COMING SOON TO HEARTBREAKER GUITARS: BREEDLOVE AND BEDELL
In 2022, Heartbreaker Guitars will begin carrying models from Breedlove Guitars, as well as Bedell Guitars. Both companies are immensely accomplished, bring beautiful products to market and possess a high level of commitment to the quality of their build, the high-grade materials utilized and how their guitars represent their respective companies as a whole. Breedlove and Bedell’s guitars embody the passion that we have for finely crafted guitars that aim to push the boundaries of what an acoustic instrument can be and the consistent pursuit of the ultimate tone. As we begin a relationship with these fine companies, we would like to give you some background information and history on how Breedlove and Bedell got to the point that they are at today.
Based in Bend, Oregon, Breedlove Guitars was established in 1990 by former Taylor Guitar luthiers Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson. Due to the market for custom acoustic guitars reaching a new height of interest at that time, the two decided that it was a perfect time to begin bringing their visionary designs to life. Aiming to advance the current scope of what acoustic guitars were capable of, they hyper-focused on their build quality, employing high-grade tops, a signature asymmetrical headstock design, winged bridges, bridge trusses and other premium components that all came together to create a unique line of custom, high end fingerstyle instruments. When Larry’s brother Kim Breedlove, a master luthier, joined the team and began to broaden the range of design, sonic capacity and the fine-tuning of certain assembly practices, the company was brought into a completely different realm. Noteworthy for their employment and popularization of Oregon Myrtlewood as a tonewood, they soon began to develop their unique space in the acoustic guitar community. Myrtlewood, as described by Breedlove on their website, “combines the best elements of Rosewood, Mahogany and Maple; rich bass, warm mid-range and clear, bright trebles.” As of 2022, Breedlove offers four distinct body styles that each have their own unique voice and can be used in the context of a multitude of genres and applications. From largest to smallest: The Concerto, with a 25 ½” scale and a 16”lower bout; The Concert, with a 25 ½” scale and a 15” lower bout; The Concertina, with a 25” scale length and a 14 ¾” lower bout; and The Companion, a travel-sized guitar with a 23 ½” scale length and a 13.53” lower bout. With a keen sensibility for the use of sustainable materials, Breedlove refuses to use clear-cut woods in their guitars, only employing sustainably sourced tonewoods. Breedlove also boasts a fine array of notable artists who stand behind their products; Lisa Loeb, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Jeff Pilson of Foreigner all stand behind Breedlove as quality products.
Along with Breedlove, Bedell Guitars will also be joining the lineup here at Heartbreaker. Bedell Guitars was founded by Tom Bedell in 1964, after his enthusiasm and passion with the state of guitar building and providing talented instrumentalists with quality products had piqued. However, Bedell decided to turn his attention to other ventures and business opportunities, eventually relaunching Bedell Guitars in proper form in 2011 after acquiring Breedlove Guitars in 2010. The company has a strong set of principles when it comes to the specifications of their design, build process, the quality of their materials and tonewoods and their environmental impact. They refuse to use wood from clear-cut trees and their materials are sourced in ethical ways. In their own words, “The Bedell Custom Shop is home to the world’s largest collection of fully documented, legally transferable Brazilian rosewood among its broad assortment of premium tonewoods… each, hand voiced and Sound Optimized to deliver custom builder sound and tonal balance. From the individually shaped and fit pre-war dovetail neck joints to hand chiseled X-brace tonebars, every dreadnought, orchestra and parlor is truly handcrafted to achieve superior bench builder sound.”
These two companies hold themselves to incredibly high standards and have been bringing high quality, unique products to market. We are very proud to begin a relationship with these fine guitar companies and look forward to what they will be introducing in the future!
As of March of 2022, our new guitars have started to arrive! Check out these incredible, brand new Jeff Bridges Organic Signature Concert Copper E models! Featuring all-solid tonewoods, a torrefied European Spruce top and African Mahogany body, these guitars are striking in person. The unique "All in this together" inlay in the African Ebony fingerboard finishes off the beautiful look of these two brand new guitars from Breedlove. Check 'em out!