A couple of things here. First, OM-size guitars are hardly small-body guitars. Smaller than a dreadnaught, sure. But much bigger than the 00 and 000 instruments that most of us think of when we hear the term small-body. Second, an equally important, you leave C.F. Martin out of this survey? That company is widely regarded as a primary leader in quality guitars and invented the segment you’re talking about. Why would you do that?


I appreciate your feedback, however, it is my firm belief that in today's world, the dreadnought is the standard size for an acoustic guitar. Nevermind how historically the dreadnought was revolutionary for being large, the dred is just the standard size now, and so, anything smaller than a dred constitutes a small body acoustic guitar.

Regarding Martin, make no mistake that I am a Martin lover, and in fact, I own an ancient Martin 00-17. I'm not trying to drive you to look at my total body of articles here, but a point of fact is that were you to look over my published material, you'd see how clearly I love Martin guitars, and you'd see photos of me with my ancient 00-17.

I'm not going to be dishonest with you, or with anyone else here. My opinion is exactly this: The Santa Cruz Guitar Company and Bourgeois guitars have produced the single finest steel string guitars I've ever personally had the opportunity to play. I don't believe that by saying this I'm slighting Martin guitars in any way. I hope that makes sense to you, and anyone else reading this. So I published this article with the intention of promoting some more obscure makes and models, makes and models where my own opinion, being clearly an opinion, is that these are superior to what else is out there.

When you get into high-end guitars, a thing being better than a Martin, or better than the best of someone else, it's an opinion at this level. I hope that makes sense. Also, I should mention this page is subject to being edited, especially by me; and so as time passes, some entries could well be changed.

Updated on November 13, 2019

Original Article:

Top Five Best Small Body Acoustic Guitars for Serious Amateurs or Professionals
By Wesman Todd Shaw

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