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.
Meet the descendant of the original “Blues box” from the ’30s and ’40s, the Epiphone EL-00 Pro. This parlor guitar features the same short scale and compact body design of the original, while utilizing modern building methods that include built-in Fishman electronics.<
The Loar LO-215 is a parlor style guitar that retains a longer dreadnought scale. It is essentially a cross between a dreadnought and a parlor, having a small vintage style guitar that is louder because of the longer shape, and having a longer scale length that will make transitioning easier for players of regular sized acoustics.
Eastman Guitars continue to build their brand reputation with impressive high-quality acoustic instruments. And among their lineup, another premium looking parlor guitar caught my attention, the Eastman E10P. This parlor is as traditional as it gets, featuring all-solid wood construction and impressive handcrafted build quality.
The G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top is a very affordable parlor guitar from Gretsch that doesn’t look cheap at all. Rather it convincingly evokes authentic ’30s era vibe with simple aesthetics that you will want to actually play on your front porch – just like the days of old.