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    Quote Originally Posted by frets alot View Post
    The Cordoba Mini is a great little nylon string guitar. Baritone uke size. It comes with A tuning strings, but you can get standard guitar tuning strings (E) from Cordoba. They are rated really well and come in three different wood options.....sitka/mahogany, sitka/rosewood, and all ovangkol. HMS carries them, as well as Elderly Instruments. A great value given the price IMHO. Nice sound, sustain, intonation.
    Yes, the Mini is a small guitar that sounds great. I have the Mini R with a Fishman pickup installed.

    It is for sale. Touch base with me if you are interested.

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    I would also highly recomend the Tacoma Papoose if you can find a good one. With a 19" scale and wonderful tone they are a great instrument.

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    I don't think your size is a major limitation to playing guitar. Just don't get a Dreadnought. There are smaller guitars. You don't need to go all the way to a ukulele size just be cause you are smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purdy Bear View Post
    Is there such a thing as a guitar (6 string) that is roughly the size of a Soprano/Concert Ukulele?

    I've tried to play a normal sized guitar and it was way too big for me. I was wondering if there was a smaller sized one that I might consider trying out this time next year. I'm a 5ft 3 female, so no great arm length.

    As you know I'm already learning the Uke Soprano, and the Mandolin so I'd like to get them under my belt before getting any more, plus my bank balance needs a bit of rest first.

    Also what would be a good make to look out for a beginner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Dave sent me an email yesterday on a tenor guitar Pono may be coming out with based on their smaller scaled guitar. It has a fretboard of 21 3/4". Looks really interesting. http://ponoguitar.com/index.php/mode...or-guitar.html
    Just to clarify, I believe the scale -- the distance from the nut to the saddle -- is 21 3/4 inches. The fretboard would be significantly shorter.

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    I've had both a Tacoma Papoose and a Baby Taylor. Both have a short scale and steel strings. I prefer the steel string sound in an acoustic guitar.
    I sold the Papoose because the one I had did not sound as good as the Baby Taylor. A few years later my son moved out and took his baby Taylor with him.
    Moral of the story is : Never sell a guitar. Or a ukulele for that matter.
    Good luck in your search.
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    You should look at the 1/2 size guitars this site: http://www.smallguitars.com. I bought a 1/2 size really small bass guitar and it's really good.


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    I spotted a small body Martin on American Idol on Wednesday night (2/10). Mahogany, slot head, and had an endpin jack. Does anyone know what that was?
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    The slot head makes that harder. I would guess a 0-16NY but that's a standard scale. Or a 0-12F. The terz guitars are smaller than the 0 size and insanely expensive, but a custom could have a slot head.
    I should be curling up with a good uke, a book and my dog.

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    The small Martin played by MacKenzie Bourg on American Idol was probably a size 5 Terz Guitar, meant to be tuned up three steps to G-G. The aforementioned Pono Uku Li'i or UL is picking up this very concept, but at a more affordable price. Those Terz Guitars are still bigger than a Baritone, though.

    As for steel strings, Ibanez has just started making a Piccolo Guitar (EWP14), i.e. a steel string Guitar in the size of a Tenor Ukulele.

    For most Uke players, I would assume it safer to go with a nylon stringed Guilele/Guitalele/Kiku. The Corodoba Mini, the Kanile'a or the Islander GL6 are close to a Baritone in size; there's also something like that made by Romero Creations. Options in the Tenor size are made by Yamaha, Gretsch, Kala, KoAloha etc. Ohana has made a Concert and even a Soprano version, but you don't often see them around for sale. There are also a few custom makers, like Pepe Romero, John Kinnard and Jay Lichty.

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