SMG REVIEW: Breedlove Atlas Series Studio C250/SM-12 12-String
Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Breedlove Atlas Series Studio C250/SM-12 12-String Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar

BREEDLOVE GUITARS

An ambitious surfer by the name of Kim Breedlove decided to make his living by designing guitars and other stringed instruments during a surfing trip.

Breedlove set his plan into full motion in the mid-1970’s.  At that point Kim educated himself on guitar making and gathered the proper tools and training needed to live out the dream. Kim quickly established himself as an excellent luthier, capable of creating quality instruments that players revered.

While Kim Breedlove is the creative brain behind Breedlove Guitars, the company was actually founded by two others. Kim’s brother, Larry Breedlove, and his friend, Steve Henderson, formed a partnership to start the company in 1990. To this day, Kim Breedlove still works for the company as a master luthier.

OFF THE RACK

The Breedlove Atlas Series Studio C250/SM-12 is very comfortable and sits nicely on the body. The L.R. Baggs Stage Pro pickup delivers outstanding amplified tone with a slight reverb effect to it. The acoustic tone is big and bright, perfect for live performances or even the recording studio, as it is quite loud on its own. The neck is fairly thin for a 12-string guitar, yet retains its ‘grippy’ feel and great playability. This is not your run of the mill 12-string, as it carries a unique feel to it that I can’t quite pinpoint but is most welcome. The Atlas is in the middle as far as weight, it’s not too heavy, but it’s also not super light…. just a nice balance between the two. The soft cutaway allows you to have full access to the frets which is a nice addition for a 12-string guitar. Great feel, great sound, a very well built guitar.

THE SPECS

Deep Body Concert, Soft Cutaway, 12 string

Solid Sitka Spruce Top

Mahogany Laminate Back and Sides

Abalone Rosette with Black Border

Studio Inlay Pattern by Kim Breedlove

Rosewood Bridge, Fretboard, and Headstock overlay

Nut width 1-7/8″ (43mm)

Dovetail Neck Joint

Chrome Grover Mini Tuners

L.R. Baggs Stage Pro pickup

On board chromatic tuner with in-line mute, notch, phase, EQ

D’Addario EXP strings

Breedlove Deluxe Gig bag included

THE LOWDOWN

This is a great guitar. It is very easy to play and easy on the fingers. The tone is just what you want in an electric acoustic, bright with warm over tones. The pickup is phenomenal and adds to the beautiful tone that the Atlas already brings to the table. The neck feels great and plays much easier than most 12-strings out there. The open cutaway is just brilliant, allowing you to hit all the frets with ease. The built in tuner and onboard EQ will allow you to fine tune and stay in tune all night long. This axe is definitely worth checking out; with a fair price it won’t break the bank either.

Pros: HQ electronics, Open cutaway, Great neck, Awesome tone, Onboard tuner

Cons: N/A

STREET PRICE – $800 – $900 depending where you go.

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding. Cheers!

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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  • Nick, this sounds like an amazing guitar. Can you find these at the BIG BOX stores or are they mostly available at smaller mom and pop shops?

  • @Mickey – Breedlove guitars are available at the big box stores also. And they all look and sound pretty good too!;)

  • I’ve been looking for a decent 12 string acoustic and based on your article, I’ll have to head down to GC and see if they might have one!

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