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This group is for those that like small body guitars and other sizes such as "00", "000" OM, Baby Taylors, grand concert, grand auditorium and other non dreadnought style bodies. Join up, post pictures and discuss them here.

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Has anyone taken their Taylor GS Mini on a plane, and will it fit in the overhead compartment? 2 Replies

Help!  I'm getting ready to travel to Florida next week and was wondering if any of you have had any experience traveling with your GS Mini or small guitar? What if there is no room in the overhead…Continue

Started by Hoosier Picker. Last reply by Mike Nepper on Thursday.

Are We Allowed In??? 14 Replies

Guess that depends on how we define 'small'...Here's the latest arrival...…Continue

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by Robert Williamson May 29.

Recording King Dirty 30's Parlour - Any Opinions? 7 Replies

One's popped up on our local Kijiji for $215 Cdn., with what appears to be a decent case. Internet reviews seem mixed. I really like my RK RO-10, but that's an entirely different cat - solid mahogany…Continue

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by Blackback Gull Apr 9.

Gee, Ma, Look What Followed Me Home... 5 Replies

Gee, Ma, can I keep it?Was supposed to be having an eye out for a friend who wants a travel guitar as his first instrument - spotted this one, a Crafter LITE/TRV-SP on Kijiji - absolutely mint, about…Continue

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by Blackback Gull Feb 23.

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Comment by GNuck on July 12, 2011 at 8:00pm

Hi Michael;


Great post and explanations! I'm finding I have much more control and especially flexibility. I'm still hitting a bad note every now and then but I've only started playing without the pinky touching the last week or so.


However I do use 3 fingers and a thumb and have done that since I first started finger picking 30 years ago.


A month ago I start focusing on assigning each finger a string and strive to stay with that string for that finger. Now a month later that has improved my playing greatly and it's helping me with the non anchoring of the pinky. I use to jump around with my fingers on every string rather than being more strict and uniform.


My problem is when I try to play banjo (beginner) I want to use 3 fingers instead of 2 fingers. I'm still having to adjust to that. :)


Thanks for the post.



Comment by Deryl Hilliard on July 12, 2011 at 12:50pm
I noticed there was a discussion of end pins a while back.  I am using solid brass pins on my Yamaha FG with Earthwood Blues and Rock strings.  This combination improved the tone of this guitar greatly and added some sustain.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on July 12, 2011 at 9:33am

Gary - I play banjo. You're supposed to anchor two fingers (little and pinky) as you pick with the thumb (P), middle (M), and ring (A) fingers. Just a light touch is all that is needed, so light  that I often feel my fingers moving around on the banjo head. For a long time I also fingerpicked the guitar this way; I know a lot of folks do. The problem with using only three fingers to pick (thumb, index, and middle) is, unless it's a very slow tune, your thumb does extra duty in order to keep the timing correct (one of your fingers needs to turn 3 fingers into 4 and beginning and ending with the thumb is the fastest and smoothest way). Not a problem with the 5-string banjo since the 5th string is a drone and rolls are designed to fill up the space. Just as in banjo playing, some cannot get both fingers down so I've seen variations of it: ring finger only, little finger only. This type of picking results in a very hard driving, aggressive sound as you can really hit the strings hard and become very accurate doing so. Of course, you don't always have to play hard. There is ongoing discussion as to how anchoring your finger(s) affects tone (movement of the guitar top or banjo head) but I won't get into that here.

When I began playing classical guitar, it felt very strange to me to use four fingers (rarely all five) on my picking hand with no anchor. I honestly felt as if my hand would flail away uncontrollably and if I had not seen others do it I would have doubted the possibility of obtaining any sort of accuracy. I bought a book on Amazon or e-Bay (I forget which) for about $7 to help develop my right hand, "Mauro Giuliani's 120 Studies for Right Hand Develpment."

I believe I had a sort of head start on my right hand but still had to retrain myself to play without an anchor (I was gonna say "pick" but somehow it doesn't fit in the context of classical music!). In only 90 days or so I became very accurate with my right hand. I've also noticed how much more control I have vs the anchor method; I can vary tone merely by chaning the angle of my thumb and fingers, for example. It's very difficult to do that if you have one or two fingers anchored. It's also easier to move closer or farther away from the bridge (sul-ponticello or metallico vs sul-tasto).

Since learning and practicing this, along with learning classical pieces, my overall playing has vastly improved regardless of style - especially blues. I've also noticed that many players I admire have said that they started out playing classical and when I watch a video of them I can see the hand movements.

Now if I can just learn how to grow - and keep - nails I can play with...

Just a thought - you might consider giving it a try.

Take care - m.

Comment by Deryl Hilliard on July 12, 2011 at 8:36am
My Little Martin is the LX1 model with the solid Sitka spruce top.  The LX1E would be a very good choice because of the added pickup.  I'm thinking about adding a pickup to mine so I can add a little chorus and/or reverb.  I could also practice playing softly with headphones. The body shape on the Martin is more like a concert size where the Baby Taylors look more like little dreadnaughts.  I really like the new Taylor Mini GS but it is quite a bit more expensive.  Maybe I'll add one of them to my collection later.
Comment by GNuck on July 12, 2011 at 4:16am

Welcome Mike;


I watched one of your videos the other night and saw you had a beautiful Breedlove you were playing, and it had a fantastic tone if this is the same one. It was your Silent Night & Silver Bells video and the playing was great as was the sound of the instrument.


I hope to get a 12 string some day to add to the small collection I have (5).

You have some beautiful instruments on your page.


I've yet to try Elixir strings but may give them try in the future when I replace the strings on my Seagull pretty soon.


I love the fit of a small body as well, as Deryl mentioned in his post. They fit me better and make it easier to play, though my Seagull works quite well too with the mini jumbo body, but my OM Martin is still my favorite for tone and comfort of playing.


Mike, do you anchor your little finger when playing as well and not anchoring too it against the guitar depending upon what your playing? Looked like you were maybe doing both or maybe it was just close to the guitar and not touching?


I have recently started working on not resting my pinky on the guitar while picking and find it's giving me more freedom of movement as I get use to it.


Anyone else have thoughts on resting the pinky on the guitar too?





Comment by Mike Nepper on July 11, 2011 at 10:46pm

I love small bodied guitars and have had some I didn't keep and a couple I still have. One is a very sweet 1995 Breedlove C10 Maple with incredible tone. Also more recent is a Yamamoto Talus with a Redwood top. Most recently I have been playing a new Taylor 12-fret cutaway with a short 24.75" scale length. This is a grand concert or OM size Rosewood and Spruce body with 800 series appointments. It is simple and easy to play unplugged or amplified.

I use Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb 12's with a .013" and .017" replacement on all my guitars except my old D-28 which has mediums.

There are pics of some of my guitars on my page and some clips and vids too.

Comment by GNuck on July 11, 2011 at 5:58pm

Welcome Deryl glad to have you.


Is yours the travel size Martin when you say little Martin? There's a travel size Martin LX1E on Craigslist here locally that I've been watching. It's about the same size as the Baby Taylor I think.


Is this the same model you have? I'd love to hear more about it since I've been keeping an eye on this one locally.


That's a lot of years on that parlor guitar I bet it sounds good.





Comment by Deryl Hilliard on July 11, 2011 at 1:06pm
I enjoy playing a Little Martin as my couch guitar and I also own a 100 year old parlor guitar that belonged to my great-grandmother.  I keep it tuned to DADGAD. I like the reduced string tension of a shorter scale guitar and the small body is more comfortable for me to play.
Comment by GNuck on July 2, 2011 at 2:25pm

I used to live in Mt. Juliet Tennessee and I think that's where Charlie's farm was at.


I was trying to work out a trade for a Big Baby Taylor about a month ago but the guy never met with me even though he said he wanted to trade it for my Epiphone Dot. That led me to eventually buying a Seagull mini jumbo to add to my guitars, how I settled on that guitar is another story.


I hope to add a Taylor to my collection in the future and it could be a Baby or Big Baby when I do. They both play really well. Also the Taylor GS Mini plays great as well, I'm surprised at the sound it puts out for it's size but I really like the Big Baby except for the screw they put in the neck. :)


Thanks for the info on the Fernandes Nomad cool looking little guitar.

Comment by Wes Millette on July 2, 2011 at 6:45am
Thanks for the welcome Gary, the guitar you were wondering about is a Fernandes Nomad electric travel guitar. It's a great little guitar with onboard Digitech electronics (effects, drums, modeling, etc). The sound hole is actually a small speaker. I ordered it and a Baby Taylor while I was working in Iraq a few years ago and have enjoyed both ever since. Charlie Daniels signed my Baby Taylor when he came to our little base over there and did a show for our well deserving troops. These are two special little guitars I hope never to part with.

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