Blueridge BR-160 Review

Coming to you straight from Blueridge’s Historic Series is the Blueridge BR-160. It has such a classic feel to it and is well known for having a high-quality sound. The BR-160 is not only a vintage type guitar, but it stays true to the Blue Ridge brand with its look and feel.

Blueridge BR-160 Review Verdict

It has a traditional construction; boasting its “X” pattern and hand carve parabolic top braces that allow for an incredible depth of sound. 

Blueridge is a well-trusted brand, and the BR-160 is shown off its ability to offer an affordable guitar with a professional sound and feel.

+ I Like

- I Don't Like

Beautiful vintage look

Good bass

Sitka wood top makes it more durable

Doesn't come with a case

- I Don't Like

Doesn't come with a case

Sound

Need something for your trip to the coffee shop open mic? Going to a jam session with the band? The BR-160 attributes itself that sort of intimate feel to it, but is still great if you’re looking for a guitar with deep tones and clear sounds. 

It’s great for rhythm and blues and country type music. This guitar is perfect for anything that requires fingerpicking and sonorous strumming. And if you don’t know your sound, this model is a great place to start experimenting! But it’s not just in the aesthetic of the guitar. As soon as you hear it, you’ll understand the kind of vibe that it lends itself to.

When it comes to the sound, it’s important to look and the design and the intentions behind it. I’m seeing that if you are a beginner, this guitar is a great introduction to music. It carries that classic sound while boasting a low profile neck and beautiful inlays along the fretboard that allows it to be very playable. It creates great sounds that are both loud and bright.

The Blueridge BR-160 has a great mid-range sound that can be used for any number of songs that require strumming and fingerpicking alike.

Look and Feel

Though it’s a dreadnought, the body of the BR-160 isn’t as large as you might think. Some people might be looking for a large guitar with a high profile and a booming sound for concert stages or more massive scale performance.

Suited for more intimate environments, the BR-160 is a purely acoustic guitar that has strong projection and intonation. The size of it makes it much more playable than an average large-bodied dreadnought and excellent for fingerpicking as well.

There’s a little twist to the look of this guitar that lends itself to a more snazzy vintage look. The headstock is inlaid with an ornate design akin to swooping filigree. Not only that, but above the design is the Blueridge logo sitting right at the head of the headstock.

Blueridge br-160 acoustic guitar on a white background

What grabbed my attention is the wild-looking pickguard in the classic Blueridge dalmatian style pattern that accompanies the surrounding crisp yellow spruce beautifully.

For some, though, they might not like the design nor the clashing patterns that come with this guitar. On the other hand, not many people understand that the dalmatian pattern is the cornerstone of the Blueridge trademark. The BR-160 is a classic vintage guitar, but it also draws one’s eyes with its exciting design.

Materials

How does Blueridge achieve this strong mid-range sound? That Sitka Spruce is the culprit here! It’s used in the top wood to create such strong and clear intonation. It creates not only a strong mid-range, but also a clear and crisp sound.

The Sitka Spruce face looks especially beautiful against the deep brown back and sides. It has a beautiful color to it; having a classic face with white body binding and herringbone inlays throughout.

Like all of the parts of this guitar, the top wood is made from one solid piece and has a beautiful grain pattern stretching out throughout the body. 

Acoustic guitar Blueridge BR-160

The fretboard is solid mahogany and serves as a strong base to the neck where it meets the body at a dovetail joint. Its back and sides are made from East Indian Rosewood which allows for more complex tones as the music rings through the body. The Rosewood brings out a beautiful deep intonation and will add complex overtones to any song. 

Knowing that your guitar is made from high-quality materials means never doubting the longevity of your guitar. And even though it is an affordable guitar, Blueridge still provides its stellar craftsmanship and high-quality materials in this amazing guitar.

Verdict

The BR-160 blows all other guitars out of the water. It served a need in the market for a reliable mid-range guitar with and bold classic sound. The herringbone inlays and the intricate swooping design on the headstock make it beautiful sounding and looking. 

This one is something that every guitarist should have in their collection. Its high-quality materials make it not only a great sounding guitar, but a long-lasting one as well. Blueridge is setting a standard for vintage style guitars, and they make no room for anything less than a spectacular instrument.

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