A close friend called me the other day asking about beginner guitars. Apparently his oldest son, now 12, had decided that he wanted a guitar for Christmas.
“I don’t want to spend too much money” he said. “I’m afraid this is just a fad and he’ll just end up giving up on the guitar like he did with the piano.“
It’s not uncommon for guitar-makers today to take popular, high-end guitars and make cheap copies aimed at the masses. Often times the result is a disaster but on occasion a guitar maker can produce a copy worthy in its own right. Such is the case with the PRS SE Santana, an entry-level version of the PRS Santana Signature that by itself is a superb guitar.
While the guitar itself is an instrument used to create art, it’s amazing what happens when an artist uses a guitar as an object of his art.
I’m not talking about painting a guitar body – although I’ve seen some pretty cool guitar designs over the years. I’m referring to art that utilizes the recognizable shape of the guitar, not just its ability to create beautiful sound.
The art featured here is, in my opinion, amazing. If there’s a particular piece that you like, share it and give the artist due credit!
Bigger is always better, right? When it comes to guitars, especially ones like what you’ll find in the Little Martin series, this oft-repeated moniker isn’t necessarily true.
This style of guitar, often referred to as a “travel guitar” or a “parlor guitar“, won’t replace your full-size guitar any time soon, but it does have its advantages. Best of all, if you choose your Little Martin wisely, you don’t really have to trade sound for size.
In this complete guide to the Little Martin Series of acoustic guitars I want to not only introduce you to what makes each model unique, you’ll also hear my review of how these guitars compare to their bigger brothers in terms of sound and durability.