It's New Parlour Guitar Day! We're heading off to a little cottage on the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario next week, and as the plans took shape, I began to daydream about having a little guitar to bring along. So I started looking into parlour guitars. This quickly became a rabbit hole and I gleefully fell down it. I went to three different shops and tried out at least half a dozen guitars—a Jim Dandy, an all-solid Yamaha, a Little Martin, a Taylor GS Mini, a couple of Breedloves—and then I stumbled upon the Art & Lutherie Roadhouse. It blew them all out of the water. This little gem was by far the best player of the bunch, with a comfortable neck and an absolutely gorgeous tone: rich, resonant, and well balanced, with sparkling highs and sonorous bass tones that I really didn't think you could get out of a guitar this size. As my wife put it: "That's a little guitar with a big voice!" It was made in Canada from 95% Canadian woods, with a solid spruce top, 3-ply wild cherry back & sides, a silver-leaf maple neck, and a rosewood bridge & fingerboard. The nut and saddle are Tusq. (Oddly, the saddle was installed backwards. I'm guessing the former owner was a little absent-minded during the last string change.) There's a passive under-saddle piezo and, in a quirky touch that's growing on me, there are volume and tone knobs on the front of the guitar. The scale length is 24.83", which is very comfortable and familiar to my Gretsch-loving hands. Most importantly: it's blue! (Paging @drmilktruck.) The finish is a high-gloss "Indigo Burst," though I don't think indigo is the right word for it. It looks almost black in the shade, but in direct light it takes on a deep blue-green hue, with peacock accents on the shoulders. The top looks like my favourite pair of jeans and the cherry back is nicely figured. It's really quite lovely. For those who don't know the brand, Art & Lutherie is an offshoot of Quebec's Godin Guitars. Godin has a number of other brands under its umbrella, including Seagull, Simon & Patrick, and Norman. I don't know how well-known they are outside of Canada, but they're quite well-established here. I think this little player and I are going to spend a lot of quality time together.