All About Parlor Guitars

Welcome to Parlor.Guitars, a resource aspiring to be the leading source of information on anything and everything related parlor guitars. Here you will find interesting information about the humble parlor a.k.a. "blues box" - including the story behind its design, its history, the various brands that have produced them and the many existing small bodied guitar models available today.

We scour through the many current production models, as well as popular vintage ones, and we also bring you information about the latest releases. All of the old and new models that we feature are presented at the Guitar Listing page, where you can sort them according to brand, finish, top, body and price. If you are looking to buy a parlor guitar, or you are simply curious, we hope you will find that the information we provide to be very helpful.

Recording King Dirty Thirties RPH-07 Harmonella 0

Brand: 

Recording King

Finish: 

Vintage Sunburst

Top: 

Solid Spruce

Body: 

Whitewood

Price: 

$180.00
Recording King Dirty Thirties RPH-07 Harmonella 0
The Recording King brand has quite the history. It started out in the '30s as the label stamped on mail-order acoustic guitars, and has since been revived for today's players, carrying a number of affordable vintage style instruments under its name. The RPH-07 Harmonella 0 is part of this line up, dressed up in '30s cosmetics without the frailty and excessive price tags of old instruments

Art & Lutherie Roadhouse Parlor

Brand: 

Art & Lutherie

Finish: 

Bourbon Burst

Top: 

Solid Sitka Spruce

Body: 

Wild Cherry

Price: 

$499.00
Art & Lutherie Roadhouse Parlor
Contrasting Godin's esoteric guitar designs, their sub-brand Art & Lutherie focuses on classic guitar designs. To be specific, this sub-brand offers guitars with traditional looks and specs, while still benefiting from Godin's modern building and production experience. Thankfully, within this line is a parlor guitar model called Roadhouse, that combines the old school vibe of parlor guitars with modern reliability, playability and built-in electronics.

Cort L900P-PD VS

Brand: 

Cort

Finish: 

Vintage Sunburst

Top: 

Solid Cedar

Body: 

Paldao

Price: 

$499.00
Cort L900P-PD VS
This parlor guitar is part of Cort's Luce Series, invoking vintage style designs while utilizing modern production methods. The L900P is as old school as it can get, with its 12-fret neck joint, slotted headstock, vintage style sunburst, and '30s era parlor guitar body shape.

Tanglewood TW40 PD Sundance Delta

Brand: 

Tanglewood

Finish: 

Natural Gloss

Top: 

Solid Mahogany

Body: 

Mahogany

Price: 

$622.00
Tanglewood TW40 PD Sundance Delta
UK manufacturer Tanglewood has quite a number of parlor guitars available, and this time we look at the TW40 PD, from their Sundance Delta series. This parlor guitar features an all mahogany body with aesthetics inspired by vintage instruments.

Alvarez Yairi PYM70

Brand: 

Alvarez

Finish: 

Natural Gloss

Top: 

Solid Sitka Spruce

Body: 

Solid East Indian Rosewood

Price: 

$2000.00
Alvarez Yairi PYM70
The PYM70 is part of the premium Alvarez Yairi Masterworks line, a handcrafted traditional style parlor guitar with all-solid wood construction and premium cosmetics. It is described by the company as the embodiment of their over 50 years of experience, combining old school style design with modern and more reliable building techniques.

Bedell Coffee House Parlor

Brand: 

Bedell

Finish: 

Espresso sunburst gloss

Top: 

Solid Adirondack Spruce

Body: 

East Indian Rosewood

Price: 

$2990.00
Bedell Coffee House Parlor
The Bedell Coffee House Parlor brings back the folk and acoustic blues tone of the past, in premium hand crafted quality. Built using materials and wood that are reserved top tier instruments, along with attention to detail expected from boutique instruments.

Martin 00-17S Whiskey Sunset

Brand: 

Martin

Finish: 

Sunburst

Top: 

Solid Sitka Spruce

Body: 

Solid Mahogany

Price: 

$2299.00
Martin 00-17S Whiskey Sunset
Martin's legacy as an acoustic guitar manufacturer is without question, and their reputation for quality also applies to their small bodied instruments, including the all-solid wood 00-17S Whiskey Sunset, which is a premium take on the mail-order parlor guitars of the 1930s.

Takamine TF87-PT

Brand: 

Takamine

Finish: 

Natural Gloss

Top: 

Solid Cedar

Body: 

Solid Koa

Price: 

$1259.99
Takamine TF87-PT
Takamine pioneered the production of acoustic guitars with electronic pickup, preamp and EQ systems - they essentially started the acoustic-electric guitar category, which many of their competitors have also adopted into their lineup. Because of this, Takamine is mostly known for modern acoustic designs, but don't count them out when it comes to vintage style guitars because they do have a collection of parlor style acoustic-electric guitars, of which the TF87-PT is included.

Larrivee P-01 ISS

Brand: 

Larrivee

Finish: 

Natural

Top: 

Spruce

Body: 

Mahogany

Price: 

$1160.00

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made history when he played the Larrivée P-01 inside the International Space Station (ISS) for a video to help NASA figure out more ways to make life in space better and more bearable. Thankfully, this guitar is not just for space-noids, because Larrivee has made a special edition re-issue available for us surface dwellers.

Recording King RPH-P1

Brand: 

Recording King

Finish: 

Tobacco Sunburst

Top: 

Solid Spruce

Body: 

Whitewood

Price: 

$199.00

Recording King is a relatively new brand that knows how to design and build themselves old school looking guitars - and do so at very accessible price points. Since vintage style is their specialty, it is only natural that they have a number of parlor guitars in their line up, including the RPH-P1. This parlor guitar is part of their Dirty 30's line of instruments inspired by guitars that were available in the '30s, while incorporating modern and more reliable building techniques.