Expensive vintage parlor guitars started out as affordable instruments for the masses, so it’s not really surprising for big name manufacturers like Fender to create parlor guitars that are more accessible.
Case in point is the Ron Emory Loyalty Parlor, a great looking parlor guitar co-designed by T.S.O.L. guitarist Ron Emory, with a price tag that’s surprisingly affordable. Interestingly, this elegant small bodied acoustic guitar instrument is the signature instrument of a guitarist mostly known for his punk rock work!
As part of Fender’s Artist Design Series, this signature guitar is based on Emory’s own guitar collection in order to meet his expectations. There are currently two versions of this guitar, first of which is the sunburst finish model that reproduces the vibe and feel of the ’30s, the second model has a butterscotch-stain finish similar to the artist’s prized ’52 Telecaster.
For something so affordable, the Ron Emory Loyalty Parlor has some elegant features including the premium looking herringbone body binding, vintage style rosette, aged neck binding, diamond fretboard inlays, three-ply pickguard, and the vintage-style rosewood “Viking” bridge. All of these features combine to bring about an instrument that will easily turn heads. The look of this sub $300 acoustic guitar is easily comparable to those more than ten times more expensive!
On top of the guitar’s impressive appeal, Fender and Ron wanted the guitar to be as playable as possible to be an effective entry level guitar. To get this done, they had the neck carved into a soft “V” profile, topped it with a rosewood fretboard and installed 19 large vintage-style frets. the Graphtech Nubone Nut is 1.625″ wide while fretboard radius is 11.81″. This should give the guitar playability that even younger players will find comfortable.
The Sunburst Loyalty Parlor is the more traditional of the two models, featuring laminated spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides. The neck is made of mahogany to complete the conventional acoustic guitar package. This particular model comes with a great looking Tortoiseshell pickguard to match the aesthetics of the finish.