Parlor-sized acoustics (and similar small acoustics) have had a bit of a renaissance in recent years. Fender’s all-solidwood Paramount Series PM-2 Deluxe Parlor, which features a Sitka spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides, is a wonderfully modern take on a petite acoustic. It's no secret that Fender's acoustic offerings haven't quite made the same historical impact as their electrics, but the PM-2 is as good as nearly any parlor I've played. Right away I noticed the richness in the midrange—perfect for blues fingerpickers and folky strummers. I was able to coax snappy, open-string lines and airy “fauxgrass” licks quite easily across the mahogany neck and ebony fretboard.

The Fishman-designed PM preamp is about as straightforward as an onboard electronics setup gets. The bass and treble controls are nestled around an easy-to-turn volume knob. Above that sits an illuminated screen for the touch-activated tuner and phase control. The PM-2 doesn't pack the low-end punch of a full-size dread, but the clarity on the bass strings definitely stands out among similar-bodied guitars.

Test gear: Fishman SoloAmp

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Pros:
Excellent build quality. Super comfortable.

Cons:
Some slight intonation issues.

Street:
$999

Fender Paramount PM-2 Parlor
fender.com

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