I have to admit it…thin body acoustics are a pleasure to play. They just are so easy to handle. Of course I love the boomy and full sound of a big dreadnought, but when it comes to playability, thin body acoustic guitars are hard to beat.
Because I personally prefer acoustic guitars with slim bodies, I was happy to put together this comprehensive list of the cream of the crop thin body acoustic guitars. I also reveal the 3 best thin body acoustic guitars after the master list. If you have any questions, just check the FAQ section, or leave a comment.
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25 Thin Body Acoustic Guitars
If you like thin body acoustics, Takamine should be on your radar. They produce smooth playing and great-sounding thin body acoustic guitars. Takamine Thinline TSP138CTB above is one such example.
I chose acoustic guitars that have a really thin body. If I had to ask myself “is this a thin body acoustic guitar or not”, I just left it out from this article. If there’s a demand for another list with slightly thicker body acoustic guitars, just let me know in the comments. Have fun!
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|Model||Body Style||Body Thickness||Top Material||Price Range||Check Current Price (affiliate links)|
|Harley Benton ST-Acoustic – Cheapest||ABS Thinline Double Cut||No available||Spruce (laminated)||$||Thomann*|
|Yamaha APXT2 3/4-size Thin-line Cutaway||APX 3/4-size Thinline Cutaway||2.6 – 3.0″ (65-75 mm)||Spruce (laminated)||$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Ibanez Talman TCY10E||Talman Doublecut||3.625″ (92.075mm)||Spruce (laminated)||$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway – Best Budget||APX Thinline Cutaway||3.125″ – 3.563″ (80-90 mm)||Sitka Spruce (laminated)||$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Ibanez GA34STCE||Classical Thinline Cutaway||2.875″ (73.025mm)||Solid Spruce||$$||Sweetwater|
|Washburn Festival EACT42S||Classical Thin Cutaway||2.125″ (53.975mm)||Solid Spruce||$$$||Sweetwater|
|Dean Guitars Exhibition A/E BK Satin||Orchestra/OM Cutaway||3.25″ (82.55mm)||Sapele|
|$$$||Guitar Center – Thomann|
|ESP LTD TL-6||LTD TL Singlecut||No available||Spruce (laminated)||$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Ibanez Euphoria 5 – Best Ibanez||Thinline EP Cutaway||2.75″ (69.85mm)||Solid Engelmann Spruce||$$$||Sweetwater|
|Washburn Festival EA20S||Thinline Jumbo Cutaway||No available||Solid Sitka Spruce||$$$||Sweetwater|
|ESP LTD TL-7||LTD TL-7 Singlecut||No available||Spruce (laminated)||$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Fender Acoustasonic Player Telecaster||Acoustasonic Telecaster||No available||Solid Sitka Spruce||$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Godin MultiAc Nylon Encore||Grand Concert Cutaway – Nylon String||No available||Solid Cedar||$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Yamaha APX1200II – Best Overall||Thinline Cutaway||(3.125″ – 3.563″) (80-90 mm)||Solid Spruce||$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Takamine Thinline TSP138CTB||Thinline Cutaway||No available||Solid Spruce||$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Takamine Thinline TSP148NC||Thinline Cutaway – Nylon String||No available||Solid Cedar||$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Godin MultiAc Grand Concert SA||MultiAc Concert Cutaway – Nylon String||No available||Solid Cedar||$$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Taylor T5z Classic Tropical Mahogany – Best Taylor||T5z Thinline Cutaway||No available||Solid Mahogany||$$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster||Acoustasonic Stratocaster||No available||Solid Sitka Spruce||$$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Takamine TSP-158C||Thinline Cutaway||No available||Solid Spruce||$$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Cordoba Espana FCWE Gipsy Kings Reissue – Excellent Classical||Thinline Flamenco – Nylon String||2.7″ (68.58mm) lower, 2.5″ (63.5mm )upper||Solid German Spruce||$$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Takamine TSP178ACKN – Best Premium||Thinline Cutaway||No available||Solid Arched Hawaiian Koa||$$$$$||Sweetwater|
|Takamine TSP-158C12||Thinline Cutaway||No available||Solid Spruce||$$$$$||Sweetwater|
|Taylor T5z Standard||T5z Thinline Cutaway||2.1″ (53.34mm)||Solid Sitka Spruce||$$$$$||Sweetwater – Thomann|
|Taylor T5z Custom Koa||T5z Thinline Cutaway||No available||Solid Koa||$$$$$||Sweetwater|
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3 Best Thin Body Acoustic Guitars – My Favorites
Best Budget – Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway
- Looks and feels very sleek
- Excellent acoustic and plugged-in sound
- Very comfortable due to small-sized body and thin neck
- Built-in tuner and 3-band EQ
- Great overall quality
- Factory setup might not be perfect
- A slight boxy sound may not suit some genres
- Laminated top
Who Is This For?
If you need a gorgeous-looking acoustic guitar with premium electronics and a comfortable design, the APX600 is ideal for you. It has a slim body and neck, and it sounds really good for the price. I have fallen in love with APX600’s slim playability and it always jumps onto my lap in music stores.
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Best Overall – Yamaha APX1200II
What I like
- Solid spruce top and mahogany back & sides offer rich, clear, and articulate sound
- Body feels comfortable
- It has a piezo pickup and a mic and you can blend the 2 by turning a knob
- Great quality electronics and build
- Slim and narrow neck
What I don’t like
- No real bone nut or saddle (Urea)
Who is it for?
If you are after a thin body acoustic with solid woods, slim overall playability, and rich sound, Yamaha APX1200II is one of the best options. It’s not cheap, but it still offers really high value for the money. The lack of bone nut and saddle is a bummer, but urea still gets the job done.
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Best Premium – Takamine TSP178ACKN
What I like
- Solid Arched Hawaiian Koa top and Hawaiian Koa back & sides provide warm, and articulate sound with a nice sparkling tone in it
- Made for playing plugged in and recording
- Bone nut and saddle
- Slim & narrow Slender C shaped neck feels really comfortable to play
- Great all-around quality
- Body feels comfy
What I don’t like
Who is it for?
If you are after a thin body acoustic guitar that sounds great unplugged but shines when plugged in, is comfortable to play, and has a slim neck and body, Takamine TSP178ACKN is a great option. Also, dunno if you noticed, it’s one of the most stunning acoustics I have ever seen.
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Pros and Cons of Thin Body & Thinline Acoustic Guitar
- A thin body is easy to handle
- Bright and clear sound
- Great for lead playing
- Usually easy to sing over
- Has less volume & projection than acoustics with a thicker body
- The sound is not so full (not so boomy bass notes)
Are Thin Body Acoustic Guitars Easy to Play?
In general, yes, thin body acoustic guitars are easier and more comfortable to play. A thin body is easy to handle and usually thin body acoustics feature a slim neck too, which improves the playability for most of us.
What Is A Thin Body Acoustic Guitar Called?
Both “thin body acoustic guitar” and “thinline acoustic guitar” are used.
What Is a Thinline Acoustic?
Thinline acoustic guitar has a thinner body and is more lightweight. Sometimes the neck is thinner too.
A thin body paired with a slim neck equals easy and comfortable playability to me. As I said, I do like the full sound of a dreadnought or Jumbo acoustic, and they are not impossible to play either, but I prefer my acoustic to have a slim neck and body. Because the playing comfort motivates me to play more and more and more.
I hope that this article helped you out, and maybe you even decided to get one of the guitars featured. If you have any questions just leave a comment, I and the GND team are here for you.
I wish you all the best and keep rocking!