Six Slick Parlor Guitars

If you’re intrigued by the groovy Fender PM-2 parlor guitar reviewed, here are some other models you may want to check out.
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If you’re intrigued by the groovy Fender PM-2 parlor guitar reviewed, here are some other models you may want to check out. If you’re new to the parlor game, you can read very studious chronicles about these svelte guitars all over the web, but I simply dig the fact/fable that these small-bodied jewels appeared in private recitals lavishly set up in the parlors of the wealthy during the early 1900s. Imagine the artists, gypsies, folkies, and jazz musicians who carried dusty parlors across their backs, and through the servant entrances of great mansions to kick off the modern house concert. Such romantic musings are apt, as contemporary parlor guitars are sexy, vintage-looking boxes that recall the era of wax cylinders and 78s. They also tend to have a focused midrange, a tight low end, and pleasant highs—all of which make parlors great choices for songwriting sessions, solo performances, bringing unique tonal flavors to a live band, or layering sonic textures in the studio.

GOOD FOR RECORDING
Breedlove 2016 Pursuit Parlor
$499 street

The Pursuit includes a USB audio output and a Fishman Isys preamp, so you can plug right into a laptop and record tracks with ease. Mahogany top, back, and sides. Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. breedlovemusic.com

CLASSICAL LOVERS
Cordoba C9 Parlor
$859 street

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Nylon-string players can join the parlor party with the C9. Solid Canadian cedar top. Mahogany back and sides. Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. cordobaguitars.com

OLD-SCHOOL VIBE
Ibanez AVN3 Artwood Vintage Parlor
$399

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The natural high gloss finish, mosaic rosette, and slotted headstock really evoke yesteryear. Solid spruce top. Mahogany back and sides. Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. ibanez.com

FUN & INEXPENSIVE
Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top
$169 street

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Bring on images—and tones—of the dust bowl with this truly affordable parlor. Agathis top, back, and sides. Nato neck and rosewood fretboard. gretschguitars.com

SEXY THING
Seagull Entourage Grand Parlor Rustic
$369 street

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For catching eyeballs, the Entourage’s rustic ’burst finish is simply stunning. Solid cedar top. Wild cherry back and sides. Silver-leaf maple neck and rosewood fretboard. seagullguitars.com

WHEN YOU NEED A MASERATI
Lowden Wee Lowden
$4,255 street

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If only the most posh and luxurious parlor will do, then this is one lavish instrument. Red cedar top. Indian rosewood back and sides. Five-piece mahogany/rosewood neck and an ebony fretboard. lowdenguitars.com

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