Bedell guitars is named after Tom Bedell, who is also the owner of Breedlove Guitars -- and parent company Two Old Hippies Stringed Instruments -- based in Bend Oregon. Bedell guitars are top-shelf handcrafted guitars using only the best materials and construction techniques available. Bedell is somewhat a sleeper in the high-end guitar market, and this Bedell Mahogany Orchestra series guitar is an exceptional instrument both to look at and to play.
This is a 2017 used Bedell guitar in near-mint condition with original paperwork and deluxe Bedell hard case.
This 2017 Bedell ASR-0-HH/HM features:
The Bedell Seed to Song guitars are not only high quality instruments, but Bedell in addition stresses sustainable harvesting of all the tonewoods used in their guitars. This was the subject of TED talk given by Tom Bedell in 2019. Bedell also uses a "sound optimization" analysis to analyze the top and sides of the woods used in each guitar, and sands and finishes them to maximize their sustain and resonance. While this may sound like a large dose of marketing hype, we'll address that later.
- Seed to Song sound optimized construction
- "Doghair" Solo Red finish
- "O" Orchestra body shape
- Solid Mahogany top
- Solid Mahogany back and sides
- Mahogany neck
- Bound Ebony fretboard
- 11.25" upper bout
- 9.5" waist
- 11.38" lower bout
- 4" depth
- 20 frets
- 25.5" scale
- K&K Pure Mini passive pickup
- Deluxe Bedell Case
- All certificates and paperwork
We have to admit that we are very partial to Doghair Mahogany finishes. And this is the first red one that we've seen...and it's just gorgeous. The workmanship on the guitar is perfect throughout, and the bound ebony fretboard gives it a very finished look.
One might expect that an all-Mahogany guitar might be a smidge dark and mid-focused. That's the character of Mahogany, and typically it's offset with a Spruce or Maple top. Possibly this is where the "sound optimization" comes into play. This Orchestra series Bedell has remarkable detail, note focus, along with the midrange warmth that is expected from Mahogany. Overall the guitar has excellent tonal balance and ample projection. The Orchestra shape means that it's not going to bang out low end like a Dreadnought, but it's balance, dynamic range and touch sensitivity make it a shoe-in for strummers, singer-songwriters as well as finger pickers.
If you ever wondered what you get when you pay this much for a guitar, the Bedell ASR-O-HM is a great example of how wood selection, construction -- and even sound optimization -- come into play. It's one of the best sounding acoustics we've come across in a long time, and represents a real steal in the realm of high end acoustics.