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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.

Location: USA
Members: 106
Latest Activity: Jan 12

Discussion Forum

Anyone Ever Hear of Woodbine Guitars??? 2 Replies

There's a Woodbine J 270 for sale on our local info on Woodbine 'gits on the net...advertised as a solid wood jumbo...any info greatly appreciated!…Continue

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by Blackback Gull Jan 12.

Are We Allowed In??? 3 Replies

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

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by GNuck Nov 27, 2014.

Which Pickup? Which Amp? 1 Reply

Silly question, but...I have a  couple of Dean Markley acoustic pickups - one ProMag Plus soundhole, which Markley's website describes as a 'single coil', and one Transducer Artist 'stick-on'…Continue

Started by Blackback Gull. Last reply by Jim Yates Nov 21, 2014.

The Alvarez LJ60 - a GS Mini size with a 1 3/4" nut? 1 Reply

The Alvarez LJ60 - - which I have not seen in person - seems to have the attributes of a…Continue

Started by FloridaGull. Last reply by FloridaGull Oct 31, 2014.

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Comment by Ron Khoo on October 22, 2014 at 4:37pm

By traditional martin standards, a small guitar is like size 4 or higher. Even a modern parlor guitar is jumbo compared to size 4 guitars. But these are larger than my cheepo saprano ukelele.

Comment by Jeff Hatcher on October 22, 2014 at 3:42pm

Jim Yates... did you just call my guitar "fat"?

Them's fighting words....

Comment by Jim Yates on October 22, 2014 at 2:47pm

I never thought of a OOO as a small bodied guitar.  In fact, Big Bill Broonzy played one and it didn't look small on him.
Martin describes a OOO as "Jumbo".  Its body is only 3/4" shorter and 7/8" narrower than a D size.
The O size is a lot smaller and the OO is also smaller.

Comment by Brian Warner on October 22, 2014 at 2:43pm

I agree, Jim, but ever since the Dreadnought became standard, anything smaller is considered "small bodied".


Comment by Blackback Gull on October 22, 2014 at 8:20am

The Newton Heritage strings - I use the 10-43 lights - just seem to have a clarity and balance that suits the RO-10's 000 body really well - great sound for fingerpicking, which is what these small-body guitars excel at. That's an excellent price, Jeff - you've gotten a solid top, well built instrument for the price of the logo on

Comment by Jeff Hatcher on October 21, 2014 at 7:19pm

Yesser blackback.... I paid $200 new, and would have happily spent more!  After a couple weeks of playing in, she's got quite a voice.  I'm using the Martin 80/20 lights, but I might have try something different next string change.  Newtone Heritage you say?  Worth a shot.

Comment by Blackback Gull on October 21, 2014 at 5:42pm

Welcome to the world of RK guitars, Jeff - sounds like you've got yourself a winner! I've got an RO-10, the same 000 body as your RO-06 but with the solid back and sides - an absolute little beauty of a guitar that knocks the spots off a lot lower-end big brand name instruments. Just restrung it with Martin FX Flexible Cores, planning to switch back to the Newtone Heritage NHS-010 strings they replaced - the Martins have a  tad more volume, especially in the bass, but my ears don't hear the mid-range clarity and sparkle of the Newtones. Worth trying a set on your R0-06, maybe - get mine from Strings Buy Mail, great folks, excellent service and pricing. Enjoy the RK - incredible bang for the buck, aren't they?

Comment by Jeff Hatcher on October 21, 2014 at 2:08pm

I'm new to the "small body" guitar scene, but liking it so far.  I've played mostly dreadnaughts, classicals, and most recently a Jumbo.  Got a Recording King RO-06 (000) recently, and have hardly been able to put it down.  Louder than I would have thought, and an entirely different feel and sound than my large bodied instruments. Lots of clarity and "punch".   I'm new also to the forum in general, though I recognize Floridagull from the acousticguitarforum.

Comment by FloridaGull on September 30, 2014 at 9:35am

What seems to be a nice Alvarez RF8 on Goodwill:

Currently $9.99 - 6 days left - $25 shipping...

I did some research - they have a 1 11/16" nut - if it was 1 3/4", I'd be bidding... :-)


Comment by Jim Yates on September 17, 2014 at 4:17pm

Sam Baker

Dan Walsh

Gurf Morlix

Lee Renaldo

Tegan Quin

A few pros who use Amis.  Dan and Gurf told me that they paid more for the pick-ups in their Amis than they did for the guitars.


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