Breedlove 2016 Solo Fretless Acoustic Electric Bass
Fretless Acoustic Bass
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A smooth, warm fretless acoustic-electric built by the craftsman at Breedlove
The Solo Fretless Bass takes advantage of the innovative sound hole and the solid cedar top to let the player feel and hear detailed, warm, bass timbres with all of the Breedlove sustain and clarity. Well suited for practice, ensemble and solo work, the Breedlove Solo Fretless Bass is far more audible to the player without sacrificing any forward sound projection, while the proprietary Breedlove Bridge Truss adds resonance while relieving stress on the instrument’s top.
If you’re a strummer seeking dominating sound, the Jumbo – Breedlove’s largest body shape by volume – is the perfect body shape for you. If you’ve played a Breedlove Jumbo, you know it’s a powerful experience: Sound feels sonically propelled by the movement of so much air inside the body. It’s specifically designed to convey big, beautiful chords across all six strings – a strummer’s paradise. These bodies provide a big bass response, and a sound that Breedlove Jumbo devotees describe reverently as “grand-piano like.” Breedlove Jumbos rise above the competition in their clarity and expressiveness due to their graduated tops, which add nuance to the tonal spectrum without losing volume.
BREEDLOVE BRIDGE TRUSS
The Breedlove Bridge Truss (BBT) reduces tension on the soundboard of the guitar, so the top wood is able to vibrate more freely, producing remarkable sustain, balance, and clarity. The BBT also allows for a thinner graduated top, thereby allowing Breedlove craftsmen to bring out the optimal sound from the top wood without sacrificing structural stability. Relieving much of the string tension from the bridge prevents “bridge belly,” ensuring top stability for decades. Guitar strings can exert up to 230 pounds of pull from the nut to the bridge. Traditional methods for preventing top bowing at the bridge usually involve heavy internal bracing and thicker tops. The BBT compensates for this pressure in an innovative way: The BBT is mounted to the bridge from the inside and is connected into the tail block of the guitar, pulling downward on the underside of the bridge to distribute some of the tension, relieving pressure on the top. The resulting tonal effect on BBT-equipped guitars is more resonance and livelier sound with enhanced overtones.
BREEDLOVE PINLESS BRIDGE
The Breedlove Pinless Bridge helps maintain the integrity of the top by eliminating the need for six drilled string holes. The fewer holes in your soundboard, the more evenly the sound wave can move across the interior, without any loss of energy. The Breedlove Pinless Bridge also provides a gentler string-break angle from the bridge to the top of the saddle, reducing saddle strain. This innovative bridge also makes string changes a breeze, especially on 12 strings. Plus, you’ll never again have to worry about lost, worn-out, or broken bridge pins.
Breedlove guitar necks feature a slimmer neck profile which enables comfortable play, even with smaller hands. The hand-rubbed, semi-gloss Breedlove neck finish also contributes to ideal playability. The labor-intensive finish process includes precise finish coat applications, fine sanding, and hand buffing and rubbing.
- Body type: Jumbo
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Solid wood top: Solid red cedar
- Back and sides: Mahogany
- Top finish: Gloss
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Number of frets: 23
- Nut width: 1-11/16 in.
- Tuners hardware: Bass, chrome
- Lower bout width: 17 in.
- Waist width: 9 5/8 in.
- Upper bout width: 11 3/8 in.
- Body length: 22 in.
- Body depth: 4 in.
- Pickup: LR Baggs Stage Pro
- Bridge: Pinless original
- Binding: Black
- Inlay: Offset dots