Acoustical Guitar Review: Blueridge BR160 Acoustic Guitar


Blueridge BR160 Acoustic Guitar - Review

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Model: Blueridge BR160 Acoustic Guitar

No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Dreadnought (Large Body)
Top Material: Sitka Spruce - Solid
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood Select Solid
Neck Material: Mahogany 14 Frets To Body
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Fretboard: East Indian Rosewood - Solid
Scale Length: 25.4"
Total #Frets: 20
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Finish: Body Gloss, Neck Gloss
Bridge: East Indian Rosewood - Solid
Bracing: "X" Standard - Hand Carved Parabolic
Tuners: Kluson-style
Electronics: None
Extras: Mother of Pearl Position Dots: Mother of Pearl Peghead Inlay

List Price: $821.25 (incl. Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Yamaha FG730S Blueridge BR160 Acoustic Guitar

If you've been searching for a Golden Era guitar that isn't priced like it's made of gold, then Blueridge guitars are for you.

Reminiscent of fine American guitars built prior to WWII, Blueridge guitars are made with the same techniques as their antique counterparts, including many by-hand processes. The Blueridge BR-160 Historic Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a solid choice spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides. X-braced for optimum tone and volume.

The low-profile mahogany neck has a rosewood fretboard with intricate mother-of-pearl inlays, vintage-style rosewood bridge with bone saddle, and a gorgeously original peghead shape with exquisite MOP inlays and Blueridge logo.

Like the best instruments, Blueridge guitars aren't overbuilt; they're crafted to be light and resonant. Meticulous attention to detail and quality craftsmanship is evident in the traditional, forward-position, hand-carved parabolic X-bracing which allows the solid Spruce top to ring loud and true.

Blueridge guitars feature a traditional dovetail neck joint, slim mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod, and butterbean-button, Kluson-style tuning machines with an updated mechanism for modern precision and feel.

Blueridge BR160 Golden Era Acoustic Guitar $821.25

Blueridge BR160 Historic Era Acoustic Guitar:
    Solid Sitka spruce top
    East Indian Rosewood back and sides
    Rosewood fretboard
    Vintage Style Rosewood bridge with Bone Saddle
    Low Provide Mahogany Neck
    Mother of Pearl Position Dots
    Mother-of-pearl peghead inlays and Blueridge logo
    Limited lifetime warranty
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Blueridge BR-60
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Features: 9.0

The Blueridge BR160 definitely do some boasting with this Historic Era class of guitars that they are offering.

These guitars do have a very nice vintage feel and sound to them. Just by picking up the guitar it has a very handmade quality to it and the sound that they produce is equally impressive.

I tried out several Blueridge BR160's at our local music dealer in North Georgia and all of the guitars hand a very similar appeal to them.

I like the look and feel of the guitar, the mother of pearl inlay work is "just right" and not overdone. Details are clean and very little can be said to fault this fine guitar.

There are some upgrades that are available and you should definitely consider them for the Blueridge BR160. One of these is the use of Adirondack Spruce for the top plate. I would go for this in a heartbeat because there are a lot of great guitars made from Adirondack Spruce.

Sound Production: 8.0

With the solid Spruce top and Solid East Indian Rosewood back and sides, this guitar is a contender for a very good to great choice for the intermediate platpick guitarist.

You will be more than pleased at the great volume you get from this Rosewood guitar and knowing that it will only get better over time is one of the pleasures of owning a solid wood guitar.

It does not quite measure up to the D18's, D28's, Collings or other quality instruments, but at less than 1/3 of the price, this guitar is a real bargain.

Action: 8.0

The Blueridge BR160 guitar I played, came out of the box with action that was actually quite good for my taste. I would probably lower it just a bit, but not very much at all. In fact I would most likely take it through one entire change of seasons and see how the action changes before I would do anything.

So I rate the action of the Blueridge BR160 guitar quite good to very good.

Durability: 8.0

This a very sturdy, and well constructed instrument. The fit and finish is great and it is hard to find any faults. Blueridge claims that a great deal of construction operations are completed by hand, in the historic tradition.They especially point out that the top bracing is hand carved and sanded for extra care.

The finish of the Blueridge BR160 is well done and makes for a beautiful instrument. If you purchase this guitar, and take care of it, it should give you many years of trouble-free service.

With the solid wood top, just make sure you watch your humidity levels. Review our article on Humidity and Your Guitar for specifics on how to treat your guitar in the winter dry months. This will greatly extend the life of your guitar.

Customer Service: 10.0

Blueridge stands behind their product. The dealer I talked to was very impressed with their response to him and he would rate it extremely high..

Overall Score: 8.6

Blueridge stakes it's calm that they construct their guitars with the same techniques used by Martin and Gibson prior to WW2.

I love the low profile neck and coupled with a great job on the action, makes for one fine-sounding and playing guitar.

If you are into either flatpicking or fingerstyle guitar, the Blueridge BR160 is one guitar you should give serious consideration. The action, sound and look of this guitar is hard to beat an any price.