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Breedlove Fusion, 2001

Deep Body, Sharp Cutaway
Sitka Spruce Top
Mahogany Back/Sides
Focus MOP Fretboard Inlay
Fishman Matrix Natural 1

This is the Breedlove Fusion - a nicely appointed and well-equipped Breedlove that is as ready for the stage as it is for your living room. Outfitted with an "S" series Performance Package, the Fusion features a Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and sides, Black Bound Body and Neck, Ebony Fingerboard and Peghead Overlay, Breedlove Focus Inlay, Fishman Matrix Natural 1 pickup (later model stock Fusions include the Fishman pro blender, but the Matrix was standard when this guitar was made in 1991) and D'Addario EXP light gauge strings.

This guitar has spent most of its life in a dealer showroom, but it recently came back to Breedlove due to a minor finish issue. What seems to have happened is that the guitar wood "sucked in" the high gloss finish a little bit over time. The result is a finish that upon close examination is not flawlessly mirror-flat. Basically, if you look very very closely at the top and back of the instrument, you can see in places what looks like the natural surface of the wood in relief at the surface of the finish. This is a very subtle imperfection - you really have to go looking to see this, and even then, you might not think anything of it. In addition, there is a tiny finish lift on the bass side of the neck, right near the joint with the body.

Otherwise, this instrument is stellar in every way. I've always liked the Breedlove Fusion package - these guitars always seem to sound great, play sweetly, and offer a lot of responsiveness and solid tone in a very comfortable package. And the Fusion reflects the heart of the Breedlove aesthetic in a very tasteful way.

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