Small acoustic guitar for electric-guitar player.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Practical Senses, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Practical Senses

    Practical Senses Squier Talker

    Feb 25, 2018
    Hello !
    Please recommend me a small size-body (maybe short scale) acoustic guitar.
    I'm a long time electric-guitar player (currently own Squier Telecaster Standard), but want to have some acoustic to travel around and also practicing without amp at home.
    I've never played acoustic and want something with comfortable neck, not huge and not expensive (100-300$ would be perfect)
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  2. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

    Feb 12, 2018
    Valley, AL
    I have a Martin LX-1 that I’m pretty fond of. It’s a little shorter scale than 24”, can’t remember exactly. The Taylor baby Taylor are the same specs, but I think the Martin is built sturdier.
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  3. kjmac

    kjmac Squier-Nut

    Aug 14, 2017
    Omaha, NE
    Ibanez makes a Talman style acoustic electric and they are similar in size to their Talman electrics. They are also quite reasonable in price. This particular one is on sale right now at Musician's Friend for $169.99. It would be a perfect size for someone who is used to playing an electric.

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  4. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-Nut

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
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  5. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
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  6. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Consider an Ovation. Keep in mind that I bought mine in 1988 for about $300 and specs may have changed.

    EDIT: Their budget brand is Applause.

    The plastic body gives you less to worry about if you take it out of the house. Mine, a Celebrity, is in between a parlour and concert size. So it's managable. It puts out a pretty full sound - not as full or warm as a solid wood acoustic, but better than many solid top/laminate body acoustics that I've played. It must be the tone plastic.

    The negatives are that the neck is narrow and the round back tries to slide off your lap. You have to exert a little extra downward pressure with the strumming/picking arm to keep it in place.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
  7. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

    Jan 26, 2015
    Portland, TN
    The closest guitar playing wise to an electric is Ovation or Applause. If you can work with the round back, the necks and action is closest to an electric and the body is...maybe around a 00. Definitely smaller than a dreadnought.
  8. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
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  9. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
    Looks like they have a nylon string model as well. Intriguing!
  10. Paully

    Paully Squier-holic

    May 29, 2014
    Maine USA
    Yamaha FG800
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  11. sooper8

    sooper8 Squier-Meister

    Mar 13, 2012
    My son has a superb sounding 3/4 Aria Auditorium (not sure of model number), it is super playable
    I had a nice looking 3/4 Fender Sonoran California series but it wasn't a patch on the Aria
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  12. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2010
    For a smaller body the Ibanez AC240 is hard to beat for $300. Have one and love it (and I have always played mostly acoustics for the past 60 years, and have over a dozen acoustics). The Ibanez is my favorite of my acoustics.

    That or a Yamaha FS 800 or 820. A bit larger body than the Ibanez, but small than a dread. Really nice guitars.

    Both those are the most often recommended lower cost guitars over at The Acoustic Guitar forum. (and those guys know acoustics).
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  13. dtsreiuqs

    dtsreiuqs Squier-Nut

    Oct 18, 2015
    A Gretsch G100 or New-Yorker (RIs) :

    Here's my G100. It's a 16" :


    Or you have the G400 (RI) - bigger with 17" - wonderfully sounding (think Gibson L12) but more costy and scarce to find because out of production. Here's mine :


    But OK, it may not be your conception of "a small acoustic guitar for electric player"... :D

  14. VealCutlet

    VealCutlet Squier-Nut

    Aug 9, 2011
    Brookyn, NYC
    I recently bought a fender FA 135CE and like it a lot. Paid $120 open box from MF. Action is electric-like. Easy to play and pretty comfortable.
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  15. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    I played a Taylor big baby at our local GC a few days ago . Very nice all around !
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  16. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    I just bought this guitar a couple weeks ago. It’s an Ibanez AEF30e.


    It’s a smaller body guitar that plays pretty good. I bought it to flip, but I might just keep this one. It’s very comfortable to play. Here is a pic of it next to my AEL20 12 string. You can see how much thinner the body is.

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  17. willhowl

    willhowl Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2011
    Houston Texas
    Old thread, but.....I was in Rockin' Robin guitar shop the other day, and tried out a Recording King...parlor size,solid top.....don't remember the model #, but was very impressed........

    $200 USD....looked good, felt and sounded very good.....worth a look....

    Seemed like an old Harmony copy, but WAY better ......I'll look for a 'it is................................willhowl
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  18. Practical Senses

    Practical Senses Squier Talker

    Feb 25, 2018
    Thank you all very much!
    I save this page with all your advice for my future possible purchase.
    But, It happen that I've got a MIM thinline telecaster, which is not small acoustic, but also costs me around 300$ and will be a nice pair to my current tele :)
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  19. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
    Woah! Now that is a good looking choice! 2 for 1!
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