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Offline nannywood

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Guitar for Travelling
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:33:26 pm »
As a beginner I need to practice every day.  When I travel I cannot lug the guitar.  Should I purchase a back-packer type of guitar for practice when travelling?

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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 09:05:08 am »
A lot depends on your budget, if you are prepared to spend on a decent instrument a Taylor GS mini would be a great choice; for about half it's price you could get a Sigma 00m -15 (I've got one) which is a superb guitar for its modest price; finally for half the price again you can get a Fender CP100 or Gretsch Jim Dandy both are great little guitars but if you want something that sounds nice the Sigma takes some beating for how much it costs.
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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 09:14:42 am »
I have a Yamaha APX-II (I think), which is a traveller guitar. It works ok, but best for when standing up. Sitting down it is much too small (for me).
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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2016, 03:38:08 pm »
Consider a ukulele, perhaps. They are way cheaper and more portable. Although the experience is different, it isn't detrimental to your guitar playing. In fact, it can help you to look at the fretboard in a different way - seeing triads etc.
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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2016, 03:20:22 am »
Thank you for your help..Have ordered a Traveler Ultra Light due to budget restriction.  I get to try it out/on for 45 days to determine if it works fr me.

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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 08:58:17 am »
I'm pretty much in the same situation as the OP, I need to practice regularly and do some travelling. I'm not thinking backpacking with a guitar, but it would be nice if it fit as a carryon. How would a guitalele work as a practice instrument? The sound doesn't have to be particularly good, just need something to do exercises on, and a uke seems a bit too different for me.

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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2017, 10:21:54 am »
I have seen but not played a Yamaha GL1, they look like a good solution and not too expensive. For the size they sound ok, as you would expect like a 6 string Uke!
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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 04:32:05 am »
I'm traveling back to the UK at the weekend, coming back the weekend after. A sad trip, since it will be for my dad's funeral. I'm thinking of taking my GS Mini as carry on. I'll let you know how this goes (if I do actually take it). In going premium economy, and business for one leg so I may get preferential Air New Zealand.


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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2017, 05:56:21 am »
My condolences, @derek.night.

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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2017, 02:48:50 pm »
Derek, my condolences also.
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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2017, 05:37:01 pm »
I have a traveler e.g. 1 custom v.2

It is a little pricey compared to some guitars mentioned but it is awesome. Great sound. Great features such as being about to listen to real plugged in sound with headphones. Or you can gig with it.


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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2017, 11:27:46 pm »
Taylor GS Mini. Every single time. :)

It helps me remind me that it's all about the playing. It's a small guitar but it sounds bigger than you'd think. That probably has a lot to do with the body shape. It's really comfortable for me personally which means I play better on it. I have an exceptionally pretty koa one which makes me want to play it more too.

I even took it to the studio for my band's session. That's how good I think it is. :)
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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2017, 09:18:22 am »
I may end up with a Taylor GS Mini at some point, since everybody seems to rave about it, but at the moment that would actually cost more than my "real" guitar :) I'm keeping my eye on the second-hand ones, though.

I'm a beginner and don't really know yet how much I'll be playing or even what type of guitar I want. And I do a zillion other things, so I can't buy awesome gear for everything. But I am giving the BC a fair shot, and I think that maybe should include having a guitar to practice on also on trips. I just emailed a guy about a second-hand Yamaha GL1 guitalele, if he answers I can at least test it and see what it sounds like.

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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2017, 11:20:34 am »
A GS Mini is a real guitar. I would take it out on trips, into another session or on stage in a heartbeat. My GS Mini cost almost as much as my primary acoustic guitar. It kind of took (or shares) its place now. :)
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Re: Guitar for Travelling
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2017, 11:51:55 pm »
Can't go wrong with a Maton mini.


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