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Small Body Acoustic For Travel/Lounging

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I'm looking for a comfortable, smaller sized acoustic to play on vacation similar to the size in the picture attached. It seems like it is bigger then something like a Baby Taylor or Little Martin but still looks like an ideal size for me. Bonus points if you can let me know the name of the model of this guitar (I believe it is a Alvarez MD of some sort, maybe a vintage MD70).

 

If you have any other recommendations for similarly sized, quality small body guitars let me know

 

Thanks!

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It's definitely an Alvarez, and not an Alvarez Yairi. I'm not sure of the model number. It looks somewhat similar to the RT26, but the inlay at the 12th fret is different.

 

I own a Baby Taylor, a Taylor GS Mini, and a Gretsch G9520 Jim Dandy - all are small-bodied, short scale guitars, although the Baby Taylor is by far the smallest bodied / shortest-scale of the three. On a tight budget the Gretsch is a really nice little knockabout guitar. Mine was a gift from a friend, and I received it (and have been keeping it) high-strung, in Nashville tuning. It would work just as well in standard tuning. It has a small body and a 24" scale length. Here's a link to a brief review I did of it....

 

https://www.harmonycentral.com/forum...tic-is-a-dandy

 

The best sounding of the three "small" guitars that I have IMO is the GS Mini. It has a 1/2" shorter scale than the Gretsch, but it's built with a solid top instead of the laminate top you'll find on the Gretsch. It's also more expensive too.

 

Martin and Guild both also sell smaller-bodied "travel" guitars, and both are bigger than the Baby Taylor. As with Taylor, they both probably offer various wood options for the back and sides...

 

 

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...antique-blonde

 

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...martin-natural

 

 

In fact, it appears that Martin even offers different body shape options in their "little" line...

 

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin/...tic-Guitars.gc

 

 

You might also want to consider / research various "parlor guitar" models.

 

Good luck with your search, and welcome to Harmony Central!

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Thanks for the warm welcome and helpful advice Phil! You're right it does look like the RT26 as far as size other than the inlay and pickguard.

 

I think I will check out the GS Mini and do some further research on Parlor models

 

Cheers!

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Alvarez has been making that model for a long time -- longer than most of the newcomers to the small body market. It's the MSD-1. Probably very similar to their current model.

 

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/alvarez-masterworks-series-msd1-small-dreadnought-guitar

 

I love small bodies. Pretty much all I play since the couch is my venue. All of Phil's recommendations are good, but let me suggest one nobody has ever heard of. It's a brand out of China called Enya. They make a few different models, and the ones I've seen have all been really well made.

 

One of my favorites is the UGT-03. I got it on sale from one of the direct-from-China sites a while back. They market it as a "ukulele guitar" (UG), but it's pretty much the best-sounding of the smallest-bodies I've played. Comes strung with nylon, but it's an X-braced solid spruce top and looks like it could handle steel.

 

You'll probably never see one, but if you do, you'll remember this post and think "whoa -- that d00d was right!" :)

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Awesome! Definitely the MSD-1, good eye. I will look into the Enya for sure, thanks for the help!

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