Big sounding small bodies guitar..

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  1. mcormier

    mcormier Guest

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    i fell in love with the sound of a Gibson J-200. but im only 5'6 and have small arms. Is there a grand auditorium guitar, with that type of biggness and power.
     
  2. alainguitars

    alainguitars Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm also small and gone through almost every guitar size out there. I've settled on the best guitar for me. Size and tone wise. 1946 Martin 0017. Also reasonably priced.
     
  3. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    Biggest sounding small guitar I've got/have seen (not that I've played 'em all) is the Lowden S12, small body, mahogany, slightly chunky neck, big sound.
     
  4. fullerplast

    fullerplast Senior Member

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    Two of the biggest sounding small bodies I've heard are a '46 Martin 00-18 and a '90's Collings OM-1.
     
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    I've got to go with Louden too. Beautiful sounding and looking instruments.

    Another small but loud guitar is a Nick Lucas model. A few luthiers make them now. It's definitely different in sound compared to a jumbo, but they are really cool guitars.
     
  7. suttree

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    i have a santa cruz om/pw. small body (even though i'm 6'2), and huge sound.
     
  8. Grun

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    Gotta agree with the OM size. SCGC H style has a lot of fans as well.
     
  9. ES350

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    ditto on the Nick Lucas style...looking for one right now.
     
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    Huss and Dalton CM series....whoa !
     
  11. Brett Valentine

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    Had a Martin 0001 for a while that could put a good amount of sound in a room (more than I expected for a small bodied guitar).

    Brett
     
  12. rgsss14

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    This is cheating - but the easy answer is the Baby Taylor.
     
  13. r9player

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    I don't want to recommend a brand although lots of good ones come to mind, but get one with a 12th Fret join. In my experience smaller body guitars with the 12th fret join can sound absolutely huge.
     
  14. deluxemeat

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    anyone work w/ the carvin ac375?
    i always like the idea behind that guitar but haven't played one.
    played the ac175 which was great plugged and ok as a couch guitar. but sounded too small played full bore and sung on top of.
     
  15. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    Totally - it's like hitting a snare drum in the middle of the head instead of near the rim.
     
  17. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    My '43 Martin 0-18 does real well in this department. Sounds much bigger than it looks.
     
  18. Ogre

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    Played a Santa Cruz OM today(not the pre-war "cheapie") that sounded great.
     

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