This pre-war inspired Herringbone dreadnaught has it all. The BR-160's great sound and great looks are just part of what will make it one of the more desirable vintage-style acoustic guitars in production today. It starts with a solid Sitka spruce top and hand-carved parabolic top braces that respect the prewar forward-X pattern. Indian rosewood back and sides add a strong bass to the spruce top's already full sound. The slim mahogany neck is comfortable and features a dovetail neck joint and adjustable truss rod. Beautiful appointments include a Dalmation tortoise-style pickguard and mother-of-pearl neck and headstock inlays.
After WWII tone woods like Adirondack and high-end Brazilian rosewoods were no longer available to use for the production of acoustic guitars. Over-forestation and other factors encouraged guitar makers to find more abundant 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.
Fingerboards and Fittings: 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 and incorporates the sought-after forward shifted X-brace pattern for the top. Conversely, this series also uses the more modern nut width of 1 11/16 for easier fingering for modern players.
With every Blueridge guitar, what makes each of them special is found in the details. In this series, we also combine rosewood backs and sides with traditional white binding and delicate herringbone or exotic abalone purfling, while 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 present, the Historic Series combines more readily available tone woods from Canada for an already broken-in, vintage flavored tone. The slim, fast-playing necks and easy action makes these guitars truly professional-quality instruments - although they are priced within the reach of students and amateurs! Elegant pearl and abalone inlay on peghead, fingerboard and all borders characterize our top models as well as the finest solid East Indian rosewood and solid Sitka Spruce. All tops are carefully braced with the same forward-X bracing found on costly Prewar Originals and the tone of our new guitars greatly resembles those old masterpieces. Our mid-line features traditional herringbone binding on top and back strip and delicate, tasteful pearl inlay on fingerboard and peghead. The mahogany series is noted for its power and clarity, making these guitars equally suited for lead and rhythm playing. Every Historic Series guitar features a slim mahogany neck with an adjustable truss rod to maintain perfect alignment.
- Select, solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic prewar forward-X pattern
- Solid Indian rosewood back and sides with center strip of delicate wood marquetry
- White body binding with delicate herringbone inlay around top
- Slim mahogany neck with dovetail neck joint and adjustable truss rod
- Rosewood bridge and bridge plate
- Rosewood peghead overlay adorned with a unique M-O-P and Abalone design
- Saga's exclusive Dalmatian style pickguard
- Natural high-gloss finish with aged toner
- Accurate Vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
- Nut and saddle are made from bone
- 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.