US acoustic guitar specialist Breedlove has developed a new bodyshape, the Concerto size, which it claims delivers a higher level of guitar resonance, volume and intonation. The company says its new handcrafted guitar shape was: ‘…designed to elicit the volume of a classic dreadnought, but with more lush, complex tonal resonance and a comfortable form whether sitting or standing’.
The Breedlove Concerto is crafted from tonewoods including myrtlewood, mahogany, rosewood, koa and cocobolo and Bredlove claims that the new design, which increases the interior air space and reduces the sound hole size to decrease air resistance, allows the woods to resonate better.
The company also claims to be using a new proprietary ‘Sound Profiling’ technology that allows it to to ‘dial in’ each piece of wood’s ideal frequency ‘based on extensive research’.
‘Because tonewoods harvested from different parts of a tree have varying characteristics, Breedlove precisely Sound Profiles every top and back individually to target specific frequencies. The tops are then sanded to a thinness that will deliver those frequencies. This process brings out each wood’s special characteristics to produce significant volume and a palette of distinct tonal flavors,’ Breedlove says.
The new Concerto shape is immediately available in the company’s Oregon series and will be integrated into the rest of the Breedlove line-up starting from 1st January 2017.