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The AD20/SR Plus has a solid Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back. The pinnacle of the Breedlove Atlas Series dreadnought guitars, it represents the finest in quality workmanship, with tasteful aesthetic enhancements. The AD20/SR Plus features an ivoroid bound body and neck, abalone body accents, abalone Breedlove Diamonds fingerboard inlays, glossy finish, hand-rubbed neck, and gold 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.
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Atlas Series AD20/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Reviewed by 14 customers
I have been playing professionally for (can it really be that long? OMG) more than 50 years. Of course I have lots of guitars (G.A.S>- Guitar Acquisition Sysndrome) electrics (Gibson Les Paul Custom, ES-335's etc), Guild 12 and 6 String, (F-512/F-50R), and even a Martin D-45 ('73). However, this Breedlove sounds as good as the best of these and much better than most of them. A long-time pro rock guitarst friend of mine suggested breedlove. Boy was he right!
I've been playing for 12 years now, I have 11 guitars and it was time for a new acoustic. I refused to buy one without playing it first, but I couldnt find one in my price range that I liked. Being forced to search online I came across this guitar. I figured what the hey, if I dont like it i'll return it. I took it out of the case and tuned it and started playing and I'm just amazed at the sound. It sounds as good as or better than high end Martins and Gibsons. I was very skeptical but I absolutlely love it. I can't wait to show it off to my friends and I plan on owning this guitar for the rest of my life. Try it out.P.S. It also feels nice to own a nice guitar that isnt such a mainstream brand.
Bought this one last night. I also have a Martin DC-16RGTE, MIM Strat w/SCN pickups retrofitted and an Epiphone Broadway. Am very Martin oriented, but for the $, this guitar is, no exaggeration, fantastic. I stayed up too late playing. Overall sound compares very favorably to Martin D-28. If you like the Martin sound, you will love this guitar. The neck is very comfortable. The wood is beautiful & various appointments like the purfling are very nice, but I bought this one for the sound, which to me is about all that counts. I still want a D-41, but for now, this will do quite nicely. Some would think the sides being ply instead of solid to be a problem, but I perceive none here. Can't find even the smallest of flaws in quality. Incidentally, action was just fine and no setup was necessary on this particular guitar.
I had wanted a Breedlove for the longest time based on looks alone. They are not easy to find in the Northeast, most stores don't carry them, and shocking many people have not heard of them. I used to druel over pictures of these incredibly unique instruments. I was a broke student and didn't think i would get one anytime soon. I finally walked into a shop that had them and got to jam on one. I was super pumped to find that the sounds and playability of these babies were as impressive if not more than the looks. One day I saw this model the AD20 SR Plus used (barely used) at a great price, and I could not restrain myself. I never ever intend to buy another guitar that does not say Breedlove on it.
I managed to get this guitar for a great price brand new. I would have happily paid twice that. As with all guitars PLAY THEM before you buy them. You can read all the reviews you want, but its your opinion alone that counts.
Although I didn't buy it new this axe is still my best. When this guitar is strummed it like Heavens Angels are singing through the guitar. It finish is like a shimering dimond that just will not scratch. When I opened the case the guitar smiled at me and said "buy me." With pleasure I said and since then we have been best friends.
I picked up a used AD20/SR Plus, from a local shop, that was traded in on a T5. I think I started loving it as I removed it from the wall, and after an hour I was hooked. It's a beauty to behold and to hold, the neck is great, and the sound simply amazing. I've played many guitars in this price range and think I'd have to spend a LOT more to get a better guitar. Don't let the fact that the sides are ply scare you off, the top is fine solid spruce, and the back is beautiful solid rosewood. The JDL bridge truss system is a bit weird, and makes installing under-bridge pickups a bit tricky, but the sound quality makes these minor things unimportant. This box delivers. I'll find a way to amplify it, or just use a mike for recording and use my other guitars for live performance. The supplied case is excellent.
I tried countless guitars in this price range looking for that Martin D-28 sound without the D-28 price. This Breedlove blew the competition away. I had narrowed it down to the AD20/SR Plus and the Blueridge BR-160 and compared the Breedlove heads up to a buddy's blueridge and the breedlove won hands down in volume, tone, and looks. He also has a 1975 Martin D-35 that the Breedlove held its own against. I thought it actually sounded better, but I'm probably a little biased. It may not sound exactly like a classic D-28, but it has it's own distinct warm tone that will turn heads at any jam session, and you won't have to worry about volume. It is a cannon. Plus the case it comes with is awesome. I highly recomend this guitar for someone who doesn't want to spend over $1,500 for a guitar.
I own a Martin D35 and the sound coming from this unit rivals the sphincter rattling qualities of the more expensive guitar. There is one major difference. The Breedlove looks way better. The woods and finish on this unit are stunninb, and I have moved this guitar to the front row of my collection. A steal at less than $1000
1.) The case is unbelievable. This is not some cheap made to look expensive case. It is a really top of the line hardshell. Fits the guitar like a perfect fitting glove. The case will impress you 100% and reminds me of a custom taylor or collings case.2.) The Guitar feels like your holding a 3000.00 guitar. Very fast nice neck 3.) The sound is what completly blew me away. This guitar sounded as good as the 2500.00 Taylors& martins. I dont know how breedlove can make a guitar like this at the Retail it is at.4.) The guitar is bound in GRAINED IVOIRIOD BINDING. This binding of course is mostly used on upper end boutique guitars.5.) Abalone everywhere and beautiful grained rosewood.This guitar will shock you and in my oppinion is a profesional model that will last a lifetimeYou wont be dissapointed!