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About Parlour Guitars

Parlour guitars are the smallest style of full-size acoustic guitar. This makes them perfect for anyone from beginners looking for a comfortable first guitar to experienced players looking for a ‘sofa guitar’.

They are the oldest style of steel strung acoustic guitar, chiefly associated with depression-era blues and roots guitarists like Robert Johnson. Due to their size, they are not particularly loud. Instead they have a charming, intimate sound that is suited to fingerpicking or gentle, mellow strumming. They resonate best with quite a soft touch, so may not be best for you heavy-handed strummers out there!

The traditional design features a 12-fret neck join. This means the body meets the neck at the 12th fret - and a slotted headstock like you find on a classical guitar. This is the style to go for if you are chasing a faithful replica of pre-war guitars. If you are drawn to a parlour guitar for its size, however, we recommend modern interpretations that have a 14-fret neck join. These give you more room for manoeuvre - and a normal headstock which is much easier to restring.

Why Should I Choose a Parlour Guitar?

  • Small, comfortable size
  • Intimate, mellow sound
  • Old-school vibe

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Parlour & Small Bodied Guitars

Question: Why do some acoustic guitarists prefer parlour guitars?
Parlour guitars have an unmistakable ‘boxy’ sound which is wonderful for depression-era blues and roots style music.
Question: Are parlour guitars good for beginners?
Yes, parlour guitars are good for beginners because of their comfortable size.
Question: What is a good make of parlour guitar?
The iconic parlour guitar is Gibson’s L-00. Waterloo Guitars, made by boutique brand Collings, are stunning modern takes on this old style. If you’re looking for something more affordable, Alvarez Guitars do a number of parlour guitars that ooze vintage appeal and sound fantastic.
Question: Are parlour guitars the same as travel size guitars?
Parlour guitars is the smallest category of full size guitar. ‘Full-size’ relates to the playable length of the strings, known as the ‘scale length’. With a travel size guitar everything is shrunken down to miniature, whereas a parlour guitar the neck is normal but the body is small.