REVIEW: Blueridge BR180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

The Blueridge BR180 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is a Bluegrass dynamo!

Saga Musical Instruments is a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of stringed instruments, particularly fretted instruments. The company specializes in Historic and Pre-War reproductions and are used by many folk and bluegrass players.

Off the Rack

I came across this guitar in a little shop in Reseda, CA while a gentleman was ripping out some amazing bluegrass jams. Before I even played the guitar I sat and listened to this man play, and the tone of the Blueridge BR180 was bright and soulful with just a hint of the classic Taylor resonation. Although I did not favor the loud print on the pickguard, everything else was quite elegant. Truly a unique guitar designed for the connoisseur player.

The Specs

  • Model- BR180
  • Body – Dreadnought
  • Body Wood – Solid Sitka Spruce Top & Solid Rosewood Back & Sides
  • Neck type – Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Neck Wood – Carved Mahogany
  • Machine heads – Butterbean
  • Fretboard – Rosewood
  • Frets – 20
  • Body color – Natural
  • Bridge – East Indian Rosewood

The Low Down

This is an exceptional guitar with no expense spared in creating a professional axe with phenomenal tone. The BR180 is very light and resonates with the best of them. It has a very unique tone that stands on its own, but if I had to compare it to another acoustic,  I’d say the Taylor 600 series guitars are the closest in terms of tone. They say it is meant for folk and bluegrass layers but I think there are no limitations on this axe. I would definitely recommend this baby to anyone who is looking for a bright beautiful tone, light weight body and a look all to itself.

Pros: Amazing tone, Light weight, Unique look, Quality construction, Fair price.

Cons: Out of character pick guard.

Street Price: $1,099.99

If you have any questions or comments about this guitar –  just drop me an email or comment down below and I’ll respond back. Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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