Blueridge Contermporary Series guitars have been the talk of the Bluegrass Festivals, the music trades magazines and the World Wide Web. Players who have just purchased $3000 custom guitars and happened to play our entry-level series are shaking their heads in disbelief. Each guitar features a select, solid spruce top with an authentic PreWar bracing pattern that ensures tone and volume just like the finest vintage guitars.
From the Manufacturer
Presenting the BR-40 Contemporary Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar by Blueridge™ Guitars
The BR-40 Blueridge™ guitar is certainly the workhorse of the Blueridge Contemporary line. Every detail makes for easy playability and a big, powerful tone. Features like a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany back, sides, neck and rosewood fingerboard and peghead overlay combined with a host of other gorgeous accoutrements like multi-ply body binding, M-O-P inlays, and nickel-plated vintage-style open gear tuners really make this a professional-level guitar at an extremely affordable price. Authentic pre-war bracing ensures tone and volume just like the finest guitars.
The Body Wood Selections
Solid Sitka spruce, one of the world's lightest, strongest and most durable woods, is used for the tops of our Contemporary Series guitars. When combined with the pre-war forward-X bracing pattern, the top has the perfect balance of strength and flexibility to promote the ideal tone. For the back and sides, you have a choice of select mahogany or nicely-figured Santos rosewood. The entire guitar is finished in a high-gloss natural shade that displays the beauty of the woods employed.
The Fingerboards and Fittings
Every Contemporary Series guitar features a fingerboard and bridge of East Indian rosewood-chosen for its hardness and stability as well as its beauty. The standard models feature pearl position dots while the top models of the BR-70 series have hexagonal outlines of abalone pearl to complement the matching pearl inlaid border of the top and the central soundhole rosette ring. A traditional teardrop-shaped pickguard of black ABS is used on all models, and the mahogany models are bound in black ABS while the rosewood models feature white ABS binding. Vintage-style, open-back tuners with butterbean buttons are used on all models. These 14:1 ratio gears turn smoothly and easily and will give years of trouble-free service. They are heavily nickel-plated, with gold-plate on the BR-70 series.
Every feature of construction that has made the pre-war instruments so great is used on these new Contemporary Series guitars. The dovetail neck/body joint is the strongest known and all interior blocks and braces are just big enough to combine sufficient strength with the least possible weight. The nut width of 1 11/16" is designed to please both acoustic and electric guitar players and the neck profile is small and properly shaped for the ultimate in playing ease and comfort.
With the top being the single most important factor in the production of tone, the combination of a solid top with laminated back and sides offers a great sounding guitar that can be priced so affordably as to be within the means of virtually ANY guitarist- even the aspiring student. An added bonus is the crack-resistant nature of the laminated wood which, though strong, is still thin enough to add resonance to the tone. Blueridge offers in these Contemporary Series guitars the perfect balance of tone, playability and affordability that has made us the true benchmark that all other makes strive to emulate. Blueridge guitars offer you the most value for less!
More about the Contemporary series
The Blueridge Contemporary Series offers guitarists instruments priced easily within the means of the serious student, but have all the features that the pro player demands. A solid top of closegrained spruce, braced with the time-honored forward-X bracing pattern, offers tone and volume that you won't find anywhere else at such an affordable price! The slim, low-profile mahogany neck is designed for the modern player and the adjustable truss rod keeps the neck in perfect alignment at all times. The styling is tasteful and understated with delicate black and white lines of ornamental purfling on the standard models and the top model has a top border and soundhole rosette of genuine abalone pearl. Incorporating all the accepted construction methods that made the pre-war guitars so great, these guitars sound fabulous right out of the box. With select models featuring Fishman electronics and a cutaway option, our Contemporary Series has just the right guitar for any musical need!
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.
|Back and Side Material||Select Mahogany|
|Bridge & End Pins||Black ABS|
|Bridge Material||Indian Rosewood|
|Fingerboard & Peghead Binding||None|
|Fingerboard Material||Indian Rosewood|
|Fingerboard Position Inlays||M-O-P Dots|
|Finish||Natural High Gloss|
|Logo Inlay Style||M-O-P / Abalone|
|Neck Material||Select Solid Mahogany|
|Number of Frets Clear||14|
|Number of Frets Total||20|
|Peghead Overlay||Indian Rosewood|
|Scale Length||25.6" (650mm)|
|Soundhole Rosette||Traditional Multi-Ply ABS|
|Top||Select Sitka Spruce|
|Top Bracing Pattern||Pre-war-style Forward Shifted X-Bracing|
|Top Purfling||Multi-ply W-B-W|
|Tuning Machines||Gotoh Vintage-style / Open-back / Butterbean Buttons|