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Offline Laila

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Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:48:05 pm »
So - most of April and some of May I'll be travelling. I don't think I want to bring either of my guitars, not even my GS Mini, partly because I'm already lugging a lot of gear and partly because I'm going both to a very dry and a very humid climate. Rather not risk it.

But I need to practice, and I want to play. Any opinions on whether I should get a uke or a guitalele? I'm not a big fan of the uke sound, to be honest, so I'm not really planning to learn a new instrument. A guitalele/6-string sounds like the obvious option to me since it's closest to a guitar and I can just carry  on.

Is there any reason that I should be considering a regular uke instead? Justin does have separate lessons, so that would be fun of course.

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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 05:07:27 pm »
This video might help you decide. Sound like you're going to have some fun travels.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrHL0BrbLOk





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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 07:54:52 pm »
Thank you, stitch. That was a useful video, it demonstrated the sound of both.
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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 02:53:18 am »
Hi Laila,

If you don't mind my asking, what did you decide?

I travel quite a bit with work, and I'd like to figure out a practical way to keep practicing while on the road.

(Sorry to post on such an old thread, by the way.)
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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 08:13:10 am »
I'd like to offer an opinion.. I've been traveling for more than a year, and after lugging a fullbody electric around, and spending a fortune on baggage charges, bought a Traveler Ultralight Electric. It's a fraction of the weight, significantly shorter, but still has a full size fretboard. And it'll fit in the overhead compartment on a plane. It made playing while travelling possible, so check them out.😊

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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2017, 10:56:47 pm »
Thanks Orlando, I will definitely check that out!
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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2017, 11:32:00 am »
Hi Laila,

If you don't mind my asking, what did you decide?

I travel quite a bit with work, and I'd like to figure out a practical way to keep practicing while on the road.

(Sorry to post on such an old thread, by the way.)
Hi! Sorry, late response, have been out travelling. I bought a guitalele. It was perfect for me. I was out for six weeks with a lot of luggage and moving about a lot, and throwing the guitalele on top of the luggage in the car or the plane was never a problem. I loved being able to doodle around with it inconspicuously whenever. But I did not get to practice properly as there just aren't many songs I can play on it yet.

A little later I brought my Taylor GS Mini for a four day trip, and getting it on the plane was a major PITA. So I'll only do that again when I really really want my real guitar along and will not be moving around a lot on the trip.

Best of luck!


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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2017, 11:35:45 am »
Ps one of the things I liked about the uke is that it was cheap and easy to care for, so I could happily lend it to other people, let kids play with it etc. Great Icebreaker.

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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2017, 06:57:21 am »
Very cool! Thanks for the reply. I'm still thinking it over, I have about a month yet before I'll need something travel-sized.


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Re: Travelling - ukelele or guitalele?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2017, 06:22:51 pm »
I'm traveling at the moment with my GS Mini. No problem getting it as carry on on Air NZ (though we are traveling premium economy). Then easy enough to carry from Heathrow to London, and on the Eurostar to France. Admittedly there are two of us, but we have a case each, but I carry my case, a small back pack and my guitar, and sometimes my wife's back pack in exchange for the guitar.


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