It must be hard to stand out in a market full of similar-ish designs, woods and looks. Of course, if you stray too far left or right, you risk completely alienating the guitar buying public. This model came with the same interesting wood selections as the dreadnaught, and for the most part ticked the same aesthetic boxes, though with a shape that’s arguably more familiar to the Australian guitar buying public. So I was keen to check out another acoustic with a slight twist from the Breed- love camp in the form of the Oregon Concert Burst.
Similar to its Dreadnaught shaped cousin, the Concert features Sitka Spruce, Hard Rock Maple, Ebony and Myrtlewood. This model has gone a slightly different route however, with stain nish back and sides. While the guitar is available in natural and burst variations, the review model I had featured a semi-gloss ‘whiskey burst’ nish for the top, very unique. Breed- love have also continued with the ‘asymmetrical headstock’ on the Oregon Concert, this time with the 3 a side look having a slightly more pointed edge. Different and edgy but still ts with the guitar’s overall looks and styling.
I found this guitar to be a little better pronounced in the mid-range than the concer, and slightly more hi with some added zing. There’s response and clarity, but not the huge EQ spectrum of some other guitars. I could see it working for quick lines and at picking, but also chords and rhythm playing to sit into the mix without disturbing other instruments. The body sits more comfortably on your knee or curled up to our body than standing, and the thinner profiled neck is again in action for plenty of playing without fatigue.
NEED FOR BREED
You have to give a nod to Breed- love for adding a little bit of edge to their models. Myrtlewood seems like a different choice, but it pays off, and the Whiskey Burst nish is well done and slightly different to your typical bursts on the market. The asym- metrical headstock looks a little more electric than traditional acoustic, but who said that’s a bad thing? I quite enjoyed the neck for a atter C shape, which lets you whip around easily but still has the width to feel like you’re really going for each note and getting a clear sound. The guitar comes with a very nice hard case and features an LR- Baggs Element VT pickup system as standard. There’s a lot to like about this one.
Hits and Misses
Nice neck profile
Not as full in the low end as some others
• Body Type – Concert
• Neck - Hard rock maple
• Top - Solid Sitka spruce
• Back/Sides - Solid myrtlewood
.• Fretboard – Ebony
.• Pickups - LRBaggs Element VT