Blueridge BR-70 6-String Acoustic Guitar
Gearank High Notes
Although the Blueridge brand is not as well known as some of the others included in our acoustic guitar guide, it is a brand that is very highly respected by expert reviewers and owners alike.
In fact the Blueridge was the 11th highest rated acoustic guitar brand in September 2017 and in January 2018 the BR-70 was the highest rated acoustic guitar in the $500 to $1000 price range.
Saga Music says the BR-70 was designed to produce traditional pre-war (1930's) dreadnought tones with an updated look.
- Body Shape: Dreadnought
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Body: Select Santos Rosewood back and sides
- Finish: High Gloss - Natural
- Bridge: Indian Rosewood
- Neck: Select Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Not specified
- Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius:
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.6" (650 mm)
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
The craftsmanship and build quality were consistently referred to in glowing terms in customer reviews. Most reviewers praised the sound with some saying it was as good as the Martin and Taylor guitars they'd owned.
A few people reported needing to lower the action to their personal preferences, although one reviewer said it's not hard to do I recommend getting the help of someone experienced if you haven't' previously done it yourself - this was a minority issue and most people seemed to be happy with the setup out of the box. Several people reported changing out the strings that came with it and that doing so resulted in a much better sound.
Whether playing to small crowds, or recording, this acoustic guitar is the stand-out in this price range.
Additional thoughts by Mason Hoberg
The Blueridge BR-70 is very similar to the BR-140, with one key difference: the Blueridge BR-70 comes with rosewood back and sides as opposed to mahogany. As we’ve covered elsewhere on this list, rosewood gives you a significantly different response when compared to the more common mahogany.
This difference is actually more noticeable with solid wood guitars, because solid wood shows off the characteristics of the tonewood its made from better than laminate. Because of this, the BR-70 is going to be a very punchy and articulate guitar. This makes it a phenomenal choice if you’re looking for a bluegrass machine or a guitar you can use to bust out some blues licks a la Eric Clapton’s Unplugged.