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Legacy Auditorium Black Shadow Sitka Myrtle Anthem

   
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LEGACY SERIES

The team at Breedlove are woodworkers, musicians, and outdoor enthusiasts that want to get the most out of every day. The opportunity to craft three special handmade acoustic and custom made guitars with every attention to detail in sound, feel and artistry is a gift more than a job…knowing that every piece of wood is unique and that how they are coupled determines every nuance in sound and tone. The exotic tonewoods have been carefully chosen for each of the three body shapes. Each Legacy is equipped with factory installed LR Baggs Anthem TRU-Mic electronics and a deluxe Breedlove hardshell 

  • Body type: AuditoriumOOO
  • Cutaway: Single
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back amp sides: Myrtlewood
For musicians wanting the tonal balance and note-for-note clarity of the Legacy Concert, but seeking a bigger sound, we created the Legacy Auditorium Black Shadow. Matching the power of Sitka spruce with the amazing tonal balance of myrtlewood results in added energy and projection. The Breedlove Bridge Truss enables overtones allowing each note to bloom and limits stage feedback during performances. The Legacy Auditorium holds its own in an ensemble as well as accommodating solo fingerstyle performance. The Black Shadow finish, with exquisite mother of pearl inlays, gives this Legacy a rich elegance.Body ShapeKim Breedlove designed the Auditorium body shape in 2005 for a sound that falls between the intimacy of the best-selling Concert and the deeply resonant power of the Jumbo. An extremely responsive and versatile shape, the Auditorium’s depth and lower bout produce the articulation of the Concert with tonal depth reminiscent of the larger-bodied Jumbo. When played acoustically, this shape has the volume and projection to fill a room, plus added clarity, balance and sustain due to the magical combination of the larger body with the Breedlove Bridge Truss and a thinner graduated top. The Bridge Truss allows the top to move more freely, so melodies and fingerpicking won’t get lost. And when you really want to dig in and strum, these guitars can take it, projecting your music to the audience in the fullest, most expressive way possible.Top WoodSitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the northwest United States. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for American-made instruments for decades. It is strong and light with extended harmonic content, and it nearly equals the power of Adirondack. It offers a strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental -- perfect for flatpicking styles. When compared with European spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones. Sitka takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It has a straight uniform grain and coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.Back and Side WoodMyrtlewood, umbellularia californica, formerly oreodaphne californica, originates in the western United States in Northern California and Oregon. Myrtlewood offers a strong fundamental with a powerful voice. Similar to maple, it has a clear and bright voice with superb projection and sustain, and offers a full and balanced sound. A versatile non-traditional tonewood, it is a favorite for many styles of playing. Myrtle has very unique and widely varied figure – no two sets are alike. Coloration ranges from blonde to taupe.Graduated TopBreedlove graduated tops contribute stunning balance from lows to highs. How? Graduated tops are slightly thicker on the treble side, balancing the higher energy treble frequencies with the lower energy bass frequencies traveling through the thinner bass side. The result: clearer, cleaner highs and stable, resonant lows. Because no two soundboards are exactly the same, Breedlove craftsmen evaluate each top for stiffness and density, and then graduate it accordingly. The amount of graduation is customized for each individual instrument. The top is sanded to the precise graduated thickness to achieve optimal flexibility and stiffness. This hands-on process is one of the major contributors to the Breedlove sound.Breedlove Bridge TrussThe Breedlove Bridge Truss (BBT) reduces tension on the soundboard of the guitar, so the top wood is able to vibrate more freely, producing remarkable sustain, balance, and clarity. The BBT also allows for a thinner graduated top, thereby allowing Breedlove craftsmen to bring out the optimal sound from the top wood without sacrificing structural stability