Six of the best: small-bodied acoustics

13th Jun 2014 | 12:30

Six of the best: small-bodied acoustics
Gretsch Roots Collection G9500 Jim Dandy
£154/$260

This incredibly cheap, small- bodied, Indonesian-made agathis acoustic pays homage to the Rex- branded guitars of the 1920s and 30s, and has a cool vintage vibe.

We said: “The well-built Jim Dandy injects some much- needed fun and character into the typically bland entry-level acoustic guitar market”

Read full Gretsch Roots Collection G9500 Jim Dandy review

For more information visit the official Gretsch website.

Six of the best: small-bodied acoustics
Faith Naked Mercury Parlour
£389/$659

Also made in Indonesia, this all- solid wood, 12-fret-join parlour model is a sweet-sounding and articulate dinky option for fingerpickers and on-the-move singer-songwriters.

We said: “If you pick more than you strum, you need a parlour. The choice is wide, but add this to your list – it’s impressive on all levels”

Read full Faith Naked Mercury Parlour review

For more information visit the official Faith Guitaris website.

Six of the best: small-bodied acoustics
Martin LX1E Ed Sheeran
£499/$845

This Mexican-made signature model is a distinctive-looking and surprisingly loud travel-size guitar that’s stage-ready, with a delicate sweetness for fingerpicked playing.

We said: “The perfect guitar to bring out the inner troubadour in all of us. Superb on all counts”

Read full Martin LX1E Ed Sheeran review.

For more information visit the official Martin website.

Six of the best: small-bodied acoustics
Taylor GS Mini Mahogany
£460/$780

This mahogany-topped follow-up to the original spruce-topped Mini supports an optional ES-Go pickup for an extra £75. The Mini is one of the best of the pint-sized breed, with sound approaching the quality and depth of a parlour- sized guitar.

We said: “A superbly engineered mini-acoustic, with a Taylor-made soundhole pickup option”

Read full Taylor GS Mini Mahogany review

For more information visit the official Taylor website.

Six of the best: small-bodied acoustics
Vintage Viator
£229/$390

This travel-sized acoustic is part of Vintage’s Paul Brett series, and adds a touch of old-world appeal. Its tone is prominent and midrange-focused, particularly when tuned higher than regular standard tuning – there’s even an air of Django when using a pick.

We said: “An endearing travel guitar, offering a completely different vibe from the big American-name options”

Read full Vintage Viator review

For more information visit the official JHS website.

Six of the best: small-bodied acoustics
Sigma TM-12E
£289/$490

Perhaps inspired by the success of Ed Sheeran’s mini Martin, Sigma released the Sitka spruce TM-12E and mahogany-topped TM-15. Both are well-built, classic-looking mini guitars, with bright, bass-light voices.

We said: “Serious fun, but with a credible sound, a mini Sigma belongs in anyone’s collection”

For more information visit the official Sigma website.

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