Breedlove Premier Concertina CE review

A hand-built parlor-on-steroids from Breedlove’s Bend, Oregon, facility – and it’s full of surprises…

Breedlove Premier Concertina CE
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The Concertina is a small-bodied acoustic with big lungs and a sweet tone. Breedlove is not yet a household name in acoustic guitar, but the quality of instruments coming out of Bend, Oregon, suggests they will be some day. They sure have a place among the vanguard of contemporary bespoke builders.


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    A beautifully wrought petite guitar.

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    Its voice belies its size.


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    It’s up against the big boys, and there’s plenty of competition from bespoke makers.

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If the name is unfamiliar to you then it might come as something of a surprise that Breedlove has been making guitars for more than 30 years. 

It may not be at the forefront of an acoustic player’s mind or a name ready to trip off the tongue when the subject of hand-crafted acoustics enters the conversation, but its reputation as a builder of a broad range of fine instruments has been long established. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.