#1
im looking into getting a travel sized guitar, and i WAS looking at the little martin, and the baby taylor, but then i saw this at sam ash's website

http://www.samash.com/catalog/showitem.asp?ItemPos=9&TempID=10&DepartmentID=1&STRID=204940&CategorySubID=673&CategoryID=673&BrandID=0&CategorySubPriceRangeID=0&pagesize=10&SortMethod=3&Method=3&PriceRangeID=0&SearchPhrase=&Contains=&Search_Type=Department&GroupCode=&categorysubsearch=true

i did some google work and found a few good reviews on it...the only reason im asking for a second...or sixth opinion lol is because its so cheap compared to the others...

this is like $120...i was like WOAH lol
i mean, this guitar is solid mahogany, compared to the little martin, which is made from composite (crap) material, and is like ~$300

so yea, if i could get a few opinions on this, it would be really great! thanks!
#2
I found the guitar you're talking about, but that link takes me to a Dean.

This is what you're talking about, right?
#4
I've never played one myself, but I'd be inclined to at least give it a try based on some glowing reviews I've seen.
Last edited by Flying Couch at Apr 16, 2008,
#5
You sure it's solid mahogony? I'd be surprised if that were the case at this price-point, but I've never seen one, so I don't know. Generally if they don't point out the wood is solid, it's not, and at this price-point you're usually in laminates.

Not that it probably makes that much of a difference in a little guitar like this anyway, but just make sure you know what you're "buying"...
#6
ok well, i went to carlos' website and this is the link to the sxmini
http://www.carlorobelli.com/guitars/short_mini.htm

um it, DOES say mahogany for the tops sides and back, and rosewood for the fingerboard...
does that mean its SOLID mahogany? cuz if it is, then...for a solid wood guitar, this is a good price...i just wish there was a way for me to hear how it sounds....the nearest sam ash (the only place that carries this guitar) is so far away
#8
The Carlo Robelli guitars I have seen at Sam Ash are VERY PRETTY for the price VEEEERRRY PRETTTY.... Ever hear the expression, "All sizzle, no steak?".

Now - I don't mean this to be a condemnation of the these guitars because I have never played one, but one look at them and the price, and you can tell the money is going to the sizzle and not the steak...

These little travel guitars are a whole 'nother ball of wax - even if they WERE all solid wood, you're going to be disappointed if you think you'll get anywhere close to a full guitar sound. They sound like ukuleles - some more than others, but there is only so much you can do with small space. So maybe a laminate setup is fine if you're going to be getting something like this.

Am I making any sense?
#9
Quote by FlatLander
The Carlo Robelli guitars I have seen at Sam Ash are VERY PRETTY for the price VEEEERRRY PRETTTY.... Ever hear the expression, "All sizzle, no steak?".

Now - I don't mean this to be a condemnation of the these guitars because I have never played one, but one look at them and the price, and you can tell the money is going to the sizzle and not the steak...

These little travel guitars are a whole 'nother ball of wax - even if they WERE all solid wood, you're going to be disappointed if you think you'll get anywhere close to a full guitar sound. They sound like ukuleles - some more than others, but there is only so much you can do with small space. So maybe a laminate setup is fine if you're going to be getting something like this.

Am I making any sense?

Not true. The size does not determine volume. I have played a custom Froggy Bottom concert guitar which blew my Seagull clear out of the water in terms of volume and tone. Also, they do not sound anything like an ukulele, since an ukulele uses nylon or gut strings and is constructed entirely differently (and yes, that is the correct indefinate article used for an ukulele).

This guitar is not solid mahogany. It is some sort of laminate, however the construction of the laminate may very well be a mystery. It could be several very thin pieces of low-grade woods (all various except for a mahogany outer) glued together or simply a two-ply laminate (which is tonally desirable in a laminate guitar). I'd first email the company and ask them just what sort of laminate it is, what sort of bracing they use (scalloped, x-bracing, etc?), and just how the guitar is constructed. That gives a very good idea of its volume and potential tone.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#10
Size is certainly one of the things that has a big factor on volume, but that's neither here nor there.

To me they sound "like" an ukulele - but that's one man's opinion, which is what he asked for.

I know they use nylon strings by the way, and thanks for catching my grammar error ... "an ukulele" is absolutely correct.
Last edited by FlatLander at Apr 16, 2008,
#11
what you guys are saying is very true, and yes i am aware of the tones on travel sized guitars...but i am looking for a small sized acoustic to just throw in my car, bring around, and just be able to whip it out and play...and i dont need a very LOUD acoustic, just something to strum along and sing too, but then again, i dont want to buy a crap guitar and have to buy another one a year from now, u kno?

thats why i was fixed on the little martin, but then i realized its not wood, its laminate, composite material, so does anyone kno of a solid wood, travel sized acoustic guitar, that they have played and recommends?

If worse comes to worse, ill make the trip to buy this carlo sxmini, because its cheaper than the little martin, and "apparently" is made out of the same stuff lol
#12
We got sidetracked on loud, and that was not my point - the tone of the smaller travel guitars, even the higher end, don't sound like MOST full size guitars - especially at the lower end of the price spectrum. My son has a Baby Taylor. I think it sounds better than MOST 3/4 gutiars out there, but comparing it to any full-size I have, say a yammie 730s on the low end - sounds like crap.

As long as you play one of these ahead of time, and you really just want something to strum, etc - have at it - they are perfect for that. I play my son's guitar sometimes just hanging on the couch and it's PERFECT for that. But when I want to be heard, not want to just play, it's definitely lacking.