Oh, and the note about the flight attendants? I see people SHOVING stuff that would never fit just so they don't have to check luggage. Don't blame them. I get about 50% of my checked luggage to its destination, and who wants to wait? Good thing I pay extra (that's sarcasm, which is a low form of comedy. LOL). Anyway, Steinbergers aren't made of wood, so they withstand a LOT more abuse than traditional guitars.
I played around with that particular model of traveler that you have a pic of. It was neat but didn't have any tone or volume control. I spent a little time on the eg-1s and like someone said, I didn't like the action on it but a set up would probably fix that. I ended up with an EG-2 and absolutely love it. It has two pickups, a built in pocket rocket amp, a place to jack in an aux source and a headphone jack. lots of versatility, good sound. I recommend it.
Thanks for all the advice, everyone! Unfortunately, where I'm going there won't be an AAFES to speak of. I'm sure I'd be able to buy a guitar locally...but travel will be a bit of a pain to coordinate, and I'd rather just take something with me so I can keep up with my learning.
Guess it's time to go to the local GC and play one of the Travelers, then close my eyes and make a decision. I'll post pics when I do.
I have a Spirit.
Will fit in a duffel bag (tight fit though)
Can take a beating
Strings seem to last longer than normal
Neck is fat (won't fatigue hand like a flatter neck)
Really stable tuning
Volume pot is in a really bad spot.
Output jack is in a really bad spot.
Won't stay in one position when playing seated. Its too small and light.
Double ball end strings might be hard to find.
Tuners not as convenient to adjust as normal tuners.
Really grainy fretboard
Well, after looking around and reading reviews and listening to what clips I could find, the Strobel has edged the competition with a combination of warm tone and style points. Now I wish I had time to order a custom, but I'm saving about $800 bucks by going with this guy from the Classic line:
I'll post a real pick and maybe a video of how it plays when it gets here.
There's also these guys http://www.stewartguitars.com/ who have full size travel guitars. I don't have any experience with them but researched them a while back when I was looking and they seemed to be well reviewed.
I have a buddy that has toured extensively... He had a live gig on one of the morning shows on CBS or something one morning, flew to NYC... and his Gibson flew to Boston... He ended up playing on live TV with his little traveler guitar. I couldn't find the video out there... But this is my buddy Mike... The guitar in the video is not his Gibson
This song was the song played by TNT during all the breaks and lead ins for the Beijing Olympics a few years ago...
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