A stellar little travel acoustic guitar for plugged-in jams, Price: $559/£449 | Type: Modified 0-14 Fret | Top: Sitka Spruce | Back and sides: High pressure laminate mahogany | Neck: Stratabond birch laminate | Fretboard: FSC Certified Richlite | Scale length: 23” | Frets: 20 | Tuners: Gotoh nickel | Electronics: Fishman Sonitone. Price: $559/£449 | … I am a bit surprised the Recording King 12 fret solid wood guitars didn’t make your list. It’s better than the Larrivee I used to have. The little information I have says that they were the only over seas maker to produce Martin guitars under licence and that this is reflected in all the guitars they make. There is no definition on the high ends, and the lows ,and mids sound like there is a sock under the bridge / saddle . Today, most people tend to define parlor guitars as any acoustic guitar that is smaller than the standard Size No.0 standard that was set by C.F. Dear Josh, it is a great article, but I wouldn’t say that a parlor sits between the classical guitar shape and the Dread . Really nice sounding guitar, impressive tonality for the reduced size, even works well with different tunings, and it costs $300. The term ‘beginner instrument’ doesn’t really fit with today’s standards, as manufacturers derive greater performance from tonewoods at less cost to us. It’s a R314kk looks great and plays superb! The only thing going against the CP is case size; that being a 14 fret for the more frequent 12 fret parlors (40”h vs 38”h), so you may want to check out a classical guitar case for start. Both have a roughly 24″ scale length and look smaller than a full-sized guitar. I’m not nuts over the case, but it does replicate the vintage cases. I love My Washburne parlor guitar!! Modern electronics and a classic design in one of the best acoustic electric guitars, Price: $499/£399 | Type: Jumbo | Back and sides: Select maple | Neck: Hard maple | Fretboard: Pau ferro | Scale length: 25.5” | Frets: 20 | Tuners: Grover Rotomatic 18:1 | Electronics: Shadow eSonic-II HD Stereo Pickup System | Left-handed: Yes. Ordered a case the following day after I played it. Washburn has a few parlors ,price range $300-$700. I appreciate your input here. ( look at the others listed ) Slotted Head, as should be . Post was not sent - check your email addresses! A stunning travel acoustic guitar for less, Price: $499/£505 | Type: Compact parlour | Top: Solid sitka spruce | Back and sides: Laminate mahogany | Neck: Nato | Fretboard: Rosewood | Scale length: 23.6” | Frets: 20 | Tuners: Die-cast chrome | Electronics: SRT passive piezo | Left-handed: No. Rather than my going on, I can’t understand how you could list all those small bodies ,and not a Washburn, which in effect will be as good or better than the priciest instruments you listed . I have an Alvarez AP710SB which is a variant of the AP70 in a sunburst finish. I also have an Alvarez parlor model AP6090. Put my Larrivee P04 on ebay the following day. Alvarez has a reputation of giving more for the money. There’s versatile appeal here too. The CP has solid smooth individual open tuners and STAYS in tune while the JD’s open 2×3 were quite stiff. Unless you’re a student of guitar history, you can be forgiven for not being entirely certain what a parlor guitar is (aka “parlour guitar”). At this price point we’re finally getting into an all-solid wood guitar with a spruce top complimented by mahogany back and sides. Both have laminated body’s . In fact, I would argue that they’re currently focused on mid-level sales, but that’s perhaps me just being argumentative. Part of the reason for this popularity has to do with a number of mainstream folk singers using parlor guitars in their music, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mark Orton and many others. Plus, the lower volume means you won’t drown yourself out if you accompany yourself while singing. It was re fretted before I bought it and rebraced with an X braced top. Learn how your comment data is processed. While parlor guitars are not known for a wide dynamic range, this use of rosewood will add a bit more bass than what you’ll find with other parlor guitars. Also, I wouldn’t consider the Cordoba classical to be a parlor guitar.A great classical parlor guitar is the La Patrie Motif, which a bought as a travel and sofa guitar 2 years ago. 1 7/8″ nut. More sound than I expected for its size. Great bass response and balanced mids and highs. There was a problem. Money wasn't an issue - I wanted the best small guitar that was available for under 1k. parlor guitars regained its popularity, and really nice to see that people are love to talk about them. Slotted headstock, gotoh tuners and all bone. . These can be had all day for $ 500-800. Interestingly, one of the primary reasons for the parlor guitar popularity has to do with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Bottom Line: There’s a reason this is the best of the best. A few years ago I bought my first Cordoba (Cordoba GK), and was so impressed that I’ve stayed with them for several guitars/ukuleles since. The primary advantages of the Breedlove Passport is the fact that it has a solid Sitka spruce top complimented by mahogany back and sides. Expect a crisp, fairly neutral sound with fair amounts of definition and clarity. Not cheap but amazing sound and action. Bottom Line: The Cordoba C10 provides a vintage look to match the classical sound of the nylon strings. Like the Cordoba C10, this Larrivee parlor guitar uses a solid spruce top alongside a beautirful solid rosewood back and sides. I completely agree that it belongs on any list of parlor guitars worth checking out. I’ve only had my preloved CP100 for two weeks but I love it, I’m a learner and the fact I can play it quietly is an absolute boon, but it’s also easy and fun to play and stays in tune and it only cost £45bgp.. What Tristan says. Like everyone says, only way to know if it’s for you is to play it. Ace build considering its in the best acoustic guitars under $500 group, Price: $499/£499 | Type: Mini Grand Symphony | Top: Sitka Spruce | Back and sides: Laminated sapele | Neck: Sapele | Fretboard: West African Ebony | Scale length: 23.5” | Frets: 20 | Tuners: Die-cast chrome | Electronics: None | Left-handed: Yes. Man, this thing is great! Electrics EXTRAD Stratocaster ( 62 ) Stratocaster 61 with scatterwound ,CTS etc. So, the parlor guitar will fill that bill for me. I’ve never been as happy with a guitar as with this one. Visit our corporate site. Although your expectations shouldn’t be too high when it comes to guitars priced under $300, Fender has done a good job with the Fender CP-100 manufacturing a decent quality parlor guitar fit for a tight budget. There are more expensive parlor guitars out there but this Larrivee P-09 is all you’ll need. I played fender cp 100 for a long time. This is a quality instrument that feels great to play. I like the article, and I love my Greg Bennet parlor guitar (all mahogany) by Samlik. great article josh. The guitar comes with a nice case and, like most quality classical guitars, does not have onboard electronics. Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison followed by more in-depth reviews of each parlor guitar. Required fields are marked *. By the way, your website is one of the most professional guitar websites out there. I just got the Epiphone EL-00 Pro, with a hard case almost new for about $240. Martin’s are made in Mexico . One of the very best acoustic-electric you can buy under $500. At $450 CDN I’m wondering if this is a good deal or not? There are some short cracks in the old rosewood and scratches on top but it’s very solid and has beautiful tone and playability. The Epiphone EJ-200SCE, for example, is a mix of spruce and maple, with a pau ferro fretboard. I play a John Hullah hand built lefty. In addition, instrument volume wasn’t as important since guitar players usually weren’t playing with large bands. A little bit smaller than Dreadnaught size. The sunburst finish adds even more to an already vintage look for this parlor guitar. The main thing for me at least is how the strings are placed. You should try out the Gretsch G9511 Style 1 Single-0 Parlor. With that in mind, we’ve narrowed it down to this collection of the best acoustic guitars for under $500 that you can buy right now. The Washburn is actually a Guitar I travel with. The action on both are rediculous, you could take the bridges down to just about nothing, the action would still be difficult. They are equisite and everything from the rosette to the binding to even the case look gorgeous. The necks are different too, JD 12 fret is wider and thicker (U shape) and fast, while the CP is smaller and thinner 14 fret (med V shape) that’s also fast and easy. It has Madagascar back and sides, wide grain spruce top, bone nut and saddle, slotted head, 12 fret clear of the body, and Taylor’s sound system. This 85 dollar hohner is fine. I would love to compare it to the Larivee and the Zager parlor guitars but for travel I am really happy with the GS Mini Koa. Great case was included in the price. In this situation, several thin slices of wood are glued together into a solid piece. This little beauty has a wonderfully rich tone, excellent volume, and is delightful to play. My 85 dollar Hohner plays easy and sweet an has for the last 15 years. These cheap acoustic guitars are ideal for everything from folk and indie guitar to blues and country. Finally, the guitar that kickstarted renewed interest in parlor guitars when astronaut Chris Hadfield played it in space, the beautiful Larrivee P-09. 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