This Breedlove Ed Gerhard Master Class Special Edition – Calendar IX (2006) is part of the Calender Series. The fine guitars are considered to be the best of the best Breedlove Luthiers can build. The best Master Class tonewoods, exquisite inlaywork with the finest materials build by Jason Bowman and his team. It won’t get any better!
This is one of the 10 guitars in the Calender sereis that were build by Breedlove in 2006 to Grammy award winning fingerstyle guitarist 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 an Ivoroid binding. The beautiful three tone high gloss Sunburst top is bordered with a gorgeous Abalone purfling of Abalone. The Sunburst finish is a beautifully executed transition from a deep, dark edge, to a fiery crimson midtone, and smoothing to an amber-toned hue.
The Ebony 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. The custom Imperial Gold Grover Tuners give this instrument an extra touch of class. 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. This type of tuners are particularly well suited for rapid half/whole step drops. Starting from standard tuning one can easily nail a drop-D in a second!
The guitar has a rich, full tone that is well-suited for fingerstyle of course. But this 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.
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