Solid Sitka Spruce
Solid Indian Rosewood
The Blueridge BR-361 is a premium parlor guitar that retails for more than one grand. As such it comes with top shelf specs, including an all-solid tonewood body and extra cosmetic appointments.
Adirondack spruce and high-end Brazilian rosewood have become scarce after WWII, no thanks to wrong industrial practices and over-forestation, this cause the price of raw materials to sky rocket and made guitar building practically impossible. Thankfully, manufacturers were able to find worthy alternatives like Sitka spruce for the top and Indian rosewood for the back and sides. Guitar builders also started using a more renewable alternative to mahogany. Up to this day, these cost effective and environmental friendly alternatives continue to be the go-to tonewood of choice for many manufacturers, Blueridge included.
This parlor guitar starts off with a solid sitka spruce top, following old school designs to reproduce the punch and clarity of old parlor guitars. The top is supported by forward shifted X-bracing pattern following traditional construction methods, along with the guitar's all-solid East Indian rosewood back and sides. These all-solid tonewoods form the guitar's compact parlor guitar shape. The familiar punch and clarity expected from this combination complements the inherently mid-rangey tone of parlor guitars, resulting in a more balanced and punchy sound that still carries the characteristically throaty sound of the parlor guitar shape.
Check out the unofficial video demo below to see the BR-361 in action:
The neck is crafted from mahogany and topped by ebony fingerboard, it has a nut width of 1 x 7/8" to ensure that fingering is easy, meeting the ever growing demands of modern players. The scale length is 24.75" following traditional specs.
As expected, Blueridge did not skimp on cosmetics, which include the black ABS binding, Dalamatian tortoise pickguard, and the traditional looking slotted headstock.
Other features include maple bridge plate, ebony pyramid-style bridge, nickel plated tuners with grained ivoroid ABS buttons, bone nut and bone saddle.
The Blueridge BR-361 Parlor Guitar is currently retailing online for just under
$1250. Visit Saga Music for further details.
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