Breedlove Ed Gerhard
Master Class Spec. Ed.
Serial Number: 8082
Style: Jumbo, Shallow, Soft Cut
Top: Sitka Spruce
Binding: Ivoroid, Master Class
Fretboard: Ebony, Blank, with extension
Case: Breedlove Deluxe Hardshell
Warranty: Breedlove Limited Lifetime
Retail Price: $6,849
Breedlove Ed Gerhard Master Class Special Edition
- Calendar IX
The ninth entry in Breedlove's 2006 Calendar series is a custom guitar built
to Ed Gerhard's specifications. The result is the Ed Gerhard Master Class
Special Edition. Built on Breedlove's J15 platform (shallow jumbo body, soft
cutaway), this Gerhard MCSE features a Sitka Spruce top, and Rosewood back
and sides. The guitar is bound with Master Class Ivoroid binding, and the
top is bordered with a gorgeous top purfling
of Abalone. The top also sports a Sunburst finish, a beautifully executed
transition from a deep, dark edge, to a fiery crimson midtone, and smoothing
to an amber-toned hue.
fingerboard is left blank in an elegant understatement, but is adorned with
a curved fingerboard extension that gives this guitar a very unique and striking
appearance. Also unusual for a Breedlove is the use of Imperial Gold Grover
Tuners. With a styling that is art deco in influence, these tuners also happen
to be very comfortable to use, easy to adjust, and very precise. The Ed Gerhard
model excels when used in alternate/dropped tunings, and I noticed that these
tuners are particularly well suited for rapid half/whole step drops. Starting
from standard tuning, I can usually nail a drop-D in a second!
As you might expect, this instrument has a rich, full tone that is well-suited
for fingerstyle. After all, this is a model that was developed and designed
in collaboration with fingerstyle virtuoso Ed Gerhard. But the EG model is
also superb for just about any style of play, particularly more aggressive
fingerstyle and strumming/picking styles. Sweet and resonant in response
to a soft strum, wide open and wonderfully resonant when played with a meatier attack.
And despite the larger jumbo size, Breedlove's shallow body makes these guitars
very comfortable to play.
Includes Breedlove Deluxe Hardshell case, as pictured. Limited Edition - one
of only 10 made.