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Vintage United/Martin 0-size 12-fret blend in ladder-braced c.1910 Chicago School 0-size 12-fret in ladder-braced spruce/e.i. rosewood, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, great fingerstyle player

112220A

I love it when an old parlor rebuild ends up sounding as good as it looks. Lyon & Healy, Regal and sister Chicago builders of the early 20th century really knew their stuff. I can’t place my finger on its exact pedigree but when this guitar sits in your lap and you start to play, it really doesn’t matter after that. Completely rebuilt for the modern player, playability is excellent and very comfortable with a low oval-ish neck profile.

PRICE: $1199

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Ditson Style-11 inspired shop built 0-size, 12-fret in X-braced solid spruce/solid mahogany, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, unique design with surprising richness

112220B

I was commissioned to build a Ditson-esque parlor as a special order and ended up adding one for the shop. The Oliver Ditson Company sold acoustic guitars including some built by the Martin at their Nazareth, PA factory. The most impressionable of these was the “peanut” shaped smallest size followed in size by the Style-11, which is parlor-size. The length and depth of Ditson body proportions might make a difference in tone but the fit, feel and looks of the guitar seem to make its unique design that much more special.

PRICE: $999

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Shop built 000-size 12-fret in X-braced spruce/mahogany, 1 3/4” nut, 2 1/2” string spacing, deep, rich old Martin-esque tone

112220C

I don’t offer many acoustics larger than 00-size but I’m happy to have made an exception in this case. This guitar was composed of repurposed materials, understated in appearance and not offering any clue of how it sounds. Well, it sounds deep and rich and full like an old Martin might sound. If you’re into guitars that lean toward the bass-y side of the sound spectrum, this gal might be worth considering.

PRICE: $999

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Vintage United/Martin 0-size 12-fret blend in ladder-braced spruce/birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, great all-around player

101220A

This old gal boasts a body made by United from the 1960s and a modern Martin neck with a low oval neck profile. Extras include tortoise binding, Ovankol headstock plates and new Golden Age tuning machines. Completely rebuilt for modern play, playability is excellent and very comfortable.

PRICE: $599

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Vintage Harmony “Paramount” 0-size 12-fret blend in ladder-braced mahogany/birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, punchy, loud and sassy

101220B

Harmony introduced the Paramount model back in the 1940s but this is a younger example. The solid, slab sawn mahogany top was imported from an even earlier Harmony and really brings out the tone and volume. This guitar favors a player with medium to large hands and can handle a moderate attack with ease.

PRICE: $699

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Vintage United 0-size 12-fret in X-braced cedar/birch, 1 13/16” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, nice sustain for fingerstyle

101220C

I had more inquiries about the last United parlor I offered in this wood combination that I decided to compose another just like it. The X-braced cedar top is such an improvement that I can say enough about how well it sounds. Wider nut might favor larger hands or the accomplished fingerstyle player.

PRICE: $599

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