Working with wood is a challenge for every craftsperson, and luthiers are no exception. Not only does it take care and attention to treat it properly, but even choosing the wood in the first place is a balancing act with nature. Here's the good news, for those of us with a passion for the planet: Breedlove acoustic bass guitars are made with environmental consciousness as a top priority. When Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson founded the company in 1992, their mission was to make instruments with world-class performance and responsibly-sourced woods, so they'd be as easy on the conscience as they are on the ears.
One look through this lineup and it's easy to see that the two founders really came through on their promise. Take the Breedlove Passport Acoustic-Electric Bass for instance. It's got Breedlove's trademark bridge truss, which eases strain on the instrument's top while boosting sustain and balance. The backlit screen on the built-in chromatic tuner is easy to see on a darkened stage, and the Passport Active VTC pickup works hand-in-hand with your favorite amplifier to make sure you're heard in every corner of the venue.
If recording is more up your alley, you should also check out the Breedlove Studio Acoustic-Electric Bass. This instrument is designed around a jumbo body that infuses its tone with incredible depth and resonance. It's loaded with an L.R. Baggs TCV preamp that you can plug directly into your mixer for recording, and it plays nicely with an amp as well, making this studio guitar a double agent that works well onstage, too.
There are lots of things to feel good about when you play a Breedlove acoustic bass guitar. It's easy to fall in love with the great build quality and the rich sound that comes as a result. And you'll probably get a little smile on your face every time you drive through the woods on your way to the next town for a gig - because you'll know you did your part to protect those woods by choosing a luthier who's committed to preservation.