Which ones sound best?
It seems like travel guitar choices are few and ones that sound good are fewer.
Your choice of a travel guitar, most people choose small acoustic guitars, can bring fun, excitement and entertainment to what would otherwise might be a dull vacation or trip.
To make the most of a trip, you need a guitar that sounds good.
The problem is that quite a few of the guitars available in a travel guitar category are small acoustic guitars that sound more like a cheap ukulele than a decent guitar.
Another challenge is to find an acoustic travel guitar that can handle the stress of travel.
Does a travel guitar have to be a small guitar? It all depends on the situation.
Sometimes if you have the room to bring it, all you need is a full-size guitar durable enough to handle the trip and that opens up many more choices.
Most of the time, a person would not want to bring their expensive guitar on a road trip.
That's the problem with expensive guitars, people can be intimidated by the thought of hurting them and that discourages whooping it out at a time of sudden inspiration. Here're 4 things to look for in a travel guitar.
If you are making a road trip in the car and you have room for it, a durable full-size guitar will give you the best sound possible.
So what is the solution? Just as there are many different ways to travel, there are different guitars that can meet your needs.Here're some different categories along with my recommendations for each...
Here are some that I think are outstanding.
Martin X series with full body HPL for amazing durability and sound - The sound of a full-size quality Martin guitar at a price that is way less than solid wood models.
Rainsong graphite guitars - These a really unique guitars. They sound like a really great guitar because they are. Talk about durability! These things are designed to take it. Here is a link to their website. I was very impressed.
Ovation Adamas guitars - A very reliable, great sounding guitar with a graphite fiber top.
Buy an inexpensive, quality full-size guitar and be careful with it. Take care of it - but if someone drops a watermelon on it, just buy another, at least it wasn't your $3000 Martin.
There is a difference between super cheap and an inexpensive quality built guitar. I believe the Epiphone line in the $200 to $300 range is a great buy or A Yamaha acoustic guitar in that same price range is remarkable sounding. Solid spruce tops for sound quality and Laminates for the sides and back. This would make a great combination of durability and tone.
They are a great buy for the money. A proper setup by a guitar tech and they are great sounding inexpensive guitars.
My choices for a small travel guitar would be:
The Martin Little Martin - built from HPL (high-pressure wood fiber laminate), they are tough, sound good and are a great choice for a travel guitar.
Their necks are made from strata bond wood laminate which makes a very stable and durable neck.
These little guitars sound great for their size and are very durable.
They took a little Martin to the top of Mt Everest and it played great. I don't think they took their gloves off for long to try it out though.
Taylor - Baby Taylor. - Amazing sound from a small guitar. Made with a solid spruce top with x bracing and Sapele arched back and sides.
This little guitar should hold up well. For one reason it is a Taylor, they are very well thought out, intelligently designed guitars.
The sides and back are made of High-quality laminate which holds up to temperature changes and humidity well.
Be careful about the solid wood top though.
Treat any guitar with care. They are supposed to last a lifetime.
Washburn B52SW - If you are very careful about your guitar there is the Washburn B52SW solid wood travel guitar. Solid wood guitars ares more vulnerable to temperature and humidity changes. Be careful.
Washburn Rover - A good sounding guitar for its size. Reasonably priced. Comes with a case.
Remember even a small acoustic guitar should be inspected and set up by a competent guitar tech for best playability and sound.
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