|Founder||Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson|
History and background
Breedlove Guitars was established In 1990, pioneering California luthiers Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson, leaving their jobs at Taylor Guitars to create what would become Breedlove Guitars. Their intention was to produce guitars that merged traditional guitar making skills with modern technology. After moving to Tumalo, Oregon, Breedlove and Henderson began specializing in custom, fingerstyle six and twelve string guitars.
In 1991 the first Breedlove guitar model appeared, the shallow body C-10.
All of their guitars feature their patented JLD bridge truss system which incorporates a lever which applies pressure on the tailblock to counterbalances string tension on the top of the guitar as well as various bracing techniques. At the 1992 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade, Breedlove and Henderson unveiled five models and three body types.
Around 1994, Larry's older brother, Kim Breedlove, joined Larry and Steve as a master craftsman. Breedlove strives to be environmentally conscious, and is "dedicated to selecting alternatives to endangered rainforest woods."
- Gerken, Teja. "Breedlove Guitars Profile". Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- Paul, Gayla Drake. "Breedlove American Series C20 Acoustic Guitar Review". Premier Guitar.
- Official website
- Larry Breedlove talks about the love of his craft NAMM Oral History Interview (2012)
- Kim Breedlove reflects on his role in building the business NAMM Oral History Interview (2012)