Piccolo guitar (17" scale) - anyone play one?

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  1. Hollowway

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    So, I've seen the Amicus from Emerald, which is a 12 string 18" scale guitar. I've also seen the Veillette Gryphon (18.5" scale), and I just now saw the Ibanez (inhales for ridiculous Ibby model number) EWP14OPN - aka 17" scale piccolo guitar. I reeeeaaaallly want to get one to mess around with, because they're tuned up a 4th from standard. And I'd love to go even higher if I could. Anyone have any experience with a super short scale guitar?

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    NO experience.
    But this seems really cool, I would love something like this to do overdubs in parts.
    Looking forward to what people write about this.
     
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    Looks like a guitalele to me. They are fun to play, a lot of fun to play. I bought a cheap one a while ago, got smashed on a beach party.
     
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    i've played the Yamaha guitarlele. Fun for 5 minutes but i can't do much with my big fingers.
     
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    A friend of mine occasionally plays a Tacoma Papoose, which seems to work well for her: http://music.sjtucker.com/track/manticores-lullabye. Tacoma even made an electric solidbody version (the SP1), if that interests you. You'd could also try tuning up a Baby Taylor, but the scale is a bit longer than you seem to be looking for.
     
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    Now THAT is cool! Waaaay above my budget, but super cool never the less.

    And that Papoose is cool, too. I hadn't seen that when I was researching them. I think I'm going to pick one of these bad boys up. The sub $200 ones are cheap enough I may as well.

    I'm leaning toward the Ibby, since the Yamaha is nylon string. If I play it acoustically I like the idea of the steel strings.
     
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    acoustic chipmunk djent
     
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    Not that short. I've a couple of 21".
    The frets are very small and I wouldn't want to go smaller - especially as you can tune to A perfectly easily on them :) I find stuff in the ukelele size range pretty unplayable personally
     
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    This would be like taking a regular acoustic a capo-ing on the 6th fret, then tuning a semitone down. That's how I play Passenger's Let Her Go :lol: If you already have an acoustic you can try this to see how the fretting works for you, although the piccolo will most likely have a thinner neck as well.

    It'd be interesting for overdubs, but other than that I'd rather have a full-bodied acoustic and a capo handy.
     
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    Why would you put a capo on the 6th fret and then tune down? Just put it on the 5th fret.
     
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    A capo on the 6th is a better match for scale length, the detuning would also match string tension a bit better.
     
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    Welp, it's going back. I got it today, and Ws super excited. But it sounds like a ukulele. It's not the pitch, it's the small body that gives it te sound, and I don't like it at all. I'd do a short scale with a bigger body, maybe, but not this.

    Oddly, I happened to see a couple of kala u-basses at my local music store, and those are AMAZING! The weird rubber strings look like a gimmick or something, but I'll be damned if it didn't sound like a real bass. Not sure I'd wanna drop $350 on it, but it's still super cool.
     
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    Ah damn, yeah I can imagine. Here is my 21" '1/2 size classical'[​IMG]

    Even that is starting to sound towards that way.

    The other 21" is this and I can confirm it sounds completely normal
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