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Hey all!

So, I'm normally a electric player. Never have I owned an acoustic but Id like one for traveling/camping because I plan to a lot this coming summer. Id like something that's good sounding and plays well but doesn't need to be anything super fancy but I like quality instruments that aren't hard to play. What would you recommend. Id like to keep my max price at around 800.00 if possible.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Taylor GS mini Mahogany... amazing sound, easy to play, looks stunning and very well crafted.
#3
There's a lot of nice acoustics you can get for $800 or less. Are you looking for something full size like a dreadnaught or are you looking for something smaller that's easier to transport? They make travel size acoustics that are very small and every size inbetween(plus jumbos) but when you sacrifice size, you sacrifice volume and tone(especially bass). I'm gonna assume you don't need electronics since this will be your camping instrument.
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If size wasn't a consideration, I would likely just go with something fairly tough like a Yamaha, and used rather than new if I could find one. In specialised travel guitars, the Voyage Air folding guitar was designed by Harvey Leach. It has been around a long time now, and is popular with acoustic aficionados; its wider popularity seems to be increasing steadily, judging by the number of models now available and the number of retailers stocking it.
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#5
I find composite carbon fibre guitars an interesting option for things like camping. Might be a bit out of your price range, but they sound nice, and don't have any humidity issues you need to worry about.
#7
you can find a used composite acoustics cargo for your price. it's carbon fiber, which means it's not affected by humidity or the lack - and it's a smaller guitar, but with a big voice.
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#8
I'd look at the Martin LX line. High-pressure laminate except for the soundboard. Small size is nice too/. Price in the $300 -$400 range.
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I've been pretty happy with my Martin LX1E. Nice highs, decent lows and super lightweight and portable. Pickup isn't too shabby either. The price is easily the best part though idc if its 3/4 size, $350 for a Martin? i'll take it
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#11
Almost anything will work. I have a cheap Yamaha FX something or other that ran about $150, and that's just fine for those Kumbaya moments. No electronics, etc. -- but if you're not recording, etc., it works great.

The title of the thread specified "travel," however, and I think you've got to see the folding guitars (full size, the neck folds and the guitar goes into a backpack). http://www.voyageairguitar.com/ These are full-size guitars, very good quality, and you're pretty much still in tune when you unfold the guitar!
#12
My son (7) just got a little black Martin LX.

Thing is pretty awesome. Think it was $300.

I played on it a bit and thought, for travel purposes, we are bringing his guitar on every trip.

Nice gig bag too....

(btw, i play a full size taylor, just didn't care for the mini)
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Quote by Tony Done
If size wasn't a consideration, I would likely just go with something fairly tough like a Yamaha, and used rather than new if I could find one. In specialised travel guitars, the Voyage Air folding guitar was designed by Harvey Leach. It has been around a long time now, and is popular with acoustic aficionados; its wider popularity seems to be increasing steadily, judging by the number of models now available and the number of retailers stocking it.


I owned a Voyage Air. Really liked it, but I gave it away to someone who I thought would appreciate it more than me. I kinda regret that at this point, but it's water under the bridge. But yeah, I think they're pretty decent. Well built, I didn't have any issues with stability or alignment (not even slight) right up until it left my possession. The backpack's kind of a cool thing, but only if you don't need to carry anything besides the guitar itself.
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Travel Guitar idea,
I have used a Silent Guitar for my travel guitar. I also used it for several years when I worked and played it at lunch time. I am selling my Silent Guitar and can send details if you are interested. ...Ann...
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#15
You're from Wa. try ordering taylor's Holden Village GS mini. it has a lot of ties to your area and in my opinion sounds better than all the other GS minis.
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I owned an DeRosa acoustic-electric guitar from Colorado Springs mall (there are two malls in the same town) in March 2013 and it sounded good and easy to play for beginner.
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Taylor GS Mini in Koa is one nice smaller guitar if you can find one as it is a 2014 Fall Limited Edition model. It's in the upper end of your price range.
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I would recommend the Taylor GS Mini or the Martin LX series.. both are very well made high quality instruments, I am a little more partial to the Taylor, but that is just personal choice, try out both and see which one you like.
Whatever you do, do not buy a guitar that is labelled "travel guitar", they tend to be cheaply made, ugly, playability is horrible, and the sound generated is usually pretty bad.

The Taylor GS mini and the Martin LX series generate sound comparable to some full body guitars, and they feel great to play, and they look cool!
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Almost anything will work. I have a cheap Yamaha FX something or other that ran about $150, and that's just fine for those Kumbaya moments. No electronics, etc. -- but if you're not recording, etc., it works great.

The title of the thread specified "travel," however, and I think you've got to see the folding guitars (full size, the neck folds and the guitar goes into a backpack). http://www.voyageairguitar.com/ These are full-size guitars, very good quality, and you're pretty much still in tune when you unfold the guitar!


I have one of these, the VAD-04SN. Although these are IMHO a really nice guitar, with that comes a solid wood top, and all the concerns of humidity. I battled with a neck, 12th fret problem for a while and come to find out that proper humidification was the solution. Problem is no hard case to humidify. At home it is my go-to guitar and gets daily use, and the folding feature is the absolute drop dead, solution for travel. It has fit into every overhead so far.
I would recomend the Voyage-air as long as you have proper storage at both ends of your travels. I dont think it would do well folded for months at a time, but I havnt tried that.