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Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    Custom Shop performance and exceptional value in a U.S.-made acoustic guitar.

    The Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a concert-sized instrument with a soft cutaway, AAA solid cedar top, AAA solid rosewood back and sides, ivoroid binding with herringbone top purfling, abalone rosette, and an L.R. Baggs Element Active pickup system with volume and tone controls. The PS C25/CRe Herringbone guitar offers sparkling tone and a gorgeous, streamlined look and feel that make it an instrument you won't want to put down.

    All Breedlove Custom Shop steel-string guitars (except for the Revival Series), Pro Series and Atlas Series guitars use the JLD Bridge Truss system. This device is a cantilevered truss that helps to counterbalance string tension at the bridge, creating a relaxed top and improved structural integrity. This allows the tops to be braced in a very progressive way, with a focus on realizing the full acoustic potential of the top. A relaxed top provides maximal wavelength response and a synergy is created by use of a graduated top thickness, balanced scalloped bracing, and a pinless bridge in combination with the bridge truss system. This gives Breedlove guitars the distinctive and highly dynamic "Breedlove Sound", with a piano-like bass and a remarkably well-balanced tone suitable for a broad variety of musical styles.

    Features

    • Made in the U.S.A.
    • Breedlove Custom Shop tone, feel and playability
    • Breedlove Custom Shop fit & finish
    • Bolt-on neck construction
    • Limited Lifetime Warranty
    • AAA-grade all-solid tonewoods
    • Ebony bridge & fretboard
    • Award-winning L.R. Baggs Element Active pickup with volume and tone controls
    • Deluxe hardshell case

    A great blend of craftsmanship and electronics. Make it yours today.

     

    Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Body Style: Concert with Soft Cutaway
    • Scale Length: 25.5"
    • Nut Width: 1-3/4"
    • Finish: Gloss
    • Top Wood: Solid AAA Solid Cedar
    • Back and Sides: Solid AAA Rosewood
    • Neck: one-piece Indonesian mahogany
    • Neck Joint: Bolt-on
    • Truss Rod: Double-action, adjustable through soundhole
    • Purfling: Herringbone top purfling
    • Binding: Ivoroid sides and back
    • Rosette: Abalone
    • Heelcap: Ivoroid
    • # Of Frets: 20 (14 to body)
    • Fingerboard: Ebony
    • Bridge: "Winged" Ebony Bridge with JLD bridge truss
    • Neck Inlay: Off-Center Micro Dot Pearl Position Markers
    • Headstock: Asymmetrical Breedlove Headstock with Ebony Overlay
    • Tuners: Chrome Gotoh
    • End Pin: Ebony
    • Electronics: L.R. Baggs Element Active pickup with volume and tone controls
    • Case: Breedlove Deluxe hardshell
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    BreedlovePro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fingerstyle (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        This guitar is a keeper!

        I already have a Taylor 814CE which is the best acoustic I have ever owned (or played), a Martin which is nice but lacks shimmer and rich harmonics but I still like it,...Read complete review

        I already have a Taylor 814CE which is the best acoustic I have ever owned (or played), a Martin which is nice but lacks shimmer and rich harmonics but I still like it, a Taylor 12-string (gorgeous), various other acoustics (including a couple for taking outdoors just for fun), and a bunch of electrics; I've been playing and collecting for over forty years.

        Having recently purchased a Breedlove American OO mandolin, I decided to see what they offered in guitars. The Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe is a discontinued line at a significant markdown. I LOVE IT! I still like my Taylor better but the Breedlove is a strong second. The wider string spacing encourages me to fingerpick and the cedar is rich sounding and not quite as bright as spruce (but still bright, not muddy or like a nylon string sound). I still need to do a small setup (it came close from the factory but still needs a little work).

        Yes, the parts are machined in Korea; that's OK, they did a good job; assembly is in the US; they did a good job too. It has gold/black tuners rather than chrome (I like the gold better anyway and they go well with the mahogany and rosewood), the logo is above the third and fourth tuning keys (so what, it doesn't change the way it plays or sounds). The rosewood back and sides are beautiful (gloss finish), the top is beautiful red cedar (gloss finish), and the neck is mahogany (matte finish). The electronics sound great and are very simply mounted in the sound hole, not invasive (no cuts in the side like my Taylors), and since it's just a volume and center-click tone there is no battery (no active tone controls). It sounds great acoustically, can be brighter amplified using the tone control if desired; I will likely use a mix of amplified and a microphone.

        This guitar is a keeper.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Very Disappointed

        I was so excited to receive this guitar, especially after MF did a blow out price. I have wanted a USA Breedlove for many years. Before most even knew who they were. Went...Read complete review

        I was so excited to receive this guitar, especially after MF did a blow out price. I have wanted a USA Breedlove for many years. Before most even knew who they were. Went to quite a few specialty shops to play them just never made the jump. This guitar is beautiful and looks extremely well made. Even the case is beautful. But I was disappointed that the bridge is blemished. Looks like someones hand has been resting on it for awhile and the finish is partly worn off. Shouldn't be like that for a brand new guitar. And the action is miserable. I have a $400.00 Alverez that plays better. I went to the local shop and played a couple of the Breedlove atlas series ( Not US made ) and they played 10x better. Really disappointed that I have to go pay to have this set up. But either way, I'll keep her. She's my baby now.

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        5.0

        Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-

        By Sscolt

        from flushing, MI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

            Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I really have nothing negative to say about this guitar. It sounds and looks amazing. At first I was set on buying a Gibson Hummingbird Pro, but decided to take a chance on this one after seeing many positive reviews and I'm glad I did. I cant seem to play this thing enough. Just amazing.

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            4.0

            Nice Value

            By Randy

            from Texas

            Pros

            • Full sound
            • Herringbone
            • Solid Woods

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fingerstyle
              • Flat-picking

              Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Received this C25/CReH a week ago, and other than a tiny darker dot on the headstock, it's flawless in appearance. LOTS of relief in the neck and I really just did a set-up from scratch, including new Elixir's. I called Breedlove and got the production date and it had sat in a warehouse for 7 months. A couple of turns on the trussrod (a very nice wrench is included) and 1/16" off the saddle, and she's good. I'm sure there are better electronics, but all things considered, I'm pleased. No holes cut in the body, yet nice full sound through several acoustic amps I played through. Mine came with the ebony buttons on the tuners (not shown in the ad), but enhance the look overall because of the ebony fretboard, IMHO.

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              4.0

              Great sound

              By Ramo

              from Caguas, PR

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quality Of The Wood
              • Sound Plugged Unplugged
              • The Bridge Reinforcement

              Cons

              • Do Not Like Herringbone
              • No Eq Control Just Tone
              • Wood Bindings Instead

              Best Uses

                Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Great tone. Very clear and well defined notes. Great for finger picking arpeggios. More volume than expected from a concert body. Great low notes as expected from rosewood body and amazing mids and highs.

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                2.0

                Arrived With Serious Flaws

                By mojoman896

                from cincinnati

                Pros

                • Soundslooks Beautiful

                Cons

                • Build Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This is hard to write because I love Breedlove guitars. This guitar is beautiful and sounds wonderful. However, mine arrived with more than a couple serious issues. First I noticed a serious buzz when playing the b&e strings above the 5th fret. Its something inside the guitar. Like a bad brace or poorly mounted electronics. Its loud enough to be heard when standing up and playing at full volume.

                  and while I can probably deal with that because it can be easily corrected, I assume, another issue is harder to handle. The finish on the shoulder of the guitar is starting to "fog". A 2 by 2 inch square is starting to turn to a lighter, hazier color with gray overtones. that cannot be fixed.

                  I payed with PAYPAL so musicians friend will only give me the money back, which is fine I suppose. called breedlove and they will take is back and return to me a new one...but the wait time is 3-4 months!! geeze

                  the action is also terrible, but that is a minor complaint...

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                  5.0

                  Beautiful Guitar!

                  By Chris

                  from Arvada, CO

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful finish
                  • Deep bass
                  • Wonderful tone

                  Cons

                  • Electronics

                  Best Uses

                  • Fingerstyle

                  Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I must say, I was skeptical when buying from MF, or any online vendor for that matter. This was the first time I've purchased a guitar online. I must say, it was great! The guitar came shipped solid and very well packaged. The only issue and it can definitely be resolved is that certain frequencies mostly F#,C# in the bass tones cause a slight buzzing inside the soundhole. It could be wires, it could anything, I just haven't had a chance to investigate much further.

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                  5.0

                  Quite good

                  Pros

                  • Balance
                  • Tone

                  Cons

                  • Factory Setup

                  Best Uses

                  • Fingerstyle
                  • Light-medium Strumming
                  • Live performance

                  Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  What you get:
                  A STELLAR guitar that excels both unplugged and plugged in.
                  Great looking woods and finish.
                  Incredible balance of tones. The highs, mids, and lows are all there and are crystal clear.
                  Breedlove has this brightness to its tone that I really fell in love with.

                  What you'll need to do:
                  Have a professional setup done. Mine required truss rod adjustment and quite a bit of material taken off the saddle to be truly playable. It also needed a tiny bit of material filed from the nut slots to ease the fingering of lower notes and make it feel (dare I say) like a Taylor. Now, it's a dream guitar, worthy of even a professional's hands, and at a great price too.

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                  5.0

                  Stands out in any comparison

                  By DWG

                  from South Florida

                  Pros

                  • Rich Balanced Tone
                  • Superb action

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    This guitar was a real find. The action on mine is in a class with the Martin Performance series or the higher-end Taylors that I played in comparison. It has the ease and high-fret accessibility of a fine electric. The most pleasant surprise was the deep, resonant tone with the clear highs. I had not expected to find such a rich, full sound in a guitar this size. To my ears, it outclassed the Martins and Taylors. I purchased this Breedlove in February, 2012, and continue to be very happy with it.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This guitar is a keeper!

                    Pros

                    • Excellent tone
                    • Excellent workmanship
                    • Great Value

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Steel String Applic
                    • Fingerpicking

                    Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I already have a Taylor 814CE which is the best acoustic I have ever owned (or played), a Martin which is nice but lacks shimmer and rich harmonics but I still like it, a Taylor 12-string (gorgeous), various other acoustics (including a couple for taking outdoors just for fun), and a bunch of electrics; I've been playing and collecting for over forty years.

                    Having recently purchased a Breedlove American OO mandolin, I decided to see what they offered in guitars. The Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe is a discontinued line at a significant markdown. I LOVE IT! I still like my Taylor better but the Breedlove is a strong second. The wider string spacing encourages me to fingerpick and the cedar is rich sounding and not quite as bright as spruce (but still bright, not muddy or like a nylon string sound). I still need to do a small setup (it came close from the factory but still needs a little work).

                    Yes, the parts are machined in Korea; that's OK, they did a good job; assembly is in the US; they did a good job too. It has gold/black tuners rather than chrome (I like the gold better anyway and they go well with the mahogany and rosewood), the logo is above the third and fourth tuning keys (so what, it doesn't change the way it plays or sounds). The rosewood back and sides are beautiful (gloss finish), the top is beautiful red cedar (gloss finish), and the neck is mahogany (matte finish). The electronics sound great and are very simply mounted in the sound hole, not invasive (no cuts in the side like my Taylors), and since it's just a volume and center-click tone there is no battery (no active tone controls). It sounds great acoustically, can be brighter amplified using the tone control if desired; I will likely use a mix of amplified and a microphone.

                    This guitar is a keeper.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    another breedlove, still not right

                    By BluesOnTheMall

                    from Washington, D.C.

                    Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    This Breedlove Pro Series was to replace an earlier ordered and returned Breedlove Cascade Series that lacked the mosaic markers on the neck. This Breedlove Pro Series arrived with the wrong Gotoh tuners (having the gold and black tuners, instead of the chrome tuners). Plus, the back and sides were stained almost black, so if it had AAA woods, I sure could not tell. It sounds nice, but if I were in the store, I would hang it back on the wall. So I will return this one as well.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Very Disappointed

                    By Teeje

                    from Ohio

                    Pros

                    • Build Quality
                    • Lr Baggs Pickup
                    • Sound

                    Cons

                    • Action
                    • Blemished

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRe Herringbone Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I was so excited to receive this guitar, especially after MF did a blow out price. I have wanted a USA Breedlove for many years. Before most even knew who they were. Went to quite a few specialty shops to play them just never made the jump. This guitar is beautiful and looks extremely well made. Even the case is beautful. But I was disappointed that the bridge is blemished. Looks like someones hand has been resting on it for awhile and the finish is partly worn off. Shouldn't be like that for a brand new guitar. And the action is miserable. I have a $400.00 Alverez that plays better. I went to the local shop and played a couple of the Breedlove atlas series ( Not US made ) and they played 10x better. Really disappointed that I have to go pay to have this set up. But either way, I'll keep her. She's my baby now.

                      Comment on this review

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