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.

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.

Martin 000-15M

Brand: 

Martin

Finish: 

Satin Natural

Top: 

Solid Mahogany

Body: 

Solid Mahogany

Price: 

$1460.00
Martin 000-15M

The story goes that the first Martin 000-15M was developed in the '30s during the great depression, when guitar builders were forced to build stripped down-models that people can actually afford. Impressively, this small bodied guitar is still part of Martin's production line, many decades after. As the label implies, this guitar features a 000 (triple "O") body, which is smaller than their standard dreadnought and orchestra shapes but bigger than traditional parlor guitar shapes.

Taylor GS Mini-e Mahogany

Brand: 

Taylor

Finish: 

Natural Varnish

Top: 

Mahogany

Body: 

Sapele

Price: 

$599.00
Taylor GS Mini-e Mahogany
Taylor built their brand on distinct looking acoustics, they are not one to simply copy a shape or follow convention. This is probably the reason why the GS Mini is substantially different from traditional parlor guitars that are available in the market, with its distinct shape that is based on their own Grand Symphony body design, only smaller.

Gibson Blues King

Brand: 

Gibson

Finish: 

Vintage Sunburst

Top: 

Solid Sitka Spruce

Body: 

Solid Bubinga

Price: 

$1800.00
Gibson is one of the pioneers of the "blues box", and have consequently influenced the designs of parlor guitars today. As such, their small body guitars are of particular interest to fans of the instrument, their potential consumers, and even their competitors. This time around, we will be featuring the Blues King, a variant of their L-00 shape with built-in electronics

Maton EMM-6

Brand: 

Maton

Finish: 

Satin Natural

Top: 

Solid Sapele Mahogany

Body: 

Solid Sapele Mahogany

Price: 

$1400.00
Maton Mini EMM-6
The EMM-6 is a 6-string small bodied guitar from Australia's popular guitar Maker Maton. It features an all-solid sapele mahogany body, has a short scale length for easy playability and comes with built-in electronics.

Collings C10

Brand: 

Collings

Finish: 

Natural

Top: 

Solid Sitka Spruce

Body: 

Solid Mahogany

Price: 

$6000.00
Collings' reputation as a boutique guitar builder is ever growing, thanks to the many satisfied guitarists who put their premium handcrafted Collings guitar to good use. The Collings C10 exemplifies their attention to detail and premium quality in a compact parlor guitar format.

Breedlove Stage Parlor LTD

Brand: 

Breedlove

Finish: 

Natural Gloss

Top: 

Solid Sitka Spruce

Body: 

Indian Rosewood

Price: 

$999.00
Breedlove Stage Parlor LTD
While other guitar builders are content to simply mimic classic designs, Breedlove is one of the few that have their own designs which are quite easy to identify. Their distinct acoustic guitar styling also applies to their parlor guitars, which include the Breedlove Stage Parlor LTD.

Washburn WP55NS

Brand: 

Washburn

Finish: 

Natural Satin

Top: 

Koa

Body: 

Koa

Price: 

$391.00
Washburn WP55NS
Washburn's long legacy of building guitars place them in a good position to recreate vintage instruments. Ofcourse they put this advantage to good use with a good number of parlor guitars, including the WP55NS, which is based on actual designs that Washburn used over a century ago

Luna Heartsong Parlor

Brand: 

Luna

Finish: 

Natural Satin

Top: 

Spruce

Body: 

Mahogany

Price: 

$255.00
Luna Heartsong Parlor
Luna Guitars have some of the most stylized looking guitars in the market, so much so that their instruments have become easily identifiable. Their sense of style also applies to their small bodied acoustic instruments, including the Heartsong Parlor. In addition to being cosmetically pleasing, this particular parlor guitar comes with built-in electronics that allow for direct recording, a fitting feature given its name.