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Bristol BD-16 Dreadnaught Guitar Review (2019) | Things you must know

Bristol BD-16 Dreadnaught Guitar | 2019 Review

Bristol BD-16 Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar

The Blueridge BD-16 is one of those guitars which just hits the spot. Many companies create guitars which then fall into a specific niche, but Bristol is different. They set out to create the perfect beginner guitar, and that is precisely what they achieved. It has all of the capabilities to be a fantastic starter guitar and still comes with an affordable price tag. Let’s take a look at what makes it so unique.

Bristol BD-16 Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar
  • Spruce top with scalloped braces provides a bright, full range sound
  • Beautiful mahogany back and sides for robust volume and responsive tone
  • Slim mahogany neck offers fast, easy action and inherently long-lasting stability

Body & Neck

This is a beginner guitar, but it is also a mid-range guitar when it comes to the price, so you expect there to be some quality in the build. Well, you will not be disappointed. The top and sides may not be solid wood, but the laminate is of a high enough quality (and comparable to every other guitar in this price range) to get the job done. The laminate will not sound as rich as solid wood, but there is enough quality here that you will hardly notice the difference.

With laminate, you have to have the right wood and construction for everything to sound as it should, and that it what Bristol has achieved. Spruce has been used for the top, while mahogany is used for the back and sides. The result is a guitar which looks and sounds as if it were made from solid wood.

The neck is crafted from mahogany too and features the standard rosewood fretboard.

Hardware

The bridge on the guitar is also rosewood, standard for this type of guitar, and the saddle and nut are both artificial. So far, so normal (not that that is a bad thing). On the headstock, you have six die-cast tuning pegs which look excellent against the dark wood and also get the job done. They hold the tension of the strings well and keep the guitar tuned for longer. As far as the strings go, they are pretty standard, and you will not need to replace them until you progress to another level.

Sound

As far as beginner guitars go, this is an affordable one. The price may seem high, but you always get what you pay for, and this is definitely in the mid-range for beginner guitars. With that in mind, this is definitely a guitar which outperforms its price tag when it comes to the sound.

The spruce and mahogany, even though they are laminate, give the guitar a warm and inviting sound. The tone is vibrant, due to the dreadnought body shape, and there is a ton of clarity and definition. The sound lends itself well to both strumming and finger plucking. This guitar has a wholesome and well-rounded sound for beginners.

Bristol BD-16 Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar
  • Spruce top with scalloped braces provides a bright, full range sound
  • Beautiful mahogany back and sides for robust volume and responsive tone
  • Slim mahogany neck offers fast, easy action and inherently long-lasting stability

Conclusion

This is a guitar which performs above its pay grade. It may have laminate wood in the body, but that does not stop it sounding like a solid-wood guitar. The appearance is beautiful, the sound is terrific, and it is a guitar which is going to hold up for a long time.