#1
I'm looking for an acoustic guitar with the following criteria:

Size: Small (000 or Parlor)
Wood: Rosewood (back/sides) with spruce on the top
Neck: Short scale. Ideally 14 fret, but I'm flexible.
Head - open slot (flexible).
Price - $1000 - 2000.

I'm really into fingerstyle playing (I pick with my flesh, not nails). The closest guitar that I've found was a Blue Ridge 361 Parlor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9wPDbptGJI. I really like it but I'm not totally satisfied with it and was looking to see if you had any suggestions. Any help would be appreciated, thank you!
#2
what didn't you like about the BR-361?
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#3
Check out the seagull coastline series guitars. Wider neck, solid tops and Canadian made.
#5
i personally don't care for the smaller seagulls. i owned an S6, which was really nice, and also a seagull coastline cedar grand (their parlor), which was just okay, and sounded almost identical to the current seagull entourage parlor and the s & p parlor. none of them have rosewood b&s or slotheads.

you could get a used martin 00-28 - i like 'em. they sound pretty nice, and are all solid. lower bout just a little smaller than the 000, but a little bigger than the 0.

or perhaps a used taylor GC8. i used to own one, and the sound was magical to me, with that sparkle on the high end, tonal clarity and the hint of the rosewood low end.

or what about larrivee? great value, all solid guitars, nice necks. no slotheads in your price range, but nice finishes and quality made guitars
http://www.daveswoodstockmusic.com/larrivee-p-03r-rosewood-parlor.html
http://www.daveswoodstockmusic.com/larrivee_p-09-rosewood_parlor.html

my last thought would be an eastman E20P. adi top, rosewood back and sides. very nice finish, and while i prefer the E10P myself, i definitely think this is one you definitely should try! in fact, i should have listed it first or right under the martin.
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#6
Thanks a lot! I"m going to try to find an eastman E20P this week. I'm sort of afraid to buy a parlor, it doesn't seem that a lot of people play them. I'm really into finger picking (mostly blues and jazz but I may want to get into other style). Do you think this will give me the best sound for that style? Or do you think I should go for something like a grand concert? I feel like the parlors sound better, they seems to be more dynamic. What do you think?
#7
actually the E10P was very versatile and the adi top definitely adds to the sound quality, with much clearer, louder sound than most parlors, but then it's a slightly larger body than the average parlor, too. i didn't like the E20P quite as much, but that could easily be personal preference. it does have the adi top, nice neck and slightly larger than 0 sized body, plus more volume than the average parlor.

i mostly fingerpick, but also strum a variety of types of music, and have owned and played both GCs and 0-sized guitars that did it all - and some that really didn't do it all. unfortunately in my opinion the seagull grand (parlor) is not one of the ones that do it all, nor are the seagull folk size guitars. if you're looking for highly versatile, i'd skip the larrivee, also (which i do like, btw).

the truth is that not all GCs are alike in tone or volume, so there is no yes or no answer when you ask if they might be more versatile - take it on a guitar-by-guitar basis - and parlors are even less alike, since they come in a much wider variety of sizes by most people's definitions. the larrivees are smaller than a martin size 0. you might want to try an eastman GC, particularly the AC708 and 808 which i think have all your original stuff including the rosewood b&s, and you can see pics on these l.a. guitar sales listings (btw, l.a. guitar sales rocks!)

http://www.laguitarsales.com/pages/4884/Eastman_AC808_07_1800_DSC.htm

http://www.laguitarsales.com/pages/4885/Eastman_AC708_10_1475_DSC.htm

have you played many 000's, btw? their lower bought is very close to the size of a dread, so not sure i consider them small body guitars.
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#8
I think I'm going to go this weekend and see if I like the E20P, E10P, AC708, or the 808 and make a decision. Thanks for the feedback!
#12
how do you like it, and do you have pics?
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