5-string - 6-string - 4-string
Others - Accessories
Dreadnoughts - Archtops
Classical - Parlor
Starter - Jumbo - Tenor
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Peanut Gallery - Size 1 or 2 "Parlor Guitars"
This is a sort of supplement to our articles on Parlor Guitars and 19th-century guitars, which have all kinds of detailed information:
|Guitar Model||Illustration (If available)|
(The Ibanez AVN3 was a solid-topped version with a slotted head. Sadly, it's discontinued and is hard to find.)
|Ibanez PN1MHOPN (Open Pore Mahogany Finish)||
(Unfortunately, Amazon lists these both as the same instrument, so I'm not entirely sure which one you'll get from them.)
|Ibanez PN1MHNT (High Gloss Mahogony Finish)|
|Luna Gypsy Parlor (Mahogany Finish)|
|Luna Gypsy Parlor (Spruce Finish)|
|Recording King RPH-P2-TS|
|Gretch Jim Dandy|
|Ibanez PNB14 (Bass Guitar)|
(Solid-topped versions, including AVNB2ENT, AVNB1FE, have been made, but most are discontinued and hard to find.)
|Ibanez AVT1NT (Tenor Parlor Guitar)|
Note: - This is a shorter list than I would like because several of the instruments I had listed last year are now discontinued or otherwise nearly unavailable. We are adding new guitars as they become available, so please check back.
Whatever instrument you choose and however you get it into your household, have it checked out while you still have return privileges. Even some of the "better brands" hae quality control issues.
We hope this helps you find a guitar that meets your wants, needs and desires, and that gives you countless hours of enjoyment.
Please check back for updates, and contact us with any questions, corrections, additions, or "reader responses."
Note about Suppliers: While we try to help you get the instruments and other products you want by recommending suppliers with a good record of customer service, all transactions between you and the supplier you chose are governed by the published policies on the supplier's web site. So please print off any order confirmation screens and save copies of invoices, etc., so you can contact the appropriate supplier or invoke the product warranty should any problems occur.*
Note about Ordering Musical Instruments Online: Buy only from folks with a reasonable return policy and be sure to have any musical instrument you ordered online checked over by a professional as soon as you receive it. Every musical instrument has the potential for being damaged in shipment, even if the box looks fine when you get it. In addition, musical instruments shipped across the Pacific have a very high percentage of manufacturing defects. If you look at online reviews, a surprising percentage of the one-star reviews say something like "By the time I realized it was damaged (or had a critical manufacturing defect), the period for returns had run out, so now I'm stuck with a useless piece of . . . . " Yes, the manufacturer should have better quality control, and the store should pack things better. But in the end, you are responsible for making certain that an instrument or product will serve your needs while you still have time to return it.
Note about Buying Musical Instruments New: Before you spend $2000 on an instrument that will be worth $800 once you get it home, check out the used market for that sort of instrument in your area. Depending on where you live, or what kind of instrument you're looking for, it may not be an option. But if you can get a used professional instrument for the same price as a new student instrument, it is often worth taking the risk. Especially if you have a knowledgeable friend who can go along and check it out for you. In fact, many of our pages include links to articles on how to shop for used instruments of various types. However, we recognize that many folks have limited access to good used instruments, and everyone needs to see what is available in the various price ranges. So we do list, when possible, live links to real vendors with a good return policy, in case they're your best choice for getting what you want. Again, once you buy something, your satisfaction is between you and the vendor.
Note about Availability and Pricing: Although I try to keep an eye on things and to recommend products that are reasonably available, the model train market does fluctuate, and any product on this page may change price or become unavailable without prior notice. If you "click through" to see details on a product, and nothing happens at all, or you are routed to a supplier's home page, please let me know and I will remove the product from the online catalog until I can find a replacement or another supplier. For more detailed information about why products seem to come and go and why I have stopped listing prices for most products, please see my article "About Pricing and Availability."
*Here's an irony: every year, I receive about a dozen complaints from folks who have never been to my sites before, angry that a deal between that person and a vendor or manufacturer I recommend went south (in their opinion). They "googled" the product, saw my recommendation or review, then e-mailed me to tell me they were going to sue me or report me to the Better Business Bureau for personally ripping them off by recommending a product they had bought from someone else. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the problem is really because the customer didn't read the whole ad, or ordered the wrong thing, or threw away his paperwork and doesn't know where he bought it from, etc. I'm always polite, and sometimes I can even help them get things straightened out with the vendor, but it's not, technically, my problem.
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