Hi - I'm a self-taught guitarist and singer; through a combination of wanting to get the fullest sound possible from one guitar and constantly misplacing my pick, I've become a fingerstyle player, or at least that's what I believe it can be categorized as. (two-string lead-ins, syncopation, picking/strumming combos).
For years, I played an inexpensive Sigma DM-2 dreadnought until finally treating myself to a Larrivee OM-03R (sitka spruce top, rosewood back and sides). Although the Larrivee has great balance of sound and nice playability, I'm considering getting a larger body guitar, or at least one with greater projection and perhaps a little brighter, but not too much.
I'm also wondering about moving to a smaller scale length. I'm pretty dextrous, but have small hands and thought that going to a smaller scale would be good for fingerstyle playing, in general, and to reduce hand strain.
Many claims are made as to the best body size for fingerstyle: orchestra (aka 'concert'), auditorium, grand auditorium, round-shouldered dreadnought.
Any thoughts regarding body size, scale, or specific models to check out?
Budget for used guitar would be under $2,000.
Thanks for the help!