My very first full-size guitar was an FG series acoustic guitar similar to the Yamaha FG700S, a guitar that my dad handed down to me. There wasn’t anything particularly special about the guitar and it certainly wasn’t an extremely expensive guitar aside from the sentimental value.
But I cut my teeth for almost 10 years on that Yamaha guitar. I’ve since moved on and am currently the proud owner of my Taylor 310ce, but I still have that Yamaha acoustic guitar sitting in a closet, waiting for the time I can perhaps hand it down to my own son.
You see, the Yamaha FG700S isn’t a visually exciting guitar – it sports one of the most basic guitar designs on the market. However, it is a great value guitar that delivers where it matters – sound and quality.
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.
Unlike most people, I began my “guitar career” on a classical guitar…and I don’t regret it. In fact, I now highly recommend beginner guitarists at least give it a try before they settle on an acoustic or electric guitar.
The Washburn name isn’t the first thing that come to mind when anybody starts talking about classical guitars. I know that. But I’ve recently been surprised by the quality/price ratio that their entry-level Washburn C40 Classical Guitar offers.
I’ve been playing my Taylor 310ce for almost 15 years now. I remember mowing hundreds of lawns back in high school, saving up every penny possible to get the best I could afford. It has traveled with me all across the U.S., to Mexico and even out to China.
It looks great and sounds better now than the day I bought it. The bottom line – I love my Taylor 310.
Below I’m going to explain why.