It always bother me to bring a big full size guitar whenever I go places.
Full size-guitars sure do provide almost everything I need from a guitar except one thing- portability.
Are you having these issues too?
Here’s a list of the best travel guitars that is perfect for anyone who wants to bring a guitar with them easily wherever they go.
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Best Portable Travel Acoustic Guitars in 2018
- Solid Spruce Top
- Solid Tonewood Back and Sides
- Unique Contour Neck Shape
- Features 24-Inch Scale Length
- Features 15 Frets
- Great playability and low action which makes it really comfortable to play
- Tone quality really pays off the money you paid for it
- The HPL back and sides makes it sturdy which is nice
- Balanced pickups
- Not really a loud guitar, which I think is a common thing among Martin guitars
- A slight buzz on the 12th fret of every string
- Neck is a bit thick so playing it for a long time can be uncomfortable
- A little bit heavy
Martin has never failed anyone with the quality of the guitars they are producing. The great design and great sound quality makes the Martin Steel String Backpacker one of the tops candidates in this price range that is worth buying.
- Solid spruce top with impressive sound
- Mahogany back and sides
- Mahogany truss rod adjustable neck
- Rosewood fret board and bridge
- Graphtech NuBone saddle and bone nut
- Great action right out of the box
- Solid build given its price
- Great shape and comfortable to rest on your knee
- Sounds big and has a nice sustain
- Neck is not thick enough
The SX Trav 1 Traveling Guitar is one of the underrated guitars that is really great for traveling. If you’re not brand-savvy and would actually consider a guitar’s features first, then this one’s for you.
- One-piece maple neck and body with natural finish
- Features a Shadow under-saddle piezo pickup and standard 1/4-inch output
- Detachable lap rest frame
- Includes deluxe gig bag, limited three-year warranty
- Full 24-3/4" scale, 22-fret acoustic/electric travel guitar fits in airline overhead bins
- Has a full size neck and decent tone
- Innovative design
- Great action
- Really easy to travel with
- Slips easily and difficult to hold against the leg
- Needs a decent headphone and vox amp
It may look weird but others find this guitar’s design to be outstanding. The Traveler Guitar Ultra-Lightmay not be considered as a legit acoustic guitar, but if you want to have something easy to carry with during travels and play at hotel rooms, then this would be one of the best guitars for you.
- Body Body type: Dreadnought 3/4th-Scale Cutaway: No Top wood: Solid Mahogany Back & sides: Layered Sapele Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard Baby X-Bracing Body finish: Matte 2.0 Orientation: Right-Handed Neck Neck shape: Taylor Standard Baby Profile Nut width: 1 11/16" (42.8mm) Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony Neck wood: Sapele Scale length: 22-3/4" Number of frets: 19 Neck finish: Matte 2.0 Electro
- Conceived as a starter guitar for kids, the lovable Baby Taylor has maintained its enduring appeal in part by being a legitimate musical instrument that anyone can enjoy
- The three-quarter-size Dreadnought helped touring musicians like Taylor Swift sketch new musical ideas on the road, and it's been a reliable musical accomplice for travelers seeking inspiration while trekking the world
- All Baby Taylor models ship with a durable travel-worthy gig bag made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection
- Tone Woods A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound
- Depth of sound is almost outstanding
- Perfect size for beginners, travelers and those with small hands
- Sounds big for its size
- Great action right out of the box
- Needs to have a wider neck
- May sometimes need to be tuned consistently
This is by far the better travel guitar by Taylor when compared to the BT1 version. The mahogany top makes it produce a deeper and bolder sound compared to other guitars with a standard spruce top.
The Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor’smaybe pricier than the natural spruce version, but it wouldn’t be that way for no reason.
- Celtic laser etched henna design by Alex Morgan
- Top: Mahogany
- Finish: Satin
- Reasonable price for a travel guitar
- Has a pleasing quality and tone
- Impressive materials and craftsmanship
- Seems a little buzzy
- Has durability issues
For its price, don’t expect this to have a sound like Taylor or Martin. Though it may look like the Taylor BT2.
For a travel guitar you will really expect that this has some drawbacks in terms of sound but for the guitar’s price, the Luna Safari Series Muse is already a good buy.
KLOS Carbon Fiber Guitar
- Lightweight, easy to carry around
- Sturdy, thanks to the carbon fiber material that it’s made
- Though small in body size, the 24 3/4″ scale length makes it feel like a full-size guitar
- Detachable neck
- Great sound profile, sounds like a full-size guitar
- Expensive for a travel guitar
- Can be damaged if assembled incorrectly
- Small distance between each tuning pegs
- Tuning is required every time the neck is detached and reattached
Lightweight, yet robust. Small, yet loud. Opinions may vary, but for me, if not for the price, this would have made the top of the list. This guitar already has all the features you need in a travel guitar. So if you do have the budget, I highly recommend KLOS Carbon Fiber Guitar. You’ll regret not having this on your next trip.
- Rover Case dimensions: 4 1/2" X 10 1/4" X 35 1/2"
- Full size 24" scale
- Solid spruce top, Mahogany body and neck Rosewood fingerboard
- Quality geared tuners, Professional binding and inlay
- Sized to fit airline overhead storage, Includes case
- The sound is rich and bright for a guitar this size
- Neck size is the same as with full-size guitar
- Great value for money
- Doesn’t consistently stays in tune
- A bit pricey compared to others in this list
Though the Washburn RO10 Rover Steel String has a standard neck size, you wouldn’t really expect a travel-size guitar to have a the same sound as what a full-size guitar has.
Though this Washburn guitar doesn’t disappoint either and balances the features of musicality and playability really well.
Resources Worth Reading if You Consider Buying a Travel Guitar
- The 4 Great Benefits of the Travel Guitar
- 3/4 size guitar vs full size – Justin Guitar Community
- Experience with budget guitar vs. travel guitar
- 3/4 size guitar vs Travel guitar – The Acoustic Guitar Forum
- Travel guitar vs. Full size guitar? | Yahoo Answers
- Size Matters: Finding the Right Travel Guitar for You – Noisey
A travel guitar is your perfect buddy if you want to have something that is really easy to carry along with. Don’t underestimate these guitars.
With the proper setup like putting the proper strings, these bad boys could almost sound like other full-size guitars.
And with these parting words, I hope you’d consider the Martin Backpacker Travel Guitar for your next travel.
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