THE HIGH-QUALITY MANDOLIN FOR YOU
High quality is usually associated with a high price, but not always. The Fender FM-53S Mandolin, for example, offers a sweet and pure tone that you’ll want for everything from country to folk, pop to rock and whatever music you call your own. And yet it comes in at a price that’s reasonable even for casual players who want a mandolin with elegant features such as a teardrop-shaped “A”-style body with a solid spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, adjustable ebony bridge, gold-plated hardware, beautiful four-ply body binding, dual “F” holes and more.
“A”-style traditional mandolin
Solid spruce top with tone-bar bracing and Sunburst finish
Nato back and sides
Nato neck with 21-fret rosewood fingerboard
Height-adjustable compensated ebony bridge
Gold hardware, two-play tortoiseshell pickguard and dual “F” holes
An acoustic guitar with a solid top literally resonates with a more individual tonal character. Because it’s a single piece of wood uninterrupted by seams, laminates and the like, it vibrates with a more “organic” consistency and a more “true” voice.
Gold hardware imparts an elegant gilded look to an acoustic instrument; a pleasingly high-end appearance that isn’t overdone or ostentatious, but rather just the right touch of refinement.
WHITE BODY AND FINGERBOARD BINDING
White body and fingerboard binding present a refined high-end look that isn’t overdone or ostentatious. It’s just the right touch of elegant detail; the “icing on the cake” that takes an instrument a step up in stylish appeal.
$ 699.99 $ 932.99
New for 2016. This arched, all solid tonewood, mandolin features a wider nut width and a radiused fretboard – inspired by the Breedlove Custom Shop – for exceptional comfort and playability at an affordable price, and is ideal for guitar players looking to expand their skills by learning the mandolin. Breedlove has pioneered contemporary US-made mandolins for nearly 20 years. The Crossover comes in three new colors; violin stain gloss, natural gloss and sunburst for 2016 while still delivering exceptional tone and playability at an affordable price.
$ 599.99 $ 799.99
When Kim Breedlove began playing the mandolin, he could not help but ponder innovative designs for maximizing the tonal balance and unique mandolin sound and making it easier for a guitarist to play. The result is the collection of Breedlove Crossover Mandolins. Crafted from all solid woods: Sitka spruce tops and maple backs. The wider nut width (1-3/16”) and radius fretboard facilitate players moving back-and-forth among instruments. We are pleased to now offer the full complement of "O", “K” and “F” body shapes in both “O” and “F” sound holes. Kim Breedlove’s “F” body which brings the full volume and dynamic tone we would expect from a Breedlove mandolin while our “O” bodies create that direct response and articulation from a smaller body. For summer 2016 we now are able to offer the extremely balanced “K” body shape which allows the player access to those attributes that make our “O” and “F” body mandolins so popular.
The K series of Breedlove mandolins have become an instant classic. Through the mind and hands of Kim Breedlove, the traditional Florentine shape has been transformed into a more modern, less rounded version of itself.
Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the northwest United States. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for American-made instruments for decades. It is strong and light with extended harmonic content, and it nearly equals the power of Adirondack. It offers a strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental -- perfect for flatpicking styles. When compared with European spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones. Sitka takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It has a straight uniform grain and coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.
Maple is great for standing out among other instruments. With a powerful fundamental and even harmonics, it is clear and present, but without pronounced peaks and valleys in the harmonic content.
Our comprehensive quality control process provides the player with an instrument that will play perfectly right out of the box. Prior to shipment, every Breedlove instrument undergoes a rigorous 25-to-30-point inspection in Bend, Oregon by our expert U.S. quality control team. We start with a visual inspection: checking aesthetic and structural elements of the body and components for flaws. Next, each guitar is tuned and undergoes a play test, where our craftspeople check nut height, relief, action, and string height. Based on the results of the play test, we then adjust for maximum playability. Finally, each instrument is buffed and polished by hand with painstaking attention to detail. Once the instrument has passed inspection, a signed QC sticker is placed, and the instrument is carefully packed and shipped.
Breedlove players around the world can attest: With consistent, proper care, your Breedlove will give you a lifetime of service – and inspiration. New Breedlove instruments, purchased through an authorized Breedlove dealer, are warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship throughout the lifetime of the original owner. In addition to materials and workmanship, Breedlove offers a two-year warranty on tuning machines and electronics packages. Cases and bags are subject to a one-year warranty covering defects in structure and hardware.
Crossover KF SB Specifications
$ 499.99 $ 665.00
The Breedlove Crossover OO Mandolin is designed to be the go-to instrument for guitarists wishing to add depth to their repertoire by learning to play the mandolin. This carved, solid-top mandolin features a wider nut width and a radiused fretboard inspired by the Breedlove Custom Shop for exceptional comfort and playability at an affordable price. This is the optimal instrument for guitar players looking to expand their skills by picking up the mandolin.
The Breedlove O body is an elegant rendition of the traditional teardrop "A" body shape that has typified mandolin style from Celtic to bluegrass.
The solid, carved Sitka spruce top is complimented by the carved maple back and sides -- a timeless combination that produces exceptional resonance, projection and musicality.
The semi-gloss finish on this handcrafted neck provides the most comfortable and fastest playing neck possible by preventing hand binding from the sticky texture of a full-gloss finish.
Fretboard and Nut Width
The radiused rosewood fretboard is optimized for comfort and playability, and the 1-3/16" nut width provides wider string spacing for faster, easier chording.
The oval hole provides a rich, full voice that blends well with other instruments in a band or ensemble.
The semi-gloss black finish on this mandolin is contrasted by an ivory binding at the top and back body. The binding provides protection for the instrument and highlights the elegant dimensions of the mandolin.
Set-Up and Quality Assurance in Bend, Oregon USA
Breedlove's comprehensive quality control process provides the player with an instrument that will play great right out of the box. Prior to shipment, every Breedlove instrument undergoes a rigorous multi-point inspection in Bend, Oregon by their expert U.S. quality control team. They start with a visual inspection: they check aesthetic and structural elements of the body and all components for flaws. Next, each guitar is tuned and undergoes a play test, where craftspeople check nut height, relief, action, and string height. Based on the results of the play test, they then adjust for maximum playability. Next, each instrument is buffed and polished by hand with painstaking attention to detail. Once the instrument has passed inspection, a signed QC sticker is placed, and the instrument is carefully packed and shipped.
A crossover instrument for guitar players looking to expand their skills.