Guitars, Guitars Everywhere. But Which One Should You Choose?


Hello everyone and welcome to World’s Finest Guitars. Today were going to  take a closer look at guitar types and models. Normally we pick one guitar line and take a brief look at the workmanship and features  but as one of our readers pointed out . “What about the people that are unfamiliar with the terms and models out there in the vast guitar-a- sphere”.  So for some of our readers this might be a step back, however if you truly love all guitars  you can still glean some very useful information. and if your new to the world of guitars  lets jump in and see what we can learn .

 Heres the short list of acoustic guitar types.

The Jumbo

Jumbo guitars are a larger bodied guitar, producing great sound in the lower ranges, as well as great sustain and volume.

Pictured is one of the most popular jumbo models it”s the Gibson J200.  Jumbo guitars have a big, loud sound, perfect for rhythm guitar. Jumbo’s are wider across than a dreadnought, measuring at least 17″, and usually just as deep.

The body of most acoustics are large and hollow; acting as a resonating chamber which amplifies the strings. Larger bodied guitars with bigger curves tend to have a deeper or heavier tone, while guitars with a smaller body tend to sound brighter. Acoustic guitars can have cutaways, similar to the cutaway on the Gibson Les Paul which allows easer access to the higher frets but this also changes the tone. Acoustic guitars have a weaker sustain than electric guitars but master-built classical or steel-string guitars often feature very good sustain and excellent overall performance. (source: WIKI Books)


The most popular body sold, the dreadnought is a large body guitar producing booming lower and mid-range tones, as well as great sustain and volume.  It’s a very popular for it’s full sound, especially among country and western performers, blue grass flat pickers, and me (ha ha)

Martin D-28


The Dreadnought  body size was originally developed by the Martin Guitar Company some time around 1916

000 Size

  This style tends to have a slimmer waist than the Dreadnought and a slightly smaller body. The result is a guitar that some find easier to handle, with a sound that emphasizes the mid and treble ranges.

The OOO  designation is used by C.F. Martin Co. . It’s a 12-fret flat-top guitar, that originally measured 15″ (W) x 4 1/16″ (D) x 20 7/16″ (L) when introduced in 1902.  In 1934, it changed to a 14-fret guitar whose dimensions were (and still are) 15″ (W) x 4 1/8″ (D) x 19 3/8″ (L).  The 000 designation is used by other luthiers as well, and now the term 000 is an industry standard.

Orchestra Model aka “OM

Originally developed by Martin by shortening the body of their 000 model. (The Martin OM later became the Martin 000, so today’s OM’s are based on the original.) This size instrument is much smaller than a dreadnought in both width and depth, usually measuring around 15? across and 4 1/8? deep.

The Martin OM was one of the first mass produced guitars with 14 frets above the body. Though originally designed for classical players, it quickly gained popularity among cowboy and bluegrass performers.

The Parlor Guitar

Parlor guitar has also come to denote a style of American guitar music from the 19th and early 20th centuries .Thease guitars could be found in many homes of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The parlour guitar is currently enjoying a renaissance amongst fingerpicking guitar players across the USA and Western Europe. There are a number of modern luthiers making parlour guitars in a wide variety of tonewoods. Their defining characteristics are a brightness of tone and an often surprising volume for such small guitars. Although they might be underpowered compared to larger guitars, modern amplification has made sound volume a non-issue.

The smallest widely manufactured body size for many years is the Parlor or O style. Very popular through the 18th and 19th century small instruments like these were usually played in peoples’ parlors, hence the name. Parlor guitars are wonderfully balanced, and very fun to play. parlor guitars work great for finger-style or classical music, The shorter scale length of these instruments can make many left hand stretches easier.  Larrivee’s P model, Martin’s O model, and Santa Cruz’s PJ guitar are all good examples of the parlor guitar body size. They don’t have a big sound, however they are comfortable, well balanced, and very fun to play. Parlor guitars work great for finger-style or classical music, The shorter scale length of these instruments can make many left hand stretches easier. Larrivee’s P model, Martin’s O model, and Santa Cruz’s PJ guitar are all good examples of the parlor guitar body size.

Backpacker or Travel

 Lastly today  is the Backpacker or Travel guitar These are small body guitars for smaller players or for packing and taking on the road. Some are scaled down versions of full-sized body shapes. Others are unique shapes.  and others have a semi detachable or fold down neck,  that makes them even more convenient for travel. The combination of lower prices, compact size and good sound, makes them a great guitar to have. Keep one handy, for your next hiking or camping trip. they’re perfect for around the campfire.


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The Hidden Treasure of Tunnel 13

Petros  Tunnel 13  head stock

We here at World’s Finest Guitars. Have  a great one for you today Plus this guitar has a wonderful back story . Please take the time to check this one out


Here’s The Story

Southern Pacific Railroad’s Siskiyou Summit Tunnel #13 was built in the 1880’s using virgin Redwood timbers harvested in Southwestern Oregon. These timbers witnessed the October 11, 1923 hold up of the SP Train 13 Gold Special, pulling 13 cars, by the DeAutremont brothers. Four men were killed in the robbery attempt.
When these magnificent Redwood timbers were salvaged from this historic tunnel after a fire in 2004, Petros Guitars managed to acquire some of the nicer sections.

When these diamonds in the rough were opened up, it was discovered to be exceptional, master-grade tone wood, air dried in this tunnel for more than 120 years. Paired with light weight, figured Claro Walnut from Oregon and a light weight Butternut neck from Wisconsin, this guitar is light as a feather (3 pounds, 14 ounces) with the resonance of a 120 year old guitar.
After a century of silence, Petros Tunnel 13 Redwood™ guitars are giving voice to the remarkable Redwood of Tunnel 13.

Check out this video it tells the story in picture & song


  Hey and this baby is only $15,000.00 !

In addition to all the Petros Standard Features,
The Tunnel 13 Gold Standard includes:
Authentic Tunnel 13 Redwood® top
The Tunnel 13 rosette and 1880 inlay
Figured Claro Walnut back and sides
Butternut neck
Ebony Fingerboard and bridge
Black Pearl FB markers
Pear wood binding and buttons
Carved buttons
Carved truss rod cover
Bridge wing inlays
Inlaid back strip
Bound Finger Board
Gold frets
Karura case

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Out With the Old and In With the New ?

Let’s Take a look at a rare oldie, that we just happen to have in our personal collection and a re-working of that guitar into an updated marvel.

Were talking about the Gibson Trini Lopez 1966 standard, and the new version, Gibson DG-335 designed for Foo Fighters guitarist Dave Grohl.

Dave was a fan of the Trini Lopez and owned and used a couple of them for touring and studio work.

Gibson saw this as a great opportunity to breath new life into an older signature model

And re-invent it with the name recognition of one of today’s premiere guitarists from the band Foo Fighters.

The original Trini Lopez model was a strikingly similar  take on Gibson’s ES-335 semi-hollow body guitar, and today’s DG-335 is a further fine-tuning of the legendary ES-335

True to Grohl’s specifications, the DG-335 has the classic Burstbuckersand  rare Pelham Blue finish. ES-335 firebird style  headstock with six-on-a-side tuners set into an ES-335, but actually closer to the original Trini Lopez style semi-hollow body. Available in either Pelham Blue or Ebony, the guitar has diamond f-holes, and the inlays on the rosewood fretboard are acrylic split diamond, a unique feature that remains from the original Trini Lopez. At Grohl’s request, the DG-335 is powered by a Burstbucker 1 in the neck and Burstbucker 2 in the bridge. Within the original Patent Applied For humbucking spec, these pickups are known for their clean and articulate distortion and singing vintage tone.

So we hope you enjoy these older and newer beauties from the Gibson line. Although WFGs normally presents hand made works of art, I just had to Show you one of the Gibson’s we have in our own collection. In our next posts, you can look forward to some truly marvelous hand crafted acoustics and electrics. See you then.

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