If music is your bag, you’re never short of things to spend your cash on. Whether amping up your accessories or adding to your instrument collection, there’s always somewhere for your spare notes to go. So, what’s the justification for adding a travel guitar to the top of your purchase list?
5 Reasons Why You Need a Travel Guitar in Your Life
The main selling point of the folding travel guitar is that you can carry it as hand luggage whenever you travel. Worrying about packing your instrument correctly and the potential of it being rudely stored in the hold massively add to the stress of any journey. Travel guitars fold away to fit in a space no larger than a standard backpack. Some electric guitars with removable body ‘wings’ go down smaller than that. This means that planes, trains or automobiles, however you’re travelling you can be confident that your instrument is safe and secure.
The whole point of travel guitars is that they take up less space. This obviously makes them a more viable option for travelling – that’s kind of how they got their name. BUT it also makes them a good choice for general use too. With the current housing climate, few of us have all the home space we need. Folding travel guitars are much more easily accommodated than traditional instruments. They still produce the volume and the vibrant tonality any musician would look for. But when not being played, they pack away to a diminutive size.
If you love to play guitar, you’ll play regardless of the instrument you have. Smaller, lighter and easier to transport, a travel guitar gives you many more opportunities to play. Don’t just take it when you travel, but to festivals, parties, camping. Take it to bust the boredom the next time you’ve got a long wait time ahead. Take it to the beach. Take it wherever and whenever you please. The folding travel guitar can be stuck in your backpack and it’s there when you need it.
Having a folding travel guitar that you can take and play pretty much anywhere doesn’t just give you more opportunity to play, but more opportunity to showcase and work. Whether busking, teaching, or gigging as a sideman, a travel guitar can enhance your prospects because you can carry your instrument with you without fuss or pretension. It can feed your travel habit. It can help you to make friends in foreign places. Or, if you want to audition, it doesn’t need to dominate your entire day, your instrument folding away effortlessly when you’ve finished.
Playing music is good for the soul and good for the health. It can lift your mood and channel your thoughts. Having the freedom to take your guitar with you when you need it, or simply want it, will make you happy. It will. The happiness will start with the novelty of the instrument and the flexibility of the concept. But it will grow with the quality of the guitar and the pleasure of being able to pick up and play whenever you want.
Folding travel guitars developed, originally, as a problem-solving exercise. They were a means to overcome the stress and expense of travelling with a guitar. They have become a lifestyle accessory; a means to play music where and when it suits you. That’s why there should be a place for one in every musician’s collection.