Parlor guitar search

Arcy

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It’s nice to see the Godin family guitars all made in Canada mentioned so much. I have a Norman folk size guitar that is roughly the same size as a classical guitar. These are fairly affordable instruments. LaPatrie is their line of classical guitars.

I’ve also been really impressed with the Eastman guitars. I actually have an Eastman dreadnought that I haul around for teaching. I got it from a student who can’t seem to stop buying affordable Eastman guitars. He has a bunch!

If you can find a used one, the Larrivee parlors are quite nice. I can remember when you could find one for $400-500 on Craigslist. Alas, they seem to be much more expensive now.

Good luck! (Or maybe you have found one already!)
 

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Yes, I have found a 15 year-old Seagull Coastline Grand! It has a little road wear but plays and sounds just fine. I think it will be plenty of guitar for my modest needs. I’m planning to donate my Alvarez and my first guitar— a super basic Yamaha classical— to our local Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. This is a regional organization offering free music lessons to young people: https://jamkids.org/
Ours is very active and always looking for instruments. It makes me glad to think that my big old Alvarez might have a new life with someone starting their musical journey, instead of sitting in its case at my house.
Thanks to you all for your thoughts and suggestions!
 

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I’m a longtime lurker in the uke section, but this is my first post. I’m searching for a parlor-sized guitar at a moderate price, mostly for fingerstyle and some folky strumming/picking. I have an Alvarez Yairi dreadnaught that was probably never the right guitar for me, but after a long time away and the switch to ukes, it’s just too much in every way. The guitar will likely stay a secondary instrument for me, but I do want it to sound good and play well— I’ll only have one. Two I’ve been looking at, both cedar-top, which is my preference (some classical guitar background), and both about a 25” scale.
- Breedlove Discovery Concertina — 12 frets to body, narrower nut width, widely available
- Seagull Coastline Grand — 14 frets to body, wider nut width, out of production so would have to search for a used one— fine if it plays well
Any recommendations from folks who are familiar with either of these, or advice about how much noticeable difference the fret # or nut width might make? I live in a rural area, and don’t have a good option to try a lot of different things out. Thanks in advance to this generous, knowledgeable community!
Last year one of the members here offered a rare Ovation parlour for trade. This is probably at least two or three notches above your examples, but maybe he still has it and sells for reasonable price.
 

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Arrived yesterday, just in time for Santa to gift it to me!

Still not sure how I was able to get it to Florida from Thomann cheaper than any US dealer.