Parlour guitars

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oldcatnewtricks

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Hi folks,

I'm just curious as to whether any of you play a parlour-size guitar and how you like it? The reason I ask is that I'm a lazy old fellow and often like to lounge on the couch and pluck at the guitar here and there. Also, I'm a true beginner. I find that trying to settle in with a dreadnaught is a bit cumbersome. I could go with the electric I suppose but I'm just wondering if a parlour guitar may be the trick? I have also had a look at the Baby Taylor (BT-1) as well, but wonder if a parlour guitar might have a bit more character (and nicer sound?) and still fit the bill.

I'm currently looking at an Art and Lutherie Roadhouse which seems to be a nice value for under $500 CDN.

I would appreciate any views on this.

Thanks,

Barry

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Hi folks,

I'm just curious as to whether any of you play a parlour-size guitar and how you like it? The reason I ask is that I'm a lazy old fellow and often like to lounge on the couch and pluck at the guitar here and there. Also, I'm a true beginner. I find that trying to settle in with a dreadnaught is a bit cumbersome. I could go with the electric I suppose but I'm just wondering if a parlour guitar may be the trick? I have also had a look at the Baby Taylor (BT-1) as well, but wonder if a parlour guitar might have a bit more character (and nicer sound?) and still fit the bill.

I'm currently looking at an Art and Lutherie Roadhouse which seems to be a nice value for under $500 CDN.

I would appreciate any views on this.

Thanks,

Barry

manXcat

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Joined: 02/17/18

Posts: 392

I'd say go for it. Follow your instinct and at least look at or try if you can, Concert and Parlor sized guitars. They won't have the projection or bass of a Dreadnought, but do you really want or need that in the living room? They also don't come with the burdensome body size encumbrance of a Dreadnought. That said, I should at this stage confess to the personal bias disclaimer, I really detest Dreadnoughts.

Personally I use Concert sized acoustics and e-acoustics, I have three, and find them perfect for my purposes. Gobs of natural acoustic projection for any larger room in the average home e.g. 4.5M x4.5M (15ft x 15ft) or small cafe environment, and amplification of any tonal range desired be it passive or pre-amped otherwise.

Smaller bodied pure acoustic guitars are characteristically brighter IME with less base prominence, and depending upon the woods used, frequently warmer tonally which I really prefer as a desired natural tone. My Cort AF for instance with its open pore all (Asian) Mahogany body is notably warmer tonally than my Nato bodied Yamaha APX, although the brightness of the Yamaha has its own appeal, the three offering me a selection of diverse natural tonal characteristics.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

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I'd say go for it. Follow your instinct and at least look at or try if you can, Concert and Parlor sized guitars. They won't have the projection or bass of a Dreadnought, but do you really want or need that in the living room? They also don't come with the burdensome body size encumbrance of a Dreadnought. That said, I should at this stage confess to the personal bias disclaimer, I really detest Dreadnoughts.

Personally I use Concert sized acoustics and e-acoustics, I have three, and find them perfect for my purposes. Gobs of natural acoustic projection for any larger room in the average home e.g. 4.5M x4.5M (15ft x 15ft) or small cafe environment, and amplification of any tonal range desired be it passive or pre-amped otherwise.

Smaller bodied pure acoustic guitars are characteristically brighter IME with less base prominence, and depending upon the woods used, frequently warmer tonally which I really prefer as a desired natural tone. My Cort AF for instance with its open pore all (Asian) Mahogany body is notably warmer tonally than my Nato bodied Yamaha APX, although the brightness of the Yamaha has its own appeal, the three offering me a selection of diverse natural tonal characteristics.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."