Originally Posted by This Old Sailboat
For an acoustic guitar, I play mostly fingerstyle on a Taylor 812ce. But I'm thinking of getting a Taylor Baby to take on the boat since space is such a premium and I don't want to fret over the guitar getting mistreated or stolen (pun intended).
Sorry, I neglected to respond to this part.
I think the Baby Tayor is a cool guitar, but it still has a solid wood top, so it's subject to the same heat and humidity issues of any solid-topped guitar. A lot of people get away with it, but I wouldn't personally want to leave any of my nice guitars on my boat for any kind of extended period.
The Little Martins (like the LXM, LX-1, etc.) are about the same size, and come in both solid top and HPL (High Pressure Laminate...Formica is a name brand of HPL). The ones with HPL tops wouldn't be my choice for recording or for anything too serious, but they're incredibly stable and pretty impervious to the elements.
And while no aficionado would mistake them for a world-class guitar, they sound surprisingly reasonable to me. As a guitar maker, I want
them to sound like a shoebox with rubber bands strung across them to somehow vindicate the hundreds and hundreds of hours I've put in to making really good sounding wooden guitars, but the truth is that most non-guitar players would never know the difference.