Traditional bracing with solid mahogany back and sides give the BR-140 a pure vintage sound. This understated yet, perfect guitar is the right choice for any style of acoustic music. Fine black body binding along with black and white top purfling, accented by original design abalone and pearl inlay work on the headstock are all touches of fine art. Other features include all solid mahogany back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top to combine for a deep rich and pleasing tone. Guitars of this type are well noted for power and clarity, making them perfectly suited for lead and rhythm playing, too. The slim, fast-playing neck with an adjustable truss rod maintains perfect alignment and is factory setup with easy action. The BR-140 sounds great and is a real dream to play.
After WWII tone woods like Adirondack and high-end Brazilian rosewoods became less and less available to use for the production of acoustic guitars. Over-forestation and other factors encouraged guitar makers to find more abundantly available tonewoods that would perform just as well. In this series we use Sitka spruce for the top to impart an already aged sound that has made it the most popular top wood used to date by any maker. For the backs and sides, Indian rosewood was selected to replace South American varieties and more readily available species of mahogany were also substituted.
In more modern acoustic guitars made by the best traditional American makers, Indian rosewood is the most common fingerboard and bridge material used. Its characteristics are perfect for use in these applications because it is very durable, looks great and adds to the desirable, yet complex tone of any instrument.
It goes without saying that traditional construction techniques used in the making of vintage instruments during the Golden Era of instrument production continue to stand the test of time. Therefore, Blueridge holds fast to traditional construction methods that incorporate features like the legendary forward shifted X-brace pattern used for the top. Additionally, this series also uses the more modern nut width of 1 11 ⁄16Ì¬å for easier fingering for modern players.
With every Blueridge guitar, what really makes each one of them special can be found in the details. In this series, we combine rosewood backs and sides with traditional white binding and delicate herringbone or exotic abalone purfling, while other the guitars with mahogany backs and sides will have black ABS binding. The signature Dalmatian tortoise pickguard is also used for that look of distinction.
The classic vintage style and modern improvements in playability and construction of the Blueridge guitars that make up the Historic Series have all the traditional features usually found on pricey vintage guitars, but at an amazingly affordable price! Taking cues from guitars produced in the years after WWII to the present, the Historic Series combines more readily available tone woods from Canada for an already broken-in, vintage flavored tone.
- Select, Solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic Pre-war forward X-pattern
- Solid mahogany back and sides
- East Indian rosewood fingerboard
- Maple bridge plate
- Saga’s exclusive Dalmatian tortoise pickguard
- B/W/B ABS binding with fine black and white purfling on soundboard
- Slim mahogany neck has adjustable truss rod and dovetail neck joint
- Nut and saddle are made from bone
- Rosewood peghead overlay adorned with a unique M-O-P and Abalone design
- Natural high-gloss finish with aging toner for the perfect Vintage look
- Accurate Vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
- Nut width: 1 11/16 inch
- Scale length: 25.6 inch (650 mm)
- Shop Adjusted
Blueridge guitars are played by a wide number of artists, including Alex Kramer, Brandi Hart, Brian McKenzie, Bryan Goins, Charlie Sizemore, Darren Eedens, Dominic Chow, George Hamilton IV, George Hamilton V, Isaac Moore, James King, Jason Jordan, Jeff Deaton, Jimmy Capps, Junior Blankenship, Larry Cordle, Larry Sparks, Melvin Goins, Mike Flemming, Phil Madeira, Ralph Stanley II, Randy Waller, Robert Hale, Stephanie McKay, and The King Family.