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Small Body Guitars

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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Latest Activity: Jul 23

Discussion Forum

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 Jun 25.

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 Michael T. Swisher on January 15, 2012 at 10:05pm


When I started back to fingerstyle playing, I had some issues. My nails are pretty darn hard, however, my thumbnail kept spiting so I had to use a thumbpick. Then my first finger's nail started to shred (It grew slowly and unevenly since an ugly oops when I was a kid). Man was it frustrating. I read about this hand cream called 'Hoofmaster's' on some classical sites. I found it at a grocery store (not expensive) and used it for six months. My cuticles cleaned up and the splitting went away and even my weak nail got strong enough to not notice anymore. I keep my nails between about 1/8 to 1/4 inch and only use the cream about once a week now.

It felt great to toss the thumbpicks away and stop feeling inept for not being able to use fingerpicks well.

Fussing over your nails – even a little – is not for everybody. But it might be worth a shot. The guitar sounds better and no worries about super glue.



Comment by Mike Nepper on January 15, 2012 at 7:58pm

So, I thought I would give you guys sort of a long term update on the Alaska Piks.  I have been using the Alaska piks since about March or April last year as some of you may remember in discussions on this group. They have been "OK" as fingerpicks go............good things about them are you don't put nasty crap on your nails, they are cheap, and last for months. Bad things are you never really get the precision i.e. they are bulky and loose and worse there is some unwanted pick noise. Now, people like Mark Hanson, James Taylor, Ed Gerhard use plastic nails from the drugstore and do about half the nail with super glue and just shape to suit with files. Trouble with those plastic jobs is they are very thin and don't last long. So, today I cut the back section off the Alaska pik and glued that to my nail and shaped them. Just an experiment you see, and yeah, I know they look like crap, but immediately the improvement in feel and control is huge! I gave the Alaska Piks a good long run. My opinion is the loss of control and the pick noise is sending me back to fake nails. If I can find some thicker plastic ones that look better, I'll do that. In the meantime, this works surprisingly well. 

Comment by Jeremy Ray Williams on January 15, 2012 at 11:55am

Hello Craig and Gary,

 These guitars you have are awesome as well. Most people under estimate the power of the small side! Thanks for the pics and inspiration to stick with small body guitars.

Comment by FloridaGull on January 15, 2012 at 10:19am

I don't, either - unless it comes down to an Art & Lutherie AMI or a Walden T550 (a Taylor GS Mini dimensional and material equivalent at half the price), and the Walden's nut is jut a touch smaller, and the overall guitar would be a better fit for my daughter, who is quite petite...

I should be getting the Walden sometime during the week of the 23rd - I'll post pics and stuff then...

My son may be getting a folk sized Art & Lutherie or Simon & Patrick (or Walden O550) for his birthday in April... :-)

Comment by Craig MC on January 15, 2012 at 10:06am

very interesting article about John Lee and Walden. I'm glad to see someone in Asia is concerned about their workers, as well as producing quality instruments with sustainable methods. Still, for me, I don't see any compelling reason to go outside North America for great, affordably-priced guitars (the Godin family).

Comment by FloridaGull on January 15, 2012 at 9:48am

Waldens are made in China but (if their website and interviews with Jonathan Lee are to be believed) they are made in their own dedicated factory, and pay their workers above standard wages, and provide health care to their workers - not the stereotypical "sweatshop" by any means.

Here's a link for those interested:


Comment by GNuck on January 15, 2012 at 5:08am

You got that right Dave.  Of course I can always delete it and start over.  :-)

Hmmm, maybe that's where it is, in the discussions and not the forum posts. I'll have to test that out and see. Thanks Dave.


Comment by Dave G on January 15, 2012 at 2:34am

Hey Gary...better make sure you don't say something you want to take back.  I thought we only got the edit option when we started a new discussion.

Comment by GNuck on January 14, 2012 at 9:34pm

I'm curious can someone tell me if after you make a post in this group do you have 15 minutes to edit your post?

I notice in other groups when I post I have that option, but when I post here in my own group I don't the option to edit.



Comment by GNuck on January 14, 2012 at 9:31pm

Hi Craig;

It does to some folks, but there are some really good guitars coming from China, take Eastman for example too, though they are not very well known either but have some nice guitars. They make a real nice archtop.



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