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    Traveler Guitars???

    I know some people here play guitars a bit so was wondering.... I want a small traveler acoustic guitar for on the road. I've seen foldable-collapsable-mini-jigsaw puzzle-etc etc.... Has anyone had or tried any of these?
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    I haven't tried any of the folding ones, but I have a martin backpacker that I take with me on road trips. It works great.

    do you want to actually make music? or do you want to practice? If it is just for practice I have played around with one of these:

    https://jamstik.com/

    and it's surprisingly fun. Way more expensive than you probably want to spend.

    I hear good things about the overhead folding guitars but they are a fortune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    I haven't tried any of the folding ones, but I have a martin backpacker that I take with me on road trips. It works great.

    do you want to actually make music? or do you want to practice? If it is just for practice I have played around with one of these:

    https://jamstik.com/

    and it's surprisingly fun. Way more expensive than you probably want to spend.

    I hear good things about the overhead folding guitars but they are a fortune.
    Just wanna pick around the fire on bike trips. I looked at the Martin Back packer and it was a love it or hate it review. Some really bashed it. I've worked on guitars forever so if it's a tweak and tune thing I'm good with it. Right size though. Some of the foldy, bendy, ones are HUGE money. Like gibson/martin money. Made from carbon fiber or pressed angel feathers or some shit. I'll have to see if I can find a back packer close enough to me to try one. Might I ask what you paid for it? Thanks
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    My backpacker was an x-mas gift, but considering most of my music gifts come from sam ash (since I am a NYC'er at heart) it was probably around $200). My local used music instrument shop (music go round) usually has them right around the holidays used for $100-$150. They are always a fast sell.

    So here is what I like about it:
    - Neck shape is pretty nice. Nice wide shallow U.
    - takes conventional strings.
    - unique sound. Seriously go listen to people play them on youtube it has kind of a nice sound that is easy for singalongs. I think Deer Tick's cover of Lou Reed's Hanging Round is a good showcase because it is juxtaposed against a full bodied acoustic.

    Things I don't like:
    - Flat fret board. Actually I learned to play classical guitar first so I don't mind this so much but moving from an electric with a slightly arched fingerboard to this thing throws me sometimes for like a minute.
    - it's weak on the base tone. It doesn't have a big body so it doesn't resonate the low E as much as something bigger. It's still a balanced tone and plenty of songs will sound great coming out of it, but I wouldn't be hoping for something bass heavy to crush you under it's weight.


    Not a travel guitar, but a nice small acoustic guitar that I really like the sound of are the fender Malibu CEs and the Akaline Trio artist series. They use a neck like a strat but on an acoustic. They are a full scale but the body is tiny, like a 3/4 scale. For it's size it has a wonderful robust sound. The Akaline trio one is easier to find than the Malibu CE but they are the same guitar, just one has a comp stripe and one has a nice figured wood body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    So here is what I like about it:
    - Neck shape is pretty nice. Nice wide shallow U.
    - takes conventional strings.
    - unique sound.

    Things I don't like:
    - Flat fret board. Actually I learned to play classical guitar first so I don't mind this so much but moving from an electric with a slightly arched fingerboard to this thing throws me sometimes for like a minute.
    - it's weak on the base tone. It doesn't have a big body so it doesn't resonate the low E as much as something bigger.
    I play allot of different necks from GibsonJ185 to DoBro I settle into them pretty easy. With the lack of any real body I'd be surprised if it did have bottom end. Maybe fiddle with the string gauges a bit and try and squeeze a bit more out of it. Found one an hour away with case,strap and humidifier $150.00 CDN. That's cheap for here. Gonna do it. Thanks for the info.
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    Steven,
    Not really a backpacker but, I have a Baby Taylor that I think is a fine guitar. 3/4 size, very lightweight and plays great. Good tone and volume for a smaller guitar. 300 bucks new so 150 or so used. Bought it for my daughter but I'll grab it every time and leave my old ovation balladeer on the wall.
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