Blueridge Guitars In Comparison To Martin Guitars
An Absolutely Beautiful Blueridge Dreadnought or Flat Top Guitar
Recently I wrote an article here on Hubpages about the best five vintage recreations of the Martin D 28 guitar that I knew of. In that article, which I'll link below, I listed one guitar in particular that had two things that the others listed didn't have. Two traits that were very desirable were and are apparent - but then I found out about another trait that, perhaps, is not so desirable.
It's really not for me to judge; but I will ponder some things.
You see, I couldn't figure out how the Blueridge Guitar Company could sell a vintage recreation of a pre war Martin D 28 made with Brazilian rosewood for around three thousand dollars. Martin's own D 28 GE sells for NINE thousand dollars.
When I was writing my hub about the top five recreations of the pre war Martin D 28 guitar, I made the oldest mistake in the book. I assumed something. I assumed that a manufacturer named Blueridge Guitars would be made in or around the Blue Ridge Mountains.
They are not. They are made in China.
I do not think of the brand name Blueridge Guitars as being deceptive, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a hotbed of the music that these musical instruments were created to be used for. I think the name makes sense in this way.
Blueridge Guitars - Made IN China
Blueridge Acoustic Guitars, Made In China
Let's get this straight, and move on - I support buying American at every last turn. I support boycotting any and every American corporation that outsources and ships jobs overseas so that the one percent can make more money, and that the ninety nine percent can just be unemployed, or stuck in wage slavery jobs in consumer hell, and dumbed down into oblivion by mass media America.
HOWEVER, I can't dismiss products made in places like China simply for where they were made. I can't disrespect a fine musical instrument for having been put together by highly skilled Asian craftsmen. Making musical instruments on this level is more a work of art than it is a bit of skilled labor, and old musical instruments that are made with love, and skill from fine materials such as these solid wood Blueridge guitars - are likely to become, with time, some of the instruments with the highest level of tonality imaginable.
Lets say that it's been forever your dream to be a Bluegrass or Folk Music guitarist, and that you have been playing an older guitar that is not on the level of your level of musicianship - let's assume that it's a solid top flat top, but with laminate wood back and sides. That guitar isn't going to sound as good as the other guitars played in the mega contest you just entered at the music festival a month in advance....and you've only got a thousand dollars to spend to get a first rate, all solid wood dreadnought for the competition that you are certain to win.
What do you do? You've got a grand of cold hard cash, and a solid top used laminate guitar to trade in....you can't afford a Martin, a Santa Cruz, a Collings, a Bourgeois, or a Huss and Dalton, or a Taylor. The local resale guitar store has the most beautiful sounding and playing guitar you've ever laid your hands on, and it's a Blueridge guitar, made in China.
You're going to buy that Blueridge, my friend, and you're not going to look back - your need for a top notch instrument and the betterment of your career in music - that you've always dreamed of supersedes those fools screaming
WHO THE HELL EVER SAID THAT YOU HAVE TO BE A WHITE BOY TO PLAY BLUEGRASS ANYWAY????????? NOBODY DID, THAT'S WHO - NOBODY!