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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Going to Cosat Rica...need a small, airplane carry-on size acoustic

mick decibel

White Salmon, WA

Play it in E#
Nov 20th, 2011 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Little Martin, Baby Taylor...or what? Please share your ideas.

What about just going with a standard size dreadnaught? Can you carry something that big with you on a plane? I'm reluctant to check a guitar through baggage.

thx mick

Frank Hudson

USA

Tone is stuck on my fingers
Nov 21st, 2011 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seagull Grand or on one of the other Godin made parlour size guitars would be my suggestion.


If you finger pick you may like it for more that as a travel guitar. Warmer sound that others I've tried, not booming bass, but you can ride the bass strings pretty good an not over-whelm the trebbles.

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Pura Vida

All riff, no raff.
Nov 21st, 2011 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check out Voyage Air guitars. Made for travel.

And enjoy CR. I sure did.

LarryC

USA

Nov 22nd, 2011 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taylor GS Mini.

RDR
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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Nov 22nd, 2011 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 GS Mini

mick decibel

White Salmon, WA

Play it in E#
Nov 22nd, 2011 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thx folks.. I'll check them all out.

I'm going in March as part of a artists exchange with Partners of the Americas. Most particpants are print makers, jewelry, stained glass etc. I get to go play and teach blues guitar, and hopefully learn some local folk music. ...And I hope to try to meld the styles a bit. Should be fun.

.mick

Lazmo

Oz

Nov 22nd, 2011 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those Voyage Air guitars are amazing... wow.


Peegoo
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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Nov 22nd, 2011 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Taylors are fantastic. Even the Baby Taylor sounds great and plays extremely well. Pros use them in the studio.

Warren Pederson

Canada

Nov 22nd, 2011 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I caught Roy Bookbinder live and he played a Voyage-Aire guitar for the whole performance. Neck folds in half and it goes in a suitcase, ready to play just unfold the neck lock it in place (takes about 5 seconds) and THE GUITAR IS IN TUNE!

mick decibel

White Salmon, WA

Play it in E#
Nov 22nd, 2011 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hadn't been aware of the Voyage Airs before...after looking at them online, I'm sorta intrigued. Anybody seen one of the electrics (BelAir and/or TelAir)? That and a Roland micro cube could travel pretty well, I'll bet.

After black friday...looks like I'll get off my duff and do some hands on shopping.

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St.Pete

TANSTAAFL
Nov 23rd, 2011 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Noticed this the other day.
If it comes close to the quality of the rest of their line-up it's a steal.

z

Rondo Again

Frank Hudson

USA

Tone is stuck on my fingers
Nov 23rd, 2011 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're thinking electric, any Fender-style "bolt on" neck you can just unscrew, fold over, and re-attach on arrival. Just leave the strings on, maybe with a capo on the neck to help keep them in line.

Yes there's a limit to how many times you can do this with the wood screws on a "bolt on" neck, but a handful of times is no problem. If you travel regularly, I think there are actual metal inserts that can covert any Fender-style to a travel guitar.

muttluk

California

my dogs breath smells like cat food
Nov 24th, 2011 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

made the post below before saw this one.

I've got a 15 yr old Larrivee parlor, and just picked up a Little Martin with the solid top. I'm hooked on the things. The little martin came with a care tag stating it was designed to be allowed as a carry on, and will fit in an over head bin with no problem.

I played the little martin against a baby taylor, which is similar in dimensions and price. The taylor still has the taylor brightness. Both were effortless to play. I already have a Taylor, and don't have a Martin, so I went Martin. Otherwise, it was a toss up.

parlor addiction

(This message was last edited by muttluk at 01:21 PM, Nov 24th, 2011)

Florida Mike
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United States

I can only Sing my Heart
Dec 18th, 2011 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

GS Mini by a landslide...a Landslide...all the rest are toys ( I had the Little Martin)...and all of the tiny guitars to me were not even satisfying for travel, a waste of money...get the GS...

mick decibel

White Salmon, WA

Play it in E#
Dec 18th, 2011 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a little Martin and Taylor mini. Gotta agree, at least on the ones I played that the Taylor was much better...feel, tone etc.

I do like Frank's notion of just taking the neck off one of my teles, chucking in a padded back pack and reassemblng down there. Then put a mustang micro, vox mini3 or some other tiny battery-a/c powered amp in a suitcase and I'd be good to go. Thanks for all your ideas folks.
mick

littleuch
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Michigan

T-boned and punctured
Dec 19th, 2011 04:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love my Taylor Mini GS but find it doubtful it would qualify as a carry on.

RDR
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but nothing happened!
Dec 19th, 2011 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I do like Frank's notion of just taking the neck off one of my teles".

Maybe this is common knowledge, but when you reinsert the wood screws holding the neck, turn the screws backwards until they drop into the thread track. Then go ahead and screw them in. You can cut another thread track otherwise and weaken the connection. More likely with soft woods, but I try to remember to do this.

mick decibel

White Salmon, WA

Play it in E#
Dec 23rd, 2011 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

RDR-- thx for the tip. The gtr I'm thinking of taking is an '83 std tele, and I've only had the neck it off it twice since I bought it '88. But caution is a good thing in some areas...like caring for old guitars. It is sorta over-rated in certain other areas.

Happy solstice and holidays.

.mick

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