1964 Orchestra


The Bedell 1964 Orchestra is constructed from a time-honored tonewood combination of Sitka spruce and Honduran mahogany, crafted similarly to the way guitars were built fifty years ago. The Bedell 1964 Orchestra brings back the spirit of the music we all love. The wood used in the Sitka spruce soundboards is salvaged from downed trees in Alaska. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for U.S.A.-made instruments for many decades — it is strong, light, and gives an extended harmonic content that nearly equals the power of Adirondack spruce. The 1964 Orchestra’s Honduran mahogany back and sides deliver a balanced, resonant tone with a thick bottom end, rich midrange, and a controlled, warm top end. As always, no forests were clear-cut to build Bedell 1964 guitars.

The workshop-installed K&K Pure Mini pickups in the Bedell 1964 Orchestra capture the authentic fullness of analog sound and the vibe of the era, without stage feedback. The ethically sourced tonewoods, the all-wood binding and subtle appointments result in a classic instrument, made with the same care, attention and craftsmanship as guitars from the golden era of instrument building… all at an accessible price point. 

All Bedell Guitars come with a hardshell case.

Note: this series has been updated for 2018. The top finish has been changed and is called Natural Shadow. Teh appointments have also been updated to brass for the logo and inlay dots. The images on this page are not updated, but the series image reflects the new changes. 



Body TypeOrchestra
Neck WoodHonduran mahogany
Top WoodSitka spruce
Back & Sides WoodHonduran mahogany
Top FinishNatural Shadow
Back & Side FinishGloss
# Frets18
Nut Width1.687"
TunersBedell open gear, antique brass
Lower Bout Width15.5"
Waist Width9.25
Upper Bout Width11.375"
Body Length19.65"
Body Depth4"
String GaugeD'Addario EXP 16's
ElectronicsK&K Pure Mini
BindingEast Indian rosewood
Inlay3mm Brass Dots
Scale Length25.5"
Hand tunedNo
CaseBedell deluxe hardshell case