Acoustic Voices: Breedlove’s Tom Bedell


Tom Bedell caught the guitar – and business – bug early. He was a successful guitar teacher, guitar importer and guitar store owner while he was still in high school. He’d go on to attend college, work as a political consultant, and successfully grow his family’s fishing tackle business into an empire. Bedell’s love for guitars never waned, though, and in 2010 he purchased Breedlove.

For the debut episode of Acoustic Voices, we talk to Bedell about his upbringing, the challenges of running a boutique guitar company in 2021, his hope for the future, and about his commitment to the environment when it comes to their wood choices. Michael Eck also joins us for a Breedlove history lesson and an homage to small-bodied parlor guitars.

Music courtesy of Luke Basile, played on a Breedlove Oregon Concertina guitar.

Acoustic Voices: A Guitar Podcast is an all-new collaboration between Breedlove Guitars and the Fretboard Journal magazine. We hope you enjoy it.