While the Breedlove Pursuit isn’t your traditional classical guitar, it does provide musicians with a traditional classical guitar sound. The first thing that most musicians are going to notice about the Breedlove Pursuit Concert acoustic-electric guitar is the surprisingly distinctive sound that’s extremely difficult to find for such an affordable price tag.
The Breedlove Pursuit Concert acoustic-electric guitar comes with a single-cutaway concert body. It has a solid cedar top, and laminated mahogany sides and back. The mahogany neck is bolted on and has a single-action truss rod. It can be accessed through the soundhole.
The first difference that a lot of experienced classical musicians may notice is in the use of East Indian rosewood on the fretboard of the guitar, with 20 frets and center dot inlays. As for the tuning section of the Breedlove Pursuit, you will be receiving chrome die-cast tuners with a 15-1 ratio.
When going shopping for a new guitar, you’re more than likely going to become overwhelmed by a large number of guitars that are available for you to choose from. In order to be able to assess the quality of an instrument, you should have an understanding of the criteria that we use to gauge the quality of an instrument.
Today, we will be looking at:
- The playability of the Breedlove Pursuit
- Who the Pursuit Concert suits best
- The overall tone of this instrument
- The materials of this guitar
- The overall value of the Breedlove Pursuit Concert acoustic-electric for your money
- Concert body type
- Mahogany neck
- East Indian rosewood fretboard
- Solid cedar top
- Mahogany sides and back
- Gloss finish
- 20 frets
- 1 11/16th nut width
- Mini chrome tuners
- Fishman ISYS + USB pickup
- Breedlove Pinless original bridge
- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
Just as a quick note, when you purchase the Breedlove Pursuit, you will be purchasing a guitar that comes with a warranty. This warranty guarantees that your instrument is free of defects in craftsmanship and in the materials, that were used to build the instrument.
On top of that, your instrument will also come with a two-year warranty on the electronics and the tuning pegs.
As for the overall sound of the Breedlove Pursuit, this concert acoustic-electric produces a warm, mature, earthy tone that all created from the unique tonewood combination that Breedlove used to create this instrument. When playing with this instrument, you’ll notice that you will hear an even response throughout the lows, mids, and highs, all with sustain and clear note projection.
The combination of mahogany and cedar in the Breedlove Pursuit with a smooth and warm tone, which pairs up well with the ISYS electronic system that’s installed in this acoustic-electric guitar. The ISYS electronic system does an outstanding job of amplifying the sound of the Breedlove without altering the natural tone too drastically.
However, if you are someone who does a lot of fingerpicking, I would not recommend this guitar to you. The Breedlove Pursuit is a classical guitar and has been comprised to produce an ultimate tone for fingerpicking style. The overall tone of this instrument is very mellow and is the ideal instrument for traditional classical music and for fingerstyle music. However, if you are someone who is looking for an instrument to use to pair with a vocal arrangement, this guitar would also suit you well.
The neck of the Breedlove Pursuit is slim, which allows musicians to play comfortably for a longer period of time. As someone with small hands, I found that playing on the Breedlove Concert neck allowed my hands to move quickly, easily, and I didn’t feel cramped or exhausted, even after several hours of playing.
When it comes to changing out your strings, the Pin-less bridge is amazing to have around. One of the most hassling parts of having to change strings is taking the bridge pins in and out of the bridge. But, with a pinless bridge, you don’t have to worry about losing or breaking your pins either!
Other alternatives to consider
In case the Breedlove Pursuit Concert acoustic-electric guitar isn’t the exact guitar you’re looking for, here are a few other alternatives for you to consider purchasing!
Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar
The C40 is a classical guitar that is for beginners, while still providing beginning musicians with a quality instrument and a quality sound. This is a full-sized guitar with a spruce top, a nato neck, Indonesian mahogany sides and back, with a Javanese rosewood fingerboard.
Martin 000C Nylon String Guitar
This is a high-end classical guitar that produces a warm, mellow sound. This guitar has a solid Sitka spruce top, solid Sapele sides, and back, with a single cutaway body. The Martin 000C is a full-sized classical guitar that’s target audience is experienced musicians who are looking to upgrade to a high-quality instrument or who are looking for a classical guitar to perform with.
Pros and cons
- Comes with a pin-less bridge, which makes string changing much more convenient
- Warm, balanced tone
- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
- Has a built-in USB port that allows the musician to easily connect their instrument with recording software
- The neck is easy to play on for long periods of time
- The electronic system installed in this acoustic-electric converts the natural tone of the guitar very well
- This is a very unique and innovative guitar, which may make traditionalists unhappy
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The Breedlove Pursuit Concert acoustic-electric is an instrument that makes its mark in the music industry by being absolutely unique.
The design of the headstock and the body of the guitar are one of the most unique looking on the classical guitar market, whereas the playability of the neck is incredibly comfortable and easy to play on. Have fun playing with your new Breedlove Pursuit Concert guitar!
Danny grew up playing anything that looked like a guitar. Since some kids just don’t know how to grow up, he continues to write about guitars because you can do that these days.