Breedlove Organic Performer Pro Review
Verdict and Review Summary
The Fishman preamp gives you a lot of flexibility when plugged in. The natural resonance leans bright, but I was able to EQ pretty much whatever I wanted and it sounded great. I'd recommend putting on a set of Elixir acoustic strings, preferably .052 to give you a little more low end, but this is a solid rhythm/lead balance acoustic guitar with a body shape/size that's really comfortable and easy to play. No complaints.
I expect most of the acoustic guitars in this price range to sound really good, and the Performer absolutely passes that test, both on high and low end frequencies. But my favorite thing about this guitar is the comfort. It's one of the easiest body styles when it comes to sitting down and playing, and certainly easy on your arms and joints when standing up with a strap.
It's naturally brighter because of the smaller body size, but with Elixir strings and the Fishman preamp, it had a ton of warmth when plugged in. Plus, the solid Mahogany back and sides helps to settle things down.
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Breedlove Organic Performer Pro Price Table
Pricing updated Sun, February 25th, 2024.
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Quick Review Scorecard
IDEAL FOR: Comfort, recording, performing, church, small-medium venues, plugged in, lead/rhythm hybrid styles
Tone and sound quality of the Performer
This is a very clear sounding acoustic, with really pronounced finger scrapes, at least before I put on the Elixir strings. There's some added value here if you want to play plugged in, given the quality of the Fishman preamp. To my ear, it sounds as good plugged in as it did in open air.
So if you're not getting the tone you want, the Fishman makes it really easy to EQ in some more bass or tame the sparkle.
This gives it application for both rhythm and lead styles.
It's as good of a strumming acoustic as it is for runs and fingerpicking.
Audio Only Demo
I did a video for this demo, but had a technical issue and was left with only the audio. So it's nothing fancy, but it gives you some nice tones from the Performer and the Fishman preamp.
Control and flexibility
You have volume, bass, and treble in the installed Fishman preamp. That's enough for an acoustic guitar, plus you can add an acoustic amp/preamp pedal if you want more flexibility.
The Performer Pro responds really well to electronic tweaks and adjustments.
As I've mentioned, you can move away from the brightness and get a natural-sounding warm tone.
It's not a Martin, but it can still be a very capable strumming acoustic.
If you want more control, we'd recommend considering the LR Baggs Venue DI.
Read the full review: LR Baggs Venue DI
Comfort and Playability
Concert style bodies are usually smaller, but the Performer Pro also feels thinner, and is very easy to get your arms around.
Breedlove actually calls it a thinline acoustic.
And as I mentioned, it was very comfortable to hold and play. I also noticed that the guitar was set up really well, with minimal distance between the strings and fretboard. It was very easy to fret notes and chords, certainly easier than on my Taylor.
Price and Value
Two of the main features I look for in an acoustic guitar when assessing value are the following:
- All-solid tonewood (or at least how much solid tonewood)
- Namebrand pickup/preamp system (preferably from Fishman or LR Baggs)
The Performer Pro has both, which go a long way in justifying a four-figure price tag. Even then, its price point is really reasonable, given the quality of the guitar.
Check the live price guide above for an updated number.
Breedlove Performer Pro Review Conclusion
This is one of my first extended experiences with a Breedlove acoustic, and I have little to complain about.
If you buy one, make sure the electronics matter to you. You're paying some money for the Fishman system, so if you aren't gonna use it, go with a guitar that doesn't have any electronics installed.
Otherwise, it's great for plugging up and performing, or recording with a microphone.
If you have questions, drop them in the comments section below and I'll answer directly.