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Old 03-14-2019, 01:59 PM   #43
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I found a nice and CHEAP "$25" (really) Telluride bass at a pawnshop near Austin. I have a soft case for it and I use a little Rumble 25 amp. Both fit in the AS closet easily.
I went to Google to learn how to get the bass setup and playable. It stays on a stand next to my workbench in the shop at home for quick access and in the closet of the AS on the road till I get a chance to play. My good basses stay at home when I travel.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:00 PM   #44
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How about a baritone ukelele, the chors are the same just two less strings
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:13 PM   #45
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A friend with his fine arts doctorate in guitar bought a Yamaha Silent Guitar:
https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musi...tar/index.html
It looks a bit more ergodynamic than the traveler guitar.
Has a detachable frame for even more convenience. Steel or nylon string models. And, Yamaha quality.
Man, I might get one for me!
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:39 PM   #46
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I've tried a bunch of travel guitars over the years and a Yamaha silent. I even tried a voyage-air folding guitar - all of them disappointing. A large part of the pleasure of playing is the resulting sound and so playing a second rate instrument is just well, unsatisfying.

These days I travel with an older larrivee small body guitar (OM-3). It is a pleasure to play and the somewhat smaller case travels pretty well. During transit it either goes in the back seat of the TV or more often, flat on the floor of the trailer, wedged from sliding around.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:11 PM   #47
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I bring my Larivee dreadnought and it's huge. I generally store it in the back seat of my truck and take it out when I feel the urge to play. We have the sport 22. When we travel we tuck it at the edge of the bed and it doesn't move around. I'm debating on getting a wall hook to add to plexiglass cabin divider so I can hang it while camping.



I also sometimes bring my uke and an armful of harmonicas.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:30 PM   #48
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...playing a second rate instrument is just well, unsatisfying...
Life is too short for crappy guitars and bad campsites.
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... and: bad wine, grumpy people, uncomfortable shoes and cheap-waxy chocolate!
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:37 PM   #50
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My son has a 1/2 scale acoustic (he's only 6) but it sounds great and almost as good as my full-scale, and I'm sure it will be traveling with us this summer, to me it would be a great option for this... I play it occasionally at home and really like the feel/sound of it.
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Guitar for On The Road?

For some fun and to engage non-musicians, get one of these. Tune in open D and show them how to slide a bottle. They can play along. I've actually done a blues show playing this thing.
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For some fun and to engage non-musicians, get one of these. Tune in open D and show them how to slide a bottle. They can play along. I've actually done a blues show playing this thing.
I've tried a bunch of travel guitars without finding love. I have one of those cigar box instruments, which really are quite fun- but no match for a real guitar obviously.

So last year I bought a Rainsong. All carbon fiber and fiberglass. Bomb proof. Never goes out of tune, unaffected by heat or humidity changes. Very high quality. Great tone and plays well.

Since it's so durable, I leave the hardshell case at home and keep it in a gig bag, saving space in the AS.

If I had to have only one guitar I think this is the one I'd keep. My Strat and Martin 000-18 are wonderful guitars, but the Rainsong is the one I tend to pick up most often.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:51 PM   #54
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Travel Guitars

Hey... Airstream Guitarists..

Almost bought a New Washburn Vintage Parlor Guitar.
Excellent Tone and an easy player.

Can an Airstream Guitar Round Caravan be far behind?
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:09 PM   #55
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Bring the Taylor. Life is short, did you buy to look at it or play it and listen to it? I pack a 714 and a Martin D-28, and a mandolin and a couple of ukes. if you want to play it you will find a way to travel with it.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:44 AM   #56
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Travel Music Problems

I feel your pain. I like to travel with my bass, but, in an AS, size does matter. Certainly, for longer trips, the up-right is out. I bought a stick bass, but had to plug it in even to practice, which was also the problem with the P-bass solid-bodied electric. I next tried an acoustic electric, which solved the practice problem, but needed to be amplified to play with more than a couple of other instruments, especially outside. Next I blew some bucks on a resonator bass, based on the rumor that it could “cut through” a couple of guitars and be heard. Didn’t work. Now I am back to the acoustic-electric, but still have to carry an amp and the instrument itself is really too big for the trailer. I am currently in the process of purchasing a KALA U-Bass or a Gold Tone Microbass, along with a small Blackstar amp. I can get the whole setup for around $500 and I think that is the answer for me. No amp for practice and should be heard with a couple of guitars. The whole thing, with gig-bag and amps is around 6 pounds.

You might want to try a parlor guitar with a pickup and a small amp.
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