I feel like a terminal beginner-intermediate player. I am trying to get better but I don't have a ton of available practice time. That said, when I have time I do my best to maximize it. I bought a few online lesson packages and they have been helping. I can rip out songs using power chords like crazy, but I struggle with doing "cowboy chord" songs, or anything with single-string stuff. I am working on it however.
Anyway the point of this post is an issue right now is one of equipment. I have a Mexican-made Fender Strat. It's a nice guitar. However when I pick up one of my wife's acoustics, I feel like I have zero ability to play anything at all. The guitars are too "fat" for me to comfortably hold, and the strings too stiff for me to be able to really make chords that don't buzz, let alone bend anything. I can grab full barre chords on my Fender and make them all ring out, but on the acoustics that feel almost impossible for some reason.
I seem to have more time to practice when I am out of town and at my mountain cabin. As such I was hoping I could use an acoustic for portability. But I struggle to play them. Is there such a thing as an acoustic guitar that has lighter gauge strings and isn't quite as "fat" in the body? I am not trying to fill an area with sound. I just want something I can take places and still play. I realize clearly I wouldn't have the range of sounds I can get out of my amp, but it would be nice to just be able to play while I am away from home. Does something like this exist? I mean, I guess I could keep practicing to get better with the big fat acoustics, but even then I would want something with a cutout to reach the higher frets, and the acoustic guitars my wife has don't have that feature.
I always hate going to guitar stores and try to play anything. It always seems embarrassing since I can't quite really play anything useful beyond some power chord rock stuff, so it's hard to evaluate a guitar while a salesman is there watching