Blueridge BR-162 Historic Series 12-fret 000 Guitar
Presenting the BR-162 Historic Series 12-fret OOO Acoustic Guitar by Blueridge
If you want deep, rich tone in a small package, you need to try the BR-162 by Blueridge! Combining a slim, 12-fret neck on a standard 000 body results in an incredibly versatile guitar that has everything – deep bass, sparkling trebles and a sound perfect for folk, bluegrass and everything in between. A select solid spruce top with forward-X bracing pairs with a body of solid Indian rosewood and the result is tonal perfection that compares favorably with guitars four times the price.
Body Wood Selections
After WWII tone woods like Adirondack and high-end Brazilian rosewoods were no longer available to use for the production of acoustic guitars. Over-forestation and other factors encouraged guitar makers to find more abundant tonewoods that would perform just as well. In this series we use Sitka spruce for the top to impart an already aged sound that has made it the most popular top wood used to date by any maker. For the backs and sides, Indian rosewood was selected to replace South American varieties and more readily available species of mahogany were also substituted.
Fingerboards and Fittings
In more modern acoustic guitars made by the best, traditional American makers, Indian rosewood is the most common fingerboard and bridge material used. Its characteristics are perfect for use in these applications because it is very durable, looks great and adds to the desirable, yet complex tone of any instrument.
It goes without saying that traditional construction techniques used in the making of vintage instruments during the Golden Era of instrument production continue to stand the test of time. Therefore, Blueridge holds fast to traditional construction methods and incorporates the sought-after forward shifted X-brace pattern for the top. Conversely, this series also uses the more modern nut width of 1 11/16 for easier fingering for modern players.
With every Blueridge guitar, what makes each of them special is found in the details. In this series, we also combine rosewood backs and sides with traditional white binding and delicate herringbone or exotic abalone purfling, while the guitars with mahogany backs and sides will have Black ABS binding. The signature Dalmatian tortoise pickguard is also used for that look of distinction.
Design Assures That Vintage Tone
The classic vintage style and modern improvements in playability and construction of the Blueridge guitars that make up the Historic Series have all the traditional features usually found on pricey vintage guitars. Taking cues from guitars produced in the years after WWII to present, the Historic Series combines more readily available tone woods from Canada for an already broken-in, vintage flavored tone. The slim, fast-playing necks and easy action makes these guitars truly professional-quality instruments—although they are priced within the reach of students and amateurs! Elegant pearl and abalone inlay on peghead, fingerboard and all borders characterize our top models as well as the finest solid East Indian rosewood and solid Sitka Spruce. All tops are carefully braced with the same forward-X bracing found on costly Prewar Originals and the tone of our new guitars greatly resembles those old masterpieces. Our mid-line features traditional herringbone binding on top and back strip and delicate, tasteful pearl inlay on fingerboard and peghead. The mahogany series is noted for its power and clarity, making these guitars equally suited for lead and rhythm playing. Every Historic Series guitar features a slim mahogany neck with an adjustable truss rod to maintain perfect alignment.
- Select solid Sitka spruce top with hand-carved parabolic top braces in authentic Prewar forward-X pattern
- Solid, Select Indian rosewood back and sides
- Delicate herringbone top inlay and back center stripe
- White binding
- 000 body style with a 12th-fret body joint
- Dovetail neck joint
- Slim mahogany neck has adjustable truss rod and 1 ¾ inch nut width
- Scale length of 25.6 inch (650 mm)
- Rosewood bridge
- Maple bridge plate
- Rosewood peghead overlay adorned with a unique M-O-P and Abalone design
- Saga’s exclusive Dalmatian style pickguard
- Natural high-gloss finish with aging toner for perfect Vintage look
- Accurate Vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated open-back tuners with butterbean-style buttons
- Shop Adjusted
Handcarved parabolic top braces in authentic, PreWar, forward X position
Carved solid mahogany, Low profile neck with adjustable truss rod and dovetail neck joint
Fine solid Sitka spruce top with traditional herringbone purfling
Select solid East Indian rosewood back, sides, bridge and fingerboard
Dalmatian Tortoise plastic pickguard
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