"It's crazy. I'd much rather have the BR. over a comparable Martin."
Do you mean a Martin comparable in appointments or comparable in price? I don't think anyone comes close to the quality of Blueridge dollar for dollar. I do like the Recording King guitars in our local shop. They're also Chinese made and reflect quality. Although they have a very good sound, they just don't have that Martin feel and sound like Blueridge does. Blueridges have already increased a lot in price, and I expect them to go up more as they catch on.
My Blueridge is comparable in appointments to a D 28. As to whether is sounds as good or better, it would depend on the D 28. It's already opening up and sounding sweeter. My Martin D16RGT is definitely sweeter than my Blueridge, but I've had it since August and it's been played. I'm curious to know what a little more time will do to the Blueridge sound. The thing that really surprises me is how responsive the Blueridges are...the volume...they feel alive in my hands.
The first Blueridge I admired was a BR 40...I still like it. It doesn't have solid back and sides, but it sounds great. I may yet buy the one in the store...it sounds as good as my BR160...or I might hold out for the new Martin one seriesm depending on my reactions when I finally get to play one.
I played a bunch of Taylors at a roadshow two weeks ago...nice guitars with a wonderful amplification system, but I don't like them as much as Blueridge. I would like to try a Collings, but they cost more than I can spend on guitars. Blueridge can satisfy GAS for a lot less.