For players seeking a sparkling, clear tone, both acoustically and plugged in, the Pursuit Concert Ebony is a true reflection of Breedlove’s distinctively crafted sound found in an exceptional appoint... Click To Read More About This Product
For players seeking a sparkling, clear tone, both acoustically and plugged in, the Pursuit Concert Ebony is a true reflection of Breedlove’s distinctively crafted sound found in an exceptional appointment package. The bell-like overtones of Engelmann spruce pair perfectly with the bass resonance of ebony for a warm, musical tone overall. Includes built-in USB port for easy interfacing with recording software.
Concert Body Shape
The Breedlove Concert is the original Breedlove shape. It first appeared in 1992, and has been the best-selling Breedlove body shape ever since. Designed specifically for the fingerstylist to be well balanced, compact, and comfortable to play, it generates a wonderfully articulate range of tone with an ample low end that is never boomy, but always felt. The unique construction also allows the Concert to sing even at a full strum. If you’re a fingerstylist, or are seeking an instrument to use as vocal accompaniment, this is the shape for you. The Concert is engineered to provide exceptional sustain with a pronounced bass response, both of which can be achieved with a light touch. The graduated top works in harmony with the Breedlove Bridge Truss to provide an even response throughout the lows, mids, and highs, with sustain, and clear, concise, note-for-note projection.
Engelmann spruce, picea engelmannii, originates in western North America. Engelmann spruce is a silky pale spruce, similar in color to European spruce. It responds best to a light touch and light strings. The tone profile has a warm bass response with great projection. Its extreme lightness in weight produces a more open, “ringier” sound than Sitka spruce. Tonally, it falls between European spruce and cedar and requires less playing time to open up than European spruce. Engelmann spruce is very light in color and is known for its consistent coloring and tight grain patterns.
Breedlove Bridge Truss
The Breedlove Bridge Truss (BBT) reduces tension on the soundboard of the guitar, so the top wood is able to vibrate more freely, producing remarkable sustain, balance, and clarity. The BBT also allows for a thinner graduated top, thereby allowing Breedlove craftsmen to bring out the optimal sound from the top wood without sacrificing structural stability. Relieving much of the string tension from the bridge prevents “bridge belly,” ensuring top stability for decades. Guitar strings can exert up to 230 pounds of pull from the nut to the bridge. Traditional methods for preventing top bowing at the bridge usually involve heavy internal bracing and thicker tops. The BBT compensates for this pressure in an innovative way: The BBT is mounted to the bridge from the inside and is connected into the tail block of the guitar, pulling downward on the underside of the bridge to distribute some of the tension, relieving pressure on the top. The resulting tonal effect on BBT-equipped guitars is more resonance and livelier sound with enhanced overtones.
Breedlove Pinless Bridge
The Breedlove Pinless Bridge helps maintain the integrity of the top by eliminating the need for six drilled string holes. The fewer holes in your soundboard, the more evenly the sound wave can move across the interior, without any loss of energy. The Breedlove Pinless Bridge also provides a gentler string-break angle from the bridge to the top of the saddle, reducing saddle strain. This innovative bridge also makes string changes a breeze, especially on 12 strings. Plus, you’ll never again have to worry about lost, worn-out, or broken bridge pins.
Breedlove guitars feature a slimmer neck profile, which enables comfortable play, even with smaller hands. The hand-rubbed, semi-gloss Breedlove neck finish also contributes to ideal playability. The labor-intensive finish process includes precise finish coat applications, fine sanding, and hand buffing and rubbing.
Set Up and Quality Assurance in Bend, Oregon
The comprehensive quality control process provides the player with an instrument that will play perfectly right out of the box. Prior to shipment, every Breedlove instrument undergoes a rigorous 25-to-30-point inspection in Bend, Oregon by their expert U.S. quality control team. They start with a visual inspection: checking aesthetic and structural elements of the body and components for flaws. Next, each guitar is tuned and undergoes a play test, where our craftspeople check nut height, relief, action and string height. Based on the results of the play test, they are adjusted for maximum playability. Finally, each instrument is buffed and polished by hand with painstaking attention to detail. Once the instrument has passed inspection, a signed QC sticker is placed, and the instrument is carefully packed and shipped.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Breedlove players around the world can attest: With consistent, proper care, your Breedlove will give you a lifetime of service – and inspiration. New Breedlove instruments are warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship throughout the lifetime of the original owner. In addition to materials and workmanship, Breedlove offers a two-year warranty on tuning machines and electronics packages.
Includes gig bag.
Top: Solid Engelmann spruce
Back and Sides: Java Ebony
Rosette: Abalone ring
Finish: Full gloss
Body: Original Breedlove Concert shape with soft cutaway
Inlay: Centered Dots
Neck: Satin-finished nato mahogany with volute
Fingerboard: Radiused East Indian rosewood
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Bridge: Rosewood Breedlove pinless design
Nut and Saddle: Bone
Frets: Standard acoustic
Tuners: Chrome mini button, 15:1 ratio
Strap Buttons: Chrome
Electronics: Fishman ISYS+ USB
Strings: D'Addario EXP16
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Comments about Breedlove Pursuit Concert Ebony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I have had over 75 acoustic electric guitars over the last few years, mostly Martins, several Taylors, higher end Takamines', Bourgeois',etc... thinking the more you spend the better it should sound. I went into GC to pick up a new PRS acoustic and saw the mahogany model of this pursuit sitting there. I was totally blown away by the tone and playability of this instrument. I bought the African Ebony/Engleman model and it has such depth and pop. It's crisp on the treble like a Taylor, rich and warm on the bottom end like a Martin, as gorgeous as a Goodall. I just listed my other Martins on craigslist because I plan on getting the Mahogany model, the Nylon string model and the 12 string model of this same guitar. Best of all, this guitar has the best pickup system I have ever had in any guitar and even has a built in tuner. I already have the dreadnaught, so once I get the other 3, I will be set. Just because these are built in China doesn't mean they are inferior to the American models. They use all top quality materials and their craftsmanship is impeccable. This is my absolute favorite guitar that I have ever owned or played. I am excited about these, you cannot go wrong. I would ONLY recommend this Pursuit model to all my friends.
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