PDA

View Full Version : Smaller size guitar.



philrab66
09-10-2011, 04:30 AM
Hi all
I am normally on the uke forum but need to ask guitar related question. i started out on guitar and was having lessons. Since playing the uke I have really gone off guitar, I think it is the size more than anything like carrying a piece of furniture after the uke. Also I am not happy with the quality of my classical guitars, seems like you get a decent uke for same money.
Anyway could anybody suggest a smaller size classical and good sounding one.
Thanks Phil.

garywj
09-10-2011, 06:14 AM
A Larrivee (made in Canada) is very nice for the price. I don't know if their classical is small but the parlor is. It is a steel string. A nice used one can be bought for under $1000. An old Ramariz 1A is small but big bucks. I like parlor size guitars, but it is hard to find a nice one for under $1000. Good luck.

guitharsis
09-10-2011, 06:32 AM
La Patrie Motif, also made in Canada, is a very nice sounding smaller bodied guitar.

harpdog cc
09-10-2011, 10:21 AM
La Patrie Motif, also made in Canada, is a very nice sounding smaller bodied guitar.

+1 Love my Motif

Teek
09-11-2011, 01:46 PM
I know nothing about what classical would be nice these days. I have always had used guitars: three Goyas from the '60s when I was in my 20s aqnd 30s a long time ago, and then a circa 70s Alvarez when I was 40. I currently have an Aria that is 530mm scale (about 21.5 inches) that seems big next to a tenor uke but has a great classical sound for a short scale nylon stringed guitar. Since I set it up it is very easy to fret. I also got a 19inch scale Tacoma Papoose for a little acoustic steel string to try to learn a little fingerstlye blues. Like maybe in the next ten years, lol.

Michael N.
09-12-2011, 06:09 AM
Baby Rodriguez:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkT1IKsTtIQ&feature=related

An option. There are a whole series of historical models that also fit the bill but tend to be very specialised and rather expensive.
Terz models are even smaller, often with a string length of around 55 cm's.

PoiDog
09-12-2011, 08:28 AM
Hi all
I am normally on the uke forum but need to ask guitar related question. i started out on guitar and was having lessons. Since playing the uke I have really gone off guitar, I think it is the size more than anything like carrying a piece of furniture after the uke. Also I am not happy with the quality of my classical guitars, seems like you get a decent uke for same money.
Anyway could anybody suggest a smaller size classical and good sounding one.
Thanks Phil.

Just wondering what guitar you have? I've got an opportunity to pick up a used Yamaha C40 for about $50 and am tempted to do so just to satisfy my six-string craving. If that works out, then I'll likely try and move up to a La Patrie or something similar.

Not that I am giving up my uke. After all, you never really leave your first love.

Caboose66
10-26-2011, 11:40 AM
I'll second the vote for Larrivee. I don't have a parlor, but hear very good things about them. I have a Larrivee "L" (JCL 40th) model and LOVE it. They are very nicely built.

By the way, and not that it makes any difference, but I believe all of the Larrivee Parlors are made in the US of A (Oxnard, CA). Canadian company by origin, and some of their acoustics are still made in Vancouver BC, but many of their guitars are made in the California shop.

Regards, Dean

SailingUke
10-26-2011, 12:10 PM
I have a Larrivee "O", dressed up parlor. Great guitar, sounds bigger than it is.
You might also consider a Baby Taylor.

Ambient Doughnut
10-26-2011, 12:49 PM
Been thinking exactly the same thing. After ignoring guitars for the last couple of years I started to fancy a go on them again. And yes my jumbo acoustic now feels obscenely big! I had been thinking about maybe a martin LX but...

I went to collect a tenor uke this evening and the chap selling it had a Breedlove travel guitar, Steel string, short scale - tuned up to ADGCEA so the same as a uke plus two bass strings. It was absolutely lovely to play and now I badly want one!

http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/acoustic_guitars_detail.asp?stock=11061617380588

If you want something more like a classical guitar then maybe a yamaha guitalele is worth a look. Not tried one but they can be had pretty cheap!

Ambient Doughnut
10-27-2011, 11:28 PM
Actually I just ordered this:

http://www.acousticzone.co.uk/view-product/Breedlove-Passport-C20-T-travel-acoustic-guitar

150 - Bargain! :)

edit: That link has gone now - I must have bought the last one!

harpdog cc
10-31-2011, 10:38 AM
If steel stringed guitar is considered - I have to add a recommendation for the Taylor GS Mini. Amazing sound - just bought one. Actually the best sound I've heard from a small guitar. While shorter than my La Patrie Motif, with shorter scale, it is MUCH wider and deeper. Try one!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/ElGuitana/Music%20Stuff/GSMiniandLaPatrieMotif002.jpg

La Patrie Motif next to Taylor G.S. Mini