An attractively priced new acoustic bass guitar from Breedlove that projects warm and woody tones, and good looks to boot.
Breedlove instruments are known for their distinctive yet classy designs, and the new Pursuit acoustic bass guitar follows suit. The 32"-scale Pursuit streets just under $600, but given its DNA and build quality, you might not guess that at first hold or glance. Its comfortable concert-shaped body consists of a solid Sitka spruce top that’s dressed with a pinless bridge, along with sapele laminate back and sides adorned with attractive tortoise binding on both the top and bottom. The Pursuit is outfitted with a Fishman ISYS+ electronics system that includes a 2-band EQ, phase switch, and onboard tuner, and a built-in USB for direct interface with a variety of recording software. Tonally, the bass delivers good acoustic volume and sustain (especially for a non-jumbo body), but like many acoustic bass guitars, it’ll still have trouble keeping up with dread-wielding guitarists at an acoustic jam. Plugged in, the Pursuit brings a warm and woody blanket of low end that’ll serve both fingerstyle and pick players well, be it a jazz, bluegrass, or a pop application. If you’ve been considering bringing a nice sounding and well-constructed acoustic bass guitar into your 4-string family—without spending a ton of dough doing so—the Pursuit may have you covered.
Test Gear: Gallien-Krueger 800RB head, TC Electronic RS410 cab.