#1
I've been thinking about broadening my horizons and buying either a banjo, or a ukulele because I love to finger pick. I also want something small that I can transport easily. So I think I might either get a ukulele or a mandolin, but I can't use a pick very well.

So I gots to thinkin. What about just getting a miniature guitar? It would be small, familiar, and sound much different than my standard guitar.

What do you guys think? Is this a realistic idea? Are there any quality miniature acoustic guitars, or is this just kids stuff?
#2
something like a Taylor GS mini or a baby Taylor? there are lots of smaller guitars out there. many use parlor guitars. martin has a popular one also.
i'm looking to eventually add a GS mini to my (very very tiny) collection for travel purposes.
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#3
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something like a Taylor GS mini or a baby Taylor? there are lots of smaller guitars out there. many use parlor guitars. martin has a popular one also.
i'm looking to eventually add a GS mini to my (very very tiny) collection for travel purposes.


That GS Mini is pretty damn sweet, and I can see myself buying one of those, but I was thinking something smaller, maybe half the size of a standard acoustic guitar.
#5
by a standard guitar, do you mean a dread?

you want quality? the santa cruz guitar company makes the firefly, which is smaller than the gs mini, and sounds absolutely beautiful. this guitar sings!
http://www.santacruzguitar.com/instruments/firefly/
sounds better to me (ymmv) than the collings baby, although the gibson arlo guthrie isn't bad, either - but the firefly blew me away.

how about a yamaha guitalele? all laminate, but i like mine, and it is well made. a step above would be the cordoba guilele (the $249 model, not the cheapie), which sounds a little better and has nicer hardware and a solid top.

next would be the tacoma papoose. you can only buy it used (unless you find new/old stock) and it's a very unusual instrument. i like 'em, and they have a solid cedar top.

you might also want to check out the composite acoustics cargo (the size of a little martin but all carbon fiber and great tone) and the blackbird rider (also carbon fiber, more a parlor size but shaped like a paddle, beautiful tone).
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#6
I have one of those little Yamaha "guitarleles"....Essentially a 6-string tenor uke. Or a very small guitar...
Tuned a fourth higher, it's actually pretty much fun to play. I'm used to smaller-scale instruments because of all my cigar-box guitars, and this one requires a little bit of retuning your fingers but not too much.... I switch back and forth without much trouble.
I actually play a lot of jazzy stuff on it... four-finger jazz chord progressions and chord-melody stuff.
#7
All of these guitars you guys have mentioned are absolutely amazing, but I should mention my budget is under $300. Although, that Guitalele is pretty accessible right now, being $100. I'm pretty tempted to buy one right now, but do know of any other better brands or is this one just one of a kind?
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#8
the guitalele is pretty fun, but like i said, the cordoba guilele is a little higher quality and has a solid top, which did translate into clearer tone - and the price ($200 to $250 depending on where you buy it) is quite reasonable http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/GUILELE.htm

or for $250 you can get a version with cutaway and electronics, which is pretty spiffy
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GuileleCE

the guitalele in action, slick and well played. the guilele can be played the same way.
http://youtu.be/Z9Oinl2kltc

btw, i keep mine tuned a bit lower than yamaha recommends most of the time or in open tuning for slide.

and a slower, traditional fingerstyle piece
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-Gvqaq80I
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