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There are many reasons to play a smaller guitar. For many, small-body guitars are more comfortable to play than large guitars. And the compact sound, tonal balance, and quick response of smaller guitars makes them an appealing alternative to a big, booming dreadnought. In this feature, we’ll take a look at the inexpensive small-body market, with reviews of 11 steel-string flattops between $350 and $800.

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