Thoughts on Breedlove Guitars


Doctor of Teleocity
Vendor Member
Sep 19, 2005
I looked at Taylor, but the model I think I want (414 CE) is no longer made. And I’m a little wary of just ordering one through the mail to see if I like it or not.

I am not a fan of the Taylor Depression System electronics. And I find many of their lower end models to be obscenely over priced.
When I bought my main acoustic, I based it on "live performance sound." I don't play in the parlor. When I play acoustic, I'm plugged in and don't really care much about the unamplified sound.
I noticed that every time I was in a club and heard a great on-stage acoustic sound, it was a Martin. Every time.
I actually prefer the acoustic sound of the Breedlove, and they play really great too but, live performance is the most important criteria for me so, the Martin was a no-brainer. I have a Martin Siris and it gets the job done with aplomb.
Cost about $1500 seven years ago. And I just refretted it last year. It gets played!


Friend of Leo's
Nov 14, 2010
Santa Barbara
I based it on "live performance sound."
This is the key perspective. Where is it going to be used? I think Breedloves are completely undistinguished guitars that continue to place cosmetics -- pretty appearance, sometimes-odd wood choices -- above pure acoustic performance, but if you're playing plugged in and want a slicker neck, they could be perfect. I wouldn't buy one myself because there are numerous other options that are somewhat better for me because I play purely acoustically, or if amplified, it's through a mike. So Breedloves are not for me. The best pure acoustic sound of any of my guitars is, yes, the Eastman AC622CE special which has a combination of features, notably a soundport, that deliver a "better" sound than anything else I have, including some much more $$$ acoustics. It's "best" because it works for how I actually use those guitars. (It's also immaculately built.)


Poster Extraordinaire
Apr 29, 2003
I have a Breedlove Jeff Bridges model and it's an amazing guitar. All solid wood, nice neck, fine balanced tone. I was a little put off by the signature thing, but, for the bucks - I got it for about five bills - it's a great guitar. A buddy who runs a studio kind of scoffed when he first saw it, but now he keeps trying to convince me to sell it to him.

buster poser

Poster Extraordinaire
May 1, 2018
Tewa Land NM
I have a ‘Pursuit’ CE in Mahogany... I love it. At $350 or so it is not a ‘fine instrument,’ of course, but its construction has held up after moving from humid Maryland to bone-dry NM and it’s never seen a humidifier and I leave it out on a stand. When I pick it up (not often), it’s in tune and stays that way. I don’t know how their non-China models are and maybe I’ve been lucky but this one is solid.

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