Breedlove Guitars: Passport D200/SMP
by Guitar Guru
”A Classy Guitar you’ll be Proud to Play”
The Breedlove Passport D200/SMP Acoustic Guitar is a rare breed. Here you get a dreadnought style instrument with a top-of-the line sound without the price tag that is normally attached. Not only that, you get a guitar whose simple good looks and clarity of tone will steal your heart.
Built on a dreadnought body, the D200/SMP has the depth of body and breadth of shoulders that are the dreadnought’s signature shape. It is this shape, this depth, which contributes to the rich, full sound that has made dreadnoughts the most popular of all guitars. Add to this the fact that the D200/SMP has a solid spruce top
and you get a guitar that not only stays in tune longer than those with laminated tops, but one which also has a volume and projection that you have to experience to believe.
At just ~$299, the D200/SMP really is a bargain, whether you are just starting out or are looking to trade up from your beginner’s guitar to something a little more substantial. In fact it is so affordable that you’ll even be able to spring for a hardshell
Musician's Gear Deluxe Dreadnought Case
for just $50 more! That said, this beauty DOES come with a soft Breedlove gig bag.
If you had to compare this guitar to any other, guitar reviews would point you to the
. In fact, the Breedlove and the Takamine are very similar in many ways. Both have laminated wood sides and both have solid tops, though the Takamine sports a solid cedar top instead of the Breedlove’s solid spruce top, something that gives it a slightly sweeter tone.
No matter if your playing style runs towards flat-picking or fingerpicking, you’ll find that the Breedlove D200/SMP adapts itself well to either style of play. And while its clarity is not as pronounced as its solid body brothers and sisters, for an instrument with a laminated body, this guitar does very well indeed.
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