Small acoustic guitar to get for electric-guitar player.

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Practical Senses, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Practical Senses

    Practical Senses TDPRI Member

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    Hello !
    Please recommend me a small size-body (maybe short scale) acoustic guitar.
    I'm a long time electric-guitar player (currently own Squier Telecaster Standard), but want to have some acoustic to travel around and also practicing without amp at home.
    I've never played acoustic and want something with comfortable neck, not huge and not expensive (100-300$ would be perfect)
    Thanks!
     
  2. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

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    I have a parlour sized 000-15 (I think) Sigma. Great guitar, well made, sounds nice, pick-up fitted and not expensive. I'm sure there will be others but I doubt you'd go wrong with one of these.
     
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    Baby Taylor
     
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    Hi.

    Do a search for 'travel guitars.'

    Also, Yamaha has some cheap but good smaller guitars. I often use my kids' wee nylon string clasical guitar. Plays stupidly well for such a cheap thing.
     
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    Baby Taylor or Martin Ed Sheeran Model ( unsure of the cost). Both are so small I find it hard to play that short scale- especially the Martin.
     
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    They used to make Tele-acoustics, essentially a hollow body with an electric neck. I know a few friends who have them, not the best acoustic sound but fun to play and they do plug in too.
     
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    Taylor GS mini.
     
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    Check out used old parlor guitars.
     
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    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Or think outside the Pacific Rim box. Check out the Art & Lutherie Roadhouse parlor.

    A great value for the money. They list new for about $400 and used for about $300.
     
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    IMO, those above are all good choices. You have to sit and play the guitar to make sure the short scale works for you. You may also need a professional setup. I have two acoustics, a 1974 Ovation that I throw in the trunk and take anywhere and a Simon and Patrick that I take better care of. On both setup was critical. I came to them from electric. Acoustic action is often set higher for loud strummers. You may want to lower the action by adjusting the truss rod and filing the base of the saddle. You'll almost certainly want to have the grooves in the nut filed to lower the action and improve intonation. Just as with your Telecaster, setup is very personal, but in my experience, I can play almost any electric. I play mostly finger style country and don't strum with a flat pick. Setup is critical for me and I've only very rarely taken down an acoustic (except the occasional used one) with a setup that I was happy with.
     
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    Epiphone EL-00 269$ at musicians friend. It’s a great guitar
     
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    If I was going to buy a price conscious small body guitar today I’d either get a Gretch Jim Dandy(although in black) on the cheap end or I’d poney up a little more and get The Loar LH-250 for around 5.

    I’d go with The Loar personally.
     
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    I’ve got one of these waiting for me when I get back from vacation. I’m in largely the same boat - this will be my first acoustic after getting used to playing on an electric and I wanted something smaller-bodied and easy to handle. I’ll return with a full report in about a week...
     
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    Canton? Speaking of buying North American, is that the town with the big Nissan plant? Did the UAW ever make it in?

    Used to be, folks started on acoustics, then moved on to electric. Much easier that way. I don't know why it changed. When you're used to bronze wound, electric strings feel like cobwebs. Like, would a batter warm up with a piece of uncooked spaghetti, then go to the plate with a Louisville slugger?

    Going from electric to acoustic is like learning to type on a computer, then trying a manual typewriter. It can be done, but it's a killer.

    Best advice: just stick with it, and play it every day. It's like learning to use chopsticks: after two weeks it'll seem reasonable, and after two months it'll seem normal.
     
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    Sometimes i play guitar with one chopstick -- slap the strings with it.
     
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    Many excellent travel and parlor guitars on the market. I used an older Yamaha 3/4 size acoustic for music therapy when I taught special ed. I think I paid about $100 for it, it played well, and was "sturdy" enough if one of my students got a little rough. It's been in case in closet for a couple years....think I'll go dig it out now and see how it is.....;)
     
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    Sure beats playing "Choptsticks" with one guitar!
     
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