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professor
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Aug 17th, 2017 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is for my daughter who does a lot of improv/sketch work in LA, to be playable but also durable enough for the banging around it will take. She will just be using it for basic cowboy chords, but I want it to be good enough to stay in tune and be comfortable to play. She is short, so parlor is the way to go. Not sure about electronics- maybe good to have the option.

(This message was last edited by professor at 09:13 AM, Aug 17th, 2017)

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Aug 17th, 2017 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is an article about the breed that may help you make a selection. The models listed here are not very inclusive of what is actually out there today.

I think I would be buying a Taylor GS Mini-e (or no "e") for your purpose but that's just my take. Short scale and small body but not really a parlor. The Baby Taylor works well too.

There are just a ton of parlor guitars on the market now. What's your budget?

Parlors

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Aug 17th, 2017 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not a Taylor fan - but I second Hammond101's recommendation. I recently played the Taylor GS Mini and a Baby Taylor and was very impressed with the tone of the GS Mini.

If I didn't already have way too many acoustic guitars, I would have been very tempted (and I actually was playing a lefty version in this shop - go figure!).



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Aug 17th, 2017 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Small money: Taylor GS mini.

Lager money: Collings Baby.

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Aug 17th, 2017 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've yet to find a small acoustic that's the equal of my 1962 Gibson B-25. A little bigger than what most would call a parlor, but outstanding sound and playability. They've been reissued as the LG-2 American Eagle Electric/Acoustic, but I haven't played any of the reissues.

LG-2 RI

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Aug 17th, 2017 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang, I forgot about this one linked below. I was battling between this and a GS Mini-e when the urge to find a suitable Martin Dread hit me.

I played this little girl and liked it a lot. No compromise in scale length here. Build quality and finish is really high on these. I think the Breedlove offers a lot of bang for the buck. Also available with a mahogany top at the same price.

Breedlove Pursuit Parlor

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Aug 18th, 2017 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm just going to throw this out there - probably not what you were thinking of, but something a little different.
And you never know...

...I think it's cool.

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Aug 19th, 2017 01:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not high-end but reasonably well reviewed --

Gretsch Jim Dandy

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Aug 19th, 2017 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had an Eastman E10P that I really liked. Well built and sounded really good. I only sold it because I had to downsize before moving. Mine was a sunburst, very nice.

They go for around $7-800 used. Lots of guitar for the money.

Throw a K&K in there and you're good.

Edit to add: if you want to see a photo, there is one in my FDP Classified ad from a couple months ago.

(This message was last edited by Ragtop at 07:41 AM, Aug 19th, 2017)

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Aug 19th, 2017 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

2nd Ragtops Eastman E10P suggestion, great value for the $. It is a slothead which could be a deal breaker. I sold mine because the nut width was a little too wide (1-13/16").

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Aug 19th, 2017 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, those Eastman parlor necks are quite chunky. They are said to be 1 3/4", but mine was more like Viera's 1 13/16".

I loved it, but it might be too big for some.

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I'd stay away from the Gretsch Jim Dandy guitars. Their price is reflective of what you can expect from their tone...actually, I think the tone is even worse than that (if the actual tone of the guitar is a consideration for her).

The few that I've tried I put back on the wall pretty quickly after a couple strums. They do make sound, but I wouldn't stretch that and call it tone...

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Aug 20th, 2017 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't be seduced by the Baby Taylor's (BT1) small size and price. Mine took about 4 years of "aging" to not sound sort of like a ukulele. The action was way, way high. Made in Mexico with a synthetic fretboard. I opted not to get the Seagull Parlor I was also considering, but declined because of the depth (thickness) of the body; this sounded much better/fuller and is the one I should have gotten. I was looking for something small (incl. not too thick); had blinders on. Yes, try to play before you buy.

(This message was last edited by 009 at 07:14 PM, Aug 20th, 2017)

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Aug 22nd, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seagull makes some great parlor-sized guitars in Canada for not a lot of money. In fact, they're a bargain for what you get.

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Aug 22nd, 2017 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Link

Seagull Parlor

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Aug 22nd, 2017 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The mention of Seagull made me think of Simon & Patrick guitars: they make a couple of parlors, and they seem to always be good values/

S&P Parlor

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Aug 22nd, 2017 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a cedar top Art & Lutherie Ami Parlor guitar that I use as a pick up and play guitar. Plays and sounds great.

Art & Lutherie is a brand made by Canadian guitar manufacturer Godin Guitars. Godin makes Godin, Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Art & Lutherie and La Patrie guitars). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of the Godin made parlors.

I just checked and it looks like A&L discontinued the Ami, but now they have a "Roadhouse" parlor.



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Aug 22nd, 2017 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, that Roadhouse parlor looks good -- comes in four different wood tones/colors: Faded Black, Faded Cream, Tennessee Red, Bourbon Burst.

I was surprised to see the price is more than the Seagull, but they sure look nice. (Ah, it's acoustic-electric.) I'd like to find one to check out.

Art & Lutherie Roadhouse Parlor Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Aug 23rd, 2017 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder what happened to the OP?

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Aug 23rd, 2017 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ ha, well I've been watching this thread. I want to get her something that is decent and playable, but also not so expensive that if she doesn't use it or it gets abused it won't be the end of the world. I have a Seagull acoustic, so I'm somewhere between the Seagull parlor, the A&L, and then a bit down the scale a Gretsch Single-O..

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