Travel guitar

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Travel Guitar for Elisa Ricciarelli,
by Roberto Regazzi in Bologna, 1985
C.F. Martin Backpacker :
Steel String and Classical

Travel guitars are small guitars with a full or nearly full scale-length. In contrast, a reduced scale-length is typical for guitars intended for children, which have scale-lengths of one-quarter (ukulele guitar, or guitalele), one-half, and three-quarter.


Examples of travel guitars include the following:

C. F. Martin
  • Model: Backpacker.
A very small guitar with a body shaped like an elongated triangle, similar in shape to certain types of psaltery, and designed to be very portable and inexpensive while still being constructed of quality woods. The guitar is famous for having originally been designed by Robert McAnally before Martin took over the design, and was the first guitar to be taken into space. The guitar has also been taken up Mount Everest
  • Model: Little Martin
  • Model: Baby Taylor
  • Model: Little Country S (Leaf), Little Country S (Koa). Little Country S (All Mahogany)
  • A innovative independent brand. Solved connate tonal problems appeared on all 3/4 small size guitars.
  • The world first travel guitars used quality Leaf Zebra Wood, Koa and Figure Mahogany for back and side.

Dealers located in Iceland Reykjavík, Kópavogur and Hong Kong.

Lap axe
  • Model: Deluxe and Ex.
Electric travel guitars small enough to play even during a flight in an economy seat . Built with beautiful woods and quality hardware.
ALP guitar
  • Model: AD100
Electric headless travel guitar with foldable body and full scale. Has 3.5 earphone output and normal 6.5 output. Tremolo system. Full size 11.14 inch. Folded up only 4.96 inch.

Sébastien Gavet Guitars

  • Model: Tour Bus
Electric travel guitars with two moving parts in order to play as if it was a traditional guitar.
  • Model: Mini-bo

Electric travel guitars with the shape of the Billy-bo and the moving part of the Tour Bus

Mélopée Guitares

  • Models: Mélopée Origine, Mélopée Victoria, Mélopée Impala, Others
All solid acoustic travel guitars handmade in Toulouse (France) by Sébastien Berlinet.

Jammy guitar

Modular digital guitar with the detachable neck and frame. The whole thing is 17 inches when detached. Has 15 standard frets, steel strings, and ¼ and ⅛ audio jacks to play directly through the earphones or amplifier. Doesn't require tuning.
KLOS Guitars
  • Model: Travel Guitar
Carbon fiber hybrid guitar with an optimized body size for traveling. Designed to endure the risks of traveling by being extremely durable and resilient to climate impacts humidity and temperature. Features a detachable neck for even more portability. Known to have a high volume sound and nice tone despite its smaller size and material.
Strobel Guitars
  • Model: Rambler Classic
Full scale Electric Travel Guitar that easily disassembles to fit in a briefcase or computer bag. Solid maple body with flamey maple top. Maple neck and Rosewood fretboard. Dual humbucking pickups, Tunomatic bridge, and locking tuners. The neck detaches from the body via four custom thumbwheels so they can be easily stowed for travel. Assembles in minutes for jamming, playing on stage or practicing.


See also[edit]

  • Parlor guitar — various small size guitars; historically, smaller than C. F. Martin Concert guitar (size 0) released in 1854; or in today, smaller than C. F. Martin Auditorium (size 000) or Orchestra Model guitar (size OM).

External links[edit]

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