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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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Alvarez AP-70 vs. Cort L500-O - thoughts? 11 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 20 hours ago.

My new Alvarez AP70 10 Replies


Started by Marty. Last reply by FloridaGull yesterday.

I have a case of GAS...I blame Cort Guitars... 16 Replies

I am angry at Cort Guitars - for giving me GAS that I can ill afford at this time... It happened this way...    I received an e-mail from Cort Guitars - their "newsletter" (first one I ever received)…Continue

Started by FloridaGull. Last reply by FloridaGull May 19.

In the Market (UK) for a new small body Axe - some thoughts Pls 3 Replies

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. Last reply by sdelsolray Apr 24.

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Comment by Jeremy Ray Williams on January 27, 2012 at 3:07pm

Hello Gary

 I just wanted everyone to know that two of my guitars are finding a new home with my son and his fiancee`. His birthday is Feb 7th and hers is in April. They are getting married soon and I want them to learn guitar together. I pray that this will be part of what will keep them together.

The Summit Parlor that I found is "The One" I have been looking for. It is my go-to guitar and I prefer it above all the others.

I am giving my son and my future daughter-in-law the Norman Protege Folk and the Campfire Parlor respectively. I know they will love them almost as much as they love me.

BTW FloridaGull, thanks for the list on inexpensive 12 frets, just in case I get a bad case of GAS. Acoustseltzer Plus does not always work.

Have a nice evening y'all.

Comment by FloridaGull on January 22, 2012 at 2:09pm
25.4 mm per inch, for converting mm dimensions - 50 mm = 1.97 inches, for example...
Comment by Michael Berish on January 22, 2012 at 11:11am

Thanks Michael for you  comment about nut size for my fingers.


Comment by Jud Hair on January 22, 2012 at 9:22am

Thanks Craig ... so the fairly standard 1 11/16 inch nut width on most dreadnoughts equals 1.6875 (1.69) ... good to know for comparison's sake.  No wonder the Seagull at 1.80 feels so good to me.

Comment by Craig MC on January 22, 2012 at 8:21am

As I was looking over the discussion on what guitar FloridaGull was considering for his daughter, I kept stumbling on the nut width dimensions being given in fractions and decimals. In case anyone else is mathematically challenged like me, here is a handy conversion calculator I found:

Comment by GNuck on January 21, 2012 at 8:41am

Hi Michael;

I have an OM Martin and it has a 1 3/4" neck and plays great for fingerstyle playing. However you might consider a Seagull as well since many of their models have a 1.8" neck width and makes it even easier space wise when finger picking.

But if your fingers have a problem with stretching, then the Seagull's neck might be too wide.


Comment by Jud Hair on January 21, 2012 at 8:22am

I recently noticed that ALL Eastman guitars throughout the entire line have 1.75 inch nut width.  This covers their parlors through their dreads, etc.  The parlors and the orchestra models can be pricey, but they have some smaller sizes that have a MSRP of about $495 and can be bought street for around $375.  If I were looking for an affordable smaller guitar witha 1.75 nut, I'd definitely look closely at Eastman. 

Comment by Mike Nepper on January 21, 2012 at 8:12am


I know zip about Boulder Creek, but a quick look at the specs tells me that the nut width is 1 11/16". This is narrower than your Taylor's standard 1 3/4" by a 16th of an inch. Your big fingers will definitely find this to be tighter (I have big short fingers myself). In fact, even 1 3/4" is tight for me. I now play a guitar with a wider 1 13/16" nut width so the string spacing is just right. It might be tough to find a guitar with a wider nut in this price range, but I think Recording King is one. The guys on this site are quite knowlegeable on the smaller body brands so maybe you'll get some other recommendations here? If I see any others, I'll post them here.

Comment by Michael Berish on January 21, 2012 at 12:05am

I have 2 Taylor guitars that I love.  I have a chance to buy a Boulder Creek ECRM6-N All Koa Acoutic/Electric guitar.  I like the sound of a Koa, but don't want to spend 3 or 4 grand on one.  Also, I have never played an OM size guitar.  Does anyone know what this guitar sounds like?  it's only $769.00, so I know it's not Koa anything like a Taylor, but does it sound anything like Koa.  Is it worth the price?  Also, I have big fingers (16 1/2 ring finger and 11 1/2 pinkie).  They're big , but not long.  Will I be able to play an OM type guitar without getting my fingers all in a knot?

Comment by Jud Hair on January 20, 2012 at 4:49pm

@ Floridagull ... Wow ... sweet looking little guitar!  I'd LOVE to play one sometime!  ;-)


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