Love my Taylor 412CE. *You want a "12" model - that's the small body size, and a "CE", which is the pickup models. *So, a 312ce or 412ce for $1000-1200. *Or, for $1700 & up, a 512ce, 712ce, 812ce. *Those have a blender system with an internal mic and fishman piezo. *Best amped acoustic sound I've played - too bad I couldn't afford it... :-(
The other small bodies - Ibanez, Ovation, Epiphone, (even Guild) etc. always had a tinny sound to me. *The small Taylors miss some Dreadnaught *bass, but are still sweet sounding.
The Martins and Tacomas may be as good - I dunno.