12 fret steel string search in Acoustic Guitars Posted January 25 Deep, that's about right. Today I went to check out an Alvarez @ Music & Arts and though it was tonally nice it had a 14 fret neck. Small body, though. I forget the model. The manager @ M&A suggested the Baby Taylor. Will look at specs. Gonna check out the 00 sizes as well. Howard - I see lot's of small-bodied guitars (parlors) that are 12 frets but they're also sporting 43mm necks. That might not be a deal breaker because the Yamaha I bought for my son had a similar width but the board width supported a 45mm nut, which I changed. I'd have to actually look at the necks to see if bumping any of them out is possible. Meanwhile, it's the classical or the steel string a full step down and capo'd 2.