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Subject: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 03:12 PM

I'm shopping for guitars for my son, $500-600 or less. I'm considering the Yamaha FG502, a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. About $550. But I came across this Blueridge Guitar: Click here

All solid woods, rosewood back & sides, spruce top, mahogany neck w/ adjustable truss rod, bound body w/ herringbone purfling, bound rosewood fingerboard w/ abalone snowflake inlay, solid peghead w/ torch inlay, tortoise pickguard, natural finish, imported from the Far East. BR7S......list $795.00.....our price $555.55

Has anyone had any experience with these guitars, any opinions?


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Giac
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 04:01 PM

I played a Blueridge for about three years. Loved it! Full sound, easy to play, in register. It belonged to a fellow with whom I played at the time, or I'd still be playing it.

His young daughter (whom I started teaching to play at age five), graduated to a Blueridge, in the price range you mentioned, at age nine, when she went on to a professional instructor. She still plays the guitar and is 18 now. It still is in register, is easy to play and has developed a rich, full sound.

I have owned Yamahas. Don't care for them, as a personal opinion. But, that was 20+ years ago. Have no thoughts on what Yamaha turns out these days.

I'm sure others who are more knowledgable will have better opinions.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,jonesey
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 04:54 PM

Hi Fortunato, Went and looked at the guitar and in my opinion it doesn't differ from any of the others I've seen of late from the far east(meaning Korea, I think). The craftmenship is good and clean for the most part and as it is all solid wood it's hard to go wrong. In a few years should he continue to play it I would take it to your most trusted luthier and have him/her scallop the bracing as there will be a significant improvement in the tone/volume. Any builder knows how to do it and for 2-300.00 you can have the tone of a guitar costing thousands. If the sides and back were laminated I wouldn't suggest it as they 'peak' t/vwise in about 5 years. It reminds me of the Washburns that flooded the market around 20 years ago w/that same type of 'snowflake inlay' on the fretboard. Fine guitar for the money. I'm not a big fan of Yamahas. Good luck.

PS. I bought my son an old Gibson Grabber bass a few years ago for $175.00W/case. Had emg-select replacement pickups and was solid and playable. 2 mos. later a punk band called Green Day had a huge hit album and the bass player used the same bass! 6 mos. later the book value went to $600.00...you never know.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 05:21 PM

I play a Blueridge guitar...it's about 11 years old and cost around $350-$400. Not sure of the model off-hand. It has a lot of volume and is pretty even sounding. It's held up well and everyone who plays it likes it. It's not as fancy as the one on the link but has rosewood back and sides. The neck is good and is easy to play, even with heavy strings.

Michael


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 05:30 PM

You might look around a bit. Elderly is not the least expensive place to shop for an instrument. I checked with my local guitar shop and he can beat that price so I suspect you could do the same at a smaller shop or on the net.

Played one once and it was a nice guitar I thought. Been a long time ago though. If this is for a new player you might want to look at the Seagull (sp). I was pleasantly surprised at the tone and volumne for the price.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 06:15 PM

Fort, if that guitar plays as good as it looks, I'd grab it in a heartbeat. One of my favourite instruments is a 35 year old "Tama" Martin knock-off that I found in a junk store for practically nothing.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: bigchuck
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 07:08 PM

There's been a fair amount of very positive buzz about this guitar on the Flatpick List, though I haven't played one myself yet. There's also been some very favorable comment about a couple of new Alvarez all-solid models (MD somethings), so you might want to check them out as well.
Sandy


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 07:32 PM

Hi Fort....With this thread in mind, I stopped this evening at the small guitar store in Lancaster (I really admire this guy to have gotten the store off the ground in Lancaster, and he's doing pretty fair). He has a lot of copies and a few nice pieces too and I drop in and talk every few weeks. He's had the BR's for awhile now and likes them himself but has problems in fitting them into the budget market around here which is flooded with real crap. John is left handed and has been a Martin nut for years, but he liked the sound of the BR's and ordered a lefty in to better demo the product.

I didn't play one because he sold the 7 a few weeks ago and has three ordered. But he played for me and the thing has a nice sound and is indeed very close to a D-28. John has an old 28 lefty and we tried the comparison and it was damn good. In just looking, you can see the action is well set and overall finisn level is qquite good. We had a mirrored look inside and I had to get going.

Personal opinion? This guitar is very reminiscent of my "Lawsuit Tak." The top is a Grade Two Spruce, but looked good and again, sounded great. Looking at the inside was most telling........VERY clean and what appears to be fine workmanship. No glue to be seen anywhere with an almost "sanded" look.....very smooth, very neat. There's a lot of guitar here for the money. John was asking more than Elderly, but that's irrelevant. The extra attention to detail here is what makes it very much like the "Lawsuit Taks" and you know how nice those were. I frankly would like to have one of these myself.

And for you Seagull nuts (nice guitars I agree)......These are a good bit above Seagull in workmanship and to me at least, in sound quality as well. Big sound here Fort.....really. John says he ought to have them in in a week so I'm looking forward to stopping back and playing one.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,Fortunato, grateful
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 09:37 PM

Hey, hey, Giac and jonesy and Rick and Michael and everyone thanks a Million!

'SPAW that was mighty thoughtful of you. I appreciate your time and your opinion very much. I haven't found a dealer yet but I'm sure someone has them around here. As said above the buzz is good! I'll play as many as a can and pick a good one for Ian. Thanks for the comments, 'spaw on the interior and the quality of the instrument. There's nothing like the opinion of someone I respect. Thanks to all!. Regards, Fortunato.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: 53
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 09:43 PM

you might want to try one of the mid priced larivees, they are really nice guitars for the money. BOB


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 15 Nov 01 - 03:41 PM

Oh, man, I'm bummed. Nobody seems to have one in my area.

'SPAW! If you test drive one in a week or so let me know. Thanks a heap.

BOB (53) The mid level Larivee's are more than I want to pay, but you're right they're nice. But the BR-7S by all accounts is, as Brother Fielding likes to say, a 'horse' or under $600.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Nov 01 - 05:27 PM

Will do Fort....I'm about a tenth of the picker I hear you are, but I generally have a good handle on the other aspects, like wood and construction. But I am anxious to play one. Like I said, John finds them really "playable" with a nice neck.

BTW, my son Michael is getting braces which has the side benfit of hanging out at his store a bit since it's real close to the orthodontists office.

KAREN: "Do you want me to take Mike to the dentist?"
PAT: "Oh I dunno'......*sigh*......I guess I'll take him."
KAREN: "Are you sure?"
PAT: "Yeah, it's okay Honey, you get some rest."

hehehehehehehehehehehe

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: 53
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 04:56 AM

try a takamine g series, i just got one and it;s a good looking and a great sounding guitar for the money, they run around 350 to 450 dollars. BOB


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 12:21 PM

Brother Fortunato (I like that...it sounds like were all Teamsters!!)

Take that money you've been saving for your kids' University fees (they'll get by just fine) and BUY THAT LARRIVEE AT THE TWELFTH FRET!!

I've been in there four times and on my mother's grave, it's A MONSTER! You NEED it guy.

OK, let's be completely honest and personal here, 'cause we KNOW that most Mudcatters have no interest in this thread, so we've got almost total privacy in here.

It's ME that really needs that guitar! The problem is that I simply can't come up with an argument that will convince Heather of it. She fights dirty! She'll ask what's wrong with my other seven guitars...if her back's to the wall, she'll DEMAND to know why I can't sell a few of the other thirty odd instruments in the basement. The woman has learned so much from me in the past 13 years, she counters every one of my arguments without breaking a sweat. Hell, I thought I had her, when I demanded to know why SHE has thirty pairs of shoes.....or even more sets of underwear..look, how many bras does one person NEED?

When she had calmed down (and the blood over my eye had dried) I tried using a religious argument (She used to be a Scottish Presbyterian...whatever they are) and recalled (with a bit of invention) a dream I (might have) had:

"Honey, God spoke to me and said, 'with this new Larrivee YOU will bring peace to the world, AND will be able to provide Heather with great riches, with which she can buy huge quantities of bras...'"

Nuthin works....I'm reduced to living vicariously...buy the damn thing, so I can hear all the details!

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 01:19 PM

Lay the secret handshake on me, Brother Fielding.

Well, sweet Susette didn't say I COULDN'T buy the Larivee, she just looked at me real quiet like. Under her steady gaze I happened to remember I didn't actually have 1700 dollars just lying about. Hiting the thrift savings account for a guitar didn't sound like a sound fiscal decision and then there's the little matter of my son Matthew's college room and board in January.

I sort of talked myself out of it.

I would like to help you, but I'm in guitar heat and frustrated myself.

I have to buy my 13 year old a guitar so he'll quite playing my Gibson and get the hell out of my seat. Consequently I'm looking for one of these BR-7S. If it sounds as good as they say I might keep it for myself! (Hee Hee) Bad dad. Just kidding.

Say when are You and Heather coming to see us? It's 70 and sunny in DC today and the anthrax is all cleaned up.

Regards, Chance


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 01:35 PM

Rick,

I forgot say that the obvious answer to your question to Heather: "Why do you need 30 pairs of shoes, 40 changes of underwear and 25 bras?"

is:

Because I do, OKKKKKKKK!

Personally I think you're flirting with disaster here, Brother Fielding.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: UB Ed
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 01:41 PM

Fortunato, I have a hard time believing you can't find a Blue Ridge in the DC area. I don't know if they have it, but my buddy owns a store in Garrisonville and occasionaly has some treasures (including Larivees that don't cost $1200). Check him out Click here

Ed


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 01:56 PM

Thanks Ed. I've called: Bran at Pickers Supply

Mars Music

Guitar Center

Chuck Levins Washington Music Center

Appalachian Bluegrass

Victor Litz

The House of Musical Avarice, uh, Traditions

I called Saga Musical Instruments who imports them and they gave me false leads only and haven't called back.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 01:57 PM

Yeah, and since Heather, Suzette, and Karen, probably aren't reading this thread either along with the rest of the multitudes, let's talk about bras.

Karen doesn't have 30 of them and she is very good about not buying them often. I'm sure she would, but we could buy a new Porsche cheaper! Karen passed "over-endowed" a long time ago and is now in the warp drive category of boobs. Do you guys have any idea how much a bra costs when you're up in the 42JJ range??? Geeziz, I feel bad for her because every so often she asks, "Do you think we can afford for me to buy a new bra?" I mean honestly, it's kinda' pathetic whrn buying a bra is a major financial decision, but these damn things are expensive. She keeps about 5 in the rotation and as I think about it, I need to budget for another 1 or 2 in December........Even worse, she never finds one that is truly comfortable. Imagine buying guitar after guitar and never finding one that played well.........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 02:16 PM

Discussing our wive's undies on the web! Right. Rick. Oh, Rickkkkkkkkkkkkkk. 'Spaw's gonna get us in big trouble again...



"No, stop, put down that vacuum cleaner, it was him not me. Don't vacuum that! Help, aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Duckboots
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 01:40 PM

Well well well!

So THIS is what you guys REALLY discuss in these guitar threads. Rick's right about one thing though, I normally wouldn't dial into something like this......UNLESS I heard him laughing maniacally at something while I was doing the dishes. I asked "what's so funny"? His reply of "nuthin", piqued my interest so I just looked at the threads he'd posted to in the last couple of days and found it. I figured he'd never let someone 'top' him when it came to (his idea of) witty retorts, but I see that you've left EVERYONE speechless Pat.

Well I DON'T own twenty five bras, and at a puny 34 D, they hardly cost as much as a Porsche!

But he's right about one thing (Rick, surprisingly), I DO know all his tricks. Whenever he starts (oh so subtley) whining about "What went wrong with the sound system on last night's gig?" I know that he's eventually going to blame it on his current guitar and that's a prelude to a new round of "Geez, if I could ONLY find a guitar that sounds like a Martin and plays like a Gibson......whine, whine." Apparently the Larrivee he's been so shamelessly flogging at you Fort fits that bill. Or maybe not. Maybe it's just his 'time of the month'!

Oh darn it, time to go wash his ONE pair of jockey shorts. I wish he'd get a second pair, but they don't sell them at the 12th Fret.

Right on Karen and Suzette!

Heather


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 01:53 PM

Duckboots,

I was not speechless, but I have learned when to SHUT MY MOUTH. I am seldom at a loss of words. Intelligent comments may not be forthcoming, but there's no dearth of words.

Come down and see us and bring himself along.




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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 02:07 PM

Hey, Hey, Hey, Lodge Brothers,

I've got a line on some BR-7S fixin' to be be delivered wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy down in Culpeper, Virginia. It's about 2 hours away but hey, my kid only gets one first guitar, eh?

I did my best to ingratiate myself with Saga out in California and requested that JP see that some real good ones get sent to Culpeper Music.

I'll resurrect this thread to update the continuing saga of Ian's guitar and the undergarments of the ladies auxilliary.

cheers, chance.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 06:27 PM

Culpepper - My Grandmother's family came from out there. Had an Uncle still there until the late 80s when he died.

A second instrument? You mean there are people out there with more than one guitar? How do you afford it? The string bill alone - I mean - wow -

And Spaw I understand the price of large bras - well I better not go there - but more than one instrument??? Hmmmmm - - - How does one convince their partner they need more than one?

Steve


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 11:14 PM

"How does one convince their partner they need more than one? "

Verrrry carefully Steve!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: catspaw49
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 11:23 PM

Good on ya' Chance....Anxious to hear your impressions. I hate to laud something like this because sure as hell........well, I hope not.....and I stand by what I saw here.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,Skivee
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 12:12 AM

House of Musical Avarice??? As I am the manager of HMT, I would love to chat with you via E-mail, about why your wrath is sent our way. 20 to 35% off list on guitars is avarice? PS. We have had a few Blueridge guitars, sounded nice, but with minor construction irregularities. one had a split open ine the top. We decided not to stock more. Your mileage may vary. Skivee1@aol.spamcom Remove the "Spam" to reply


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,Dewey
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 01:58 AM

BLUERIDGE GUITARS ARE THE LOUDEST!!! LOUDEST!!! LOUDEST!!! Guitars I have EVER played in my entire LIFE!!! Honest! And I have played a lot of guitars. They are Louder than my MARTIN D-40, which after playing the Blueridge I sold. (because it was louder and more accurate sounding than my martin and was easier to play since the action was low and the neck was thin. If you are a flatpicker or record music, you will prefer the Blueridge. It is more even toned and accurate, projects sound and has a ringy tone. Martins are overly boomy in my opinion and exaggerate the base, thus the strings interact with each other. I set my Blueridge next to my martin and recorded digitally on both: My martin was flat, the Blueridge was a CANNON: twice as loud, twice as detailed.

Bottom line if you play folk or bluegrass you will love the ringy projected detail this guitar delivers. If you like to be heard, you will burry everyone else at a jam session by playing this guitar as it is the loudest guitar IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Louder than my martin, my friend's gibsons, taylors etc. (and he is a collector) The sound is one hundred percent unique e.g. RINGY, LOUD AND PROJECTED.

Stay away from the BR-3's though. They are really cheap and have too low of action and buzz. BR-6S and BR-7S are the best Bleugrass guitars in the world in my opinion. I am a flatpicker, and I stopped playing my D-40 martin I paid $2500.00 when I discovered the Blueridge.

Go for the sound and playability, not the price tag or name! The Blueridges my not be made of the expensive woods of Martin or Taylor but they sound BETTER than these guitars STILL. Buy this one for your son you will not be disappointed. I've played them ALL and I prefer my $500.00 Blueridge.

Dewey


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,Dewey
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 02:43 AM

Try ebay. That's where I bought my Blueridge. And it didn't cost me $555.00. There are a lot of music stores that turn to ebay to sell their overstock, and the best part about this is that you can usually get a warranteed guitar by a dealer on ebay at a price of your choosing. And of course, you cannot do this though a retail shop! If your kid still loves the classic boomy sound of a Martin, you may want to simply try buying him a martin. the low end DXM and DM's sell for under $500.00. In fact I've bought DXM's guitars on ebay for under $300.00 without a case. and they sound every bit as nice as the fancy $4000.00 D-41's abalone inlaid models. I don't like the yamaha's personally, but I believe this is due the fact that I am biased against their looks, and not because they do not have competitive sound quality. Takamine's are a mixed bag, some are great, others are really cheap. Washburns have terrible clumpy necks the shape of which are perfect for bowhunting. Applause guitars are 100 percent plastic and make great boat paddles for canoeing! Good Luck in your search! (I'd go for a Blueridge if I were you!)

Dewey


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 01:12 PM

Skivee: Uh, oh, bad joke, sorry Skivee. I apologize about the avarice thing. Your store makes a big contribution to the folk community and I frequently buy things from you. You carry items no one else has and the service is generally quite good. I'll email you as well. Again, I'm sorry, I often recommend your shop.

Dewey thanks a lot for your suggestions and evaluations. Your opinion is shared by the flatpickers around the internet and I appreciate your enthusiasm.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 01 Dec 01 - 07:00 PM

Well, catspaw and Dewey and everyone I bought the guitar today. I my guitar buddy TJ O'Malley down to Culpeper with me to play the guitar and compare with me and we were very impressed. As all have said above the guitars are almost flawless. The woods are as advertised. Tone and playability are exceptional. The craftman ship is nearly flawless and the equal of anything I have seen. It is a cannon. It is very loud, easily overpowering the Taylor 710 we used for comparison, and stood toe to toe with a 910C with no trouble. The Taylor neck is superior, although the Blueridge was exceptionally playable. The intonation was accurate. Altogther an incredible value. Thank you all. Fortunato


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Dec 01 - 07:07 PM

ANd thanks for coming back to the thread Chance!! Glad you got it and now you can keep US posted on how it does as time goes by. They look to me to be an excellent value and I'm glad you found them the same.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 01 Dec 01 - 09:40 PM

Ain't it great to make the trip for the guitar you really want. Glad it was a success.

Don


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Dec 01 - 11:11 PM

OK, I'm really intrigued. I'm gonna look into these Blueridges.

Thanks Guys.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 06:06 PM

Geez - now I have to go out and play more guitars - see if I can fall in love with several - and Rick I will be very careful!!! Thanks for the advice!!!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 12:51 PM

OK...now you guys have got me thinking about buying another Korean guitar. I'll bet my Harmony was built in the same factory. Isn't there just one HUGE Korean factory making all these guitars? That's what I've been told anyhow. The Larivee "workhorse" sounds intriguing too. Damn. I thought I had it narrowed down to the Taylor 310, ya bastards....:>}


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 12:57 PM

I'm with you LonesomeEJ - if they would have just left well enough alone - sheesh -

Steve


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 01:14 PM

Er, by the way, is there a Larrivee model under $1000? If so, I haven't seen one.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 01:19 PM

Not that I have found EJ - the sale price on the one in Boise is $1200 or so. Probably a Ukelele or something. <

Steve


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 01:21 PM

Answered my own question by going to the Elderly site. Are the OM-03 Guitars made at the Larrivee factory? Any opinions on them? Are these dreadnoughts, or smaller scale body guitars?


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 01:24 PM

Sure are Leej.......The road series, list is about 900 and generally discounted.......such as this Also available in OM shape. Generally can be bought for about 800 with a case.

Steve, I wasn't suggesting the Blueridge necessarily in your case,because of the neck, but then again, you never know...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 01:25 PM

LonesomeEJ, the Blueridge BR-7S is made in China. The Taylor 310 has mahogany back and side and sounds (I played on the other day) somewhat different than the Blueridge which has a characteristic indian rosewood resonance.

regards, Fortunato


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 01:46 PM

Oops, I should have said sapele with a mahogany-like tone. Sorry.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 02 Jan 02 - 09:05 AM

Ian's in guitar owner heaven.

He's still with us, just seriously distracted with by his BR-7S.

Thanks to all who offered ideas and advice.

He's got his first love; remember how that felt?

He was abashed on Christmas morning and hasn't been far from his guitar since.

Best Regards to you all.

Chance


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,jhowlan@entergy.com
Date: 14 Aug 02 - 03:39 PM

I have been trying to buy a BR-7S and can't find onr anywhere. Anybody got any leads?????????????????


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 14 Aug 02 - 06:25 PM

I bought my son's in Culpepper, Va. PM me if you want more info. By the way it's everything that was said above.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Fortunato
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 10:57 AM

Guest, go to www.sagainstruments.com and call them. they'll tell you which dealers to go to in your area.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,guitarfixer
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 07:48 AM

For those who dislike the Yamahas but like the Takamines, most of the best Takamines I've seen are made by Yamaha and have all the same specs as the Yamaha. About 7 years ago, Takamine ran an ad in one of our trade mags: "The best value in a great acoustic guitar!" Trouble was, the exact same guitar was available under the Yamaha brand logo for about $100 less. C.F. Martin was also selling the same Yamaha-made instrument in their Sigma line at a lower price than the Tak. "The best value (except if you want the same guitar at a better price)." To determine a Yamaha-made Tak, look for "Made in Taiwan" on the paper label inside, and look for a bridge saddle that's about 1/8" thick, not the 3/32" of most other makers. BTW, Sigma guitars now are made by Samick, not Yamaha. The quality is not half as good and neck alignment problems are frequent. The looks are almost the same, quality was much, much better with the Yamahas. As to Blueridge, we think these guitars can represent a great value. One model features Brazilian Rosewood veneer on the back and sides (outside) and mahogany (possibly sapelli) on the interior veneer. Nice, big sound, but some individual instruments are a bit tempermental with season changes, so these are not good candidates for trimming down the braces to get even more sound. That would likely make your guitar a maintenance nightmare. The Saga company is one of the worst at taking back instruments that are defective, so you may occasionally find a dealer selling one that should have been returned. They are, however, about the best at finding quality suppliers that no one else is using. They are usually not just selling another Samick product under a different logo. Höfner Guitars offers some of these same instruments at great prices. The dealer network is not real big yet. A prototype that sells for $200 was clearly in the $2,000 range, soundwise. Looks are great. Höfner has better return policies for dealers, so that's a plus, too.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Oct 10 - 09:24 PM

i own a bluridge and a D28 martin. both have excellent tone quality. what i like about the blueridge is the thinner neck and the lightweight smaller body which doesnot compromise the sound quality of the instrument. also the price is one third that of a martin.i have come to realize there are good luithers in china.as a rule guitars should be judged on an individual basis just like people.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: Slag
Date: 06 Oct 10 - 05:25 PM

I own a BR-6S and it's a fine guitar. Looks like a top line Martin and sound is very good. Yep, made in China, nice inlays, etc. I gave $200. for it new at a "Going Out of Business" sale about 9 years ago. I'd trade it and a dozen more like it for a Taylor. To me, That's the stuff of dreams. But given my abilities, I'm very happy with the Blue Ridge.


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Subject: RE: Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions?
From: GUEST,terry
Date: 08 Dec 12 - 04:00 AM

im confused i looked at 2 dozen blue ridge guitars i seen 140 143 all kind cant find no 6 or 7s i played d 28 martin all i ever had want a blueridge for my kid is br 140 fair guitar


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