Small archtop question

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  1. brocktoon

    brocktoon Member

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    Does anyone know of a company producing really small archtop acoustics? I've got an old no-name from the 30's that I love which has a 15 inch lower bout, but I'd like something even smaller - like 14 inches, and without the baseball bat neck. I've got a parlor guitar that I just love, and I'd like to get some of that parlor goodness in an archtop.

    Google hasn't helped me out with this so far, so I thought I'd throw it out to you guys. Any thoughts?
     
  2. bobgoblin

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    Isn't the George Benson Ibanez guitar about 14"? Some of the Artcore Ibanez series are smaller than trad archtops, too. I know that the Sadowsky Bruno is smaller, as well.
     
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    Schaefer makes one called "The Freddy." 14" lower bout. I've played one... they're awesome. Ed is a great luthier that deserves more attention IMO.

    www.schaeferguitars.com
     
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    Artinger Guitar

    The one this link goes to is mine. You can't have it ... ever, but you can order one. ;)

    -jm
     
  7. brocktoon

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    I knew I'd get some interesting suggestions - thanks, dudes!
     
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    Check out the Gary Mortoro "Il Piccolo Storno". Very small archtop with huge voice. If you are interested in this instrument I have mine listed in the Emporium.
     
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    If you like a small scale, Gibson made the [FONT=verdana,helvetica,arial,helv][SIZE=-1]22 3/4" scale ES 140 from 1950-57.
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    Chuck Thornton is making archtops that might fit your specs

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    You may want to check-out Eastman's El Rey models, designed with Otto D'Ambrosio. IIRC, they're 14", hand carved, all solid wood hollow and semi hollow guitars with one or two pickups and without f-holes. Probably not as good as a Little Archie... but only around $1500. They are getting great reviews, some people even say they have a better archtop tone than Eastman's full bodied archtops (which aren't exactly bad).

    You'll find pics here: http://www.jhalemusic.com/pages/eastman.html

    (note also the 15" models that might interest you).
     
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    The Bambino looks pretty cool, but the couple of Bennys I've played were underwhelming... and not particularly attractive, at lest to me...
     
  15. 6stringer

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    check out his web site: http://cpthorntonguitars.com/

    I played one, fell in love, and then ordered one. They are amazing guitars. Great build quality and playability. He has several models and configurations to choose from. Check out his options and upgrades. The web pics do not do these guitars justice, they look even better in person.

    two thumbs up recommendation......
     

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