Breedlove now extends their successful Mark Series Electric Guitar line with the new Mark II model. This is an off set double cutaway body with a Stinger tail available with a myriad of custom wood combinations and colors. I love the shape and feel of this instrument. It looks and feels aggressive like a fine sports car.
The Mark II will be priced below the Mark I models but as this particular guitar demonstrates they can still be customized with your imagination as their only limitation. Since the Mark II was formally introduced at this years NAMM show, this instrument is an example of just you can do with the Mark II Series.
This guitar has a figured Myrtle top set on a Walnut body. The body is an aggressive double cutaway design with off set horns and a stinger tail. The body is chambered with a unique optional Saber Tooth shaped sound hole carved into the top that adds to the instruments aggressive look. The Myrtle top and Walnut body are left unbound and look gorgeous as they transition from the blonde to chocolate colored grain.
The unique body shape is then carved around the edges of the top and back for comfort and a further compliment to the double cut away shape as it transitions to the stinger tail. This carve is really accentuated with what Breedlove calls their “Wicked” Burst treatment available only on the Mark II models.
The neck is solid Mahogany with an Ebony fret board decorated with an Art Deco inlay and equipped with Gold and Black Gotoh 510 tuners. The standard Mark II model will have a list price of $4,399.00, or $1,200.00 below that of the standard Mark I model, but as you can tell there is nothing standard about this particular guitar.
Not only is it uniquely beautiful but this instrument is the ultimate recording guitar as well. It is equipped with a set of Seymour Duncan Humbuckers for magnetic pickups as well as an RMC peizo system with two separate ¼ inch outputs as well as a 13 pin output. This system has an on board preamp with EQ sliders. The lower ¼ inch output gives you a blend of the magnetic and peizo pickups with a master volume control and a blend level slider.
When you use the upper ¼ inch output you get the humbucker outputs alone, but it does not end there. You can use both ¼ inch outputs and you will get the magnetic pickups, un-blended from the top one and the peizo from the bottom separately for Bi-amping. Plug the humbuckers into your favorite tube amp and the peizo directly into an acoustic amp and switch back and forth on the fly. Some guitars with peizo systems give you only one output and a stereo plug. This one allows you to blend the outputs with a Master volume or run them separately into different amp configurations.
The technology does not end there with this guitar. The RMC system has an on board 13-pin output connector that lets you plug your guitar right into a Roland or Axon system. Now you have a Synth-Midi guitar. Use any of the Roland or Axon software packages to play a grand piano, a B3 organ, a variety of brass instruments, drums, or an entire orchestra all played from your guitar.
Plug this guitar into your computer using your DAW software and your guitar can become any instrument you wish recording directly to your hard drive in high definition. You can record as many instrument tracks of your own song directly into your computer yourself one at a time by using your new guitar as the ultimate Midi Controller for guitar players.
With an Axon system you can actually play multiple instruments live at the same time on one guitar. Imagine playing bass guitar, a B3 organ for rhythm, and screaming lead guitar all from one instrument live at the same time depending on which string and position on the guitar you play. All of this is possible with the new Breedlove Mark I equipped with the Polydrive system. Other big named guitar companies have tried some version of this but none give you the overall flexibility of this instrument.
If you want a uniquely beautiful looking and sweet sounding guitar that is the perfect instrument for recording and playing live, your search is over.