Here we have a Breedlove Quartz A-Style mandolin dating to 2002 and built at the Breedlove shop in Bend, Oregon. The A-Style body design is sometimes referred to as a ‘teardrop’, and dates to the late 1890’s and was one of the radical innovations made by Orville Gibson, bringing violin-family construction techniques into the mandolin and guitar world.
This instrument uses a solid, carved spruce top and maple back and sides. It’s in overall quite good condition for its age, with minor fret and finish wear. A Fishman bridge pickup has been installed with and endpin jack.
Breedlove designs and builds handmade guitars and mandolins and is based in Bend, Oregon. The company was founded in 1990 by Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson who had been working for Taylor guitars. Their designs tend towards the needs of fingerstyle players, with an attention to consistently clear and well-defined tone.
The Breedlove Quartz mandolin line was intended to deliver performance without the costs associated with elaborate decoration. These instruments make use if quality woods and materials, but lack binding and have satin finishes; both binding and gloss finishes can dramatically increase production time and costs, and don’t necessarily increase an instrument’s quality. These models also use a bolt-on neck design rather than a dovetail, and this not only helps in production but in the event a neck reset is required, costs are dramatically lower.
A hardshell case is included.
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