Although Blueridge guitars have been around for more than twenty years, it wasn't until about 10 year ago that Saga became the first instrument manufacturer to offer an all-solid wood dreadnaught guitar made from the legendary combination of tone woods, Adirondack spruce and East Indian rosewood, as a standard production model. Even more, it was introduced at a price that any musician could afford. Sought after vintage guitars with similar specifications, are often referred to as, the bone inch, because if the distinctive Herringbone marquetry that surrounds the top edge and is a characteristic feature of this guitar, too. Just by looking at the BR-160A, the discerning player will know that this guitar has the deep, rich and articulate tone that has been a signature sound heard in traditional and popular music for more than 70 years. So, take one for a test drive and find out why the BR-160A get one great guitar and really packs that prewar punch.
The finest, solid Adirondack spruce is combined with either select, solid mahogany or choice solid East Indian rosewood of just the right thickness and density to provide consistent, excellent tone in every Blueridge guitar. The highest models feature a neck in one piece, solid mahogany selected for its stability as well as beauty. A super-strong, traditional dovetail neck/body joint is a feature of every model of Blueridge. With the finest selected tonewoods and careful construction techniques, each Blueridge guitar will provide musical enjoyment for generations.
The finest East Indian rosewood is used for fingerboards and bridges while select, solid ebony is reserved for the highest models, the BR-180A series. Tuning machines are vintage-style, open back models with Butterbean buttons, plated in either nickel or gold on the top models. These 14:1 ratio tuners turn easily and hold securely. They replicate the prewar original tuners but with much improved turning action, precision and longevity.
Prewar structural features are replicated throughout in every phase of these guitars’ construction. A small, maple bridge plate reinforces the underside of the top, and the spruce top bracing is scalloped to provide the perfect balance of strength and light weight to ensure the best tone and volume. The forward-X top bracing pattern has been the preferred method of top bracing for almost 100 years. It gives these brand-new guitars a true, vintage tone right out of the box.
All of the pearl inlay designs are rooted in the old traditions and executed with taste and skill. The distinctive Dalmatian tortoise teardrop-shaped pickguard is a Blueridge innovation - already widely copied by other makers. You’ll find small details like the carved neck volute on the back of the BR-180 series headstock that reflects the hand-craftsmanship of a bygone age. All these details of proper design and craftsmanship resemble costly boutique guitars retailing for 3 or 4 times the affordable price of a Blueridge!
The Blueridge guitars of the Historic Craftsman Series possess a tone unequalled by any other brand and the reason is the use of a legendary tonewood—Adirondack spruce. Each guitar in this series has a top of this exclusive, costly tonewood - graduated to just the right thickness to allow the best tone and volume. When combined with a back and sides of select solid mahogany or select rosewood, Adirondack spruce guarantees a tone that really resembles a fine, old collectible. All structural details closely follow the finest prewar examples, while the slim, easy-playing necks are a decided improvement that will please the modern player. A fully adjustable truss rod guarantees that each neck will stay in perfect alignment and can always be quickly adjusted. All cosmetic details are styled in the true vintage manner to please the collector, aficionado and the average player. The higher models are decorated with delicate wooden Herringbone trim or borders of sparkling abalone pearl with lavish pearl inlays in fingerboard and peghead. Any guitarist can experience the quality and style of a costly vintage collectible for a very moderate price in these Historic Craftsman Series guitars!
- Select, solid Adirondack spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic Prewar forward-X pattern
- Solid, Select 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
- Maple bridge plate
- Rosewood peghead overlay
- Saga's exclusive Dalmatian-style pickguard
- High-gloss lightly toned top finish
- 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 ¾ inch
- Scale length: 25.6inch (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.