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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Breedlove Stage Dreadnaught


LA-la-land, CA

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Sep 25th, 2015 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got this guitar last Jan., but didn't think to post here about it til now.

Was looking for a new acoustic/electric under $1000. Figured I'd end up with a Martin. But I just wasn't impressed with their offerings in this area, especially the electronics. Tried some Taylors, too, but while they were ok, I was not wowed. So, I thought I'd better look around more. Figured maybe I'd get a used one. This bothered me, though, because I know that acoustic electronics have made a lot of advances lately, and I wanted something up to date.

But while I was at the GC in Hollywood (the legendary vintage room is always amazing), I thought I'd try a few other brands. I saw this Breedlove listed at $999. Normally not a huge fan of their designs, because they're a little wacky. But the dreadnaught is fairly traditional-looking. Then I played it. WOW! So full and big. Then I plugged it in. WOW AGAIN! The Baggs electronics on it sounded like an acoustic guitar! And were far superior to the Martins and Taylors in that price range. I tried the other guitars again, to make sure I wasn't just hearing things. Nope, far superior. Plus, it has lovely binding, including a bound neck, and just feels way more substantial.

Breedlove is an American company, but they have their lower-priced lines built in Korea. Naturally, I was a little wary of this, but again, wow. I could not find a single flaw. Every fret beautifully dressed, the finish is perfect, no gaps in the build. I even looked around inside, and saw no tool marks on any of the bracing! The action is super comfortable. I wanted an acoustic that had a cutaway for leads, and wasn't too wide.

So I was duly impressed. I played another of the same model, and it was equally good, but had a different top, so I stuck with the 1st one. I went away for a couple hours, came back, tried it again, and still loved it. So, I decided to buy.

That's when I found out it was on sale for $699, because they were clearing it out for the new version! (apparently the new Stage has solid sides, but mine still has a solid top and back, and to me, that's way more important. Plus, this thing is loud! and very full-sounding. I don't think there's any problem with resonance). Plus, it came with a free gig bag, that is actually so nice and solid, I got rid of my hard case! Wow, the stars really aligned for this one.

I have a songwriting partner for the last couple of years, and have played more acoustic in that time than in the previous 20. So I needed a better one, and boy, did this fit the bill. I'm right now performing in a stage production where I play acoustic, too. And it sounds great through a PA. Can't say enough good things about this guitar.

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 01:40 PM, Sep 25th, 2015)

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Sep 26th, 2015 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Breedlove Stage models are some of the best guitars in their price range.

The local music store is a dealer and I have played five or six. Most of them were outstanding the build quality was excellent and the one clunker was still a fine sounding/playing guitar. All were very balanced and detailed in their sound something I would expect in a much more expensive guitar. The stock electronics sounded good too.

Most come with the Breedlove bridge truss a nice feature to avoid humping of the to at the bridge.

I had one on my "to buy" list until I realized it was going to be tough to get the scratch together before I'd need it for a gig, so I bought a used Lag, another good quality affordable guitar.

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Oct 10th, 2015 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it sounds good ,it is good with acoustics. I've seen some real cheapies out there and picked them up and was amazed at the sounds you could get out of them.
It's wood and it all vibrates a certain way. When the right pieces get together there's your sound whether it's 50 bucks or 5000 bucks.

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