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Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by mark b, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. mark b

    mark b Strat-Talker

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    Right I'm new to guitars started playing and taking lessons on a American strat about 10 months ago but I would like to get a small bodied acoustic to strum away in the house and any help and advise would be great
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    sevycat Custom Shop Cat

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    Look for an OM model acoustic, nice projection and not a deep body as a D style acoustic. I am sure you can find one in just about any price range.
     
  3. LeftyBlake

    LeftyBlake Most Honored Senior Member

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    What's your price range? If you want an amazing, small bodies acoustic, look for a Larrivee P-01, P-02, P-03, or if you want to spend a little more on a gloss model, the P-05.

    Check out the soundclips of the P-05. I'm currently GASing for a P-05MT, all mahogany. IMO, there isn't a better parlor guitar on the market under 2k than the Larrivees.

    If you want something bigger than a parlor, the OM or 00 models are good sizes as well. I have a Larrivee L-03. I paid $885 out the door, brand new for it. It's made in Vancouver, BC, all solid woods and it's a phenomenal guitar. It's much smaller than a Dreadnaught and not quite as curvy as an OM.
     
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    Hey Mark,
    I just found a Sigma guitar that will fit your bill if you can locate one. They were a guitar made in the 90's under the Martin name farmed out to 'made in Korea' under Sigma name. The models are the size of a 00 [15" lower bout x 4" deep] and are called GSC, Grand Concert Series and the #1 is the lowest cost to #7 the best made. My GCS-1 was under $100. See my post here "Good Deal Day" for pics. They're a great/well made inexpensive instrument.
     
  5. mark b

    mark b Strat-Talker

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    Thanks for the fast replies
    Looking to spend about £300 gbp so the Larrivee Is out
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    You might check out the Martin LX1E, Little Martin, under $400. Also check out their small body Mahoganys. Look for used for good prices.
     
  7. mark b

    mark b Strat-Talker

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    Went to a local guitar shop today to have a look and played with a tanglewood tw170 and it's not so small but was within my budget and its sound was really good
     
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    All due respect, I would stay away from ANY LX series Martin. Although they may tout a solid top, their sides and back are HPL, which is like pureed plywood. Not worth the money. For a small bodied OM style guitar, I would look into one of Silver Creek's offerings. Yes, chinese made, but look at the reviews. Plus, solid top and solid wood back and sides. All it needs is a setup, and it plays wonderfully.

    Silver Creek T-160 Acoustic Guitar: Shop Guitars & Other Musical Instruments | Musician's Friend
     
  9. kchurch

    kchurch Senior Stratmaster

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    Hey, I know you are in the UK, but I just picked out a nice acoustic for my brother, made by Art and Lutherie, made in Canada, for 300 bucks Canadian/US , I cant believe how good this thing looked and sounded! Solid spruce top, made in Quebec Canada by Godin. In my family we have a Norman, a Seagull and an A&L, all made by Godin, and all are great guitars even for twice the money.

    My best advice when shopping is to close your eyes and open your ears, there are a lot of great looking guitars for cheap, but many sound like crap. Buy what sounds great within your budget.


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