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Woodstocksp3
07-27-2008, 11:23 AM
I'm looking at learning how to play the guitar but guitars seem way too big after learning how to play the ukulele. Do they make quality small guitars? I've seen that they make smaller guitars that they call beginner guitars but I want a small guitar that is more serious (if there is such thing). Any help would be great.

deach
07-27-2008, 11:47 AM
What about those travel-sized Martin Backpackers?

BUGOY
07-27-2008, 12:00 PM
this is the ONE!
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-LXM-Little-Martin-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=515880

I've played it. its sounds great! AND it comes in KOA! :rock:

WS64
07-27-2008, 12:12 PM
Check the Yamaha Guitalele (http://www.thomann.de/gb/yamaha_gl1.htm). Easily available in Europe and Canada.
Here are some videos with it:
This Boy (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EKIzTTTMe5k)
I'll Follow The Sun (http://youtube.com/watch?v=5LdtkvZT_lM)

mikesmistake
07-27-2008, 02:44 PM
Baby Taylors are nice..... They still will seem large compared to a uke though.... They are 3/4 size guitars...... Martin makes a similar version but the Taylors have a nicer neck......

Woodstocksp3
07-27-2008, 05:28 PM
Man, now I'm completely lost. I don't know if I should get a guitar or a nicer ukulele. Too many choices! Thanks for the advice though y'all.

deach
07-27-2008, 05:29 PM
Man, now I'm completely lost. I don't know if I should get a guitar or a nicer ukulele. Too many choices! Thanks for the advice though y'all.

All of the above.

elemenohpee
07-27-2008, 07:26 PM
you should look into OM models for guitars.
if you set it up w/low action, they're a breeze to play.

ChiyoDad
07-28-2008, 05:30 AM
Steel-string (smaller scale, standard tuning)

Martin LXM
Baby Taylor
Taylor Big Baby


Nylon String

La Patrie Motif (full scale, small body, standard tuning)
Yamaha Guitalele (1/4 scale, tenor sized, ADGCEA tuning)


Seagull also makes some smaller folk steel-strings but these are bigger than the Martins or the Taylors. A few slack-key friends of mine have and like the Taylors.

You didn't specify a budget but Ko'olau Ukulele also makes smaller-scale guitars under both their Ko'olau and Pono brands. Too bad you missed the closeout sale of the Pono guitars (http://chiyostrings.blogspot.com/2007/07/first-generation-pono-mahogany-guitars.html) but you might want to send an email to John Kitakis if he has any others.

rt1965
07-29-2008, 08:03 AM
If you go steel string, it's gonna hurt no matter what you do. But only for a few weeks. The small Martins, and Taylors are a shorter scale so they tend to be a bit easier on the fingers, but compared to a uke, this wont help much. How about a baritone uke? They are tuned like the 1st four strings of a guitar so the chords you will learn will transfer over to a 6 string. Might be a good place to start.

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-30-2008, 12:04 AM
my vote is on a nicer uke, if u havnt already made the choice... and if im on the right track

LoMa
07-30-2008, 12:21 PM
Well, I don't know your budget, but if you're looking for a steel-string, I sure can recommend the Larrivee Parlor guitars - they're a small bodies guitar with fantastic sound for their size and have a slightly shorter scale than most guitars: 24". They also have a wider nut for finger-picking. They are made of all solid woods and have really fine fit and finish. Made in Canada.

I had a rosewood and srpuce one that was really fantastic.

I let all of my steel string's go though. I just like playing them nylon strings...

One thing though - a lot of uke players have a hard time with the closer string spacing of steel string guitars. Some folks find classical guitars ewasier to play because of their wider string spacing...

If you're interested in a classical guitar and can afford $850, including shipping and hardshell case, I highly recommend Francisco Navarro student model guitars - they're made in Mexico and really are beautifully made. He makes a shorter scale 640mm model in rosewood and cedar - all solid woods.
http://www.francisconavarro.com/student.html

salukulady
07-30-2008, 02:04 PM
Have you played a baritone uke? I restrung mine low Gcea and love it. I don't have to transpose from uke chords, it sounds like a small guitar and it only has four strings. Much easier than learning all those guitar chords.

rt1965
07-31-2008, 06:33 AM
Have you played a baritone uke? I restrung mine low Gcea and love it. I don't have to transpose from uke chords, it sounds like a small guitar and it only has four strings. Much easier than learning all those guitar chords.


That's funny, I'm just the opposite. I'm waiting for a set of the new DGBE strings from Aquila for my Tenor uke, so I don't have to learn all those uke chords!:D

Woodstocksp3
08-03-2008, 09:46 AM
Thanks for all of the advice y'all! I greatly appreciate it but I'm still very confused on what to get lol. I've been watching this one for a while and I'm not sure if I should get it. I've read a couple of reviews on it and it's supposedly a decent guitar but I want to see what y'all think about it. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=120289659689

Also, I really like the feel of classical guitars but I'm not too fond of the way they look and how big they are. I've been checking out the seagull guitars and they look awesome! I've played one of the small bodied seagull guitars at a music store and it felt great and sounded great but the price tag was a little too much ($300) :(. Anyways, thanks for all of the advice y'all and hopefully I'll find a great beginner guitar soon. :rock:

Nuke-ulele
08-04-2008, 06:53 AM
Thanks for all of the advice y'all! I greatly appreciate it but I'm still very confused on what to get lol. I've been watching this one for a while and I'm not sure if I should get it. I've read a couple of reviews on it and it's supposedly a decent guitar but I want to see what y'all think about it. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=120289659689

Also, I really like the feel of classical guitars but I'm not too fond of the way they look and how big they are. I've been checking out the seagull guitars and they look awesome! I've played one of the small bodied seagull guitars at a music store and it felt great and sounded great but the price tag was a little too much ($300) :(. Anyways, thanks for all of the advice y'all and hopefully I'll find a great beginner guitar soon. :rock:

That guitar on ebay is dread, just about as big as a guitar can get, so if you are looking for a small guitar, that is certainly not the one! That guitar is HUGE. Try a baby Taylor. They sound great, are indestructible, and have a cult following made up of a lot of prominant musicians. Steve Earle has said he has "a bunch of em laying all over" to grab whenever songwriting inspiration hits. It has a dread shape, but is 3/4 size. You can find them on ebay for 200 bucks.

Woodstocksp3
08-04-2008, 10:17 AM
How about this one? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270255774978&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

I really like the way maple looks but I'm not so sure what it sounds like.

Nuke-ulele
08-05-2008, 04:04 AM
How about this one? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270255774978&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

I really like the way maple looks but I'm not so sure what it sounds like.

They sound great. I think the mahogany and maple ones sound about the same, the side and back are laminate on both models after all. Only the soundboard is solid wood, and they are both spruce. I think there may be an all mahogany model out there, but I have not seen it in person yet.

rabbit
08-05-2008, 07:29 AM
I own a Taylor Baby too. Swell guitar, everybody should own one.

I prefer the mahogany, but you can't go wrong with any of them.

mikesmistake
08-05-2008, 09:33 PM
The maple guitars always seem a little brighter sounding which is nice for lead and fingerpicking....... I have never played a bad Taylor.... Great bang for the buck.....

joe28601
08-09-2008, 01:09 PM
they do make 1/2 size guitars, i like those alot

Woodstocksp3
08-10-2008, 06:18 PM
I know y'all are probably all sick of this thread but after several days of researching smaller guitars, this is the one I chose (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=170248857463). Y'alls advice ultimately led me to this guitar so thanks very much! I greatly appreciate it :). I look forward to transferring what I've learned on the ukulele to the guitar and hopefully learning the guitar will help me be better at the uke. :nana:

SamWise
10-24-2008, 12:54 PM
I know this is a zombie thread, but I had to bring it back. If you try a Santa Cruz Firefly, all other short-scale guitars will seem like junk to you. It completely owns the Little Martin and the Baby Taylor, and so it should, at the price. I had one for review; it didn't seem like a compromise, it seemed like a different sort of instrument. I wanted to own one just to tune it to EADGCF, or perhaps Nashville tuning, but I would've had to sell my house!

Ukuleleblues
10-31-2008, 01:07 AM
What's your budget?

Lawn Jockey
11-14-2008, 09:57 AM
+ 1 for the Larrivee Parlor guitars. 12 frets clear, great tone, all solid woods, and some models are under $1K used. They are great for fingerstyle or strumming.

Here's my Larrivee Parlor.......a P-09 Brazilian

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s314/weleetkaoutlaws/Larrivee%20L09BZ%2090156/LarriveeL09BZ90156FullFront.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s314/weleetkaoutlaws/Larrivee%20L09BZ%2090156/LarriveeL09BZ90156BodyBack.jpg

ONYX
11-15-2008, 01:49 AM
anyone know much about the "mini maton"??

http://www.maton.com.au/acoustics/mini-maton-series.html

dave g
01-26-2009, 11:14 AM
Have you played a baritone uke? I restrung mine low Gcea and love it. I don't have to transpose from uke chords, it sounds like a small guitar and it only has four strings. Much easier than learning all those guitar chords.

That's what I'm doing! I've tried guitar (several times) but it just doesn't seem to work for me. But I'm having a great time with a baritone :)

Edit: Oh wait - I didn't see the part about gcea. I'm going with dgbe and learning the new chord shapes. I figure that way if the opportunity to strum along on a guitar comes up I'll sort of be able to do it.

FadaBullet
02-02-2009, 10:50 AM
Did you ever try a 3/4 Rickenbacker?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/fuzztone65/Rickenbacker/DSCF0019.jpg

JKoval
02-08-2009, 05:45 AM
Honestly, man, I would recommend just getting a normal sized guitar. You'll get used to it, and if you really want to get decent at guitar, then you'll almost HAVE to play normal sized eventually. They make only such-a-good quality of small sized guitars, my friend. Just my input. Good luck on your search! <3

JKoval
02-08-2009, 05:46 AM
That's what I'm doing! I've tried guitar (several times) but it just doesn't seem to work for me. But I'm having a great time with a baritone :)

Edit: Oh wait - I didn't see the part about gcea. I'm going with dgbe and learning the new chord shapes. I figure that way if the opportunity to strum along on a guitar comes up I'll sort of be able to do it.

Guitars tune standardly to EADGBE. <3

afeatheredhat
02-11-2009, 09:11 PM
They do make quality small guitars.

There is a small-sized solid wood washburn for sale in my local music shop and I think its the best sounding instrument in the place.

depending on what you mean by 'small' and if you're willing to pay the price to get something custom made, this might be your best bet: http://www.woolsonsoundcraft.com/

The LG model is a relatively smaller instrument with huge sound.

cpatch
02-11-2009, 09:31 PM
I'll add another vote for the Larrivee Parlors. I own a maple one in addition to a full-size guitar and switching back and forth between the two is no problem...the neck is the same width with a slightly shorter scale (I haven't measured but it looks to be about an inch shorter) and 12 frets to the body instead of 14. The sound is fantastic, especially for fingerstyle (I play slack key), and I prefer it to the Baby Taylors.

Pippin
03-14-2009, 11:07 AM
Washburn Rover travel guitar is pretty cool... but it sounds like an electric guitar, not an acoustic.

khiavdim
03-16-2009, 11:14 AM
I have a Martin LXM! It's the best thing I've ever bought! I'm a beginner and a small-frame person so the Martin LXM was perfect for me. It's easier to bar and such. It's also steel string, so I can build the callus on my fingers :P Plus, easier to carry around than a full-size guitar.

But now, I'm thinking about getting a normal size guitar. Don't want to be stuck using a small guitar forever.

Bltprf502
03-23-2009, 02:08 AM
I have a martin LXM black and a Larrivee Parlor. I love the Larri... Sweet little guitar with big tone. I am so so about the Martin. I may sell it!