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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.

Location: USA
Members: 120
Latest Activity: Nov 23

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In the Market (UK) for a new small body Axe - some thoughts Pls

Hi Guys would really like some thoughts / Reviews/ ideas Please - I am UK based ( I mention that as a lot of the smaller body stuff is quite limited over here and some makes hardly appear at all) and…Continue

Started by Strummer07 Nov 23.

Are We Allowed In??? 23 Replies

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

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by Ron Khoo Sep 25.

Alvarez "Masterworks" MF60C? 1 Reply

I've had a soft spot for Alvarez for many years. I found my first one in 1994 in a pawn shop. I don't know what model it was, mostly because after playing it for about two minutes I didn't care. It…Continue

Started by James Moffat. Last reply by Derick Chatfield Sep 2.

Has anyone taken their Taylor GS Mini on a plane, and will it fit in the overhead compartment? 3 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 FloridaGull Aug 25.

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Comment by Jud Hair on January 17, 2012 at 10:50am

Regarding the reference to "Nashville Tuning" in the post below ... honestly, I didn't even know what it meant.  I do now!  Kinda cool idea.  Check out Justin Sandercoe's video explanation ...

Comment by FloridaGull on January 17, 2012 at 10:34am

Here's a nice one - a 2011 Wechter Nashville tuned parlor:

And the link:

$489 - solid cedar top - very nice!  Perhaps someone can tell me what Nashville tuning is?  Yes, I could look it up...

Comment by Michael T. Swisher on January 16, 2012 at 12:22pm


Regarding your question. Yes that's it. The older I get the fuzzier my memory.



Comment by Phil Manuel on January 16, 2012 at 9:29am
Oh, I've not seen that type. Looks like they might work for me too. Thanks for the link, going to get some to try, as I like the idea of "feeling" the string. I don't play much classical anymore, but getting the touch of the string is a good thing.
Comment by Robin June Nakkula on January 16, 2012 at 8:32am

I've had good success with the Guptill ProPiks, the Fingertones with the open area over your finger's pad.

I play both classical and fingerstyle (as well as flatpick when the song's energy calls for it). The ProPiks with my steelstring guitars permit me the feel of the string that I'm used to from nylon-playing, but they protect my nails from the steel strings chewing them up. That way,when it's time for classical guitar rehearsal, I stand a better chance of still having nails for the nylon strings.

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.


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