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Breedlove Northwest Classic

Sitka Spruce Top
Myrtlewood Back & Sides
Maple Neck, Schaller Tuners
Master Class Walnut Binding

No guitar expresses the spirit of the Pacific Northwest more eloquently than the Northwest model. This instrument is created from woods native to the region. The back and sides are myrtlewood from Oregon’s coastal mountains. Harmonizing with the myrtlewood’s glowing golden color and intricate grain pattern are a top of Sitka spruce from Alaska, a neck of Pacific Northwest big leaf maple, and a binding of walnut from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The personality of the Northwest conveys itself most powerfully in the fingerboard, inlaid with authentic Northwest totem images, hand engraved in abalone and mother-of-pearl. With sound quality and responsiveness to match its visual beauty, the C25 Northwest is an instrument that will lift your spirit – and your playing – to new levels.

This particular Breedlove Northwest Classic is a stunner, and is in phenomenal condition with the exception of one crack in the finish - a little over an inch long, right under the point of the bridge on the treble side. The crack appeared at some point while the instrument was in transit across the country via air freight. The box showed little sign of trauma, so I'm not completely sure what caused this crack to appear. Could have been temperature... could have been a bump. But there it is... thoroughly pictured below. The guitar was sent immediately to Breedlove for inspection, to verify that the check is in the finish only, and indeed it is - the top is not affected at all beyond the finish. While there, Breedlove opted to cut a new saddle and give the instrument a fresh setup, just to be sure it was everything it could be in terms of tone and playability.

This guitar plays beautifully - the Myrtlewood/Sitka combination produces instruments with a crisp, clear voice, and this particular guitar has a balanced, focused tone that works very well for fingerstyle and plectrum/strumming applications.

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