Breedlove Organic Artista Pro Concertina Review
Our Verdict and Review Summary
The Artista Pro Concertina has a lot of sparkle with some heavy warmth behind it. It's an acoustic guitar with a mixture of rhythm and lead appeal, which we don't often see. You're getting brightness from the Spruce and heavier tones/balance from the Myrtlewood.
The most noticeable and attractive feature of the Artista Pro Concertina is the presence of both sparkle and heavy bass/warmth in the EQ. Most of the acoustic guitars I've played land on one side or the other. But with this one, you somehow get a lot of both.
A unique combination of tonewood, with European Spruce on the top piece and Myrtlewood for the back and sides, certainly has a lot to do with it.
As far as the recording is concerned, the Fishman Flex Plus-T preamp/pickup system did a great job of capturing the natural resonance of the guitar.
It's on the expensive side, but it's a fair price. And, as always, you get what you pay for.
No complaints with this guitar.
We've added the Organic Artista Pro to this table with some other, similar acoustic guitars. If you add them to the comparison bar (shows up at the bottom of this page), you can see live pricing and basic specs.
Breedlove Organic Artista Pro Concertina
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IDEAL FOR: Versatile styles, tones, strumming, lead acoustic, songwriting, recording, performing, worship leaders.
- Beautiful aesthetics
- Somehow lots of sparkle with lots of warmth
- Price point is very fair
- European solid tonewood and Myrtlewood are a unique twist
- Fishman preamp sounds great on a recording
- Hard to complain about anything
Breedlove Organic Artista Pro Concertina Price Guide
All pricing is from Sweetwater, which includes a few different finishes for this guitar.
Prices updated Mon, September 25th, 2023.
Price History for Breedlove Organic Artista Pro Concertina CE Acoustic-electric Guitar - Burnt Amber
|Current Price||$1,049.00||September 20, 2023|
|Highest Price||$1,249.00||June 7, 2023|
|Lowest Price||$1,049.00||July 5, 2023|
Last price changes
|$1,049.00||July 5, 2023|
|$1,249.00||June 7, 2023|
Natural Sound and Tone Quality
As I pointed out in the opening paragraph, you have a really heavy dose of bass in the EQ, yet with a distinct sparkle on the higher strings and frets. It's a very balanced projection, that does a great job giving you the best of both worlds.
Here's my audio demo, just to give you an idea of how it sounds.
Most of the testing I did was strumming with a heavier pick. Also note that I did not change the strings. Typically I play Elixirs.
With a set of Optiweb Elixir strings, I'd expect the response to be even smoother.
I played this guitar in my office, both unplugged and then plugged into an audio interface with the built-in Fishman preamp.
Coming through my studio monitors it sounded beautiful.
I have zero tone complaints about the tone, either in open air or through the preamp.
Build, Playing Feel, and Tonewood
Solid Spruce is used for the top piece on a ton of acoustic guitars, and that's the same arrangement for the Artista Pro. The solid Myrtlewood on the back and sides provides some balance, but also tends to give off a Mahogany-type tone, which is helping promote the darker, heavier side of this guitar.
As far as construction goes, we didn't abuse it to test the limits. It just ain't gonna happen.
But it feels solid in your hands and has what feels like a really thick gloss finish. I know gloss can't really be thick, but I don't know how else to describe it.
It's also a very comfortable guitar, with a smaller concert body shape. I played it standing up for the most part, because my shoulder hurts if I play sitting down. But the short amount of time I played seated, it was really comfortable and easy to hold.
The feel is a nice balance between a dreadnought and a 3/4 body size acoustic.
Price and Value
Check the price guide above for updated numbers, but when I wrote this review, the Organic Artista Pro was just above $1200.
That's about right for a guitar with all solid tonewood (some shipped from Europe to Oregon) and a Fishman preamp system. An included hardshell case bumps up the value as well, though they're typically included with guitars over $1000.
In this price range it's still a high-value guitar, though probably better for advanced players who are recording or performing in some capacity.
You'll get more value if your playing style incorporates both lead and rhythm disciplines.
Final Thoughts & Questions
There's really nothing to complain about with this guitar, which I've found with all of the Breedlove acoustics I've played so far. They're a great company that gives their instruments a lot of hands on attention and gets it all done in the United States.
I guess you could always complain about the price, but this guitar is not too expensive.
In fact, I'd say the retail is pretty fair for all you're getting.
Breedlove consistently gives you a lot of quality and a dead-fair price point.
Again, zero complaints.
If you want to know more about the setup I used for my Breedlove Organic Artista Pro Concertina review, or something about the guitar that I didn't mention, feel free to jump into the comments section below.
We'll see you there.