice warmth to the sound that is missing on the Martin yet it projects almost as well as the martin. I use it in church services with choirs and ensembles and solos and get comments about the sound of the guitar. It plays well strumming , flatpicking and fingerpicking. It appears to be well built with no sign of glue spots or bad finish etc. The only drawbacks might be that it is a bit heavy and only comes with a 5 year warranty? I highly recommend this guitar.


dont worry take it anywhere

By dogdew

from saettle

I traded my martin dcx1e for this one and have been very happy since. guitars should be wood not plastic. I needed a guitar I can take anywhere that sounds good. at this price i take it everywhere without worrying about a thing.


Great value

By neili360

from Eugene, OR

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Breedlove's, even the Atlas series are amazing instruments. The manufacturing tools the Korean plant uses are the same the custom shop uses in Oregon. What is so great about this dreadnought? Breedlove's resonating low end, and high end sparkle. What's amazing to me is that it sounds just as good to the player as the listener. The solo line with the sound monitor is cool too, but this model does the same without it. I have owned mine for about four years and it has really opened up into an even more beautiful sound than when it was new. I liked the models with built in pickup systems when I was shopping for a guitar, but really wanted a great sounding acoustic. So I purchased this model and added a K and K pure western pick up. I have the best of both worlds. I would love to have a custom model eventually, but this really is a nice guitar as I improve my playing.


Capital V Value

By csmats

from L.A.

I tried the very nice AD25/SR Plus. Very sweet but too much treble and way too fancy for a beanbag guy like me. Why would I need all that abalone and amplification? So I exchanged it for this AD20/SM for about half the price. The mahogany is much warmer for a rhythm strummer like me and it's still plenty pretty to my eyes. Opened the box, tuned up, and played some "Ramble On", "Here Comes My Girl", some BTO, some Nirvana "About a Girl", rounded it out with some soulful Isley's "Voyage to Atlantis" and some good ol' R&B Brothers Johnson "I'll Be Good To You" and brought a big smile to my face. Breedlove makes the best guitars for the money, hands down. I got a new acoustic because I gave my faithful old Washburn to my 11 year old daughter as a step up from her cheap beginner's guitar to continue her musical journey in style. The AD20/SM was definitely the right choice for me. Don't think I'll need another acoustic as long as I live. Want? Maybe...absolutely. But need? Never.


What a Relief!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

been playing on the same bargain basement acoustic since 1992. I've been holding out on getting a real keeper that you might pass along to kids or whatever, so the hunt was long and toward the end pretty irritating. i found this thing and was blown away. I actually wanted to buy something at a much higher price point, but everytime I'd go pick up some $2400-$3500 guitar i found myself going back and comparing it to the AD20. Fast neck, great action, warm/crisp/ booming, resonant. We'll have to wait and and see if it stands the test of time, but for now i'm completely stoked. Dont let the relatively low price tag throw you.

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