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Last Updated on March 3, 2024 by Teemu Suomala

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.

Let’s get started!

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I love guitars and have played dozens and dozens of different guitars through different amps and pedals over the years, and also, building a website interested me, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website.

I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have also been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as SongsterrMusicnotesGuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar.

I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog (I guess that went the right way…).


26 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 really thin bodies. 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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ModelBody StyleBody ThicknessTop MaterialPrice RangeCheck Current Price (affiliate links)
Harley Benton ST-Acoustic – CheapestABS Thinline Double CutNot availableSpruce (laminated)$Thomann*
Yamaha APXT2 3/4-size Thin-line CutawayAPX 3/4-size Thinline Cutaway2.6 – 3.0″ (65-75 mm)Spruce (laminated)$SweetwaterThomann
Ibanez Talman TCY10ETalman Doublecut3.625″ (92.075mm)Spruce (laminated)$SweetwaterThomann
Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway – Best BudgetAPX Thinline Cutaway3.125″ – 3.563″ (80-90 mm)Sitka Spruce (laminated)$$SweetwaterThomann
Fender CN-140SCE Thinline NaturalClassical Thinline with CutawayNot availableSolid Cedar$$AmazonThomann
Ibanez GA34STCEClassical Thinline Cutaway2.875″ (73.025mm)Solid Spruce$$Sweetwater
Washburn Festival EACT42SClassical Thin Cutaway2.125″ (53.975mm)Solid Spruce$$$Sweetwater
Dean Guitars Exhibition A/E BK SatinOrchestra/OM Cutaway 3.25″ (82.55mm)Sapele
(laminated)
$$$Guitar CenterThomann
ESP LTD TL-6LTD TL SinglecutNot availableSpruce (laminated)$$$SweetwaterThomann
Ibanez Euphoria 5 – Best IbanezThinline EP Cutaway2.75″ (69.85mm)Solid Engelmann Spruce$$$Sweetwater
Washburn Festival EA20SThinline Jumbo CutawayNot availableSolid Sitka Spruce$$$Sweetwater
ESP LTD TL-7LTD TL-7 SinglecutNot availableSpruce (laminated)$$$SweetwaterThomann
Fender Acoustasonic Player TelecasterAcoustasonic TelecasterNot availableSolid Sitka Spruce$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Godin MultiAc Nylon Encore Grand Concert Cutaway – Nylon StringNot availableSolid Cedar$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Yamaha APX1200II – Best OverallThinline Cutaway(3.125″ – 3.563″) (80-90 mm)Solid Spruce$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Takamine Thinline TSP138CTBThinline CutawayNot availableSolid Spruce$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Takamine Thinline TSP148NCThinline Cutaway – Nylon StringNot availableSolid Cedar$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Godin MultiAc Grand Concert SAMultiAc Concert Cutaway – Nylon StringNot availableSolid Cedar$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Taylor T5z Classic Tropical Mahogany – Best TaylorT5z Thinline CutawayNot availableSolid Mahogany$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Fender American Acoustasonic StratocasterAcoustasonic StratocasterNot availableSolid Sitka Spruce$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Takamine TSP-158CThinline CutawayNot availableSolid Spruce$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Cordoba Espana FCWE Gipsy Kings Reissue – Excellent ClassicalThinline Flamenco – Nylon String2.7″ (68.58mm) lower, 2.5″ (63.5mm )upperSolid German Spruce$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Takamine TSP178ACKN – Best PremiumThinline CutawayNot availableSolid Arched Hawaiian Koa$$$$$Sweetwater
Takamine TSP-158C12Thinline CutawayNot availableSolid Spruce$$$$$Sweetwater
Taylor T5z Standard – Find More Great Taylors HereT5z Thinline Cutaway2.1″ (53.34mm)Solid Sitka Spruce$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Taylor T5z Custom KoaT5z Thinline CutawayNot availableSolid Koa$$$$$Sweetwater

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3 Best Thin Body Acoustic Guitars – My Favorites

Best Budget – Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway

 

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Factory setup might not be perfect
  • A slight boxy sound may not suit some genres
  • Laminated top

You can find more acousic guitars for small hands here.

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.

Check our best Yamaha acoustic guitars round-up here.

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Best Overall – Yamaha APX1200II

displays 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.

Check our best Yamaha acoustic guitars round-up here.

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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

  • Expensive

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.

Check our best Takamine guitars round-up here.

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FAQ

Pros and Cons of Thin Body & Thinline Acoustic Guitar

Pros

  • A thin body is easy to handle
  • Lightweight
  • Bright and clear sound
  • Great for lead playing
  • Usually easy to sing over

Cons

  • Has less volume & projection than acoustics with a thicker body (for example Martin guitars usually have a thicker body and better volume & projection)
  • 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.

Check our picks for the best acoustic guitars under $1000 and the best acoustic guitars under $500.


Conclusion

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!

Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…). Expertise: guitar learning techniques, electric guitars, and guitar amplifiers. You can connect with me on LinkedIn or just email me.
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Lord Cramerdog

Takamine TSP 136 159 2.36 inches
Yamaha APX 600 3.5 inches
Fender Telecaster Acoustisonic – 1.75 inches
Taylor T5Z : 2.1 inches
PRS A50 Angelus – 4 inches appox

The Yamaha is fine but lacks the overall depth of sound of the PRS
The Fender Acoustisonic feels a little thin and doesn’t sit on the leg (sitting down) the way acoustic players are used to

My other guitars (Martin, Taylor) are deeper but the Taylor upper bout is sculpted and it gives the sense of being thinner and more comfortable

Gordon

Can you do the same kind of list for those who are left handed?.