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The Blueridge BR-140 Guitar - A Terrific Low Cost D-18 Alternative

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The Blueridge BR-140 Guitar - A Terrific Low Cost D-18 Alternative
Credit: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/blueridge-br-140-historic-series-dreadnought-acoustic-guitar

I Used To Own A D-18GE, I'm Going To Own This Blueridge As Soon As I Have The Money

Before we begin here, allow me to tell you a very sad story.  At one time I owned a brand new Martin D-18 GE, built to Golden Era specs, this guitar I used to own was a cannon.  It was loud, it rang clear and true with every note, and I loved it every bit as much as my Santa Cruz guitar.  I, however, had fallen upon hard times.  I needed money.  Can you guess the rest of this sad tale?  I know you can.

I can't afford to replace that lost love.  What I can afford with some applied effort and savings, however, is a Blueridge BR-140, an all solid wood made in China copy of a D-18, but with more abalone inlay, essentially, a more attractive guitar to the eye, while losing nothing to the ear.

I'm going to buy one of these guitars.  I expect you, dear reader, to hold me to my word.  I'm going to buy a Blueridge BR-140, and I will never part with it.  I will never sell it, and I will play it constantly.

The Blueridge BR-140, All Solid Wood, Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides

The Blueridge BR-140
Credit: http://tapiture.com/image/blueridge-br140

Now there are a lot of great Blueridge brand guitars out there, one of my favorite is the 2060 Lonesome Pine Fiddler's guitar, a terrific pre-war D-28 copy, the thing is, I already own two great rosewood dreadnoughts.  A connoisseur of tonality sometimes wishes to have a wide array of tonal opportunities, and one needs a mahogany guitar in order to have what only mahogany can offer. Nothing is quite like a mahogany bodied guitar, as mahogany provides an acceleration of tone via the dense wood, and it is a clear, bright, ringing immediate tone.  Rosewood is thought by some to be superior for guitars, it isn't.  Rosewood is only less available, and harder to mold into the shape of a guitar, which means its cost of production simply must be higher, as the guitar builder has to spend more time shaping it, and has to pay more for it.  For many mahogany is the better or favored wood.  What sounds best, of course, is completely a thing of subjectivity.

Growing up, I spent lots of time with my mother's late father.  We went to flea markets to buy, sell, and trade stringed instruments, and when we got back home to Kaufman, Texas; we'd string up whatever was haggled for, and play it.  My late grandfather never got to see a Blueridge.  He'd have been very suspicious, I'd imagine, of such a fine guitar being sold for so very little and being so comparable to the Martin it is designed after.  He'd have called it a copy, it is a copy, but it is even more visually attractive than the Martin D-18.  Just look at the inlay on the headstock!  That inlay on this guitar's head stock is gorgeous!

Play Lots Of Guitars Before You Buy, But Be Certain You Try The Blueridge

No doubt about it, when it comes to guitars, there are now more great choices out there than ever before.  One thing that doesn't change, and is universally and objectively considered fact by me and the largest portion of persons who play and love acoustic guitars is this:  All solid wood guitars are superior to any guitars with laminated back/sides, or, even worse, a laminated top.  There's another thing, some folks just prefer the sound and style of a Gibson design.  This guitar is an unashamed a Martin design.

I recommend to everyone to play different makes and models of guitar before buying.  You don't know what you truly want until you've shopped around, kicked some tires, as we call it.  This guitar is for the man or woman who wants that Martin look, that Martin sound, that Martin feel, for a Blueridge price.  Before you buy compare this to things like the Seagull Maritime SWS; which is another all solid wood dreadnought of mahogany and spruce.  The Seagull guitar does cost more, as does another, less traditional, but fine instrument, the Tacoma Road King

The Blueridge BR-140, Specifications

This guitar, the BR-140 by Blueridge, is a flatpicking guitarist's dream.  Oh lots of flatpickers play rosewood bodied instruments.  Do you know why that is?  It's because Tony Rice is so phenomenal, and he plays a D-28.  I own a phenomenal Santa Cruz like Tony's Santa Cruz guitars made to copy his D-28.

Like I've said, I've always regretted the idiotic decision I made selling my D-18GE.  My family warned me against it.  I was a fool. I didn't listen.  I can't see the days of me having an extra four thousand dollars to replace the D-18GE, but I can see owning this Blueridge BR-140.  It's at least something doable for me, and for most persons with a job and a dream. Mahogany body guitars are extremely under valued, and to my ears, preferable for flatpicking and flatpickers.

*This is the high X dreadnought you've been looking for.  Here are its specifications:

*Select sitka spruce top or soundboard

*Hand carved forward shifted parabolic X braces, the mark of a fine Martin style guitar

*SOLID mahogany back and sides.  I find this preferable, very preferable to laminated rosewood back and sides, compare this instrument to the Blueridge BR-70 for it's laminated rosewood back and sides.

*Rosewood fingerboard, bridge, and bridge plate

*Dovetail neck joint at the 14th fret 

*1 11/16 neck width at the nut, this is slightly thinner than a Martin D-18 Golden Era, but is the neck width of most modern Martin instruments

*Rosewood overlay on the head stock, and fine abalone inlay

*Bone nut and saddle for optimized volume and sound

*A lovely aged natural finish.

I'm very serious about owning this guitar.  When I can buy one, I'll change my site thumbnail image from the Martin 00-17 I'm holding, to one with the Blueridge BR-140.  Thanks for reading.





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