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Some Breedlove guitars can reach thousands of dollars, which is why we’ll pay attention to any of their models that come in at under $300 – such as the guitars in the Discovery Series. While several variations are available, (including an attractive dreadnought), it’s the concert version that really caught our eye. Let’s take a closer look at this introduction to the Breedlove line.
The first thing that attracted our attention when it came to the Discovery Concert was the modern, clean, and generally unfussy design in both the sunburst and natural finishes – apart from the black binding, the wood grain takes center-stage. While it’s an entry-level model for Breedlove, it feels anything but in the overall construction. It’s made in China, but still receives a stateside set-up and quality check at the workshop in Bend, Oregon.
The materials used are also good quality, with a solid Sitka spruce top, laminated mahogany back and sides, and a slim solid mahogany neck, which offers an easy playing experience for hands of all sizes. The fretboard is made of East Indian rosewood, while there is a total of 20 frets (14 in the clear). Finally, topping off the body and neck, is the cool distinctive Breedlove tapered headstock.
While electro-acoustics are a part of the Discovery Series, there are no electronics present on this concert. Nonetheless, the included hardware is still a good haul for the price, with sealed chrome tuners, a pinless rosewood bridge (making string changes a breeze), and a set of D’Addario EXP-16 strings. It also comes with a padded Breedlove gig bag, which is a handy accessory.
Truth be told, Breedlove don’t really make a bad sounding guitar, and the Discovery Concert is no different. Even in this lower price range there are few complaints – aside from a slight lack of low-end. However, it’s clean and bright, and offers plenty of warmth, while it projects very well indeed.
For a sub-$300 acoustic, you can’t ask for much more than what’s on offer with the Discovery Concert. Good looks, a sleek feel, and an easy-listening tone for an all-round affordable price. For beginners as much as intermediate players, this is a great introduction to Breedlove, who have produced another winner.