We know you love a Parlor, and you know we love a Parlor (especially Dee). So what are the tonal differences between an all-solid Parlor and a solid-top Parlor? What does all-solid wood bring for this body size? Find out in today’s episode of Alvarez TV and join the discussion on what all-solid wood gives to a Parlor guitar.

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