Know Your Ibanez Acoustic Parlor Body Style
When you play an instrument, it's almost like an extension of yourself - and matching it to your musical tastes and playing style is critical. That's why, if you're interested in one of the guitars in this section, it's important to get to know your Ibanez acoustic. Parlor body style guitars have been around since the 1800s, but spent a lot of time out of the spotlight in the late 20th century. They've seen a big resurgence in the last decade or so, and while it's safe to say that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gave the parlor guitar a little help by playing one in his viral "Space Oddity" video, that's not the whole reason why. In fact, it has a lot to do with the modern music industry and the guitars themselves.
Although they're some of the smallest guitars available today, in the 1800s parlor models were among the biggest. So why were they outgrown by other models like dreadnoughts? The answer is simple: volume. Playing in ensembles in the early 1900s required added volume to cut through, and that meant a bigger guitar. But things have changed. Now we record much of our music, and volume doesn't matter when you have total control over mixing tracks together. It also wasn't feasible to amplify acoustic instruments a century ago, but today it's commonplace - meaning that a guitar's tone is more important than its volume, since you can use amplifiers and pickups to make it heard.
That does still leave the question of what sets Ibanez parlor style acoustics apart. For starters, being smaller makes them perfect for traveling: you can take one to the beach, on vacation, play it around the campfire or pretty much anywhere else. They're also very well-suited for quick fingerstyle play, and remember that a guitar's size affects volume more than tone - a parlor body style can still give you incredibly rich low-end, so don't make the mistake of thinking they're for high registers only! The bottom line is that as long as you need a guitar that sounds great and loves to be played, one of these parlor models will be up for it... just bring the amp if you're doing a big live gig.