Magazine article Guitar Player

Breedlove Master Class Pacific

Magazine article Guitar Player

Breedlove Master Class Pacific

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BASED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CITY OF BEND, OREGON, BREEDLOVE has been building fine acoustic guitars since 1990, adhering to a concept that combines traditional construction methods with cutting-edge engineering to create instruments that aim to better suit the contemporary player. Featuring an eye-popping orgy of beautiful woods, the Pacific is instrument that embraces a decidedly non-traditional look with its shapely outline and a distinctive bridge that looks a bit a like a Ninja throwing star. The Pacific specializes in delivering maximum sonic performance from a smatter "concert" body that measures 15" across the lower bout, 9" at the waist, and 11.24" across the upper bout. The dimensions make for a comfortable guitar to hold, and one that feels more like a boutique jazz box than a bulky jumbo flat-top. And, wow, what a looker the Pacific is too with all that curly maple accented by flamed koa binding and 3-ply (black, white, black) edging on the top and back, a koa wedge in the end-pin area, an abalone/koa rosette, and abalone purfling bordered by 3-ply trim around the top. The maple neck is also treated to koa trim atop 3-ply binding, and the ebony fretboard is adorned with yet more 3-ply binding and abalone "sea leaves" position inlays. The headstock wears a classy gloss black facing that complements the gold-plated tuners with ebony buttons.

The Pacific is a nimble instrument that's easy to play thanks to its satin-smooth neck and well-finished, neatly trimmed frets. The neck's medium D profile and low-action setup facilitates speedy picking, yet you can still dig into the strings without them buzzing against the frets. The headstock shape and arrangement of the tuners provide for a very straight string run across the smoothly worked nut, which yields an easy purl to pitch via the smooth-turning Gotoh machines.

Intonation is tuneful in art positions, and this definitely enhances the sense of solidity and focus in the Pacific's tones, which are bright, smooth, and imbued with plenty of oomph in the lows. …

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