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SX Trav 1 Traveling Guitar Portable with Bag
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Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag
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Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar - Natural
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Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany Top
No. of Frets: 20
No. of Frets: 22 Medium
No. of Frets: 15
No. of Frets: 19
No. of Frets: 19
Scale Length: 22 4/5"
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Scale Length: 24"
Scale Length: 22"
Scale Length: 22-3/4"
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SX Trav 1 Traveling Guitar Portable with Bag
No. of Frets: 20
Scale Length: 22 4/5"
Item Weight: 2.47 Pounds
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Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light  Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag
No. of Frets: 22 Medium
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Item Weight: 3 Pounds
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Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag
No. of Frets: 15
Scale Length: 24"
Item Weight: 5.3 Pounds
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Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar - Natural
No. of Frets: 19
Scale Length: 22"
Item Weight: 4 Pounds
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Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany Top
No. of Frets: 19
Scale Length: 22-3/4"
Item Weight: 8.1 Pounds
The Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar perfectly sums up all the qualities a traveler acoustic guitar should have. It offers great portability and its size is just perfect for any travelers who are always on-the-go. Though it may lack some volume, the guitar's playability with its low action perfectly compensates it. And oh, about the price? It is one of the main reasons why travelers prefer this over other travel guitars out there.

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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

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag
199 Reviews
Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Tonewood Back and Sides
  • Unique Contour Neck Shape
  • Features 24-Inch Scale Length
  • Features 15 Frets

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Recommendation

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.

 

SX Trav 1 Traveling Guitar

SX Trav 1 Traveling Guitar Portable with Bag
31 Reviews
SX Trav 1 Traveling Guitar Portable with Bag
  • 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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Neck is not thick enough

Recommendation

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.

 

Traveler Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel guitar

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light  Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag
117 Reviews
Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag
  • 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

Pros

  • Has a full size neck and decent tone
  • Innovative design
  • Great action
  • Really easy to travel with

Cons

  • Slips easily and difficult to hold against the leg
  • Needs a decent headphone and vox amp

Recommendation

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.

 

Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany Top
67 Reviews
Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany Top
  • 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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Needs to have a wider neck
  • May sometimes need to be tuned consistently

Recommendation

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.

 

Luna Safari Series Muse Travel Acoustic Guitar

Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar - Natural
78 Reviews
Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar - Natural
  • Celtic laser etched henna design by Alex Morgan
  • Top: Mahogany
  • Finish: Satin

Pros

  • Reasonable price for a travel guitar
  • Has a pleasing quality and tone
  • Impressive materials and craftsmanship

Cons

  • Seems a little buzzy
  • Has durability issues

Recommendation

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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Recommendation

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.

 

Washburn RO10 Rover Steel String Travel Guitar

Washburn RO10TB Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar - Transparent Blue
288 Reviews
Washburn RO10TB Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar - Transparent Blue
  • 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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Doesn’t consistently stays in tune
  • A bit pricey compared to others in this list

Recommendation

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.

 

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Conclusion

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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