What is the Best Parlor Guitar? We Review 24 of the Best

So we're about to go on a quest to find the best parlor guitar on today's market, but before kicking off that epic journey, there's a question we'd like to answer – what is a parlor guitar?

Well, the answer to this question is fairly simple – parlor guitars are one of the smallest instruments of their kind, featuring a size smaller than dimensions of the No. 0 concert guitar, a compact size that secures a distinguishable tone and comes as highly practical for travel and transport in general.

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Fender CP 100

Fender CP-100

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Ibanez PN1 Natural Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Ibanez PN1

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Ibanez PN15 Parlor Size Acoustic Guitar Brown Sunburst

Ibanez PN15

$$

Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top - Vintage Sunburst

Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top

$$

Oscar Schmidt O315 Parlor Size Acoustic Guitar

Oscar Schmidt O315

$$

Recording King RPH-05 Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O

Recording King RPH-05

$$

EKO Guitars 06217030 NXT Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar

EKO Guitars NXT Series

$$

Seagull Coastline Grand Guitar

Seagull Coastline Grand Guitar

$$

Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar, Natural - Gloss Finish

Alvarez Artist Series AP70

$$

Alvarez AP66SB Artist 66 Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Alvarez AP66SB Artist 66 Series

$$

La Patrie Guitar, Motif

La Patrie Guitar, Motif

$$

Art and Lutherie Ami Cedar Antique Burst Acoustic Guitar

Art & Lutherie Ami

$$

James Neligan LIS-P Parlor Acoustic Guitar

James Neligan LIS-P

$$

Breedlove Passport Parlor Satin Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

Breedlove Passport

$$

Luna Trinity Acoustic - Electric Guitar Parlor Cutaway - Natural

Luna Trinity Acoustic/Electric Cutaway

$$

Blueridge BR-341 Historic Series Parlor Guitar

Blueridge BR-341 Historic Series

$$

Tanglewood Solid Top&Back Cedar - Mahogany Guitar, Natural Satin (TW73)

Tanglewood Solid Top & Back (TW73)

$$

Washburn R319SWKK Parlor Acoustic Guitar Vintage Natural

Washburn R319SWKK

$$

Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor Acoustic Guitar - Spruce HG

Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro

$$

Cort L900C-Nat Acoustic Guitar Parlor Size

Cort L900C-Nat

(coming soon)

Blueridge BR-371 Historic Series Parlor Guitar

Blueridge BR-371 Historic Series

Eastman E10P Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Eastman E10P

Larrivee P-03 Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Larrivee P-03

Martin 00-28VS

Martin 00-28VS

(coming soon)

What this guide is aiming to achieve is answer the question of "What is the best parlor guitar for me?" by offering you a string of various products with different features across multiple price ranges. Here we go!



Parlor guitars under $300

Fender CP-100

Manufacturer: Fender

Model: CP-100

Our rating:
Fender CP 100

It is always good to kick things off with a trusty Fender, hence we opted to get the party started with the company's CP-100 model. We placed this fella on top because we see it as one of the top mixtures of sound quality, top craftsmanship, and affordable pricing.

The instrument utilizes a laminated spruce top with laminated mahogany back and sides, along with a quarter-sawn scalloped x-bracing, and a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboards, 20 frets and dot inlays.

This tonewood combo secures a sound that is first and foremost rich, full, and packed with strong basses, but also bright and somewhat mellow. In our humble opinion, that happens to be the perfect vibe for the type of music player on smaller six-strings.

The neck is playable and free of buzz, and perhaps even more importantly – it's sturdy and not prone to bending. Seeing that parlor guitars are often used during travels, we found that factor to be extra important in this instance.

Other notable features include a set of open gear chrome tuners, a smooth sunburst finish, a rosewood bridge with compensated saddle and white pins, as well as a rosewood headstock veneer.


Ibanez PN1

Manufacturer: Ibanez

Model: PN1

Our rating:
Ibanez PN1 Natural Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Representing team Ibanez, the PN1 strikes us with a strong Spanish vibe and a sonic attack to match. This fella packs a surprisingly bright sound ideal for fast-paced strumming and chord-based jams. The guitar utilizes a spruce top, along with a mahogany back and sides, hence our surprise for such strong presence of higher frequencies.

Further on up the road, we're looking at a mahogany neck with a standard, somewhat shorter rosewood fretboard with 18 frets and white dot inlays. Remaining notable features include a rosewood bridge, plastic nut and saddle, a set of the company's Advantage bridge pins, a 42 mm nut width, and a 24.4-inch scale length.

In the aesthetic department, we have to say that this fella is one of our personal favorites. The shape, the classy classic vibe, and that gorgeous mosaic rosette give this instrument an appearance of a much more expensive piece of equipment.

But don't think even for a second that we added this fella to the list based on looks. Our decision was based solely on the punchy sound and strong durability, and the aesthetic side was merely icing on the cake. Note that a parlor guitar gig bag for this specific model is available, but not included in the price.


Ibanez PN15

Manufacturer: Ibanez

Model: PN15

Our rating:
Ibanez PN15 Parlor Size Acoustic Guitar Brown Sunburst

Since we mentioned the PN1 model from Ibanez, we figured to give a nod to another one of the company's similar top-quality six-strings equally worthy of your attention – the PN15.

As far as features go, this instrument is quite similar to the PN1 model – it's a classic parlor size guitar utilizing a mahogany back and side with a spruce top, a rosewood bridge, a strong mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard, along with a total of 18 frets and white dot inlays.

As for the sound, we believe that the natural sound of mahogany – warm, full, rich and somewhat mellow – gets to shine through more on this model than on the previous Ibanez representative. Apart from that, the two instruments are very much similar both in terms of durability, neck stability and the ability to properly hold the tune for extended periods of time.

In the aesthetic segment, this dude is a bit more on the sunburst side, sporting a gorgeous natural finish associated with some of the all-time greats. Please note that while a specialized case for this guitar is available, it is sold separately and therefore not included in the listed price.


Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top

Manufacturer: Gretsch

Model: G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top

Our rating:
Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top Vintage Sunburst

Up next, we bring you one rather nice Gretsch parlor guitar – the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top model. It comes with an agathis body, mixed up with x-bracing, a nato neck and a classic rosewood fingerboard with 18 frets and large single white dot inlays.

This combo delivers a distinctive twangy sound full loaded with mid-range punch and clarity. Despite utilizing budget-oriented wood for the neck, the high level of craftsmanship saves this thing and even propels it to top-notch level. We noticed very little fret buzz, and that is one of the main things you'll want.

Apart from that, the body is quite resonant, making this guitar very well suited for jazzy vibe or blues-driven fills. It has the volume and mass, but there's plenty of soul to it as well.

Other notable features include a rosewood bridge, a double-action truss rod, a pack of six open-back tuners, a white Gretsch pick-guard, and screened white purfling and rosette.

In the aesthetic section, we like the combination of dark brown finish and its contrast with the white pick-guard and cream tuners. The price is cheap, and we can easily say that our expectations have been exceeded. Good stuff!


Oscar Schmidt O315

Manufacturer: Oscar Schmidt

Model: O315

Our rating:
Oscar Schmidt O315 Parlor Size Acoustic Guitar

Picking things up a notch, we'd like to introduce you to one heck of a vintage parlor guitar – the O315 from Oscar Schmidt. What we're looking at here apart from a gorgeous classic look is a trembesi body with a spruce top.

This is certainly an exotic tonewood combination, but it most certainly works. As a matter of fact, this is one of our top picks for classical guitar players looking for a travel-sized six-string to match their favorite tone.

The sound is very much driven by the treble section, although there is more than enough low end frequencies to make the instrument not sound too dry. Needless to say, this is a parlor acoustic guitar, so don't expect it to sound like a dreadnought acoustic. We're still looking at plenty of warmth, making the six-string optimal both for melodic playing and chord-based strumming.

Other notable features include a mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard, 18 frets and white dot inlays. The neck is playable on one hand, but very sturdy on the other, which will come in handy if you're planning to travel with this fella. For the listed price, we are looking at a very good deal and one of the best cheap parlor guitars on the market.


Recording King RPH-05

Manufacturer: Recording King

Model: RPH-05

Our rating:
Recording King RPH 05 Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O

This thing looks cheap and well, it is cheap – BUT – it sounds surprisingly great! Coming from Recording King, the RPH-05 utilizes white wood back and sides mixed up with a solid spruce top and forward X-bracing.

What surprised us about this fella is not only the quality of the sound, but versatility. This isn't just a twang machine you can jam blues on, it's a genuinely solid guitar you can use to play any style and genre. The sound is full and clear, and while it's certainly no $2000 Martin, it does a great job at producing an organic acoustic guitar tone.

The neck was crafted from nato and combined with a classic rosewood fretboard, giving decent results and acceptable playability. Also included in the mix is a rosewood bridge, satin sunburst finish, a classic Recording King headstock, along with a pack of vintage-inspired tuning keys.

The factor that rounds this package up as a stellar deal is of course the price. We're talking under $200 here, and getting an instrument you can genuinely use not just for practice, but for live performance and recording sessions for such a low sum is plain awesome. Kudos to the manufacturer for that!


EKO Guitars NXT Series

Manufacturer: EKO Guitars

Model: NXT Series

Our rating:
EKO Guitars 06217030 NXT Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Now here's a pretty fella! Up next in the under $300 domain, we would like to kindly draw your attention to EKO Guitars 06217030, a modern beast loaded with vintage charm. Available in black and natural finish, the guitar utilizes an all-agathis body combined with a sturdy neck with a 25.5-inch scale length.

In the sonic region, the sound is first and foremost loud and clear. The guitar is resonant, packed with punchy middles, and almost free of fret noise. It utilizes a classic rosewood fretboard with 20 frets and a distinctive X 12th fret marker. Other notable features include a rosewood bridge and a slotted headstock with premium open tuners.

Although the looks of this fella are stellar and worthy of pros, we have to point out that you shouldn't get too carried away and that this is a beginner to intermediate instrument after all.

If you need a guitar to take with you while traveling and not worry too much about it, or if you're a learner with a limited budget, this six-string is more than a valid choice. If you need more, though, do consult the higher budget registry in the next section.


Parlor Guitars Under $500

Seagull Coastline Grand Guitar

Manufacturer: Seagull

Model: Coastline Grand

Our rating:
Seagull Coastline Grand Guitar

Picking things up a notch, we bring you the traditional values of crisp Seagull guitars summed up in a smaller package. We are looking at the company's Coastline Grand guitar crafted in North America. Featuring a select pressure tested cedar top and a wild cherry back and sides, this instrument can stand on par with some of the best vintage parlor guitars out there.

The sound is mellow, warm and old-school, but still rich and intricate thanks to modern craftsmanship values. The neck is made from sweet leaf maple, which brightens up the sound and secures some of that clarity we've mentioned.

In the aesthetic department, the six-string gives a smooth feel and a strong vintage vibe, while a touch of distinctive Seagull character is added through the company's signature small headstock.

The guitar utilizes a double action truss rod, a rosewood bridge with white pins, as well as a rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets and double dot markers on the 12th fret.

Additionally, we are looking at a tusq nut and compensated saddle, two crucial features that make action and intonation of this beast stand out way above the crowd. You can play the Coastline right out of the box, no setup needed, just jam away!


Alvarez Artist Series AP70

Manufacturer: Alvarez

Model: Artist Series AP70

Our rating:
Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar Natural Gloss Finish

Praised as one of the top picks of classical players as far as parlor guitars are considered, the Alvarez AP70 packs an immense punch and exceptional clarity. Driven by resonance and a strong tone, this guitar stands out by the surprising quality of the tonewood.

We are dealing with a hand-picked A-grade solid sitka spruce top, premium rosewood back and sides, scalloped bracing, and mother of pearl inlays. The hardware selection hardly lags behind, thanks to a set of extra strong tuners capable of maintaining the tuning for extended periods of time, as well as an Alvarez bi-level rosewood bridge. These components help the guitar to shine and deliver the best sonic punch possible.

As for the tone, the rosewood bodies are known for an expressed mid-range punch and clarity, but the guitar does a fine job in producing a versatile and well-rounded audio attack thanks to warm basses and bright higher registry.

When it comes to the neck, we are looking at a solid mahogany piece, which we believe is a crucial ingredient in that well-rounded sound. Additionally, this wood is sturdy and strong, making the neck far less prone to bending. If you travel often with a guitar, this component will be of great value.


Alvarez AP66SB Artist 66 Series

Manufacturer: Alvarez

Model: AP66SB Artist 66 Series

Our rating:
Alvarez AP66SB Artist 66 Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar

As another valid option from the mighty Alvarez, we have decided to single out the AP66SB Artist 66 Series model. This time around, the company decided to go all-mahogany and use a solid African mahogany top, back, and sides, as well as a slim mahogany neck. This combination has secured copious amounts of sonic boom and resonance, placing the guitar on par with just about any full-sized six-string you can think of.

The sound is packed with all frequencies, plenty of loudness and resonance, but still enough articulation and responsiveness to allow the player to take that sound in any desired direction.

As for other notable features, we are looking at a classic rosewood fingerboard with 18 frets and a distinctive inlay on the 12th fret. The fret job is quite alright and the level of string buzz has been reduced to a fair minimum. Additionally, the guitar features a rosewood bridge with black pins and a set of six premium die-cast tuners distributed in groups of three across the headstock.

For the listed price, which falls into the under $400 category, this is one of our top picks. Good stuff!


La Patrie Guitar, Motif

Manufacturer: La Patrie

Model: Motif

Our rating:
La Patrie Guitar Motif

Made in North America, our next choice is the Motif six-sting from La Patrie. The thing that really stands out with this instrument is the comfort factor – we took it out for a brief spin and ended up jamming away for hours without noticing how time went.

Apart from a masterfully crafted mahogany neck, one of the key ingredients in comfort is the radiused rosewood fingerboard that makes those strings sit in with your hands as one.

Further on up the road, we are looking at mahogany back and sides combined with a cedar top. As you might have noticed, this is not a rare combo among travel guitars, as it gives the small guys a nice boost in the bass department and secures a more well-rounded sound despite the smaller size.

When it comes to looks, the instrument comes with a good ole classy classic vibe, with a natural wood finish and a decorated rosette. For better intonation, the manufacturer has included a tusq nut and a compensated saddle. Overall, this is a pro-level instrument at an affordable price, thumbs up from here!


Art & Lutherie Ami Cedar Antique Burst

Manufacturer: Art & Lutherie Ami

Model: Motif

Our rating:
Art and Lutherie Ami Cedar Antique Burst Acoustic Guitar

Taking a walk on the wild side with some wild cherry, we bring you the Art & Lutherie Ami Cedar guitar, a vintage beast packed with old-school charm. Crafted in Canada, this instrument utilizes a top-of-the-line silver leaf maple neck combined with a rosewood fingerboard, 18 frets and dot inlays.

In case you didn't get the pun, the body combines wild cherry back and sides with a cedar top. This sonic combo results in a warmer and slightly more mellow sound that secures plenty of resonance and a bit more of a percussive vibe.

Other notable features include a classic rosewood bridge with white pins, a set of six tuners distributed in groups of three across the headstock, and a decorated rosette.

The guitar is highly versatile and very easy on the fingers, making it perfect both for beginners with weaker fingertips and seasoned pros who spend countless hours jamming away. The only recommendation we have upon purchasing is changing the stock strings with a nice pair of crispy D'Addarios and that's it.


James Neligan LIS-P

Manufacturer: James Neligan

Model: LIS-P

Our rating:
James Neligan LIS P Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Everyone likes a nice hidden gem, and in our opinion that's exactly what the James Neligan LIS-P guitar is. In our book, this six-string wields all the qualities of a guitar that's at least 50% more expensive. That may not be the state of things for long, so if this one pleases you, we say go for it right away!

But let's see what we're looking at here first, shall we? Apart from those distinctive light looks, the guitar utilizes mahogany back and sides with a spruce top. This reels in a massive sound with a slight mellow side, making the instrument versatile and capable of coping with any genre and style.

Additionally, the instrument is very clear, articulate and comfortable. That comfort factor was very much secured thanks to an exceptionally crafted mahogany neck with a satin finish. This thing feels super smooth and is a genuine joy to play.

Also included in the mix is a standard rosewood fingerboard with 18 frets and distinctive inlays, as well as a subtle brown rosette. For this price, which belongs in the under $500 segment, this is one of the top deals you can get.


Breedlove Passport

Manufacturer: Breedlove

Model: Passport Parlor

Our rating:
Breedlove Passport Parlor Satin Mahogany Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural

If you like that mahogany boom and if you're looking for an acoustic-electric travel guitar - one that you can plug into an amp or a PA system – we believe that the Breedlove Passport six-string is one of the top choices you can make. Essentially, if you want power in a small package, a parlor guitar that can stand up to full-sized models, check this fella out!

Utilizing an all-mahogany body and a mahogany neck, this thing is quite sturdy and strong, which not only shapes the instrument's sound, but also comes in super handy for traveling with guitar.

Also included in the mix is a rosewood fingerboard with 19 frets and dot inlays, along with a pack of chrome tuners.

In the electronic department, we are looking at a Fishman ISYS preamp system with a USB pickup. When plugged in, this fella is all about sheer power and retaining the instrument's organic sound. If you perform at clubs with PA systems and want a guitar that's not a hassle to carry, yet delivers the boom, this is the one to go for. They say "Get a Taylor parlor guitar," we say no, get this one right here!


Luna Trinity Acoustic/Electric Cutaway

Manufacturer: Luna

Model: Trinity Acoustic/Electric Cutaway

Our rating:
Luna Trinity Acoustic Electric Guitar Parlor Cutaway Natural

We'll round up the mid-range price domain with the lovely Trinity from Luna. The folks from Luna have found their share of the market by combining gorgeous and creative aesthetics with quality sound and craftsmanship.

Speaking of looks, the first thing that pops up is that peculiar sound hole we personally find quite pretty. But if it was just pretty looks these guitars sported, they would have been out of business very fast and simply couldn't survive on the market for this long.

Securing that good sound, the manufacturer combined high-end rosewood on back and sides with a strong solid spruce top to secure a distinctive bright and resonant vibe. Also included in the mix is a sturdy mahogany neck combined with a classic rosewood fingerboard with 18 frets and unique Celtic fret markers.

When it comes to the sound, this guitar demonstrates in a very good way how to compensate the lack of low end smaller bodies bring – with exceptional clarity. Trinity is very resonant, clear and accurate, making the playing experience a great way to distance yourself from the classic dreadnought style. Give it a shot, changes are often refreshing!


Parlor Guitars Under $1000

Blueridge BR-341 Historic Series

Manufacturer: Luna

Model: Trinity Acoustic/Electric Cutaway

Our rating:
Blueridge BR 341 Historic Series Parlor Guitar

As the first representative of the higher-end domain, we bring you a very fine instrument from Blueridge called the BR-341. As a part of the Historic series, the six-sting delivers a sound reminiscent to the classic '20s models, including that iconic punch and twang.

With a choice solid mahogany back and sides spiced up with a solid sitka spruce top, this guitar is very comfortable and easy to play thanks to an ebony fingerboard that feels as smooth and natural as they get.

The looks are classic, but you can still feel that the finish is very much high-end from the very first glance. Further on up the road, we are looking at a solid mahogany neck, a pack of 19 frets, and some white dot inlays.

The instrument also comes with an adjustable truss rod, although in our experience this Blueridge comes with a top-notch action and intonation right out of the box, requiring pretty much no adjustments. Other notable features include an Indian rosewood fingerboard and a set of six tuning machines.


Tanglewood Solid Top & Back (TW73)

Manufacturer: Tanglewood

Model: TW73

Our rating:
Tanglewood Solid Top & Back Cedar Mahogany Guitar, Natural Satin (TW73)

Tanglewood is another hidden gem we'd like to introduce you to as possibly the strongest contender on the list in terms of quality – price ratio. Everything about the instrument seems standard and classic, but as soon as you strum the first chord you'll notice that the sonic punch is on par with much more expensive six-string.

So, Tanglewood's is crafted from solid mahogany on back and sides, as well as a solid cedar top. The neck is a fine cedar piece, which is a tad non-standard as far as travel guitars go, but it turned out to be a great combo that gave the six-string a distinctive zest and zeal in the sonic attack.

Also, the fingerboard was crafted from tanglewood, which is quite rare, but worked out great when combined with the cedar neck. The combo made the neck quite sturdy and durable, but the fretboard remained mellow and easy even for newbie fingers to play on.

Other notable features include a rosewood bridge, a set of tuners, and a gorgeous "T" logo on top of the headstock.


Washburn R319SWKK

Manufacturer: Washburn

Model: R319SWKK

Our rating:
Washburn R319SWKK Parlor Acoustic Guitar Vintage Natural

If your sonic preference is a roaring twang from the depths of Mississippi Delta, and you like that roar delivered in a convenient, travel-sized package, get a load of the Washburn R319SWKK.

The roar was achieved through a carefully selected combination of trembesi back and sides and a solid spruce top. This tonewood mixture allows all frequencies to shine through led by a powerful mid-range punch, perfect for the blues. But do note that this is NOT a blues-only guitar, as the sonic quality and versatility allow the player to delve into a variety of musical realms.

Other notable features include a mahogany neck – which is very durable and not prone to bending – as well as a high-end ebony fingerboard and bridge. The latter two components reduce the fret noise to zero and make the strumming hand as comfortable as it can get.

The neck comes with a 24.75-inch scale, a 48 mm nut width, 16-inch radius and a V shape. The looks are dark, classy, and plain sexy.


Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro

Manufacturer: Simon & Patrick

Model: Woodland Pro

Our rating:
Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor Acoustic Guitar Spruce HG

Toning things down a bit, we'd like to present you with what we see as a dream guitar of many classical guitarists who like their instruments versatile and clear – the Simon & Patrick Woodland.

Crafted in North America, this six-string comes with solid mahogany back and sides, a solid spruce top, a mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard. This seemingly regular combination is taken to the pro level with stellar craftsmanship and very fair pricing.

Speaking of craftsmanship, the guitar is ready to go right out of the box thanks to an integrated set neck, tusq nut and compensated saddle. The sound is clear, warm, with prominent middles and bright trebles to spice things up. The twang is always there, but so are the basses, resulting with plenty of versatility and sonic options to explore.

Additional notable features include a rosewood bridge with white pins, a pack of six tuners that do a top-notch job in keeping the instrument in proper tuning over extended time periods, as well as a distinctive logo on the headstock. The guitar packs a total of 19 frets and classic white dot markers. For the listed price tag, it's more than worth the investment.


Cort L900C-Nat

Manufacturer: Cort

Model: L900C-Nat

Our rating:
Cort L900C Nat Acoustic Guitar Parlor Size

If you are looking for a sonically well-balanced guitar, this one is it – the Cort L900C! Despite being one of the cheaper representatives of the "under $1000" department, this fella can easily run with the rest of the pack and deliver a sonic punch to stand out from the crowd.

What grabbed our attention right from the get-go with this thing is the peculiar tonewood combination – rosewood back and sides plus a cedar top. This way, the mellow, treble-driven vibe of rosewood is mixed up with sturdiness of cedar, balancing the frequencies perfectly and making everything from the lowest bottom basses to the highest of trebles heard loud and clear in the final mix.

The guitar also features a sturdy mahogany neck with high-end ebony fingerboard and bridge. This combo is all about stability and strength on one hand, and comfort and ease of playing on the other. All of which is absolutely smashing, yes.

Other notable features include a pack of six vintage Grover tuners, white dot inlays on the fingerboard, a decorated rosette, and a light weight of 5.8 pounds.


Parlor Guitars Under $2000

Blueridge BR-371 Historic Series

Manufacturer: Blueridge

Model: BR-371 Historic Series

Our rating:
Blueridge BR 371 Historic Series Parlor Guitar

When it comes to high-quality travel guitars, Blueridge is one of the top manufacturers out there, and possibly the best six-string they have in store is this model – the BR-371.

By utilizing top-level solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, the manufacturer took that clarity and sonic punch parlor guitars boast and simply took it to the next level, resulting in one of the clearest and most articulate tones we have encountered so far.

The six-string also utilizes a solid sitka spruce top, as well as a mahogany neck with a traditional diamond volute. The neck piece is not just sturdy, but very well balanced, requiring almost zero maintenance and boasting the ability to endure a variety of weather conditions.

Also included in the mix is a high-end ebony fingerboard, an adjustable truss rod, grained ivoroid binding on body and neck, a maple bridge plate, a 24.75-inch scale length, 1-7/8 inch bone nut, and a pack of high-quality tuning pegs.


Eastman E10P

Manufacturer: Eastman

Model: E10P

Our rating:
Eastman E10P Parlor Acoustic Guitar

If you were to ask us to name our No. 1 choice for a travel guitar that can match a dreadnought in terms of boom and basses, but still deliver its own thing and a signature parlor sound, there's a very solid chance we would opt for the E10P model from Eastman.

The company opted for a somewhat standard combo of mahogany back and sides, spicing it up with adirondack spruce top. This combination allows all the frequencies to churn out like mad, securing that rough blues undertone. So regardless of which musical alley you opt for, there will always be something about this six-string that will make it seem like you picked it up from a porch in the Delta Mississippi area. Which is just fine in our book.

Overall, that distinctive twang will always be there, but so will the basses. Other notable features include an ebony fingerboard and ebony pyramid bridge, along with a two-way adjustable truss rod, hand-carved scalloped X-bracing, and an included set of .012 - .054 Martin SP Phosphor Bronze strings. The looks are gorgeous and make it very clear we're dealing with a top-quality product from the very first glance.


Larrivee P-03

Manufacturer: Larrivee

Model: P-03

Our rating:
Larrivee P 03 Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Another very valid choice comes in the form of this Larrivee parlor guitar – the P-03 model.

One of the things we instantly noticed about this fella is the high-quality craftsmanship and possibly the finest piece of neck on the entire list. The fret job on this thing is just stellar – we're talking maximum comfort and zero fret noise regardless of your playing style and hand positioning. Crafted from a solid piece mahogany and combined with an African ebony fingerboard with 18 frets, this thing is a work of art.

In the rest of the mix, the six-string utilizes an all-solid wood construction with mahogany back and sides combined with a Canadian sitka spruce sound board and bracing. It has a scale length of 24 inches, a pack of six tuning pegs, a decorated rosette and a stand-out luxurious pick-guard.

As for the sound, we are looking at a rich, resonant, articulate, and rich sonic attack. Absolutely worthy of professionals, this is one serious instrument, no doubt about it.


Parlor Guitars Under $4000

Martin 00-28VS

Manufacturer: Martin

Model: 00-28VS

Martin 00 28VS

You know what they say – you simply cannot beat a Martin! It will take you around $4000 to get your hands on this beast, but well, you just can't beat it. Coming from the company with an outstanding reputation of one of the greatest acoustic guitar manufacturers the world has ever known, the 00-28VS model is a dream come true and a genuine collectors item.

But let's focus on those specs and sound now, shall we? The guitar utilizes a solid sitka spruce top and solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, resulting in that immaculate sonic attack we discussed while on the Blueridge BR-371. Except that the craftsmanship is at even higher level and that this is an even stronger guitar.

Anyhow, this tonewood combo reels in a sound that further elevates that clarity of parlor guitars and gives it even more room and resonance, while securing a well-balanced groove with all the frequencies covered. Is this the perfect travel guitar tone? Yes, it is.

Other notable features include a mahogany neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 20 frets, a pack of quality tuners, a circle rosette and a signature Martin headstock. Should you buy this guitar if you can afford it? Yes. Why? Because it's a work of art. Just don't let Quentin Tarantino near it. 😉


Conclusion

Thus, in a nutshell, each of these instruments is worthy of consideration for the flattering title of the best parlor guitar on the market. It is now simply up to you to jot down your personal needs, preferences and spending budget, and single out the item that suits you the most. Once that is our of the way, feel free to purchase any of the fellas listed on our little rundown – these are all guitars you simply cannot regret purchasing and we thoroughly recommend buying each and every one of them. Neat stuff, a thumbs up from here!

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