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Hohner Essential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar

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The Hohner Essential Plus parlor guitar is built using a revolutionary technique Hohner calls Frequency Matching. Hohner's technicians use a form of ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Hohner craftsmanship, and desirable wood makes for a well-built parlor for a great price.

The Hohner Essential Plus parlor guitar is built using a revolutionary technique Hohner calls Frequency Matching. Hohner's technicians use a form of tap tuning to determine the resonant frequencies of the woods and then match the solid Sitka spruce tops with similarly resonant mahogany backs. Combining this process with a micro thin finish produced an acoustic guitar with a powerful, rich singing tone that makes even the small bodied parlor sound huge.

The Hohner Essential Plus parlor guitar is also equipped with the Earvana Compensated Tuning System. This special nut and bridge assures that these guitars play with dramatically improved intonation, up and down the length of the neck making them a pleasure to play. Built on a parlor platform, the body offers a vintage design in a small but powerful package. Parlor guitars yield a surprising amount of volume and punch for its small-bodied size, and are ideal for intimate settings and mellow jazz or fingerstyle progressions. It starts with a Solid sitka top for a clear, balanced tone, with a subtle brightness. The Mahogany body adds projection to the instrument, and the rosewood fretboard adds lasting sustain. The 25-1/2" scale and 1-3/4" nut width adds comfort to intricate finger movements. Featuring chrome die-cast tuners, chrome hardware, and a satin natural finish, this Hohner parlor guitar will be a welcome addition to your musical collection, at a price that won't break the bank.

All Hohner Essential guitars go through a 12-point inspection process at Hohner's US facility to make sure every guitar is set up to sound and play great.

  • 6-String
  • Parlor body
  • Mahogany body
  • Solid sitka top
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 frets (14 open)
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Satin natural finish

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HohnerEssential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Hohner Parlor Essentials

By Kats

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

It's amazing the guitar Hohner has made in the Parlor Essential for the $. I tried other big name brands with similar body styles, but the quality and craftsmanship were sloppy in comparison to this Hohner. I found the Martin LX1 "top heavy" in the neck. In my opinion, this guitar beats the Baby Taylor, the Little Martins, and the 00X1 Martin. There's nothing flashy about this guitar, but it is well made. The guitar has a Taylor-ish bright sound. One thing I'd say is that this guitar is really larger than the typical parlor, which is what I was looking for. The lower bout is 14", body depth 4", and the scale length is pretty standard, not the typical shorts found on parlors. It is also 14 frets clear to the body. This guitar is well worth the $. It's a big bang for the buck. Hohner got it right with quality and craftsmanship first. Flashy is nice but not at the expense of quality. The Essentials show Hohner has their priorities in order. In my opinion you're just paying for the name with the others I noted above, but Hohner has exceeded the big names. Thank you for making my search a worthwhile one. This is a guitar I will point others to without hesitation. Okay, commercial over. I guess you don't need the commercial because you already know. Please feel free to use my comments to show customer satisfaction. Now the search for a good gig bag or case!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Just What I Looking For.

By heinz bens

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

It is unfortunate that many companies are not forthcoming with hard specs. about their guitars. Here are my own hands-on measurements.
Lower Bout: 14"
Upper Bout: 9.5"
Waist: 8.25"
Body Length: 19.5"
Max. Depth: 3-5/8"
Overall: 40.25"
Scale Length (from nut to saddle) 25.5"
String Spacing at Nut: 1-7/16"
String Spacing at 14th Fret: 1-13/16"
String Spacing at Saddle:2-3/16"

Just what I was looking for. It's so small you can sit cross-legged and tuck it up nice and close. Great resonance. You can feel it! It vibrates into your chest and arm and leg. Much different than the disassociated bulk of a dreadnought. Quite a new and different experience - feeling the music as well as hearing it. Side note, Musicians Friend, awesome as usual. Fast, free shipping. Item as descibed. Thanks.
The top is deffinitely tap tuned. If you get in there with a mirror, the artistry is apparent. The bracing is not only scalloped but very nicely done. As far as the "Earvana" compensated tuning system, I'm not an expert player, but the intonation seems spot on. The Harmonics at the 7th and 12th fret are bright and "chimey". The micro-thin finish is just that. The wood seems almost bare. Perhaps making it more susceptible to nicks and dings but also imbuing it with the feel of a hand-crafted piece. Also, less lacquer in my mind, translates into more tone coming from the wood itself. The actual, physical dimensions weren't privided anywhere online. But, the one statistic that was given was the 1-3/4" nut, which prooved to be fallacious. It measures out at your standard 1-11/16". In fact, if you hold this parlor face to face with an average dreadnought, the neck from nut to saddle is identical. If you're expecting a wider neck or shorter neck, don't. However, in some weird way, there is a slightly more spacious feel to the fretboard, especially in the first position. It could be the thinner frets or slightly flatter fretboard. Either way, I'm pleased and my fingers do feel less cramped. For a full list my measurements continue below.
For the price, there is a lot to like about this little guit. Frets are clean and even. Tuners are smooth. The finish is uniform and tactile in a satin sort of way. As if you want to give it one more sanding with super fine sandpaper and varnish it again, but then stop yourself because you realize it would then be like all your other guitars. The solid spruce top with its simple darker-wood-inlay rosette is beautiful. Everything just works. And if you're nosy, peek around the inside. The evidence of skilled hands are in there. The strings are D'addario EXP.
So, you want a small-bodied guitar that isn't a 3/4. Preferably one with at least a solid spuce top. With a neck joint at the 14th fret. You don't need a lot of bells and whistles, but something built with care and with features that make sense to an actual muscian. And you don't want to spend much more than $250. Well, it may be that it is a very narrow market segment, but this Essential Plus Parlor seems to be the only game in town. It's a value if for no other reason than the fact that Hohner is providing a unique design.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great guitar!

By Brian Denk

from Southwestern USA

Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

I'd have to say this is a very close "Taylor'esque" instrument in look, feel, sound quality and playability. It's a competitor to their big baby. China is building some fine instruments these days. USA, take note.
The Hohner Parlor plus is a great guitar if you're looking for a smaller, lighter weight instrument for travel, small gigs or a more vintage type of sound. It's a parlor sized axe: 14" lower bout, 9 7/8" upper bout, 8.5" at the waist. Max body thickness at the lower bout is 3 7/8". Scale is 25 3/4". Finish is a low lustre satin, with nicely smoothed body edges, strap button on the bottom but none at the neck. You'll need to add one yourself there. Fretboard is rosewood, I believe. Bridge is rosewood, and saddle looks like bone or composite of some sort, not sure but sands easily (for action lowering and is nicely fit into the bridge slot. String end pins are black plastic, white dot. Nice. Strings are typical el-cheapo Daddario...and are awful! Remove them immediately and you will REALLY hear a difference.
Excellent build quality. No glue drips, scratches, poorly fitting parts or bad workmanship. It has very little finish applied, which is fine by me, as it brings a more organic, woody feel and tone to the instrument. The neck as received, was razor straight...flawlessly flat. No fret buzzes anywhere. Action was, of course, higher than optimal. I sanded off quite a bit from the saddle and got it down nicely. The Dead-dario strings had to go! They're lifeless! I put on a set of Martin SP phosphor wounds, 11 to 52, and the guitar came to LIFE...ringing harmonics, snappy high frequencies and solid lows, but certainly not on par with a full dread sized box. The truss rod needed to be relieved about 1/4 turn with these strings installed. Not hard to do at all. The neck is fast and smooth, fret ends are well dressed with no snags. The tuners are no name, but are smooth and very accurate.

Instrument balance is excellent, not neck-heavy and very comfortable to play. Just lower the action, put on some good strings, and enjoy!
It's not a custom guitar by any means, but you'd be VERY hard pressed to find something better at this price point. It has pleny of snap and boom for a small bodied parlor guitar, great for gypsy jazz, blues or fingerstyle. You won't feel cramped on this neck; wide enough at the nut, but not bulky the rest of the way up. Fretboard radius is pretty flat, but not totally,..very comfortable for bar chords as well as fast runs. Intonation is good, but I can't really say it's any better than any other guitar. It will get a little out past the 12th. Overall, I'm very pleased with it! If this one got damaged or stolen, I'd get another one immediately.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A Big Surprise....

By Richard Evans

from Ohio

Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

Overall, I give it a 9. Simply because, I didnt like the strings it came with. (very stiff). Also, because nothing is perfect. I would like to see a case or a bag come with it too. They are hard to find for a parlor and it would be a nice touch.
I bought this guitar, because I wanted something around that was handy. I wanted to be able to just pick it up, without worrying about dings etc. so I didn't want to spend a lot. Given the price, I was surprised when I got it how good it sounded. It really sounds like a much more expensive guitar. For a parlor, it has very good bass response, which most parlors don't. The playablility was good, but not great. That is until I changed strings to Dean Markley, Gold-Bronze Alchemy's. Then it became a great little guitar. Very handy, great tone, very good indeed for a small amount of money. I think I am going to purchase a folk size and see how good that is.
The quality is well above average. Very neat inside. No glue runs. The top is well matched and bracing is nicely done.
This is where this little guitar really shines. I have a Big Baby too, I think the street price is nearly twice what I paid for this and this hangs with the Big Baby just fine. This feels a little more substantial than the Taylor. As far as tone and projection goes, my hat is off to Hohner. They have found a way to make a great little guitar, for a small price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Build Quality, Neck and Tone

By Jimbo

from Bay Area, Ca

About Me Professional Musician


  • Action
  • Big sound
  • Build Quality
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


    Best Uses

    • Fingerpicking
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

    I have no complaints about this guitar at all. Recommended! Sounds big and well defined. Doesn't have the boom of a Dreadnought but is crisp and fairly loud.. Plays great.

    It's capable of handling hard strumming and still not sounding muddy or buzzing.. Nut width is perfect for fingerpicking too.

    Intonation using the Earvana compensated nut really makes a difference. It intonates perfectly.
    The Solid Top is described as "tone matched" or something. Whatever it is, the guitar does sing. I play it constantly at small wine bars, with a Mic or a Dean Markley Sound hole Pickup.

    Tuners work fine. Stays in tune. Action was very good when I brought it home.

    Neck was near perfect. I only turned the truss rod the smallest amount to remove a bit of relief. I mostly fingerpick but use my fingers when I do strum with a pick so I don't work it hard. (You shouldn't be buying a parlor guitar for hard stumming anyhow.)

    Nice Matte finish. With a couple of "hair" marks on a spot near the neck joint. I didn't deduct for that.

    No frills.

    I played it at a local store. Was taken by it's sound and feel. Some guitars just work for you and those are the ones you should own. It was the only one they had.

    Went home and checked out Hohnner's site to learn more about the Essential Series. Went back played it again for awhile and bought it. They were already unavailable here...

    It is a smaller body guitar and doesn't fit in a standard case.

    Scale is a normal 25". but Body is small. Feels real good if you have shoulder issues as I do. you can play this guitar for a few sets and feel OK. Plays like a shorter scale guitar due to the nice action.

    Fretwork was clean and edges and heights are consistent.

    No Strap pegs. I had to add them. But I add locking pegs anyhow so no hassle there.


    Sweet little guitar

    By JET

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Experienced

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    • Excellent Intonation
    • Excellent Tone


    • Finish Flawed

    Best Uses

    • Intimate Small Settings

    Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

    This is an excellent little parlor guitar. No frills, but excellent intonation up the neck with the tuning system and great tone with the solid top.

    This guitar is a real value. It doesn't have any fancy bindings or fret markers. Nothing to really catch your eye. But like its name, it has the Essentials... tone and intonation.

    It's a real player, too. The neck is very nice to hold; the radius, nut width and scale is perfect. The volume is great for small rooms. Perfect for at home playing. I own the dreadought size, too. The parlor plays just like it, but has a better volume for playing alone. I put on Silk and steel strings to give it an even more subtle tone.

    The Earvana Compensated Tuning System allows you can capo it at any fret without re-tuning. Or play up the neck without losing intonation. Sweet.

    My only beef with it was the finish was slightly flawed. It had some rough spots where dust or dirt must have settled while it was drying. it was not visible. The grain and finish look perfect. Musicians Friend sent me a cloth, polish and wax to buff it out. Great customer service because the rough spots were annoying when I'd rest my fingers on the top while playing, but I didn't want to send it back because the rest of the guitar was perfect.

    Great customer service, MF! Thank You.

    And, Hohner built a great value with this line of acoustics. Check out the YouTube video where they get compared to Taylor and Martin in a blind test. They are comparable at a fraction of the cost. I wish I had these years ago. I've been playing for 30+ years. Kids don't know how good they have it. ;) In my day... you had to pay a lot more this quality of an acoustic.

    Now I'm waiting for them to put out a 12-string in a parlor. That would be really nice.

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