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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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NGD! Cort L500-O arrives! 9 Replies

I posted recently about a decision between the Alvarez AP-70 and the Cort L500-O - both 12-fret, slot-head, spruce over rosewood, small-body guitars with 1.75" nuts.  The Alvarez a parlor, the Cort…Continue

Started by FloridaGull. Last reply by FloridaGull Jun 5.

NGD for Parlour Guitar 19 Replies

Hi To day I bought yet another guitar.I have seen this guitar in my local guitar shop for over six months, every time I go in there I pick it up and have a little play. Don't think anyone else has…Continue

Started by Derick Chatfield. Last reply by Marty Jun 2.

Alvarez AP-70 vs. Cort L500-O - thoughts? 24 Replies

I've narrowed down a potential guitar selection to 2 - the Alvarez AP-70 and the Cort L500-O.  Both are 12-fret, solid-topped guitars with rosewood back and sides and a 1 3/4" nut.  The Cort has a 3…Continue

Started by FloridaGull. Last reply by FloridaGull Jun 1.

NGD for Parlour Guitar

Hi To day I bought yet another guitar.I have seen this guitar in my local guitar shop for over six months, every time I go in there I pick it up and have a little play. Don't think anyone else has…Continue

Started by Derick Chatfield May 30.

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Comment by Phil Manuel on January 16, 2012 at 8:23am
I tried fingerpicks of all types about 20years ago, and never really was comfortable with them. So, I used my nails,mtaking care of them daily was a chore, but a necessity. As I got older, my nails got more brittle, and no matter the attention to them, I just couldn't keep them in shape for fingerstylemor classical.

I went back to a hybrid picking style I used when I played electric guitars. Then, I started listening to my old Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna albums again. I was determined to learn how to use fingerpicks to get that sound. It was a struggle, but finally after about six months, I found my way with them. I use some Dunlap brass fingerpicks on my index and middle finger, and either a Fred Kelley Bumblebee thumbpick or a Golden Gate pearloid thumbpick. I have some brass ProPiks, as a backup, too. I do find they do add some "noise" when I get lazy about picking, but generally they work fine.

For me, I just didn't feel the Alaska picks worked, hurt my nails, and I just don't like the idead of fussing with gluing and shaping nails anymore. So, I guess it just comes down to what works for you may not work for someone else. I think it's always worthwhile to exlpore your options, thennyou can narrow your choices.
Comment by Mike Nepper on January 16, 2012 at 7:41am

Michael, Online, I couldn't find any cream made by Hoofmaster's specifically, but there is some called "Mane and Tail HoofMAKER" cream. Is that it?

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.


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