Breedlove Crossover Mandolin Review – Fresh Stuff

Although mandolin manufacturing isn`t the most popular business in the United States, it has its` pioneers as well. The Breedlove company is the first one, that has started making mandolins professionally. Let us take a look at one of their devices.

#ModelRatingDimensionsMaterialOur topCheck
1Breedlove Crossover Mandolin 35.8 x 16 x 6.5 inchesMandolin1

2Rogue RM-100 A Style Mandolin 27.8 x 13.2 x 3.9 inches

3Ibanez M510DVS Mandolin 27 x 3 x 10.5 inches

Breedlove Crossover Mandolin
Dimensions35.8 x 16 x 6.5 inches
Our top1

Rogue RM-100 A Style Mandolin
Dimensions27.8 x 13.2 x 3.9 inches
Our top2

Ibanez M510DVS Mandolin
Dimensions27 x 3 x 10.5 inches
Our top3

Breedlove Guitars

The first idea to create a manufacturing company has come to Larry Breedlove in 1990. Two years later the first small factory was opened. It had 5 different models only. The active stage of development lasted for 10 years. Several branches were opened worldwide, including some states of America and South Korea.

Tip:Today Breedlove Guitar is the biggest brand of the Two Old Hippies Guitar Family. The company produces guitars, banjos and mandolins. One of the most decent mandolins in the list is the Breedlove Crossover Mandolin. Let me explain my point of view.

Technical Characteristics

The first thing worth discussing is the physical parameters. I believe that what we need to know first is the body type, body material, device`s measurements and design. There will also be some other features.

Breedlove Crossover Mandolin Technical Characteristics
Body TypeThis mandolin has F-Type of body with two F-Holes. Double hole makes the sound more efficient and bright. In my opinion it`s a nice engineering design for the body. The mandolin has 20 strings.
Body MaterialBreedlove Crossover mandolin is made of maple, with sitka spruce top and rosewood fretboard. All the wood is solid and durable. Spruce top allows the sound resonate and spread correctly, while maple is soft-sitting.
MeasurementsThe dimensions of this device are the following: 16 * 35.5 * 5.5 inches (which is 406 * 901 * 140 in millimeters). The weight is about 2.5 kilograms. The nearest comparison to it is a ¾ guitar. It will comfortable for adult players as well as for the beginners and children over 12 years old.
DesignI don`t usually mention things like that, but this mandolin has really beautiful full-body gloss finish with sunburst design. I am the complete fan of sunburst-looking-like stuff, so this thing attracts me a lot.

Now, that we`ve discussed the general information, let me mention some more specified features of this mandolin:

  • The mandolin has a wider nut width and radiused fretboard. Although this thing is not typical for classical mandolins, it makes the construction more similar to the construction of an acoustic guitar. These upgrades will increase the level of playability comfort not only for the guitar players, who decided to spread their range, but for experienced mandolin players as well.
  • Two alternative design patterns are available: stain gloss and natural gloss (but as the price doesn`t differ, I highly recommend choosing the sunburst one).

Sound Qualities

I, honestly, haven`t tried it myself, so all the conclusions I make here are based on what I`ve learned from different people and found on the internet. Here are the things worth pointing out:

  • The sound isn`t as bright and loud as the guitar`s. It has different tones and is different overall. The closest description I can give to it is that it sounds like something antique and atmospheric.
  • Mandolin requires different technique of playing. It will definitely take some time to get used to it.
So, I can conclude that mandolin is more suitable as an accompaniment instrument. It adds unique pattern to a band`s sound, but by itself it might lack some loudness.

Summing Things Up

Let me mention the most important parts of this article:

  • Breedlove is pioneer in mandolin producing in the United States.
  • Breedlove crossover mandolin is a worthy device, designed in a way to ease the mandolin learning for guitar players.
  • There are decent mandolins from different manufacturers as well.
Finally, I should say that mandolin is not the most suitable device for the very beginners. If you are completely new to music, try playing acoustic guitar first.

Good, serviceable tone
Louder and brighter sound
Maybe: noticed a buzzing on the 7th fret of the G strings, which affected the closed G and D chords

Rogue RM-100 A Style Mandolin


This is a small (smaller than ½ guitar) classical budget mandolin. It has 12 frets and chrome tuners. Adjusting and playing it is easier, than the classical mandolins and even easier than some guitars. The combination of nice build, efficient sound and affordable price make this one a “bang-for-a-buck” for any beginner.

  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable compensated rosewood bridge
  • 12th-fret neck joint
  • Chrome tuning machines
Bright tone
The finish is impressive
High-quality assembly
Maybe: Doesn’t hold attune for too long

Ibanez M510DVS Mandolin


This device is a great choice for a developing and self-confident player. It has a spruce top and mahogany body (these are by far the best materials for under 1000 dollars devices). The build is as classical as it can be. Final advantage of this device is its` design (not AS great as sunburst imho, but still a beautiful one).

  • A-style mandolin
  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back & sides
  • Chrome hardware
  • Pearl Dot Inlay
Great sound
High-quality assembly
Maybe: some problems with E strings

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