fine guitars & mandolins, finely represented.
Imagine Guitars - Gallery
home | gallery

Breedlove C15, 1996

Western Red Cedar Top
Koa Back and Sides
Masterclass Rosewood Binding
Custom Fingerboard Contour
Koa Peghead Overlay

This 1996 Breedlove C15 sports some really nice appointments, and has been nicely played-in. A Western Red Cedar Top is paired with Koa on the back and sides, and a Koa rosette and peghead overlay tie things together nicely. This is all complemented by a Master Class binding of Rosewood (note the tapered tail stripe and bound neck), accented crisply with top, side and back purfling. This C15 also has a somewhat rare upgrade - an extended fingerboard that is contoured to follow the soundhole, rather than the normal square end. The fingerboard itself is blank. The top edge of the fingerboard binding is slightly rounded, giving it a nicely finished appearance that also happens to make it very comfortable to play. The neck is finished with a higher, thicker gloss finish than Breedlove is currently using, and to my knowledge this was not common in 1996 either. But the result is a really sleek, fast neck - very cool!

This instrument is in excellent condition. There are three dings in the headstock, on the front side edges. Also, there is a rough patch of finish on the side, right on top of the lower bass side bout, and also a small section on the top of the guitar - basically the area where your arm would sit. There's no visible sign - just a patch you can feel that's a little rough, the likely result of friction over the guitar's lifetime, or possibly from someone putting it away after a perspiration-inducing session without wiping it first. I expect that this could be buffed smooth pretty easily - there's an automotive finishing compound that's excellent for this sort of thing. I might have a go myself if I get time this week. Contact me for more information on this.

This is a decked-out Breedlove, and yet the combination of features makes for a crisp and very tastefully appointed guitar. Includes a Fishman Matrix Natural 1 pick-up and neck strap button, both installed. Also includes the original Breedlove hardshell case, which shows a few cosmetic scrapes and some mildly tarnished buckles, but is structurally rock-solid (I would never ship a guitar in anything less.)

Back to Previous Page

Words/Images ©2005 Imagine Guitars