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Founded in 1990 by former Taylor Guitars employees Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson, Breedlove Guitars immediately made a splash with its modernistic, sometimes asymmetrical designs, use of exotic woods, and careful attention to detail. In 2010, Breedlove added ukuleles to its distinctive line of guitars and mandolins. Designed by Kim Breedlove (brother of co-founder Larry, and long-time master luthier for the company), Breedlove ukes are available at three levels: the high-end Kim Breedlove Signature (built with myrtle wood back and sides, a bearclaw Sitka spruce top, and abalone purfling), the Master Class tenor (koa top, back, and sides), and the American tenor, which we had a chance to check out.