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Small body acoustic guitars?

GUEST,joseacsilva 12 Feb 07 - 02:13 PM
Midchuck 12 Feb 07 - 02:26 PM
Wesley S 12 Feb 07 - 02:32 PM
Stower 12 Feb 07 - 02:33 PM
GUEST,joseacsilva 12 Feb 07 - 03:06 PM
Wesley S 12 Feb 07 - 03:10 PM
GUEST,joseacsilva 12 Feb 07 - 03:24 PM
Midchuck 12 Feb 07 - 03:34 PM
Big Al Whittle 12 Feb 07 - 03:53 PM
Ruth Archer 12 Feb 07 - 04:35 PM
Bugsy 12 Feb 07 - 06:04 PM
Grab 13 Feb 07 - 05:51 AM
redsnapper 13 Feb 07 - 06:02 AM
GUEST,RS 13 Feb 07 - 07:23 AM
GUEST,Tom Bliss 13 Feb 07 - 07:55 AM
GUEST,joseacsilva 13 Feb 07 - 08:26 AM
Grab 13 Feb 07 - 08:49 AM
dj bass 13 Feb 07 - 09:28 AM
GUEST,Jeff 13 Feb 07 - 09:41 AM
GUEST,gini12 07 Feb 12 - 12:56 AM
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Silas 07 Feb 12 - 04:39 AM
theleveller 07 Feb 12 - 05:51 AM
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Subject: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,joseacsilva
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 02:13 PM

Hi, a friend of mine wants to buy a new acoustic 6-strings guitar,and asked me for some info.He thinks in something up to $1000-1200,small body Martin,Taylor or Larrivee, more for blues and fingerstyle.Has anyone Heard of Variax guitars?Any suggestions?
Thanks
Joe


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Midchuck
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 02:26 PM

Martin 000-15VS. Or one of the Chinese Guilds (DAD-30 or DAD-30R). Or one of the Chinese Epiphones (EF500 or EF500-R).

Don't thank me. Glad to be of help.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Wesley S
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 02:32 PM

Never heard of Variax before. But I'll echo what Midchuck said about the Martin 15's. A very nice series of guitars for the price.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Stower
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 02:33 PM

If you are ever in England, the luthier Rob Armstrong makes small bodied guitars that resonate and project like blazes and play beautifully. He has no website (doesn't need to) but if you are interested I could tell you how to contact him.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,joseacsilva
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 03:06 PM

Thanks for the input guys.Ian, he´s going to USA(we´re from Brazil),so thanks anyway for the suggestion.
Joe


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Wesley S
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 03:10 PM

What part of the USA will he be traveling to - it's a big country. We might be able to suggest a good place to shop.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,joseacsilva
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 03:24 PM

He´s going to Miami, Wesley.I´ve been told that Guitar Center or Sam Ash would be good stores.Any other options?Does anyone knows the difference between the 00 and 000 Martin guitars?
Joe


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Midchuck
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 03:34 PM

Martin Sizes:

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 03:53 PM

Variax are actually guitar synths. All the noises of famous guitars are put on microchip.

they are solid bodied. and they don't feed back in noisy places. You can nail your audience in their seats, when you pump up the volume. and you can play open tunings with a press of a switch. You need good monitors for that last trick - cos the strings are still making the out of tune noise - you have to concentrate on the a noise from the amp rather than the guitar. They are made by Line 6, who made the POD sound effects system

I think with an acoustic guitar - there is a trade off when you reduce the size of the body even to have a cutaway. I know Rob Armstrong's work very well - he is quite as wonderful as you suggest, but even he would have to admit small ones don't really have the same sound - although they can have a very nice sound. He made two parlour sized ones for the late George Harrison before he died (obviously), and George was no schmuck.

Yamaha do some higher level APX models which are pretty good - the APX900. I have bought a couple of Faith guitars recently and they both have scrubbed up quite well. They do a couple of small bodied ones - the Mercury parlour size and the Venus electro cutaway.

anyway - best wishes and good luck with whatever it is you decide on.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 04:35 PM

I was going to offer to sell him my sweet little 1960s Epiphone Caballero, but Brazil?!


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Bugsy
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 06:04 PM

Maton BG808. Fabulous guitar! Might be pushing it a bit at US$1000 though.

Maton BG 808

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Grab
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 05:51 AM

Variax are only nominally acoustic. To actually get them to do their thing (namely emulating other guitars and doing funky things with tunings), they need to be plugged.

Small-body Lowdens are very nice indeed for fingerstyle. Similar sound to the big ones, but less resonant and more projecting.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: redsnapper
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 06:02 AM

I would say the Larrivee from having played all three. But this is subjective. I don't normally like Taylors but there is a killer example of their cheap model currently going secondhand locally to me for about £300 that I'm seriously thinking about! There are many other luthier-made small bodies but much more expensive.

I think it's a case of trying what's available and buying "what speaks to you".

RS


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,RS
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 07:23 AM

I have a Larrivee OM 03R, & it's a fine guitar at a modest price.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,Tom Bliss
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 07:55 AM

The big baby taylor is actually very well made and has an excellent sound for the price - plus a lovely neck profile. I'm not a huge fan of the normal-sized taylors but the BBT is made differently and really chucks out the sound. You'll always get a nicer more compact tone with a smaller guitar, but you do loose volume. One problem with the BBT and some other parlour-sized instruments though: The headstock is too heavy for the body, so on a strap (with the fulcrum at the upper strap button) the neck weighs on your hand, which is why I use martins for work. But the BBT is great on the knee and I write and practice on it.

Tom


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,joseacsilva
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 08:26 AM

I myself, like Taylor and Larrivee guitars, ´cause I got both, but not small body.Bugsy, I´ve heard of Maton guitars, from Tommy Emmanuel vdz.Are they found in USA(Miami)?
Thank you folks
Joe


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Grab
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 08:49 AM

Oh yes, if you happen to see an older Guild around, that should fit into your price bracket and will do very nicely for blues and fingerstyle both. They're not exactly small-body instruments, but they're not outrageously huge either. Don't know what modern Guilds are like, but I've heard a couple of very nice older ones.

In general, consider that the more curvy "classical" or "jumbo" shape is usually better for fingerstyle than the dreadnought shape. This is a massive generalisation though, so use your own judgement, and your ears of course! ;-)

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: dj bass
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:28 AM

I have a 1992 reissue of the 1934 Gibson L-00 Blues King, made in Bozeman. I love her. She sounds bigger than she is. I'd recommend a Bozeman Gibson.

dj


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,Jeff
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:41 AM

For $1000-1200 one could probably obtain a Michael Gurian S2M or S3M if you can find one. Excellent for finger-style blues, Travis or flat-picking. Had them both over the years. One got stolen the other I sold...stupid me.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST,gini12
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 12:56 AM

I'm looking for a good quality small body acoustic guitar. Please recommend for a beginner and hopefully last for a few years. Anyone with recommendations, please post. Thanksss!


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 04:30 AM

Faith do a lovely parlour guitar (ask Maartin Allcock).
Martin do several models in 000 size which can be found at reasonable prices, play well and sound good.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Silas
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 04:39 AM

Highly reccomend the Recording King range - I was going to buy a larivee till I tried one of their ROS 16 models - saved myself a small fortune!


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: theleveller
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 05:51 AM

Best one I've played recently was an all-mahogany parlour model by Patrick James Eggle, made out of an old Cuban mahogany bank counter. But at £3K it was was out of my price range, so probably not a beginner's guitar. Nice though!


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Will Fly
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 06:48 AM

I had an 00 model made for me recently by Ian Chisholm, a Ditchling (UK) luthier. And at a reasonable price.

This is it in action: Skylark

This has a cocobolo back and sides, and a Sitka spruce face.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Mrs Scarecrow
Date: 07 Feb 12 - 11:59 AM

Hudson make a very nice parlour guitar at a very reasonable price I believe they are mad e in the same factory as Guilds . They are imported into the uk by Cranes in Cardiff


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 01:03 AM

For the past twen years, I've been playing a Nick Apollonio parlor-sized guitar, which everyone (including me) seems to love.


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Subject: RE: Small body acoustic guitars?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 01:59 AM

A Voyage Air OM-1 size guitar from Harvey Leach will do the trick. Exceptional workmanship and sound, plus the neck folds down to fit in a backpack. Can't praise it highly enough.


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