Best travel guitars: top acoustic and electric travel guitars for portability and performance

Top travel guitar choices and buying advice for musicians on the move

  • The quick list

Best overall

Best acoustic, best electric, best for metal, best for kids, more options....

  • Buying advice
  • How we choose

A Martin LX1E Little Martin travel guitar on a blue background

1. The quick list 2. Best overall 3. Best acoustic 4. Best nylon string 5. Best electric 6. Best for metal 7. Best for kids 8. More options... 9. Buying advice 10. How we choose products

We guitarists are supremely lucky – we already play an instrument that we can take and play anywhere with us. Let’s face it, drummers already look at us with envy at our relative portability. However, the best travel guitars enhance and refine that concept further to offer the ultimate in portability without compromising on tone and playability. From travel-size stalwarts from Taylor and Martin to fascinatingly unexpected options from Blackstar and Yamaha, there’s something here for everyone. 

Whether you’re constantly on the move and need a travel companion to satisfy your musical urges, perhaps your office has to hear your progress with Eugene’s Trick Bag, or maybe you want something a little comfier for the couch. If so, we’ve selected the very best travel guitars for you and they’re a surprisingly varied group – from full-scale electric guitars to 3/4-size acoustic electrics.

There’s a good reason for this variety; a travel guitar needs to be portable, of course, but how it achieves that can be decided by several factors. We’ve taken them all into consideration with our choices for the best travel guitars you can buy right now. You can find our top picks below, and if you need any further guidance, head straight for our buying advice section at the bottom of the page.

Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for  MusicRadar , handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.

Best travel guitars: The quick list

Best travel guitars: Taylor GS Mini-e Koa

Despite being released in 2010 the Taylor GS Mini-e is still one of the best implementations of travel guitar design ever. A solid top and excellent pickup make it the perfect travel guitar.

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Best travel guitars: Martin LX1E Little Martin

Originally made famous by Ed Sheeran, the Martin LX1E 'Little Martin' carries all the famous build quality and tonal properties of this legendary guitar maker, in a super compact format.

Best travel guitars: Yamaha SLG2000N Silent Guitar

For the nylon string players out there, this fast-playing and unusual-looking electro-acoustic features a removable upper bout, making it easy to transport anywhere.

Best travel guitars: Blackstar Carry-On

There aren't loads of options for electric players when it comes to travel guitars, but the Blackstar Carry-On is a fantastic choice.  The body is tiny, giving you a 'proper' size neck to play on.

Best travel guitars: Traveler LTD EC-1

A marriage between ESP and the Traveler Guitar company, this mini metal guitar features locking tuners, an active humbucker, and the distinct looks of a full-size ESP LTD EC-1000.

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Best travel guitars: Epiphone Power Player SG

With its cute colors, tiny build, and fantastic tone, the Epiphone Power Player SG is a great guitar for budding guitarists, whilst also being small enough to go wherever they do.

The best travel guitars available today

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Here you'll find full writeups and reviews of all the best travel guitars we rate. The majority of these have been tested first hand by our writing team, so you can rely on our recommendations.

Best travel guitars: Taylor GS Mini-e Koa

1. Taylor GS Mini-e Koa

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Taylor’s GS Mini was ahead of most of the pack when it launched in 2010, and it still stands up as a masterful design from the company’s design wizard Andy Powers. It’s a benchmark example of a guitar that sounds far fuller than its dimensions – aided by the slight arch of its back. Although over a decade old, due to its continued success, fantastic playability, and many attempted iterations we have honored it as our number one pick. 

With spruce and mahogany options proving popular, the Koa stands out for the visual clout of its dramatic figuring. A solid top, layered back and sides, Sapele neck, and ebony fingerboard provide a rich tonal recipe here. 

Taylor’s Expression System preamp system (including a handy tuner) and the high-quality included gigbag round out a superb package for one of the company’s best-value models. Left-handed models are available too – yay! 

Best travel guitars: Martin LX1E Little Martin

2. Martin LX1E Little Martin

A firm favorite of Ed Sheeran – although he has made a move to Lowden in recent years – the Martin LX1E is Martin's pint-sized offering (and one of our top picks for the best 3/4 acoustic guitars ), delivering the outstanding built quality you’d expect from the acoustic giant and a quality amplified sound. 

This guitar is made with a solid Sitka spruce top and high-pressure laminate back and sides, as well as a composite neck. It may not have the elegant looks of the D-28 or HD-35, but it is incredibly strong and damn near indestructible. This mighty little guitar will undoubtedly handle any of the harsh conditions bestowed upon it. 

Read our full Martin LX1E Little Martin review

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Best travel guitars: Yamaha SLG200S Silent Guitar

3. Yamaha SLG200N Silent Guitar

The Silent Guitar is an unusual proposition with a detachable frame for folding down. It’s also designed to be plugged in for amplification or via headphones – it makes very little acoustic sound of its own. This has the advantage of quiet practice but the Silent Guitar’s SRT and pickup blend system also shines via a PA or acoustic combo live for surprisingly organic tones to mimic a real acoustic being mic’d. 

Its low action and slim neck will suit electric guitar players if they can accept its untraditional looks. The onboard chorus and reverb are reminiscent of the Transacoustic series and further enhance the SLG200N’s usability as a traveling companion. 

When it comes to traveling, the SLG200N can be partly disassembled as the bass side of the body screws off. This allows you to slot the guitar in the Yamaha-branded gig bag like you're carrying around a laptop. Easy peasy. 

Best travel guitars: Blackstar Carry-On

4. Blackstar Carry-On

Blackstar have made a guitar!? Yes indeed, the guitar amp company joined forces with fellow Brits Gordon Smith Guitars on a down-sized electric; 20.7-inch scale with a ukulele -sized body is certainly compact but the result stacks up comfortably well with a full-size neck.

It’s a one piece body and neck design to aid resonance and we really like design touches like the tortoiseshell-like plastic binding and the playing comfort of the matt neck, sides and back. It’s also great to see a coil-split on the humbucker pickup for tonal versatility through an amp – you can even buy the Carry-on as a package with Blackstar’s Fly3 mini amp.  

Read the full Blackstar Carry-On Deluxe Pack review  

Best travel guitars: Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1

5. Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1

Another collaboration between two successful guitar brands, Traveler already have a formidable reputation for electric travel guitars and ESP build some of the finest guitars for heavy rock and metal around with its EC series; the LTD EC-1 is the combination of those skills.

The full-scale singlecut model first surfaced in 2016 and is now available in Vintage Black with gold hardware – a Traveler design calling card is to cut down on overall length by placing locking tuners within the body design. The pickup here is an ESP-designed active humbucker, so it’s ideal for higher gain tones and cutting lead work with the inbuilt headphone amp. It even features a bevelled cutaway for higher fret access. 

Best travel guitars: Epiphone Power Players SG

6. Epiphone Power Players SG

Although Epiphone’s Power Player series has a strong appeal to a young beginner, it also presents a fantastic option for some traveling humbucker bite. The SG variant comes in three awesome finishes – Lava Red, Ice Blue, and Dark Matter Ebony – and the included Epiphone branded gig bag almost begs you to take one on your next trip. 

Far from being just another beginner guitar, this SG is equipped with a set of 650R/700T ’buckers which will satisfy any cravings you may have when parted from your beloved housebound axe. Although you’ll have to bring some kind of amplification to utilize the guitar fully, a pocket-friendly headphone amplifier like the fantastic Fender Mustang Micro will have you covered. 

The Slim Taper D neck profile and contoured neck heel help with playability, and we found that the string spacing feels natural enough not to mess with our muscle memory. Also, if you aren’t a fan of the slightly off-kilter feel of an SG, there’s a Les Paul variant if that’s more your thing. So, if you’re after a viable travel size option to rock out on the road, check out the Power Players, you won’t be disappointed. 

Read the full Epiphone Power Players review

Best travel guitars: Yamaha CSF3M

7. Yamaha CSF3M

A firm favorite of Ed Sheeran – although he has made a move to Lowden in recent years – the Martin LX1E is Martin's pint-sized offering (and one of our top picks for the best 3/4 acoustic guitars ), delivering the outstanding build quality you’d expect from the acoustic giant and a quality amplified sound. 

Best travel guitars: Guild Jumbo Junior

8. Guild Jumbo Junior

Guild knows a thing or two about acoustic guitars, specifically the jumbo-bodied variety having produced them since the ’70s. Here, we get Guild’s iconic jumbo but shrunk down to a more portable format. It’s got a solid Sitka spruce top, and mahogany back and sides – the former arched to aid resonance and projection. 

Adding to this, the JJ comes equipped with a Guild/Fishman GT-1 system so you can plug in for gigs and quick recording. Tonally, it’s a punchy little strummer with a sweet high end and you can always rely on Guild for providing a smooth playing experience. 

Guild is going for the GS-mini’s throne and although it certainly gets you in that ballpark at a more affordable price, it does lack the pronounced low-end of Taylor’s version. However, we’re splitting hairs here and the Jumbo Junior gives you classic looks from an iconic brand at a very attractive price.

Best travel guitars: Yamaha APXT2

9. Yamaha APXT2

This is the third entry for Yamaha on this list, but we felt it needed to be included. Yamaha has taken their ever-popular APX and shrunk it down to create the APXT2. This 3/4 sized acoustic is one of the smallest on this list, measuring in at only 34 inches, and will happily fit in most traveling situations. 

The onboard pickup is surprisingly good on the APXT2 and offers a tone far greater than the unplugged sound. The preamp also comes with a handy built-in guitar tuner , meaning you don't have to pack any extra gear. The satin finish not only looks great but is very smooth to play. In fact, the whole neck is very familiar, and if you have played Yamaha guitars in the past, then you'll get on with how this feels. It also comes in a range of different colors, just like its big brother, the APX500. 

So if you are a fan of the APX series or are looking for a unique-looking travel guitar, then it's worth checking these out. 

Best travel guitars: Sheeran by Lowden S03

10. Sheeran By Lowden S03

Whatever you think of Ed Sheeran’s music, he has great taste in luthier’s. George Lowden actually designed the Wee Lowden travel-size guitar for the songwriter and their friendship blossomed into a full series of guitars in 2019.

The S03 had a refresh in 2021 – the ‘S’ stands for small body and the latest 24.8-inch scale model features a solid cedar top but with a rosewood and mahogany layering at the back and sides this time. An impressively full sound is matched with the quality of the LR Baggs VTC system for plugging in, and with the cutaway design this is one of the best travel-size acoustics for live performance. 

Read the full Sheeran By Lowden SO3 review  

Best travel guitars: Buying advice

Blackstar Carry-on guitar leaning against wall, with Blackstar fly behind.

Should I get an electric or an acoustic travel guitar?

One of the initial choices you’ll have to make when purchasing a travel guitar is between electric and acoustic. Both have their pros and cons, so deciding what will work best for you is the most important.

With an electric travel guitar, you’ll be able to practice quietly, with the assistance of a headphone amp, so if you don’t want to bug anyone in your vicinity, an electric one may be the better option. Also, it’s far easier to record with an electric travel guitar on the move; if you have your laptop and a small audio interface then hey presto, you can record the next platinum-selling album on your bus to work. However, needing additional pieces of hardware, like a headphone amp, may put people off getting a travel electric. If you want to travel with the least faff possible, an acoustic may be the better option.

Although acoustic travel guitars don’t need additional amplification, they will be slightly deeper than their electric cousins. This depth does come with an advantage, it will project the sound a lot further and you will get a much louder sound out of an acoustic travel guitar.

What makes a great travel guitar?

A travel guitar’s portability can be due to a smaller body, lighter weight and shorter scale (this is the distance from the guitar’s nut to its saddle) but a guitar can still be great for carrying around with you and have a full-scale. 

Having said that, acoustic travel guitars tend to have a shorter scale and smaller bodies to be portable, but they will still be tuned and play like a regular guitar. Indeed, the best travel guitars we have selected in this guide all shine for their playability as well as tone so they don’t take much getting used to. 

Electric travel guitars can usually plug into guitar amps and PAs but some have their own inbuilt amps to use headphones with, making them all-in-one practice tools. 

Can I gig with a travel guitar?

Absolutely, and many acoustic travel guitars include inbuilt pickups and preamps to allow for this. Ed Sheeran is one of the most famous living guitarists on the planet and uses a small-scale travel guitar onstage and in the studio. He likes them so much he’s even got his own series of them now.

Even electric travel guitars designed for headphone practice can be used with amps if you wish, so they could be a great choice for travelling to jams or impromptu gigs with. 

What string gauge should I use for a travel guitar?

Due to their shorter scale length, the strings on a travel guitar usually feel pretty slinky and a lot bendier. This can throw some players off, particularly if your playing style includes a lot of note bends or if you’re a little heavy-handed. A way to combat this can be with a heavier string gauge. Heavier strings will compensate for a short scale length and using a set of 0.012s on a travel guitar will feel more like a set of 0.010s on a full-sized guitar. So if you’ve had trouble with super slinky strings on your travel companion go for a thicker set of strings, it should hopefully solve your issue.

How we choose the best travel guitars

Here at  Guitar World , we are experts in our field, with many years of playing and product testing between us. We live and breathe everything guitar and bass related, and we draw on this knowledge and experience of using products in live, recording and rehearsal scenarios when selecting the products for our guides.

When choosing what we believe to be the best travel guitars available right now, we combine our hands-on experience, user reviews and testimonies and engage in lengthy discussions with our editorial colleagues to reach a consensus about the top products in any given category.

First and foremost, we are guitarists, and we want other players to find the right product for them. So we take into careful consideration everything from budget to feature set, ease of use and durability to come up with a list of what we can safely say are the best travel guitars on the market right now.

Read more about our rating system, how we choose the gear we feature, and exactly  how we test  each product.  

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12 Best Travel Guitars • A BARGAIN Buyer’s Guide for 2024

Traveling the world and playing the guitar are my two greatest passions. But, unfortunately, they don’t seem to go hand-in-hand, do they? Traveling requires minimalism, and guitars are big, awkwardly shaped and are not fun to haul around in airports and buses.

For years I had to make the tough decision –  to either travel  without a guitar, or to painfully drag my oversized acoustic around the world. Both options sucked, and after years of this, I needed something different.

So finally, I bought myself one of the best travel guitars and my life literally changed forever.

As a guitarist of 15 years, and a non-stop world traveler of 10, I know exactly  what is needed from a travel guitar.

With the help of this guide, you’ll be able to easily know which of the best travel guitars is perfect for you and your style of music and travel. We’re going to cover a whole scope of six-stringed sweeties in this post: travel acoustic guitars, travel electric guitars folding neck guitars. Something for every homeless musician out there!

Get excited because here are some of these best traveling guitars and they are  epic!

Unfortunately, as I was researching which travel guitar to buy, I realized there are hundreds of travel guitars… and a ton of them suck.

Which is exactly why I wrote this epic guide to the best travel guitars.

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Quick Answers – The Best Traveling Guitars

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  • Best Travel Acoustic Guitar – Ultra-Light Classical 6-String Guitar
  • Best Travel Electric Guitar – Traveler Guitar Travel Guitar
  • Best Folding Travel Guitar – Journey Instruments OF660M
  • Best Travel Bass Guitar – Traveler Guitar TB-4P
  • Best Travel Budget Guitar – Yamaha GL1 Guitalele

Today, we’re cutting straight to the goodies because goodies are delicious! First, we’ll round up the most portable guitars just built for travel and worldwide escapades. After that, I’ll get to the no less delicious goodies on choosing the right travel guitar for your needs.

Are you ready? Ok, you sexy shredder; let’s do this! The best guitars for travel that most certainly do not weep.

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Ultra-Light Classical 6-String Guitar

  • > Great action

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Baby Taylor BT2

  • > Taylor-made

Cordoba Mini M Travel Acoustic

Yamaha Guitalele

  • > Vibrant classical tone

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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele

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Hohner HAG250P 1/2 Sized

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Electric Travel Guitar

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Electric Travel Guitar

  • > Humbucker pickups

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Hofner 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar

  • > 0.176 ounces
  • > Gig bag included

Best Travel Electric Acoustic Guitar

Best Travel Electric-Acoustic Guitar

  • > 2lbs 14 oz
  • > Great neck

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Journey Instruments OF660M Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar Matte

  • Best Folding Travel Guitar > $$$$$
  • > Great for professionals

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Traveler Guitar TB-4P Electric Travel Bass

  • Best Travel Bass Guitar > $$$
  • > 6 lbs 8 oz

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Kala Teak Tri-Top Concert Acoustic-electric Ukulele

  • > Level-10 Portability

For the natural earthy sound. The downside of the portable guitars is the sound isn’t so rocking as an electric baest. The upside?

…Well, you don’t need an amp.

These are the travel guitars you can bring to the campfire or out at the hostel at night to the sneak into the hearts (and pants) of wayward travelers around the globe. Sexy and swooning.

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Best Travel Acoustic Guitar #1 –  Ultra-Light Classical 6-String Guitar

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If you are looking for the best travel acoustic guitar, do yourself a favor and stop right here because this creature is as good as it gets.

This compact travel guitar is an extraordinary instrument and they have accomplished the goal of creating an affordable yet high-quality travel acoustic guitar.

In TBB fashion, you get only the best of the best! A solid mahogany top, a unique fret design, and a 24-inch scale length mean that you’ll never have to sacrifice quality to have an amazing travel guitar.

This guitar was designed for lightweight travelers in mind. The guitar and strap only weigh a total of 2 lbs. 14 oz combined, making this our smallest travel guitar. And when placed in the included protective bag, the two combine to weight a total of 3lbs. 12oz!

  • Removable lap rest
  • Only 2 lbs 14 oz – the perfect small travel guitar
  • Shape can be awkward or uncomfortable to some
  • Very small – not ideal for professionals
  • Leg rest is a bit slippy

While I clearly think this guitar is the cream of the crop… I don’t recommend it for everyone.

This traveling guitar is for backpackers; perfect for those who love to travel with their guitar but aren’t trying to do anything too hardcore with their music career. Why?

In an effort to make this mini guitar as travel-friendly as possible there is a detachable leg rest, whilst this is amazing meaning you can get the benefit of playing a full-size guitar sat down, I have found it to be a bit slippy on my pants! I’ve remedied this by wrapping a cloth around it but it’s not the ideal solution.

Bottom line:  If you are a traveling professional musician, this might not be the guitar for you. Everyone else – if you can afford it – this tiny Guitar is literally as good of a travel guitar you can get. Click the button below to see the best price.

Best Travel Acoustic Guitar #2 – Baby Taylor BT-2

Baby Taylor BT-1 - the second best travel acoustic guitar

Taylor guitars are one of the most reputable acoustic brands on the planet and this guitar is an incredible example of why.

The Taylor Baby BT-2 is not technically a travel guitar; it’s just one of the best 3/4 guitars out there. This means that it’s 25% smaller than a normal-sized acoustic guitar, and many 3/4 guitars are made for kids.

But obviously one can see why 25% less guitar would be very beneficial for travelers. An extra 25% of the guitar means an extra 25% weight off your back and the ability to stow this guitar on tons of flights.

Plus, along with a smaller size, you also get everything else that is amazing about Taylor guitars – solid wood, ebony fretboard, and a beautiful sound that resembles a choir of glowing angels.

  • High quality and long term durability. This guitar will purr
  • Great for traveling professionals
  • Come with a gig bag
  • Almost weighs 8 lbs with the case
  • Probably too big for lightweight backpackers
  • 19 frets might still not be enough for some

What you’ve got to love about this guitar is that for a 3/4 guitar’s size, it almost sounds exactly like a full-sized acoustic guitar. That’s why it’s easily one of the best travel acoustic guitars on the market. Typically 3/4 guitars sacrifice sound for size but with this Taylor, the tradeoff is barely noticeable.

Taylor has earned their reputation, and this compact guitar is another sterling example. If you don’t mind dishing out a bit more cash, you’ll be very pleased with the tone and sound of this instrument.

Bottom line – The Baby Taylor BT-1  delivers a phenomenal sound and long term durability all of which comes at 3/4 the size of a regular acoustic guitar. If you are looking for an ultralight travel guitar, look elsewhere. But if the quality is your number one concern, you may have found the mini travel guitar of your dreams.

Best Travel Classical Guitar #1 –  Yamaha Guitarlele

Cordoba Mini-M Travel Acoustic Guitar - best travel classical guitar

What happens if you cross a guitar with a Ukulele? The Yamaha Guitalele is what! This is a masterpiece of instrumental engineering, and could quite possibly be the best travel guitar ever made!

With a solid spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, and a gorgeous mahogany body, this classical guitar is stunning in that sexy classical fashion like a finely produced oil painting. Yamaha clearly invests a lot of time in design, and this travel classical guitar is one of the best examples of that.

And thankfully it sounds as good as it looks! This classical, nylon string Guitar-Ukulele is well-reviewed, giving warm and bright tones. This ensures it delivers the best sound for its size and build.

  • Nylon strings for the nylon lovers
  • Gorgeous looks and sound
  • Comes with gig bag
  • If you prefer steel strings,then this is not the guitar for you

It ain’t too pricey and it ain’t too big – good things come in compact and affordable packages! You are getting an extremely well-designed and beautiful acoustic classical guitar that is built just for travelers.

Bottom line – Whether you are a professional or casual musician – if you are looking for a travel classical guitar, this is a fantastic option at a good price.

Best Cheap Travel Guitar #1 –  Yamaha GL1 Guitalele

Yamaha GL1 Guitalele - the best cheap travel guitar

I’ve gone through a ton of guitars in my life, but one of the best, most durable acoustics I ever owned was a $200 Yamaha. Did it have the rich sound of a Martin? Obviously not. But it played well, had great action, and was so durable I was convinced it would survive a nuclear apocalypse.

This is exactly why the Yamaha GL1 Guitalele is my pick for the best cheap travel guitar!

Yamaha makes solid guitars for low prices, and the GL1 Guitalele is a perfect example. Well reviewed and affordable, this was an easy pick for the best budget travel guitar.

  • Super affordable and well-reviewed!
  • Yamaha’s products are always durable
  • A cool fusion of a guitar and ukulele and their A/D/G/C/E/a tuning ensures you get a great sound
  • It’s still cheap, but for $75 more you can get something significantly better
  • Alternate tuning might dissuade some
  • Nylon strings may not be ideal for others

Something to consider is that this is technically NOT a travel guitar . As the name would suggest, this is a hybrid between a ukulele and an acoustic guitar. To accomplish this fusion in the best way possible, Yamaha strings this guitar up to the 4th in the tuning of A/D/G/C/E/a.

If this scares the crap out of you – don’t worry! It just means due to its smaller size, this guitar sounds best with a non-standard E/A/D/G/B/e tuning. Since this is a great cheap travel guitar, this also makes for a great traveling gift !

Bottom line – If an alternate tuning doesn’t scare you and you are on a budget, then this is the best budget travel guitar. A cool guitar-ukulele-combo, the Yamaha Guitele is a solid choice for a traveler looking to save a bit of money on their instrument without compromising too much on quality. It also just happens to be the best guitalele – go figure!

Best Budget Travel Guitar #2 –  Hohner HAG250P 1/2 Sized

Hohner HAG250P 1/2 Sized - an inexpensive travel guitar to get the job done

OK, before I continue, I should clarify: this is absolutely, without a doubt, 100% a toddler guitar. This is, however, one of the best inexpensive guitars you’ll find.

It’s small, not of the highest quality, and won’t last a lifetime… And that’s exactly why it’s the best budget travel guitar on this list! A bargain guitar this cheap means all feelings of love and affection go out the window: throw, bang, and transport this instrument on buses in Asia to your heart’s content… unless you get attached.

But we’re travelers; we don’t go in for that attachment nonsense anyway.

Think of it this way… have you ever been to a hostel and they have that small, beat up, classical guitar sitting in the main room? Or have you ever been to a beach party, and some dude with dreadlocks busts out a nylon-stringed guitar that looks like it was made in 1953 for a hobbit?

That’s exactly what this guitar is. It won’t win you a grammy, but it’s cheap, and you better believe that it will play… albeit maybe slightly out of tune.

  • It’s a cheap guitar… don’t get your hopes up

The Hohner 1/2 Sized is for anyone looking for a cheap travel guitar to buy online. Simple as that.

Bottom line – This is the ‘I’m on a shoestring budget backpacking through Southeast Asia . I’m going to party on beaches and all I want is a throwaway guitar I can play some Sublime singalongs on in between cheap beers in hopes of getting laid’ choice. If this sounds like you, then look no further.

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Then here we are: the best electric travel guitar. Something with a bit more shazam for the busker in all of us .

Best Travel Electric Guitar #1- Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Electric Travel Guitar

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Electric Travel Guitar - the best electric travel guitar

While not the most creative company name, Traveler Guitar has put together some pretty impressive traveling instruments and this was an easy pick for the best travel electric guitar.

Amazing design and stellar reviews make this electric guitar one of the coolest travel guitars on the market. The Traveler Ultra-Light comes with dual rail humbuckers and packs an impressive sound. Depending on your amp and pedals setup, this electric should be able to get whatever sound you need out of it.

The Ultra-Light guitar is 28% shorter and 68% lighter than a typical electric guitar all the which while retaining 100% of its size between the nut and the bridge. This means that while this guitar is not going to feel 100% like a full-sized electric… it’ll come close. Plus, you shed all of that weight in the process.

  • 68% lighter than a standard electric guitar
  • Humbucker pickups
  • A gig bag is included
  • Lap rest is included as well
  • Might not be enough for professional traveling musicians
  • Mixed reviews on comfort of detachable lap rest (and overall balance in general)

This travel electric guitar is perfect for super lightweight travelers who need an electric guitar with them at all times. But unfortunately, the lightweight build comes with some sacrifices. And the sacrifice here is the balance.

By eliminating 68% of the weight, some reviews claim the guitar is difficult to balance, or that it’s too light to play or solo on comfortably. Others claimed this was easily overcome with a couple days’ practice. Regardless, if you are considering purchasing, expect a bit of discomfort and imbalance at first, but don’t worry: you’ll be rocking that Red Hot Chili Peppers cover in no time  😉

Bottom line –  Maybe not the best choice for professional musicians but this is still a great travel size electric guitar for someone who loves to shred while they journey. While the balance might take a bit of getting used to, there is simply no better-designed travel electric guitar on the market.

Best Travel Electric Guitar #2 –  Hofner 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar

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Just like the Ultra Light Travel Guitar, this model is unique in its design. But unlike its sibling, Traveler Guitar looked at the Hofner as an opportunity to give you a full electric experience while still trimming as much weight as possible.

To accomplish this, they’ve basically cut out everything in the body apart from a tiny area roughly the size of a pick guard on a regular guitar!

By cutting out the majority of the body, Hofner has created an electric guitar that is 14% shorter and 35% lighter than a typical electric guitar. And the impressive part? All of that is done while still keeping the guitar 100% at scale from the bridge to the neck!

  • Full electric experience, but 14% shorter and 35% lighter
  • Awesome for traveling professional musicians
  • Gig bag included
  • Too large for casual musicians
  • Won’t play like a Strat (please don’t expect it to)
  • Mixed reviews on its playability out of the box – might take some tweaking to get desired the feel and sound

Aside from its innovative design, this kickass travel electric guitar comes with 3 single-coil pickups, 1 volume knob and 1 tone knob.

While this compact electric guitar is highly recommended, you will still have to accept that its bold design can cause some complications.  While this travel electric attempts to mimic a full-sized electric – don’t expect it to feel exactly like a Strat or Tele. It comes close, but you can’t expect the same feeling (especially when sitting down).

Truthfully, if you are looking for one of the best electric travel guitars, there aren’t tons of well-reviewed options and Hofner is the only company putting out quality products.

Bottom line –  If you are a traveler looking to shed a few pounds off your electric guitar – this is a kickass option. The Hofner was meant to be lightweight while sacrificing as little playability as possible… Highly recommended for a professional who isn’t sure if the Ultra-Light can make the cut for them.

Best Travel Electric-Acoustic Guitar –  Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric

Traveler Guitar Electric-Acoustic - a little bit of both worlds

Welcome back Traveler Guitar! Lemme make you a tea; you’re welcome anytime as long as you keep pumping out the grade-A stories.

With their third product on this list, I have to say I’m impressed by Traveler Guitar’s commitment to their niche. This product is one of their best!

It’s 100% full scale from the nut to the bridge, but 31% shorter and 43% lighter than a typical acoustic guitar. In particular, this guitar has a nice aesthetic and a gorgeous finish. Reviews claim the neck is smooth and that the guitar is durable and stays in tune very well.

  • 43% lighter than a typical acoustic guitar
  • Great finish – well-reviewed neck
  • Gig bag comes included as well
  • Too niche – only recommended for those who ALWAYS plug in their acoustic (or record acoustic)

But where I think their other products are more versatile… I would only recommend the Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric for a very specific person.

Simply put – this guitar only sounds great when it’s plugged in. Why?

Well, think about it. This guitar has no body (aka – where an acoustic gets that warm, vibrant, reverb-y sound from). In the pursuit of lightness, Traveler Guitar made an instrument that only sounds good when plugged into an amplifier – which can totally work for the right person!

When it is plugged into an amp it sounds delicious! But otherwise, it’s basically just another electric guitar that gives much less when unplugged. It’s good for recorders, buskers traveling with an amp, and people gigging… and that’s about it.

Bottom line – Look at the Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric as an electric-acoustic guitar, and ONLY as an electric-acoustic guitar. If you love to record acoustic while you travel, or play a ton of live shows – this could be your axe. Everyone else – look elsewhere.

You could get a mini guitar that carries on your back… or you could just get one that folds in half completely! Holy folding guitars, Hendrix! Lookout virtual reality and simulated blowjob machines – the future is here!

In all seriousness, a folding guitar is a supreme traveling instrument. Easy to carry, stow on planes, and you’re not so likely to snap the neck. Trust me: nothing breaks your heart quite as much as a broken guitar neck.

Journey Instruments OF660M Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar Matte - the best folding guitar

To be fair – in terms of quality, this is absolutely the best travel guitar that money can buy. It’s the best sounding travel guitar, it’s got a gorgeous make, and it packs up real nice.

But here’s the con – it’s ridiculously expensive. Like, I peed myself a little when I first saw the price tag.

But if you have no problem dropping a bit more money, this is a guitar that will not only be your primary travel guitar… it will be your primary guitar – period. Made from carbon fiber, the Journey OF660M is a modern, durable, sexy looking axe. This guitar gives a super warm, bright and rich tone, and is extremely versatile.

  • The best travel guitar on the market
  • Rich sound – every note rings
  • Carbon fiber is the real deal, making this guitar super-durable (important for travel!)
  • Most expensive guitar on the list
  • 10lbs means what you gain in quality, you lose in travel convenience

Old school guitarists might not like the new school design or the fact that it’s made of carbon fiber, but I must disagree… While I think carbon fiber is an amazing material for any guitar, it’s especially perfect for traveling guitarists!

Traditional wood guitars need to be kept out of humidity and heat to keep them from warping. In contrast, carbon fiber means you can bring your guitar in any weather and travel to any climate stress-free. While I respect the traditionalist view, carbon fiber has proven to be a durable material for guitars, while also providing the guitar with a modern, cool look. No warping, no fear of heat or humidity; this is a huge factor to consider for any traveler guitar.

Bottom line – If you have the budget, don’t need something super-light, and are looking for the best sounding travel guitar money can buy, you’ve found your match.

Everyone and their mom knows how to play the guitar! Well… that’s quite true. It would be fairer to say that everyone and their mom knows how to play a C, G, Am, and F chord. So let’s branch out… starting with a travel bass guitar.

Bass players are sexy. Have you seen their fingers? Think of the things they could do with those fingers…

The Best Travel Bass Guitar – Traveler Guitar TB-4P Electric Travel Bass

Traveler Guitar TB-4P Electric Travel Bass - the best travel bass guitar

Another Traveler Guitar? Seriously? What can I say: this company does it right!

Similar to their travel guitars, this awesome travel bass guitar is designed to feel as much like a standard bass, while trimming as much of the weight as possible.

The Traveler Guitar TB-4P is well reviewed and well designed. It weighs in at 25% lighter than a standard bass – which you will definitely appreciate while traveling – an also measures at 22% shorter than a standard bass. Slap that sucker across all seven continents!

  • 25% lighter and 22% shorter than a standard bass!
  • Well designed – innovative wrap around tuning design
  • Balance might be an issue for some
  • Not going to sound as chunky as a standard bass

The Traveler Guitar Travel Bass comes with volume controls, tone controls, and the standard electronics to get your bass rigged up to any pedal or amp you need! A cool side-perk is they also include a 1/8 inch headphone jack. This means that while you are at your accommodation, you can still pop some headphones in and really jam out!

Remember though, the sound will be nice, but not as full as a typical bass. Duncan pickups help this bass to deliver some great tones but don’t expect to sound exactly like Flea.

Bottom line –  This is the best travel bass guitar money can buy. Like all of the best travel guitars, you are definitely going to sacrifice some tone for the sake traveling lighter,  but if light is what you need, then Traveler Guitar TB-4P Electric Bass got you covered.

Annnnd the Ukulele – Kala Teak Tri-Top Concert Acoustic-electric Ukulele

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C’mon, you had to see this coming. It’s the quintessential rookie-backpacker move. Buy a uke, learn the aforementioned C, G, Am, F, ‘ Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and ‘I’m Yours’ , strap your new companion to your backpack , and you’re officially that guy!

I’m taking the piss. I adore ukes! …In the hands of someone who actually plays the ukulele. Once you learn the chord variations up and down the fretboard and some scales, they’re actually quite darling.

So, what’s the best ukulele for travel? Well, that’s the beauty of ukes… they all are! They’re all small enough to go as carry-on on a plane and they strap nicely to most backpacks.

So what’s the best ukulele? Well, probably not this one; I imagine the best ukulele was crafted by an ancient Hawaiian God and is sitting lodged in a rock at the bottom of some volcano somewhere waiting to be exonerated by the chosen one. Otherwise, though, there’s this one!

  • Electric-acoustic so plug in for an even sweeter sound
  • Built-in tuner
  • Unique shape and design
  • The intonation isn’t perfect for a connoisseur’s ear
  • Excellent for beginner’s and a great intermediate uke but experts may seek elsewhere

It’s a sexy uke that sounds pretty. The built-in tuner is a massive plus and plugging to an amp is really gonna make this bad-boy shine (yes, I did just refer to a ukulele as a “bad-boy”). Kala make good gear and they’re not just in the ukulele space either.

Also, the Kala Teak Tri-Top Concert Acoustic-electric Ukulele just looks mega-pretty. Koa, mahogany, walnut, and a seductive satin finish to seduce the park hippies (and South Asian men) with.

All in all, if this is just you following the stereotypical first-time traveler route, there are cheaper ukuleles you can spend your money on and that’ll do the job right. But, if you’re upgrading from that phase, or are just genuinely interested in learning the ukulele it’s a fine choice.

Bottom line –  Well, my mom says ukes are cool! Actually, she hates them but she has to put up with me anyway. This may not be the best travel guitar but it’s certainly a good deal lighter and smaller than any portable guitar you’ll find.

Protip: Try finding nylon guitar strings that fit the gauges (it’s super doable) and putting them on to swap that high G out for a low one; a uke with a bass not – yum!

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Now, you  could spend a fat chunk of $$$ on the WRONG present for someone. Wrong size hiking boots, wrong fit backpack, wrong shape sleeping bag… As any adventurer will tell you, gear is a personal choice.

So give the adventurer in your life the gift of convenience: buy them an REI Co-op gift card!  REI is The Broke Backpacker’s retailer of choice for ALL things outdoors, and an REI gift card is the perfect present you can buy from them. And then you won’t have to keep the receipt. 😉

As an avid traveler and musician, I can tell you that buying a great travel size guitar was one of the most important decisions I ever made. I can now easily transport a guitar anywhere I go in the world, meaning never have to be without a guitar again!

Me perusing a travel guitar option

When it comes to the best travel guitars, there are a few things, in particular, you want to keep an eye out for. Here are some important things to consider when you are trying to pick your personal travel guitar.

1.  Do you need a top quality travel guitar?

The guitars on this list are certainly some of the best travel guitars on the market… but some are certainly higher quality than others. Keep an eye out for prices. Yes, we are all trying to save money with our broke backpacking ways , but sometimes spending the extra $50 can be the difference between a just-ok travel guitar that will get you by or an exceptional travel guitar that will literally change the game.

This is especially true if you are a traveling professional musician. Do not try and get something cheap – it will quickly come back to haunt you.

Backpackers looking for a travel-friendly guitar that they can just jam on, have a bit more leniency in their choices.

2. How many frets for your travel guitar?

Something I overlooked was the fact that travel guitars don’t always have the standard amount of frets! Obviously it makes sense as the smaller the neck, the more travel-friendly the guitar. Consider your guitar playing style. Do you prefer to shred solos high up the neck? Or are you just looking for something to jam out with beachside, and play some zombie chords?

A tonkori in Japan - not the most inexpensive travel guitar

If you don’t need the additional frets, you’ll find that your options are better and the portable guitars to choose from will be much more compact.

3. What about the length and weight of your travel size guitar?

The first thing you need to consider is your travel style. Are you a fast traveler or slow traveler ?

If you travel the world spending a month at a time in AirBnb’s , you won’t be as concerned about the size and weight of the guitar. If you blitz from hostel to hostel, then you should seriously consider purchasing one of the lighter and more compact travel guitars.

4. Remember this one important fact…

Here’s the deal…

The standard guitar is literally a miracle. It’s a perfectly crafted instrument. Over the past 500+ years the guitar has slowly been tweaked to perfection. With the modern-day guitar, the size, shape, and build of a standard guitar ensures that you get the absolute best comfort, sound and durability from this amazing instrument.

This is where traveler guitars screw the proverbial pooch.

Playing a ukulele while traveling in India

Ultimately, travel guitars are smaller, and because they are smaller they aren’t going to sound as good as a standard guitar. There is no way around this. If you want a smaller guitar, you are going to have to make some other sacrifices. To get a guitar smaller, lighter, and more travel-friendly means sacrificing a few other important things (like possibly sound, comfort, balance).

Don’t worry- the best travel guitars sound amazing! Just don’t expect it sound like a song from ‘Eric Clapton Unplugged’ … Because it won’t.

But I promise you, whatever travel guitar you choose it will sound awesome, it’ll be lightweight, and it will accompany you around the world  🙂

Can a travel guitar replace my primary guitar?

The easy answer – absolutely.

The more complicated answer… well, it depends on your needs.

If you are more of a casual guitar player (like I am these days) then you will be stoked to know that a travel guitar can absolutely replace your primary guitar (especially if you don’t mind spending a bit more). The selections from Cordoba, Martin, and Taylor on this list are truly epic instruments, and if you don’t need to worry about gigs, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised that your travel guitar can absolutely become your primary guitar.

A man playing on his well-worn traveler classical guitar

But people that are truly invested in their musical journey, possibly even at the sake of their world-wandering journey, a travel guitar, long-term, isn’t going to cut it. Eventually, the lack of frets, or the lower quality sound, or some other aspect is going to wear thin.

Eventually, in your world-wandering journey, you’re going to stumble across a truly magnificent instrument and that’s when your mini guitar built for travelers isn’t going to feel so special anymore.

Still have some questions? No problem! We’ve listed and answered the most commonly asked questions below. Here’s what people usually want to know:

Can you fold guitars?

Not all of them are foldable, but there are some cool options. One of them is the Journey Instruments OF660M , that can literally fold in half.

Should you get a travel guitar if you don’t know how to play?

Hell yeah, why not? Spend those long hours waiting for flights or buses by learning how to play on your cool travel guitar and impress your friends once you’re back home.

What should you look for in a travel guitar?

Keep these key-features in mind: 1. Does it have to be top quality? 2. The number of frets 3. Packability and size

What is the best affordable travel guitar?

The best budget travel guitar is the Yamaha GL1 Guitalele. It’s super durable and offers a great sound as well.

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There you have it! The 10 best travel guitars (plus two extras).

I know that with the help of this epic buyer’s guide, you’ll easily be able to identify and buy the travel guitar of your dreams. Get out there and find your baby.

Treat her well too. It’s a lonely road and there may come a night in the future where it’s just you and her alone under a bridge in the storm. Trust me, on that day

Is there anything I missed? What’s your favorite travel guitar? Comment below! It’ll help other travelers know which guitar is best for them – safe travels!

street performer in europe playing his traveling guitar

And for transparency’s sake, please know that some of the links in our content are affiliate links . That means that if you book your accommodation, buy your gear, or sort your insurance through our link, we earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). That said, we only link to the gear we trust and never recommend services we don’t believe are up to scratch. Again, thank you!

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You need to look into the Furch Little Jane travel guitar. It will blow you away with it’s design, looks and most importantly sound. There is also a LR Bagges pickup option if you need to be plugged in. Check the company out.

You must consider the Stow-Away by Stewart in the best travel guitar list. It clearly is the best option for an electric travel guitar.

I am a resophonic guy. My 1975 Dobro 33, metal bodied has traveled all over. Altbough many reso players are strictly slide and open tuning, I prefer standard and play many genres. I’d like to see a metal bodied resophonic that truly is travel friendly and works well in standard tuning. Metal bodies, like carbon fibre tend to be highly durable, but tend to weigh alot. Still, reso is loud enough to be a busking or session guitar in a multitude of situations.

Why are, we reso players always the stepchildren of these attempts to find the holy grail of travel instruments?

Traveler makes several other travel guitars with actual small guitar bodies which include preamps and other settings, yet have full sized fretboards. You might want to take a look at them. Yamaha makes an excellent travel model too, but it’s expensive. Also, you might include a comment about their ultra-light models being good for quiet practice in those hostels and places where noise is a factor. With a small preamp, you can use headphones to get the big sound you want without disturbing others. All useful factors for a travel guitar! And remember, some of us are classical guitar players and have no interest in “jamming”, but want a full fingerboard to play/practice on. I looked up the website on the eo guitars and, as you said, there is no information on how to buy one, the price, availability, etc, nor any reviews on the quality of build or the sound. The only way to get further information is to e-mail them which is not a plus for their marketing. It looks very interesting, but it’s too much of an unknown to pursue.

Damn, Mr Rogers- those are some hot tips! Next time I update this article (which should hopefully be before too long), I’ll 100% look into Traveler and Yamaha’s model. And you’re right: quiet practice in a hostel is definitely much-appreciated. I’ve gotten told on more than once for getting too carried away hahah! But I do certainly hope some classical guitar players still wanna jam. The more the merrier 🙂

Great site! I’d like to make you aware of my folding guitar which is the smallest travel instrument in the world yet with a full size neck and scale length. Patented robust joint mechanism allows the neck to fold to be only 42 cm long and weighs <1.5kg. The ultimate portability. With integral headphone amp. Play while you stray! eo-guitars

S’up Ken!

I am most certainly aware of the eo-guitar now – I love what it’s about! Small, light, innovative, and sexy. This post will need an update eventually, however, it’d be nice to get the eo-guitar in it in the future. As it stands though, info and feedback on the guitar online is pretty sparse.

It also seems like the only way to purchase one is through your email listed on your website. It’d be great to see this being sold in some online marketplaces, and we’d love to feature your guitar once it’s more readily available. The possibility of a hands-on review might be cool too, but it’d be better if you got in direct contact for discussing that.

For anyone reading these comments though, the eo-guitar is one to keep your eye on!

I am gobsmacked you haven’t reviewed the Furch little jane. I can only assume you haven’t come across it. If you had, the others would not even come into contention.

Thanks for your comment; I took a little squizz at the Furch Little Jane and you’re right – she’s a sexy beast! Although, she’s a pretty pricey gal and a bit chunkier than a lot of other travel guitars on the market.

This post got an update not so long ago, but it’s overdue for another. As far as I know, I’m the only muso on the team, so when the world is a bit less smashed and I got the time, I’ll be updating this review. You can almost definitely expect the Little Jane to feature then 🙂

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17 Best Travel Guitars in 2024 (All Price Ranges and Styles)

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If you’re a musician that’s always on the move, you know how difficult it can be to carry a full-size guitar along all the time. Bumpy roads and crammed flights can damage precious instruments in a single unfortunate moment. Instead of risking your primary guitars, taking a more compact travel guitar is a great option that all musicians should consider.

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Travel-friendly guitars not only sound and play like regular guitars, but are compact, lightweight, and are far easier to travel with on road trips than full-sized guitars. If you’ve been thinking of getting yourself a travel-sized guitar but are unsure which one to pick, then you’ve come to the right spot.

I’ll start this article by reviewing the best travel guitars at each price point, but if you want to learn more about them before reading reviews, I’ve included some information about travel guitars at the bottom of the page. In this article, I’ll cover all the different styles of travel guitars so you can find the one to best suit your needs!

Here Are the Best Travel Guitars

1. martin lx1 little martin acoustic guitar (best overall acoustic).

Martin LX1 Little Martin Acoustic Guitar

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My Review: When it’s a Martin, you can rest assured that it is going to be a top quality guitar. The iconic American brand is well known for crafting some of the greatest sounding acoustic guitars around. The Little Martin is a testament to the saying that good things come in small packages. Built with solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany high-pressure laminate back and sides, this small wonder produces the same resonant, loud projection akin to top-of-the-line Martins and comes with a padded gig bag.

Overall Build and Size: We are in awe of Little Martin’s smart design which has delivered a great guitar that belies its 23” scale and 15” length. This wonderful sounding model is extremely sturdy and very easy to play, making it a perfect travel companion as well as a great pick for beginners. Little Martin is a popular choice when it comes to a travel guitar as it packs comfortably into overhead compartments of most airlines. This natural golden-brown, small-bodied acoustic comes equipped with a black Micarta bridge with compensated white Tusq saddle and chrome small-knob tuners.

Overall Sound Quality: Little martin’s powerful projection and a well-balanced tone set it apart from other miniature parlor guitars. It delivers a pretty bright and resonant sound and scores high on versatility. Take it along with you on your next trip to the hills and let the magic unfold.

Body and Neck Wood: This Martin LX1 boasts of a solid Sitka spruce top with a warm satin finish which gives it classic look. The back and sides are made up of Mahogany high-pressure laminate. The guitar has a hand-rubbed rust birch laminate neck which has a modified low oval shape with standard taper making it extremely comfortable to play. The use of sustainable wood in some of its parts has made us fall in love with this beauty all the more.

Key Features:

  • Solid Sitka spruce wood top
  • Big on tone, quality, and versatility
  • Perfectly travel-sized and easy to carry
  • Eco-friendly construction using sustainable wood parts
  • Affordable for a Martin guitar

2. Yamaha JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar (Best Value Acoustic)

Yamaha JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar

My Review: If you are looking for a pocket-friendly 3/4 acoustic travel guitar with a good tone and easy playability, the small and portable Yamaha JR1 FG might be worth looking at. The natural Spruce top and the rosewood fretboard offers great playability and a bright tone, while locally sourced tonewood adds a reliable durability to the overall body. Compact, light, and bearing the time-trusted Yamaha brand legacy, this travel guitar is lightweight without compromising on the sound quality. Overall, I would say this is the best travel acoustic guitar for the money.

Overall Build and Size: The JR1 FG is a well designed 33 1/4-inch medium-sized dreadnought that strikes a good balance between value and quality. Despite being originally positioned as a beginner guitar for children, we found it to be quite a good option for adults looking for a reliable travel guitar as well. What we like about this model is that it doesn’t let its compact size come in the way of offering a great tone.

The build is of good quality with a rosewood fretboard and a sturdy mahogany neck which offers a comfortable playability. This makes it a great fit for most guitarists – from young students just starting out to someone looking to play an impromptu gig by the bonfire.

Overall Sound Quality: Thanks to the Spruce wood top, players get a nice resonant tone that amplifies lower tones surprisingly well – normally you wouldn’t really expect a guitar this compact to have such an impressive low end. Because of this quality, this will work well when playing in intimate settings with a small audience. Its sound is great right out of the packaging, without any tweaks needed. You’ll also see that the brand offers quite a comfortable action on it already.

Body and Neck Wood: The Luna uses a Spruce wood for its top, locally sourced tonewood for the body and sides, and rosewood for the fretboard which makes it long-lasting and durable. The neck is sturdy, but not too wide, which gives it an easy feel when playing, especially for kids or someone with smaller hands. It is well-balanced, and, when played sitting down, fits quite comfortably as you play.

  • Compact, well-designed body
  • Spruce wood top
  • Amplifies lower tones remarkably well for its size
  • Affordably priced

3. Taylor Baby Taylor BT1 Walnut Acoustic Guitar (Editor’s Choice Acoustic)

Taylor Baby Taylor BT1 Walnut Acoustic Guitar

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My Review: Thinking of getting yourself a travel guitar which is an all-rounder? Look no further than Baby Taylor BT1. Manufactured by Taylor, a brand renowned for carefully crafted, high quality, and great sounding acoustic guitars packed with playability enhancing features, Baby Taylor BT1 fits this definition to a T. The small-bodied guitar is made with a premium tonewood combination of Spruce/Walnut and comes with an X-braced top, die-cast chrome tuners and a Micarta Saddle. In addition to being a great choice for travelers, this little wonder will make for a perfect starter guitar for young players.

Overall Build and Size: Baby Taylor BT1 is a trimmed down, sleek ¾ dreadnought and great for traveling players who prefer smaller instruments. This dread may be small but offers the same features that make this iconic American brand so legendary. The guitar has a solid spruce top which works well in enhancing resonance as well as capturing nuances and dynamics. The layered walnut body offers resilience from temperature and humidity and gives it an aesthetically pleasing look. The acoustic sports an elegant, natural look with a varnish finish.

Overall Sound Quality: Don’t be fooled by its small size- Baby Taylor BT1 delivers a surprisingly bold and loud sound for a scaled-down dreadnought. Thanks to the bright sounding spruce wood top and walnut back and sides. The guitar’s tonewood pairing works well in creating a warm and resonant tone with great definition.

Body and Neck Wood: The BT1’s top wood is expertly crafted with solid Sitka Spruce wood and teamed with a layered walnut body and a glossy smooth ebony fretboard. The sleek Maple neck feels familiar and very comfortable when held. There is no doubt that you will have an absolute blast playing this great little guitar wherever you decide to take it.

  • Perfect Travel Buddy for all guitar enthusiasts
  • Scaled-down dreadnought with short maple neck, easy to play
  • Solid high-quality tonewoods used- Spruce top, Walnut body
  • Taylor hard bag included

4. Travelcaster Deluxe Electric Guitar (Best Overall Electric)

Traveler Guitar Travelcaster Deluxe

My Review: Fender has always been known to push the envelope for quality and player-friendly features, and they’ve done it again with the neat little travelcaster deluxe. This innovatively designed electric guitar retains a full scale length, but cuts down the body design in an innovative fashion. Weighing extremely light, you can enjoy the quintessential tele sound even when on the move, thanks to its high quality single coil pickups and a delicious vintage tremolo. If you’re looking for the best travel electric guitar and are willing to spend the money, this is one of my top recommendations.

Overall Build and Size: Weighing only 5 lbs, the travelcaster scores high when it comes to portability, especially for an electric guitar. We’re quite impressed with its innovative design that retains the essential contours of an electric guitar’s S-shaped body while cutting out the rest to make it travel-friendly. Its adjustable 2 point fulcrum bridge adds even more customizability, while chrome tuning machines let you tune your strings to perfect precision. This allows you to enjoy a full scale length with a guitar that can easily fit into a cramped car space or overhead compartment of a plane.

Overall Sound Quality: This is perhaps the best part about this little wonder – unlike some other travel guitars that may sacrifice certain elements of playability or tone, the travelcaster deluxe offers the same crisp, snappy, high quality tone and sound quality that Fender is famous for, even in this compact setup. This has been made possible because of the three high quality ceramic single coil picks, and a 5-way pickup selector that lets you mix and match to zero in on the perfect tone. Finally, the vintage style tremolo lets you squeeze out a fabulous variety of sounds and sustains, so there’s nothing that holds you back from expressing your creativity, even on a travel guitar.

Body and Neck Wood: The lightweight of the travelcaster deluxe has been made possible thanks to its poplar body, which keeps the overall setup extremely portable and nimble. The maple neck and fretboard allow for butter-smooth playability anytime, anywhere.

  • High quality ceramic single coil pickups
  • Vintage style tremolo for more creative possibility
  • 5-way pickup selector for tone customizability
  • Extremely lightweight at 5 lbs
  • Full scale-length

5. Traveler Guitar 6 String EG-1 Custom (Best Full Scale)

Traveler Guitar 6 String EG-1 Custom

My Review: If you are scouting for a full-scale electric guitar which is also light enough to travel along with, look no further- The Traveler Guitar EG-1 Custom fits the bill. The single-cut guitar’s alder body makes it compact and lightweight while also giving it a strong, clear, and full-bodied sound. It features Traveler’s proprietary 4-channel in-built headphone amplifier, an in-body tuning system, and an aux-in jack, making it perfect to jam privately or rock out.

Overall Build and Size: The Traveler Guitar EG-1 retains the full scale 24.75” and 28.5” length of a standard-sized guitar while weighing less than 5 pounds and packs effortlessly in an airplane overhead bin. It has been cleverly designed without a headstock and built from a lightweight yet top-notch Alder, making it compact yet ideal for those unwilling to compromise on a scale as well as playing experience. It comes in a classic glossy black color.

Overall Sound Quality: The EG-1 Custom’s alder body and mahogany neck give it a rich and balanced tone with a great playing experience. It is equipped with Traveler’s custom onboard headphone amps which allow you to choose from clean, boost, overdrive, and distortion tones using the custom tone knob push-pot. With this travel guitar, you are not only getting a full-sized feel but also a world-class quality sound, thanks to the chromatic Shadow E-tuner built right into its Alnico Humbucker 9K pickup.

Body and Neck Wood: The snazzy travel guitar is crafted from premium tonewoods with an alder body, an African mahogany neck, and a walnut fingerboard. It features some fantastic aesthetically pleasing appointments such as a white-black-white binding on its glossy black Alder body, a gold humbucker with cream pickup ring, and black dish knobs with Gold caps.

  • Full scale and ergonomically designed travel guitar
  • Crafted from top-notch hardwood
  • Built-in headphone amp with 4-channels
  • Aux-in for riff learning and jamming to your favorite songs
  • Chromatic E-tuner on pickup ring
  • Comes with a compact, custom gig bag

6. Martin Steel-String Backpacker Travel Guitar

Martin Steel-String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

My Review: Martin Guitar Co.’s Backpacker has been innovatively designed to be the perfect travel mate for you. This well-built acoustic is a steal considering it has a solid Spruce wood top and is priced within an affordable range of $300. It’s incredibly fun to play and can act as a great backup guitar when your primary one is not around. This popular travel guitar was launched more than 25 years ago in the mid-nineties and we’ve only heard great things about it since. This is easily one of the best travel guitars for backpacking and trips where you just can’t bring a larger guitar.

Overall Build and Size: Martin’s Backpacker is an incredibly light and compact guitar making it easy to stow away and take along on treks or trips without a worry in the head. Although designed to be easy to carry, weighing less than 2-1/2 lbs., nowhere does it compromise in the sturdiness and durability department. Built with a solid Spruce wood top and Mahogany back and sides, it has a beautiful natural hue and a matte finish.

Overall Sound Quality: The Backpacker has a robust and impressive sound for a guitar its size. It may not give out the rich tone rendered by a typical dreadnought but don’t let that make you think that you’ll be sacrificing in the tonal quality with this little travel buddy. The guitar has been crafted from high-end hardwood which lends it an unamplified projection, making it perfect for travel.

Body and Neck Wood: This travel guitar has a solid Spruce top and Mahogany back, sides, and neck giving it the classic Martin acoustic sound. It has a narrow body with 15 frets and a flared lower bout making it extremely easy to carry. Just sling it over the shoulder and you are good to go!

  • Ultra-compact and extremely light
  • Made from high-end spruce and mahogany hardwood
  • Narrow body, easy to carry
  • Unamplified and consistent sound
  • Comes with a padded gig bag and chrome tuners

7. Luna Safari Series 3/4 Size Travel Guitar

Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar

My Review: This 3/4 size dreadnought is a part of Luna’s pocket-friendly Safari series. The brand has a reputation for crafting great-looking guitars. This model features a solid mahogany top, back, and asides and has an eye-catching Celtic laser etching around the soundhole. This beautifully handcrafted guitar is lightweight but packs in a punch with its powerful tonal quality. Luna Muse Safari comes with a branded gig bag which makes it easy to carry it when you are on the go.

Overall Build and Size: This stunning acoustic has a scale length of 22.5” and weighs just shy of 4 lbs., making it an incredibly light and ultra-compact travel companion. All panels of this 3/4 sized dreadnought have been crafted with mahogany. It also comes with a 19-fret rosewood fingerboard and bridge and chrome-colored hardware. The tuning machine is sealed die-cast and the nut and saddle are Graph Tech BC6115. The charming reddish-brown shade of mahogany makes this guitar a real treat to the eyes.

Overall Sound Quality: The Mahogany body and dreadnought structure of Luna Safari Muse ensures that players enjoy a rich and articulate sound. It may not be too low-end heavy, but with its delightfully bright sound and a pocket-friendly price tag, it sure is a steal!

Body and Neck Wood: Luna Safari Muse has been entirely made out of Mahogany which is a popular tonewood known to produce and sustain a well-balanced tone. The C-shaped neck makes for a breezy playing experience. The warm natural satin finish and the mother of pearl moon phase inlay on the fingerboard give it a classy and mystical look.

  • A travel-sized dreadnought with laser engraved Celtic rosette
  • Fun and easy to play, ideal for younger players
  • Rich and articulate sound
  • Perfect for left as well as right-handed players
  • Budget-friendly with most websites offering it under $200

8. Traveler Guitar Mark III MK3 MHG Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Traveler Guitar Mark III MK3 MHG Acoustic-Electric Guitar

My Review: When an entire company is dedicated to building top-of-the-line travel-friendly guitars, you know you cannot go wrong when you opt for one of theirs. The Traveler Mark III MK3 Acoustic-Electric is a full scale, unique looking guitar with a Mahogany body. Like other Travelers, it too features an in-built Shadow headphone amp, an aux input for jamming, and a proprietary in-body tuning system. With a standard tuning system, this travel guitar does not need a special set of strings and works perfectly with any standard acoustic strings you prefer.

Chris Schiebel reviewing a Traveler Guitar Mark III

Overall Build and Size: Measuring around 30” in length while weighing less than 5 pounds, this Mahogany guitar has a minimalistic body which makes it portable and player-friendly. The in-body tuning system eliminates the need for a headstock, making it sleek and travel-sized while offering a full-scale playing experience. The Escape Mark III comes equipped with a Shadow NanoFlex piezo under-saddle pickup which produces the authentic acoustic sound while the standard ¼” output jack lets you effortlessly switch to the electric mode. The control plate allows you to adjust the volume and tone directly from the guitar.

Overall Sound Quality: The Electric-Acoustic has been cleverly built to produce exceptional electronics as well as the authentic acoustic style sound. The choice of hardwood used lends it a resonant, well-balanced tone which is carried through even when you plug in the guitar and use it as a semi-electric.

Back view of the Traveler Guitar Mark III

Body and Neck Wood: The Escape Mark III has a natural finish mahogany body with a cutaway for access to higher frets, and a bolt-on mahogany neck. To top it off, it has a Rosewood fretboard which is the most commonly used fretboard owing to its warm and rich tones and the ability to even out the high-end harshness.

  • Full scale, versatile guitar
  • Stows away comfortably in overhead bins
  • Built-in headphone amp with clean, distortion, boost, and overdrive tones
  • High quality, plush gig bag included
  • Built-in chrome tuner

9. Cordoba Mini M Nylon String Guitar

Cordoba Mini M, Mahogany, Small Body, Nylon String Guitar

My Review: Cordoba has a well-earned reputation for making traditional Spanish guitars with a modern twist. The brand is an innovator and leader in high-quality nylon-string guitar and the model we are about to review here is no exception.

Cordoba’s Mini M is a travel-sized traditional looker. With a mahogany body and a spruce top, it has an incredibly rich tone and a full, bright sound. The brilliant combination of its ultra-compact body and a full-sized 1.96” nut width makes it very easy to play and an ideal companion for your vacations or road trips.

Overall Build and Size: Mini M is an extremely lightweight,18-fret, nylon string parlor with a beautiful rose pattern etched out along its rosette. A short 20” scale length and full 1.96” nut width makes it an ideal travel sized guitar while retaining the string spacing and the overall feel of a full-sized guitar. The natural satin finish gives it a gorgeous sheen without betraying its woody feel. The guitar comes with a custom Aquila string set, tuned to A but can be tuned to standard E tuning with a thicker gauge. The Minis also come in three different wood combinations-spruce/mahogany, spruce/rosewood, and all ovangkol.

Overall Sound Quality: Despite its easy on the pocket price tag, Cordoba’s commitment to quality and sound with Mini M is truly admirable. It has a lightweight body with an impressively loud sound thanks to its smart design and the quality tonewoods used.

The solid spruce wood top offers a blend of clear, rich, and complex sound which is backed by a powerful tonal foundation owing to its mahogany back and sides.

Body and Neck Wood: With Mini M you get a solid Spruce wood top guitar without hurting your pocket. A solid wood top is an unbeatable vis a vis laminate or select wood, as it not only gives out a great tone but also lasts for longer. The mahogany body enhances the sturdiness property and clubbed with spruce wood top and rosewood fretboard contributes to the deep richness and resonance of this guitar. Mini M’s solid and heavy Mahogany U-shaped neck enhances the sustain and captures every nuance and detail, beautifully.

  • Affordable, lightweight guitar with an impressive sound
  • Solid top and body made from quality tonewoods
  • Comfortable U-shaped Mahogany neck
  • Includes a gig bag

10. Fender CT-140SE Travel Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Fender CT-140SE Travel Acoustic-Electric Guitar

My Review: Perfect for all guitar enthusiasts- whether professional or hobbyists, The CT-140SE acoustic-electric is undeniably one of the finest travel bodied guitars made by Fender. Compactly built with solid Rosewood and a spruce top, it features a sophisticated Fishman Presys pickup and preamp system, which ensures an authentic sound is reproduced even when plugged in. The solid high-end components and a hardshell case all priced under $400, make this Fender a great value and should definitely be explored when picking out a guitar for serious beginners or simply for your travel needs.

Overall Build and Size: Traveling with CT-140SE is a cakewalk thanks to its compact dimensions. An auditorium shaped travel body has been scaled down to 23.5” to ensure it fits well into cramped spaces and overhead airline compartments. With premium hardwood used through the body as well as Fishman pickups and preamp system, rolled fingerboard edges, players can expect an easy to play high-quality guitar that’s quite sturdy in its design. CT-140SE comes with two color options- Natural and Sunburst with a glossy finish and equipped with chrome-plated hardware.

Overall Sound Quality: CT-140SE offers high-quality Fender sound at a reasonable price. The spruce wood top renders a powerful sound and detailed dynamics while the rosewood body & fretboard delivers rich overtones. The scalloped, X bracing design also plays a vital role in enhancing this bolder, richer tone as well as its harmonic output.

Body and Neck Wood: The Acoustic-Electric has a solid spruce top is a popular choice of wood for acoustic tops as it offers unparalleled durability and a full, bright, and versatile sound. The rosewood body and neck mellow down the bright punch delivered by the spruce wood. All in all, you get a well-balanced tone that responds well to any style of playing, from hard strumming to fast or delicate picking.

  • Top-notch fender quality with a great value
  • Solid Spruce top & Rosewood body delivers a rich, balanced tone
  • Scalloped, X bracing design
  • Easy to play neck with rolled fretboard edges
  • Sophisticated Fishman Presys pickup/preamp
  •  Hardshell case included

11. Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe

Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe

My Review: This next guitar comes from the extensive heritage NY-based brand “Steinberger”. These guitars for their distinctive shape, and high-quality construction, having been used by likes of Geddy Lee (Rush), and Sting (The Police), back in the day to more modern day artists such as Arif Miradolbaghi (Protest the Hero). They feature a headless design, and a compact size playable even on an armed office chair. The GT-Pro brings the same quality and aesthetic to a more affordable line of travel guitars.

Overall Build and Size: The original Spirit was one of the most popular attempts at making a body-less travel guitar in the 80s, and the modern Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe has some unique features to match! Featuring a full 25-½ scale length, and a tight fretboard radius, the Spirit is quite easy to handle, play and travel with. Keeping it simple with one volume and one tone knob, and including a tremolo bridge and the locking tuners make for a stable and well-tuned guitar, even without a headstock.

Overall Sound Quality: The deluxe model features a humbucker pickup on the bridge and neck, with a single coil in the middle. The twin humbuckers designed by Steinberger and perfected by Epiphone, make the Spirit sound fat and round while reducing the tinny signals to a minimum. The 5-way pickup selector also makes the guitar versatile and comfortable across a large selection of amps and amp plugins. Perfect for both the Stage pro, and the couch pro !

Body and Neck Wood: The original Spirit guitars designed by Ned Steinberger, were made from a composite of carbon-fiber, however, the new Spirit GT-Pro eschews that for a completely maple body and neck. In such a small guitar, this resonant wood makes for a big jump in playability and sustain. The Spirit is able to hold its own against full bodied guitars while delivering the same resonance and exceptional output!

  • Classic Steinberger design
  • Hyper compact
  • Gibson (Epiphone) construction, reliability, and warranty
  • Bridge and Neck Humbuckers for a well-rounded rock/metal/blues sound

12. Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar

Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar

My Review: Are you someone who doesn’t want to be away from their guitar even when traveling? Then the Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar has to be one of your top choices. It offers a full-scale length while being ultra-compact which enables you to take it along with you wherever you go. Fitted with a single Hofner open humbucker pickup, and volume and tone knobs, the Shorty is designed with no flashy bits except for its curious design.

Overall Build and Size: The Hofner Shorty has a basswood top and back, a neck made from maple, and a fretboard made from rosewood. Basswood is a lightweight wood which produces a good sound and works especially well with Hofner’s open humbucker pickup. Considering the price range, the craftsmanship and the materials used to make this guitar are of a better-than-expected quality. The black finish gives it a slight rock and roll feel. The shape of the guitar can feel a bit strange in the beginning with its short body, long neck and the headstock, but you soon get used to it. Overall, the Shorty Electric is a sturdy little guitar that needs some time to adjust to its style and shape.

Overall Sound Quality: Without amplification, the guitar sounds quiet, and is suitable for a quiet day of practice. Once amplified, the sound produced is bright, trebly, and strong. The volume and tone controls work very well and you can get a range of tones from this little guitar from clear to dirty. The action on this guitar might need a touch of adjustment.

Body and Neck Wood: The basswood body and maple neck make for better playability when playing standing up. Its small, neck-heavy body makes it a little awkward to play, which is also compounded by there being no place to rest the playing arm.

  • Compact size
  • Considerably lightweight
  • Strong sound when amplified
  • Crisp, clean tone
  • Durable gig bag included
  • Good bang for the buck

13. Traveler Guitar Escape Mark III

Traveler Guitar Escape Mark III

My Review: Looking for a guitar which can hold its own during travel and on stage? Look no further! The Traveler Guitar Escape Mark III offers a full-scale 25.5” while being small enough to fit into the overhead compartment in an airplane. This acoustic-electric comes packed with a plethora of features – from an in-body tuning system, a headphone output to a Shadow under-saddle pickup – that helps you stay on top of your game. This is a great lightweight option for a performer or even for a student who wants to up his game. The Escape Mark III also comes with a deluxe gig bag that keeps it protected when not in use. Overall, I would say this is one of the best travel guitars out there.

Overall Build and Size: The Escape Mark III is just 30” despite boasting a full-scale at 25.5” and has a compact mahogany body, back, and top with a bolt-on mahogany neck. The natural satin finish gives it a refined feel. The single cutaway gives the player access to the higher frets while also giving it a tasteful look. The full-sized scale has a comfortable, familiar feel to it while playing. The relatively thin body needs some getting used to and it can be difficult to rest your arm while playing, but the overall balance of the guitar is excellent. Despite being quite lightweight at 4.5 lbs, it does compromise on the quality, durability, or sturdiness of the piece.

Overall Sound Quality: When not plugged in, the Escape Mark III sounds like any other unplugged electric guitar, but once plugged into an amplification system, produces a sound that emulates a steel-string acoustic guitar. This guitar has a clean, warm, mellow sound and is not disturbed in the slightest by string hum or any other problems. The premium quality mahogany used in the guitar allows for greater resonance and a better sustain. Altogether, the way the Escape Mark III is crafted makes for a truly exceptional auditory experience.

Body and Neck Wood: This guitar features a mahogany body and neck which adds sturdiness to the piece, and the black walnut fretboard gives it a smooth feel while playing. The headstock has been removed from its traditional place and added to the body itself which gives it a different, non-traditional appearance. The In-Body tuning system is sturdy and reliable, and the tuners are protected from outside interference.

  • Mahogany wood body
  • Full-scale fretboard despite the compact size
  • Warm, mellow sound, great resonance
  • Shadow under-saddle pickups and In-Body tuning system
  • Cutaway to reach higher frets easily
  • Lightweight, highly portable
  • Great choice for multi-city gigs

14. Voyage Air VAOM-02G2

Voyage Air VAOM-02G2

My Review: Traveling with a guitar, be it a regular sized guitar or that of a travel variety, is awkward due to their long, thin necks. But, with the Voyage Air VAOM-02G2, its manufacturers have found an ingenious solution to that age-old problem – a patented hinge which lets you literally fold the guitar in half! It comes with its very own deluxe Voyager case in which you can stow the guitar when not in use. For someone who doesn’t want to compromise on the dimensions or the size, this is a great fit!

Overall Build and Size: The Voyage Air is a full-sized acoustic dreadnought guitar. The body is made from mahogany as are the back and the sides and has a single-ply laminate spruce top with bracing. The fingerboard and the bridge are crafted from laurel – a soft-colored, brown wood that is almost identical to rosewood. It has a high-gloss protective finish which gives it a soft look. The foldable neck-hinge has been tested under pressure and is very dependable. The build of the guitar is quite sturdy, no matter how strange it might seem to fold and unfold the guitar each time. The only thing to keep in mind is that the strings need to be slackened off before folding!

Overall Sound Quality: Despite being a travel guitar, the Voyage Air is a full-sized acoustic guitar with a full, rich sound and a good deal of projection. The full-scale fretboard offers comfortable playability and adapts to any playing style, be it fingerpicking or strumming.

Body and Neck Wood: The body and the neck are both crafted from mahogany as are the sides and the back. The top is made from a single-ply laminate spruce which can be a letdown for some people. The fretboard is made from laurel as is the bridge on the guitar.

  • Foldable design for better storage and transport
  • Full-size guitar that can be easily carried around
  • Mahogany and spruce laminate body
  • Full, rich sound like a regular sized acoustic guitar

15. Cordoba Mini II M, Mahogany, Small Body, Nylon String

Cordoba Mini II M, Mahogany, Small Body, Nylon String

My Review: The Cordoba Mini II MH travel guitar is a handsome ½ size guitar. Whether it be an impromptu performance or a relaxed practice session while camping, you won’t hesitate to bust out this beauty. It has a delightfully warm, full, well-balanced tone that seems more like a guitar than a ukulele. The Cordoba Mini II Mahogany is a beauty that ticks all the right boxes in looks, sound quality, playability as well as price!

Overall Build and Size: The small body of the Cordoba makes this an ideal choice for a travel guitar. Being a ½ sized guitar, it is easier to carry along on trips than other bigger guitars. The satin polyurethane finish gives it a more sophisticated look than other guitars in this category. Despite a slightly cramped scale at 22.8”, the guitar tunes perfectly to a standard E and the fingerboard offers overall comfortable playability. Guitar players who have slightly smaller hands will certainly find this to be a more manageable instrument than a full-sized acoustic guitar. The build of this guitar speaks of quality and a solid body that can take the pain of travel.

Overall Sound Quality: The Cordoba Mini II promises to sound more like a full-sized guitar than a ukulele – and delivers! It has a nuanced, full-bodied tone that is mellow and full of warmth. Compared to some other travel guitars, this one has a deeper body that projects the sound well. Even though it isn’t particularly loud, it has enough volume for a lonesome practice session or small, intimate performances.

Body and Neck Wood: The layered mahogany body and neck, and the Morado fretboard (with 19 frets) are instant visual hooks that draw you to this little fellow. There is a single action truss rod inside the neck. Even though this guitar doesn’t feature a full-size scale, the fretboard offers good playability and is easy to adapt to.

  • Layered mahogany body and satin finish
  • ½ sized guitar easy to carry along
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Warm, full tonality
  • Pocket-friendly price
  • Ideal for kids and players with smaller hands

16. Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar

My Review: The Traveler Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric is marketed as the smallest, lightest full-scale travel guitar on the market, and it certainly delivers on all these counts. The compact design of the guitar without a headstock is unique, yet offers a full-scale playing experience that one gets on a full-sized acoustic. The piezo pickup delivers a bright acoustic sound when plugged into an amplifier. Despite being a higher-priced guitar, the Traveler Ultra-light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar is certainly worth a try.

Overall Build and Size: This Traveler Ultra-light guitar really lives up to its name. Weighing in at only 3 pounds, it is one of the lightest travel guitars on the market. At only 24 ¾”, it can even fit into some suitcases and is easy to carry around. Made from a single piece of maple wood with a regular-sized fingerboard made from ebony wood, it comes with an adjustable truss rod. Despite the guitar’s shape, the detachable lap-rest makes it comfortable to play sitting down, although the different designs might take some getting used to. The overall build is quite sturdy and can easily be taken along on your travels and even stowed in the overhead bin on a flight, thanks to its detachable lap-rest. The range of satin finishes it comes in allows you to choose the color you feel the most comfortable with.

Overall Sound Quality: This Traveler guitar comes with a ¼” jack socket and a built-in acoustic piezo pickup which can be used to amplify its sound. The piezo pickup gives it a bright, crisp tone once plugged into an amplifier. This one is a silent guitar and only finds its voice through an amplifier. Given this little fact, it can’t be used to strum a few chords around a campfire but can come in handy when looking to practice quietly. It is also well-suited to live performances where there is an amplification set up at hand.

Body and Neck Wood: The body and neck of the guitar are crafted from a single piece of Eastern American Hard Maple. The full-size fingerboard is made from ebony wood and has 22 frets which are easy to adapt to from a conventional acoustic guitar. The satin finish on top gives it a smooth, hand-friendly feel while playing.

  • Extremely compact build
  • In-body tuning system
  • Bright, crisp, articulate sound
  • Piezo pickup for amplification

17. Washburn RO10 Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar

Washburn RO10 Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar

My Review: Washburn guitars have been consistently delivering guitars crafted with extreme care and quality since the 1880s. The Washburn RO10 Rover features a mahogany wood body, back and sides, a solid spruce top, and a full-size neck which makes for good playability. This guitar produces a sound that emphasizes the treble without being too loud or resonant, which makes it suitable for different playing styles – whether flat-picking or playing finger-style

Overall Build and Size: The Washburn Rover is a visually appealing 33.5” long acoustic guitar, with a beautiful mahogany body and a solid spruce top which enhances its look and overall feel. It has a rosewood fingerboard and a full-size neck which feels like a regular-sized guitar and needs no time to get used to. The fingerboard also makes for good playability. The overall build of the guitar is sturdy and robust and makes for a good, albeit heavier travel guitar. The Washburn is available in a natural finish as well as a blue finish. The deluxe gig bag, included with the instrument, makes sure that no harm comes to the guitar when carrying it around with you.

Overall Sound Quality: The Washburn isn’t made to produce a loud sound, but taking into account its compact size, the sound is quite impressive, if a little more treble-y than usual. For a travel guitar with a full-size neck, the Washburn RO10 Rover lives up to its potential.

Body and Neck Wood: The Washburn is made from a mahogany body and the fretboard is crafted from rosewood. The solid spruce top gives the guitar a nice resonance, although the wood used and the full-sized fretboard makes the guitar a tad heavier than expected.

  • Robust, well-built guitar
  • Full-sized neck
  • Solid spruce top
  • Versatile, good playability for multiple playing styles
  • Moderately priced

Choosing the Right Travel Guitar (Buying Guide)

Adding a travel guitar to your collection means you can take your 6-string pal along on road trips without a worry. And as you can see from our top 17 list, there are several great options to choose from. What matters is that you pick a type of guitar that you’d prefer – be it playability, size, or tone quality. If you ask us, then our pick for the travel guitar with the most impressive sound quality would be the Baby Taylor BT1 for acoustic and the Travelcaster Deluxe for electric. Be it an intimate impromptu gig or a long road trip, this beauty sounds like a dream and is so compact to travel with.

If you ask us for a great affordable option for a 3/4 travel guitar, then the Yamaha JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Acoustic is worth exploring for those on a budget. Finally, for those looking to strike a balance between the top of the line quality as well as not spend a bomb then you should check out the Washburn RO10 Rover Steel String. At the end of the day, it’s all about having fun and having a portable companion that gives you the freedom to strum along wherever you are. We hope this list gave you all the information you need to take your pick. Bon voyage!

What Is a Travel Guitar?

Simply put, travel guitars or travel-sized guitars are a more compact, lighter version of a full-sized guitar. You’ll find both acoustic travel guitars and electric variants in the market, depending on your needs.

Most travel guitars have the same or almost the same scale length (distance between the nut and the guitar’s bridge) as regular guitars so that you get a more compact guitar without compromising the playability of the instrument. On the other hand, you also have travel guitar options that have 3/4, 1/2, or even 1/4 scale length as full-size guitars.

Travel guitars have smaller body and neck, which makes them lighter and easier to carry with you wherever you go – be it a month-long cross-country tour, a weekend road trip, or even a backpacking hike to the mountains!

Why Should You Buy a Travel Guitar

Whether you’re a hobby guitarist or an experienced player, there are so many good reasons to get yourself a travel guitar either way. Here are a few for you to go through:

  • Light & Portable: Travel guitars are far easier and hassle-free to carry with you when traveling. This is thanks to their compact size and lightweight that lets them easily fit on flights or a vehicle.
  • Great Backup Option: they work great as a backup guitar for musicians who don’t want to take their primary guitars on a trip where they’ll be roughing it out.
  • Strum On the Road: Inspiration can strike a musician anytime, especially when you’re traveling! Having a travel guitar lets you flesh out your song ideas as and when you think them up – even when you’re out on the road or on vacation.
  • Take Up Less Space: If you’re packing up your van for a long road trip, you’ll find that travel guitars take up far lesser space than traditional guitars do, freeing up more storage space for other things that you’d want to carry along.

What to Look For In A Travel Guitar

With several options for travel guitars available in the market, it’s crucial to know what to look for when sizing each option up. Here are the key features you should consider when comparing travel guitars and making your decision:

Full-sized scale-length vs. Reduced Scale Length

Many travel guitars come with a full-size or almost full-size scale length (around 25.5 inches). When making such travel guitars, the manufacturers choose to make them compact by reducing the size of the guitar’s body, instead of the fretboard size or length. These guitars feel like you’re almost playing a regular guitar, just more compact and more portable.

On the other hand, you also find one-half (1/2), three-quarters (3/4), or even as small as one-quarter (1/4) sized guitars. These have smaller fretboards than regular guitars. So consider the scale length you’ll be comfortable playing on when taking your pick.

Overall Size

Even amongst travel guitars, you will find options of all sizes to choose from. While some travel guitars are only slightly smaller than full-size guitars, others are extremely compact. Most full-size guitars are 38 inches in their overall size.

On the other hand, travel guitars So do consider how compact a guitar you’re looking for and look at the measurements when taking your pick.

Tone Quality

As you already might know, the wood used in the guitar’s construction affects its tone and sound quality. Woods like Maple, Spruce, Sitka Spruce, and Rosewood produce a bright, higher, slightly treble-heavy tone and sound.

On the other hand, woods like Mahogany and Koa have a richer, warmer tone that is mid to low-range in its character. So it’s all about deciding what type of sound works best for your playing and style, and going with it.

Quality of Wood Used

As is the case with full-size guitars, do consider the type of body, neck, and fretboard wood used on your potential travel guitar. The better the quality of wood used, the sweeter and richer the sound and the more durable the construction. You can choose from a wide variety of woods such as mahogany, maple, spruce, walnut, and more, depending on the look and sound you prefer.

Overall Shape and Design

Travel-friendly guitars come in a wide variety of shapes and designs. Some travel guitars are more compact versions of the classic shapes like a dreadnought, concert, or auditorium style guitars. However, you will also find extremely futuristic and innovatively-designed travel guitars as well, that are foldable, triangular-shaped, and even ones with barely any guitar body!

I know of buddies that would love a triangular-shaped travel guitar, but also know a few who wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing! So it’s all a matter of personal taste. This is why it’s important to see the shape and design that you will be comfortable playing with and carrying, and choosing accordingly.

Last but never least, it’s a good idea to have a budget in mind when browsing through options. Travel guitars are available in a wide price range – from affordable, budget-friendly options under $200, mid-range options between $200 to $400, and higher-end travel guitars that are in the $400 plus range.

Do make it a point to check the features and wood quality that you’re being offered at any price point. While very low-priced travel guitars may seem enticing at first, you may end up shelling out more in its repairs in case the instrument is not well-built. So it’s important to pick an option that is value for money, no matter its price.

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7 Best Travel Guitars of 2024

by Allison Johnson May 11, 2023, 7:15 pm

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There are so many perks to owning a travel guitar. They're so lightweight and easy to transport.

Whether you're taking multiple trips to the rehearsals each week, travel to and from different cities often, or simply like the convenience of being able to play on the fly, a travel guitar is a great investment.

We recommend travel guitars for players of all levels. We included some picks for guitar students to take to and from practice, an acoustic guitar for gigs, and electric and bass guitars for rehearsals and gigs as well.

Traveling with a full-sized guitar everywhere can be a pain due to the weight, plus, you don't want to take your pricey guitars everywhere, you know?

A quality backup guitar can be a great option to bring on vacations for impromptu practice and songwriting.

Our favorite on this list has to be the Martin LX1E Little Martin . It's ideal for gigs! It has amazing playability, is lightweight (about 3 pounds), and sounds amazing.

A small, travel-friendly guitar will be your favorite investment yet. Here are 7 of the best travel guitars for everyone.

Quick Summary of the Best Travel Guitars

  • Martin LX1E Little Martin (Best Travel Acoustic Guitar for Gigs)
  • Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag (The Best Travel Acoustic Guitar for Practice)
  • Fender CD-60S Solid Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (Best Lightweight Dreadnought)
  • Fender Squier by Fender (Best Lightweight Electric Guitar for Beginners)
  • Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Electric (Best Lightweight Electric Guitar)
  • Gibson SG Standard '61 Sideways Vibrola - Vintage Cherry (A High-End Lightweight Electric Guitar)
  • Ibanez GSRM20-BS GIO SR MiKro Series Electric Bass Guitar (Best Travel Bass)

Best Travel Guitars

1. best travel acoustic guitar for gigs – martin lx1e little martin.

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  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • Pickups: Fishman Isys T pickup system
  • Included Accessories: Gig bag

This is a popular guitar for travel. While it's compact and lightweight, it's still a great guitar for taking on stage. The sound quality is rich and balanced. It has a solid Stika spruce top giving it fantastic resonance and projection. The tone is warm, and you may also like using this guitar in the studio.

You'll be able to use an amplifier or sound system for gigs without external mics or pickups thanks to the Fishman Isys T pickup system.

If you're mainly looking for a lightweight guitar for comfortable playability, you're going to enjoy the fret body shape and low-profile neck. It has a short scale length that's easy to navigate.

A player said it's easy to play with arthritic hands, so if you're prioritizing comfort, you'll love this guitar.

Overall, Martin is a great guitar brand, and they're known for creating reliable instruments. This guitar checks all of our boxes, so consider this as your new favorite acoustic guitar for travel.

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2. The Best Travel Guitar for Practice – Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar

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  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Pickups: No

To no surprise, another Martin guitar made the list. This itty bitty acoustic guitar is the ultimate travel guitar. If you're serious about only taking along a practice-style guitar on the road, then this is a guitar to consider.

The Martin travel guitar features a solid spruce top, solid tonewood back and sides, a unique contour neck shape, and a 24-inch scale length and 15 frets for easy playability.

This travel guitar will fit in backpacks and carry-on luggage. It's a great guitar for college students looking to practice in their dorms, beginner guitarists, or even experienced guitarists that like having a small guitar nearby. Keep it in the living room, or bedroom, or take it just about anywhere.

Considering the size of the acoustic guitar, it definitely won't have the same volume and projection as a full-sized guitar. However, if you're just looking for something lightweight for practice and cozy casual playing, it's perfect.

Guitarists say it's louder than they expected though. It's definitely not a toy, so if you need something small for creativity, this is everything you could want in a travel guitar.

3. Best Lightweight Dreadnought Travel Guitar – Fender CD-60S Solid Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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  • Included Accessories: Gig Bag, Tuner, Strap, Strings, Picks, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD

The Fender CD-60S is a solid option for a variety of reasons: it has a solid spruce top for excellent sound and projection. The dreadnought body shape also makes it versatile and sound super full. If you're looking for a balanced tonal response with lots of volume and bass, this is great. Consider it for fingerpicking and strumming.

As for playability, it's designed for those looking to prioritize comfort. The C-shaped neck profile allows for easy fretting. Overall, it's a great lightweight Fender acoustic.

Guitarists love how nice it looks in person and say you get the best bang for the buck! It's under $240, great for anyone on a budget.

It's lightweight and has a fantastic build. Fender is known for solid construction and making guitars that last long for years of touring.

4. Best Lightweight Electric Guitar for Beginners – Fender Squier by Fender

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  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Pickups: Three single coil pickups
  • Included Accessories: Cable bundle available

Fender has a cool lightweight electric guitar for beginners to learn, but it also makes a great travel guitar for seasoned players looking to make trips hassle-free in airport security or even on the road.

The mini Strat has the Stratocaster shape we all know and love. The comfortable neck profile makes it a great pick for long rehearsals without fatigue. The shorter scale length makes it easy to navigate the fretboard, and this makes it a favorite amongst players will smaller hands. Kids will love it!

If you're low on space or simply like the 22.75'' string scale and downsized 3/4 body, traveling with this mini guitar is a good idea.

Overall, guitarists think it's a great travel guitar and say it's a great compact and lightweight guitar for petite players.

This travel guitar comes in 4 different colors, metallic orange and surf green really stand out.

5. Best Lightweight Electric Guitar – Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Electric

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  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Pickups: Dual-rail hum bucker pickup

Looking for something truly built for travel? This is exactly what you need. Travel Guitar makes guitars for busy musicians, they know how to build guitars that make traveling less stressful for guitarists.

The portable electric guitar is small enough to fit into travel bags and overhead bins on planes. If you fly often, this is a good fit for your lifestyle. Even though it's small, it still has a full-scale length of a regular guitar.

A nice feature that makes it a great portable guitar is the detachable lap rest frame. It'll provide stability while playing.

Guitarists are raving about the tone and say it exceeded their expectations.

The guitar is made from sturdy materials -- it features a maple body and a maple neck. You can pick from 5 designs and pick between left and right-handed options.

6. A High-End Lightweight Electric Guitar – Gibson SG Standard '61 Sideways Vibrola

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  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Pickups: 60s Burstbucker (neck) & 60s Burstbucker (bridge)
  • Included Accessories: No

If you're set on getting a high-end guitar for travel, look no further than the SG Standard '61. This compact guitar is lighter than most electric guitars. It's a guitar that won't make you feel fatigued during long sets.

The guitar has a comfy and fast-playing neck profile. It also has a slim-tapered neck with a smooth fretboard for easy navigation. Overall, it's the playability gets a 10/10.

The 60s Burstbucker pickups recreate the sound of the 1960s-era humbuckers. We love the tones for all genres! So whether you play blues, rock, or metal you're going to love gigging with this guitar.

The guitar is beautiful. It has a gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish and nitro finishes to look vintage.

7. Best Travel Bass – Ibanez GSRM20-BS GIO SR MiKro Series Electric Bass Guitar

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  • Weight: 7.72 lbs
  • Pickups: Ibanez Dynamix pickups

The compact bass guitar has a smaller body and shorter scale length compared to standard bass guitars. This is a great bass guitar for kids, petite adults, or for traveling musicians looking for a lightweight and affordable bass guitar for the road.

Ibanez says this is a great bass guitar for beginner and intermediate players, but also think professional players will find the size great for ease of use. It features a poplar body, maple neck and jatoba fingerboard for comfort and playability.

It sounds great too, thanks to the Ibanez Dynamix pickups, which provide a range of tones suitable for various genres and playing styles. Great for deep, punchy tones or bright and articulate sounds.

Ibanez is one of the best guitar brands out there, so if you're stuck between brands when guitar shopping, just know you'll have a well-built guitar if you go with Ibanez.

Best Travel Guitar Buyer's Guide

There are many factors to consider other than size and weight. Below, we'll dive into sound quality, build quality, playability, and a few more considerations before picking out a travel guitar.

Size & Portability

You'll want to make sure your guitar has a small body shape. Think of something that can fit into a small gig bag you wouldn't mind carrying through an airport. If it sounds like it'll be a pain, it's likely not a great option for travel.

Build Quality

You want to make sure it's a durable guitar made of materials that can handle travel. A durable guitar can handle some bumps on the road, along with temperature changes in vehicles or airports. If it can handle humidity, even better.

Sound Quality

Make sure it sounds good. Solid top and decent resonance are key.

Playability

Check the neck shape and make sure it'll feel good in your hands. Features like adjustable truss rods will allow you to fine-tune the action and intonation.

Electronics

Onboard pickups and preamps are great so you can connect an amp or PA system. This is great for gigs and rehearsals!

Make sure you invest in a quality travel guitar. Even though it might not be your go-to option for every gig, you want it to last and be durable. This means paying more for quality.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the ideal weight for a travel guitar.

Try to keep it under 5-10 lbs! This is a great size for travel, especially if you'll be carrying your guitar for long periods in airports or at venues.

Are travel guitars comfortable to play?

It depends on your playing stying, be sure to look at the fretboard radius and make sure it has adjustable truss rods to customize the playability to your liking.

Can travel guitars be amplified?

Yes, built-in electronics like pickups and preamps allow for amplification.

How much should I spend on a travel guitar?

You can budget for under $500 on a great travel guitar, but if you're looking for a compact guitar for gigging or recording, you may end up paying around the normal price of a guitar or high-end guitar.

Are travel guitars suitable for beginners?

Yes! They are great for beginners on the go. If you're a beginner and practice away from home often they're a great investment.

Final Thoughts

Shopping for a travel guitar can mean something different for all guitarists. For professional musicians, some want an affordable and lightweight guitar for gigging or rehearsals, for some, that means a tiny guitar small enough to fit in an airline-friendly bag.

We rounded up options for many scenarios, but if you're looking for a good lightweight acoustic to take on the road, you'll love the Martin LX1E Little Martin for gigging.

If you're a musician who can't stop writing songs, even when you're supposed to be relaxing, you need something like the Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar . Plus, you can play small gigs with it, think parks, beaches, and coffee shops.

If you want small lightweight electric guitars and bass guitars, consider the Fender Squier by Fender and the Ibanez GSRM20-BS GIO SR MiKro Series Electric Bass Guitar . Fender and Ibanez, both brands with great brand reputations! You'll get an amazing instrument, just smaller and easier to take on the road.

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Best Travel Guitars: Guide to the Best Acoustic Guitars for Traveling, Backpacking, and Camping

By Gerrick Cass | Updated June 24, 2022 September 20, 2021

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Whether it’s a campfire cookout, an impromptu jam session with friends in a garage or just a quiet afternoon to let out your artistic side in the park, having a great acoustic guitar that travels easily while maintaining a quality sound can certainly come in handy.

And when it comes to the best travel guitars, you don’t have to sacrifice quality construction, playability, deep acoustic sound or the ability to hold a tune. There are a host of modern acoustic guitars that make excellent travel companions, whether it be for small size, light weight or their ability to take a beating via airport security.

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What Makes a Good Travel Guitar?

There are a ton of different styles and types of guitars out there, including some made specifically for travel. But what features and abilities does a guitar need to have to make it suitable for travel? Here are a few things to look for:

  • Compact size. It’s not always possible to bring a full-sized guitar with you on your travels, especially if you’re flying or backpacking. There are some ultra-compact guitars designed for portability, but a good small-scale guitar is also an option.
  • Durability. Let’s face it, your travel guitar is going to get knocked around a bit. Whatever guitar you go with should be able to stand up to the abuse.
  • Noise level. What this means for you depends on your needs. If you want to jam with other musicians, you’ll want a good mini guitar that can pump out enough volume. If you want a guitar for silent practice in hotel rooms, then something quieter is a better option. There are even specialty guitars that are nearly silent, but give you the full acoustic experience simply by plugging in a pair of headphones.

There are a ton of guitars on the market that check these boxes, some good some not so good. Here is a rundown of our favorite acoustics for on-the-go music.

Our Favorite Travel Guitar Reviews

1. klos carbon fiber travel guitar.

Klos guitars carbon fiber travel guitar

Full scale guitar in a small package, and made of nearly-indestructible carbon fiber. This guitar sounds great, travels well, and hardly ever needs tuning ( read our review ).

The KLOS carbon fiber travel guitar has just about everything you could want in a portable guitar. Launched via a series of wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns , the KLOS guitar is an incredibly playable full-scale length guitar that features a detachable neck and the high tech durability of carbon fiber. And despite its compact size, this guitar has a ton of volume and a beautiful tone.

Plus, the KLOS guitar is just a blast to play. The neck and the action feel very comfortable, and its light weight means that it’s easy to keep playing for hours. With a full 24-¾” scale length, the KLOS guitar is great for experienced players that need a durable guitar for travel. But its small size and easy playability means that it’s also perfect for beginners or children just starting their guitar journey.

KLOS Guitars was founded by brothers Ian and Adam Klosowiak, and their guitars are handmade in Utah. For a great-sounding, packable guitar that you won’t have to worry about knocking around a bit in your travels, it’s really tough to beat the KLOS.

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2. Traveler Guitar AG-105EQ Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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No, your computer isn’t cutting off the top of the guitar’s image. The Traveler Guitar AG-105E Q forgoes a headstock for a bridge tuner to give you a smaller guitar that is perfect for packing into tight cars or overhead compartments on an airplane. It also takes away one of the highest risk points for breaks on travel acoustic guitars. 

The AG-105EQ is also unique in that it is the shortest guitar on the market with a full scale measurement, giving you the feel of a full scale guitar on a smaller body. 

Though often described as sounding “boxy”, the spruce top and mahogany back/sides are a tried and true tonewood combination that will help you stand out in a mix. The tone can be further altered using the custom Shadow preamp system’s 2-band parametric EQ. It’s also a suitable practice instrument, as you can plug in headphones, allowing you to play quietly while hearing every nuance of your playing.

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3. Taylor Baby Taylor BT2

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Beautiful mahogany travel guitar with signature Taylor sound and playability

The Taylor BT2, appropriately named the Baby Taylor, is not just a great guitar for the road, but for in the studio as well. This ¾ size guitar exemplifies all the beautiful sounds that Taylor guitars are famous for at a price point that is accessible to just about anyone.

That being said, the Taylor Baby Taylor BT2 isn’t just for beginners and campers, it’s been used by professionals including David Gilmour, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry. 

The Baby Taylor excels as a travel guitar due to its simple, but high quality design. It has solid mahogany for the topwood, paired with sapele sides and an arched back for more volume than any ¾ size guitar has a right to produce. While the mahogany provides tonal character, the layered sapele adds stability that’s perfect for a guitar that’s on the go.

The Baby Taylor is a favorite among travelers, beginners, and professionals alike and is sure to age well for years to come.

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4. Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar

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Combining durability, projection, tone and the convenience of a ¾ sized body, the Yamaha JRI Mini Folk Guitar provides supersized value in a compact package. But smaller doesn’t mean cutting corners.

The JR1 features a solid spruce top and the easy action that Yamaha is known for. On top of being one of the best travel acoustic guitars, the JR1 does double duty as the perfect learning instrument for children or someone just learning proper finger placement for chords, because of its classic shape in a scaled down size.

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5. Washburn Rover Travel Guitar

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Full-scale travel guitar with a solid spruce top built for players of all skill levels

Another travel-worthy acoustic with distinctive body styling, the Washburn Rover delivers huge projection in a compact package. Washburn is also the only acoustic guitar on our list specifically designed to fit in the overhead storage compartments on airplanes. This is a definite plus for the musician with frequent flyer miles to burn.

A solid mahogany body and neck means that sound quality will match the volume on the Rover. With all of this to offer, my favorite feature of the Washburn rover is the full size 24” scale neck, which is hard to come by in the travel-friendly acoustic guitar category.

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5 More Great Acoustic Travel Guitars to Consider

  • Martin Backpacker Travel Guitar .  A solid mahogany travel-sized guitar from famed guitar maker Martin.
  • Cordoba Mini M Travel Acoustic Nylon String Guitar . An all-around great little guitar for nylon-string players.
  • Yamaha SLG200S Steel String Silent Guitar . This nearly-silent full-scale guitar is great for practicing when you can’t make a lot of noise. Add headphones for practice time, or plug in to an amp in jam scenarios.
  • Martin LX1 Little Martin . An affordable small-scale guitar from iconic guitar-maker Martin. You can’t go wrong with this one.
  • Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light . Another nearly-silent full-scale guitar, the lack of a head stock makes this one ultra-compact.

When it comes to portable musical instruments, few things can spruce up a gathering as much as a travel acoustic. And the guitars on this list prove that you don’t need to sacrifice quality for portability.

Whether you just need something more compact, a good cheap guitar that can take a beating, or something that you can cram into an overhead compartment, a good travel acoustic will suit your needs. Try out one of the above models and take your music with you on your journeys.

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Great post. Voyage-Air Transit Series VAOM-2 is awesome guitar but I’m afraid it’s easy to broke. Yamaha model is my choice. Thanks for sharing!

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10 Best Travel Guitars (Acoustic & Electric)

Do you miss your guitar when you are traveling? Or hate trying to get your guitar on a plane ?

Then you need a travel guitar. Yes, they exist, and no I’m not talking about guitars for children. I’m talking about amazing guitars by premium brands, which were specifically designed to be portable and travel-friendly.

In this review, I will show you both acoustic and electric travel guitars, as well as a couple of versatile options. No matter what you are looking for, there is something here for you.

At A Glance: Our Top Travel Acoustic & Electric Guitars

  • BEST ACOUSTIC TRAVEL GUITAR Journey Instruments OF660 Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar Jump To Review
  • Best Lightweight Guitar Yamaha GL1 PB Guitalele Jump To Review
  • BEST ELECTRIC Traveler Guitar 6 String Travelcaster Deluxe Jump To Review
  • Most VERSATILE Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar Jump To Review

All of the travel guitars featured in this review are praised by happy owners and rated highly on dozens of websites. Find out which travel guitars are the best travel guitar options for you!

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Top 10 travel guitars, martin steel string backpacker travel guitar.

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

The Martin travel acoustic guitar features a  t op made from solid spruce and sides made from tonewood. It has a 24” scale length and features  15 frets, which is not that much less than the usual 19. And it  comes with both a strap and a case , so traveling with it is going to be very easy.

In fact,  you can actually fit this guitar in overhead bins in planes.  Some airlines will make you pay extra for it, but you shouldn’t usually have any issues if you call or email the airline beforehand. Just give them the dimensions of the bag and you’ll be fine.

Oh, and you can put some extra clothes in the bag – not only will this make your other suitcase lighter, but it will also protect your travel guitar.

The Backpacker travel acoustic guitar is very lightweight at only 2.4 lbs. Meaning that it’s super easy to carry anywhere and that it won’t weigh you down one bit.

Martin is known for making backpacker guitars, and this one is one of their best-selling models. That is because it is  insanely portable , but also because the sound quality is really good.  You will lose some volume, but that’s expected considering the size of this guitar.

And it has  a great price tag  on it. It is by no means the cheapest travel guitar out of the bunch, but it is far away from being the most expensive one.

  • Reasonably priced acoustic guitar
  • Very portable and lightweight
  • Comes with a strap and gig bag
  • Doesn’t always stay put on your body

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 4.72” x 36.22” x 9.45”
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
  • Bag Included: Yes

Journey Instruments OF660 Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar

Journey Instruments Carbon Fiber Travel Guitar – OB660 Traveling Acoustic Bass Guitar with Collapsible Patented System – Portable Backpack Case and Pickup

The Journey Instruments travel guitar comes with a really high saddle, which means the action is also really high. But, it also comes with a shorter saddle, which will give you lower action. And you can always adjust that until you find your perfect setup. It has 20 frets and 6 strings, and the sound quality is just as good (if not better) than your normal guitar.

What makes this acoustic guitar amazing for travel is the collapsible neck. You can disassemble it in less than a minute and pack it in its travel backpack. The backpack is carry-on sized and features a TSA-friendly laptop compartment,  so it is an excellent addition to this amazing travel guitar.

The OF660 has  a body made from carbon fiber,  which is reinforced with fiberglass on the back and sides. What that means is that you  never have to worry about humidity  with this acoustic guitar – you can leave it out in pouring rain, and there won’t be any consequences. Plus, it makes the guitar look very elegant and sleek.

The price of this travel guitar is a pretty big downside. In fact, this is the most expensive travel guitar that I found, and it is definitely not for everyone’s budget. But, you are paying for the amazing sound, portability, and quality of the build.

Another thing that could be improved is the weight. This guitar is a bit bigger than most others I’ve shown you, and it’s also heavier. While that doesn’t impact its portability too much, it does mean that it’s not going to be as convenient to carry around as some of the ones that weigh less than 2.5 lbs.

  • Collapsible neck
  • Amazing sound quality
  • Excellent quality
  • Very expensive
  • A bit heavy
  • Dimensions: 4.64” x 35.5” x 12.5”
  • Weight: 4.1 lbs

Yamaha GL1 PB Guitalele

Yamaha GL Series GL1 TBS Guitalele, Tobacco Sunburst

The Yamaha GL1 is  a cross between a guitar and a ukulele (something Hawaii is known for ) . It has the size of a baritone ukulele (17” scale), but it also features  6 strings,  just like a guitar. But the  strings are nylon  – that’s neither the best quality nor sound you can get out of a travel guitar. However, nothing is stopping you from cutting them off and putting regular metal strings on the GL1.

What you will love about these acoustic travel guitars are the size and weight. The Yamaha guitar was designed specifically for travel,  and you will be able to take it anywhere you want. And you will get  a soft gig case  with the guitar. Plus, it is a great option for kids to play – even though it wasn’t designed as a children’s guitar, its size makes it more than suitable for the little ones.

This travel guitar is also  feather-light, at only 2.65 lbs.  That means that the GL1 traveler guitar weighs less than most laptops, which you are carrying to work every single day and not complaining. And that is one of the things that makes the Yamaha an amazing option for travel. You could even call it a backpacking guitar.

Another reason why you will love the Guitalele is the price. It’s  very affordable, especially considering who makes it – Yamaha is a brand known for manufacturing quality everything, from motorcycles to survival bows .

Obviously, you can’t expect this to sound just like a full-sized guitar, but it is going to sound amazing for its size. This means that it is going to be perfectly suitable for practice on the go or for entertaining your friends on the beach. A great all-around acoustic travel guitar!

  • Very affordable
  • High quality
  • Remarkably lightweight
  • Not entirely a guitar
  • Nylon strings
  • Dimensions: 26.75” x 12” x 4”
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs

Martin LXK2 Little Martin Guitar

Martin LXK2 Little Martin Koa Pattern HPL Top with Padded Gigbag

Little Martin is  the smallest guitar from this amazing brand,  and it’s definitely a contender. It features  Koa-grained high-pressure laminate on its top, sides, and back, with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge . The neck of this guitar is carved out of Stratabond.

Even though this guitar is tiny, it produces great sound and is fun to play. With 6 steel strings and 20 frets , this is going to sound fairly close to your favorite guitar. But the Little Martin has the advantage that you can take it anywhere you want –  it weighs only 3.4 lbs and it is a very small guitar, which makes it perfect for the road.

And this guitar is great not just for travel, but also for children and adults with small hands.

The durability of Little Martin is another amazing thing about it. It is  built to survive road trips, children, and all kinds of weather.  Especially if you regularly carry it in the gig bag that comes with it. Which has an exterior made from ballistic nylon, and an interior lined with plush.

It also features backpack straps and a front zipper compartment, for any other items you want to keep close.

And the price of this guitar is not too bad either. It’s not among the cheapest options, but it is also not ridiculously expensive either. It is a little pricier than most other travel guitars in this review, but it’s undoubtedly worth it, considering the quality of both sound and build.

  • Very small and portable
  • Great sound
  • High quality gig bag
  • A bit pricey
  • Action is quite high
  • Dimensions: 6.3” x 38.58” x 18.11”
  • Weight: 3.38 lbs

Cordoba Mini M Travel Guitar

Cordoba Mini M, Mahogany, Small Body, Nylon String Guitar with Gig Bag

Cordoba has a series of mini guitars, and the M Travel Guitar is their most popular model. The main difference between them is the wood combinations -the M features a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides. The Mini M is also the best value for money – it is a high-quality guitar with a very affordable price tag ,  and it’s perfect if you’re on a tight budget.

The downside is that this small guitar comes with nylon strings,  so you’re not getting amazing sound out of the box. But that’s a replaceable part of the guitar, and should not be a deal-breaker. And if you normally prefer nylon strings, then the Mini M is going to play perfectly as is.

What could be a deal-breaker is that this is a right-hand guitar.  The others that I showed you were either ambidextrous, or you could choose between right and left hand. With the Mini M, you get no such choice.

And there’s nothing else bad about it. The acoustic guitar weighs a mere 2.5 lbs,  which makes it perfect for travel. It is  small enough that it easily fits into overhead compartments in airplanes , and it comes with a really solid gig bag.

It doesn’t sound like a full-sized guitar, but it definitely sounds like a guitar and not like a ukulele. It has a scale length of 20”, a nut width of 1.96”, and a total of 18 frets,  which not only feel familiar but also make it sound more like a traditional guitar.

  • Very lightweight and portable
  • Sound is great for its size
  • Fits in overhead compartments on airplanes
  • Right hand guitar
  • Dimensions: 30.5” x 10” x 3.25”

Traveler Guitar 6 String Travelcaster Deluxe

Traveler Guitar Guitar 6 String Travelcaster Deluxe Electric, Right, Gloss Black/Black, Full (TCD BKG)

Traveler Guitar is a brand that makes some insanely portable guitars, both acoustic and electric. So, I will show you several options from them in this section, starting with the Travelcaster Deluxe . It is a  full 25.5” scale travel guitar with 14:1 gear ratio turners.

This means that the playable area of the guitar is the exact same size as a full-size guitar –   only its body is smaller.

The Travelcaster features an overall length of 33.75” and weighs a mere 5.2 lbs.  It comes with a soft gig case for ultimate portability –  the entire case and the guitar only weigh 6.8 lbs.  What’s even better is that you are not sacrificing playability for portability – Traveler Guitar is proud of how all of their guitars sound, and we have no complaints either.

In fact, you can check out the demo of this Traveler guitar right here:

This electric guitar comes with 3 single-coil pickups – 2 tone controls, 1 volume control, and a 5-way pickup selector.  It also has a  2-point fulcrum tremolo for better and more stable tuning , as well as steel saddles for excellent playing tone.

The guitar boasts  a poplar body with a maple neck and a maple fretboard with bone nut,  which not only sound great but also look pretty good. And you can  get it in three colors  – the black gloss option is unique because it features a catalpa fretboard with a bone nut.

  • Very portable
  • Reasonably priced
  • A little heavy
  • Dimensions: 33.75” x 1.75” x 9”
  • Weight: 5.2 lbs

Yamaha APXT2 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Yamaha APXT2 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Black

Back to Yamaha –  the APXT2 is an excellent choice if you want a versatile guitar.  It is both  acoustic and electric , with a gorgeous exterior and an affordable price tag. This guitar features  a spruce top, with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge , for great appearance and sound.

It is a 3/4 sized guitar, and it is pretty much just a smaller version of the APX500III. It is equipped with an  ART-based preamp, system 68 contact pickup, and an onboard tuner,  which give you a full-bodied acoustic tone when you plug it in. And you can also tune the guitar without having to plug it in any extra gear, which is convenient and great for travel.

One downside to the Yamaha guitar is that  its orientation is right-handed  and there are no other options. So, it is definitely not going to be a good fit for all of you.

An upside is that you get a gig bag with the Yamaha, so you can really carry it anywhere. And it  weighs just a little over 5 lbs , which is pretty good for a versatile guitar. It is not the lightest option you have, but it is great for a guitar that is capable of so much.

Meaning that the APXT2 is not just a good option for travel, but also for kids learning to play, as well as petite adults that find regular guitars too big.

  • Acoustic and electric
  • Built-in tuner
  • Excellent build quality
  • Neck edges are pretty sharp
  • Right handed
  • Dimensions: 33.1” x 2.9” x 11.8”
  • Weight: 5.29 lbs

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Solid-Body Electric Guitar

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Guitar for Travel | Portable and Headless Electric Acoustic Guitar | Full 24 3/4' Scale | Antique Brown Travel Guitar with Custom Gig Bag and Removable Lap Rest

This is the  smallest full-scale electric guitar  you can get your hands on, and it is perfect if you’re looking for something ultra-portable. And at  only 3.1 lbs,  this is also the lightest electric travel guitar out of the bunch. It also comes with a  detachable lap rest , for easy transport.

Obviously, this travel guitar doesn’t have a proper headstock. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t tune it – in fact,  the tuning system is included in its body, and it features a dual-rail humbucker pickup .

The chrome tuning machines feature a 14:1 ratio, for extremely precise tuning. This means that you can have almost the same playing experience on this guitar, as you have on a full-bodied electric guitar that weighs a lot more.

One great thing about this guitar is that you have options –  you can choose from four colors, three wood types, and also your hand orientation . And that means that it is going to be very easy for you to pick out a guitar that is perfectly suitable for you.

It  comes with a lightweight gig bag  that easily fits into overhead compartments in airplanes. Meaning that this guitar is just perfect for transport. You can carry it wherever you want, and you can fit some extra gear in the  front pocket of the gig bag. 

Other things worth noting are that this guitar features a  standard 1/4” output  and that it features a one-piece neck-through-body design.

  • Remarkably lightweight and portable
  • In-body tuning system
  • Removable lap rest
  • Lacks balance
  • No volume control
  • Dimensions: 31.2” x 5.25” x 2”
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs

Leo Jaymz 24.75" Single Cut Curved Top Electric Guitar

The Leo Jaymz guitar features some rather  stunning and unique decals on the body . I know that alone is not reason enough to buy it, but it sure is nice to see something other than a solid color body. It is an excellent option if you want  something unique that plays extraordinarily well . It features a  mahogany body with a smooth rosewood fingerboard and a maple neck.

This travel guitar comes with 6 (stainless steel) Jaymz strings that are excellent quality and overall, it is a very compact and lightweight guitar. And  you also get an extra set for spare parts,  which is rather generous from the brand.

It features  original Grover machines that help with stable tuning , as well as  two volume and two tone switches . This electric guitar also comes with  a soft gig bag that has a front pocket for your additional gear.

While I really love the general design and quality of the Leo Jaymz guitar, I am not impressed with its portability. Compared with the other travel electric guitars in this review, this is one of the least portable ones, because of both its size and weight.

However,  if you want something that plays and feels just like a proper electric guitar, but that ultimately is more portable than one, then I think this is the right choice for you.

  • Beautiful decals on body
  • High build quality
  • Some shipping issues
  • Not the most portable option
  • Dimensions: 34.48” x 16.12” x 3.2”
  • Weight: 12.5 lbs (shipping weight!)

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

I know this looks a lot like the previous Traveler Guitar I showed you, but there’s one huge difference – this one is  both acoustic and electric.  It has an  in-body tuning system  just like the other Traveler Guitar, and it comes with  a detachable lap rest.  But this one is lighter, more portable, and more versatile, making it one of my top choices.

And you get to choose which type of wood you want in your guitar, just like , you can choose whether you want right or left-hand orientation. 

It doesn’t have a headstock, so it is going to take some time to get used to this travel guitar. But once you do, I’m confident you will love it and carry it anywhere – you will get the full-scale playing experience but in a much smaller package.

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light features an under-saddle Piezo pickup , for amazing acoustic sound. And the  standard 1/4” output  allows you to plug this in the regular or headphone amp you already have.

Bear in mind that even though this guitar is going to sound amazing, it is going to be  rather quiet in acoustic mode.  Which is great for practice, but not that useful for showing off. You are compromising on that, but in return, you are getting an instrument so portable you will want to take it wherever you go. And I think that is still a really good deal.

  • Detachable lap rest
  • Versatile guitar
  • Extraordinarily lightweight and portable
  • Very quiet in acoustic mode
  • Takes some getting used to
  • Dimensions: 28” x 2” x 5.2”
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs

What To Look For

Acoustic or electric.

The main thing you should know is whether you’re looking for a travel acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. Obviously, you should get the one that you prefer playing.

The review is divided into two sections – the first section features the 5 best travel acoustic guitars, and the second section shows the 5 best electric travel guitars. So, there’s something for you regardless of what you’re looking for.

And if you’re looking for both, you might not need to buy two guitars – there are some acoustic-electric guitars, and you will find them in the second half of the review.

What Kind Of Portable Do You Need?

There are loads of ways in which a guitar can be portable. Some of them are  nearly full-sized but insanely lightweight . And there are guitars that aren’t too lightweight, but that has a really tiny body with a very small soundhole. This usually means that the sound is not nearly as good as it is on your normal guitar.

There is also a guitar that has a collapsible neck  – this is a feature patented by  Journey Instruments , and it is one of the best guitars in this entire review. You can remove the neck from the body of the guitar and easily pack it in a backpack, for ultimate portability. However, this feature is unique to this guitar, which happens to be very expensive.

Some guitars also have a pretty short neck, which also means fewer frets and weaker sound . But those are also  very portable , and a great option for air travel since they are usually treated as carry-ons.

In general, you should figure out which kind of portable suits your needs best. And  which aspect of the guitar you are not willing to compromise on . I’ve shown you enough variety, and I’m pretty sure that at least one of the guitars you’ve seen in this review is what you are looking for.

Hand Orientation

The ideal guitar for you depends on which hand you play with.  Most of the guitars that I’ve shown above are either ambidextrous or feature a choice of hand orientation.  However,  some of them are only for right-handed people, and you can see that info in the “cons” boxes below each product.

If you don’t see anything about hand orientation in the pro/con boxes, you can assume that the guitar is available in both options.

Price Range

Travel guitars are usually more expensive than regular guitars.  They are designed specifically to be lightweight and portable, and that’s going to cost you.  The usual price range of these guitars is between $150-300,  but you will find some that are much more expensive than that.

Whenever a guitar is pricier than the expected price range, it will be listed in the cons boxes. I haven’t really found any really cheap guitars – I don’t consider those to be the top guitars for travel that are available.

Our Favorite Choices For Travel Guitar

Not sure which of these travel guitars is the right option for you? That’s okay – go for one of our top choices and you will not be disappointed!

The best travel acoustic guitar is undoubtedly the one by Journey Instruments .  It is an amazing guitar that is perfect for pros, and it actually  sounds better than some full-sized guitars.  It also has a unique feature patented by Journey Instruments – a collapsible neck.  You can assemble and disassemble this guitar in just a few seconds, which is perfect for playing on the go.

  • FINALLY A FULL SIZE GUITAR THAT'S EASY TO TAKE WITH YOU - Our mini travel folding bass guitar with patented collapsible neck system allows you to quickly assemble and disassemble it in around 20 seconds, so you can carry it with you at all times.
  • STURDY CARBON FIBER FOR PIECE OF MIND - This collapsible acoustic bass guitar has quality pre-impregnated carbon fiber fabrics on all core components making it stable and durable, so you can enjoy transfer of energy and significantly longer sustain. Whether you are performing for yourself, small crowd or a huge gig, your Journey Instruments Guitar is ready to deliver an epic performance.

My favorite electric guitar for travel is the Travelcaster Deluxe ,  which comes with a soft gig case. It is a full-scale guitar that not only sounds amazing   but also looks pretty cool . It features three single-coil pickups, two tone controls, and one volume control, which is everything you need to sound amazing. Well, in addition to your talent – but that’s a given.

  • Full 25 1/2" Scale Guitar
  • 5 lbs. 3 oz. And 33 3/4" long

The most versatile guitar for travel would have to be the Traveler Guitar Acoustic/Electric option .  It is remarkably lightweight, it has an in-body tuning system and it sounds really good no matter how you play it thanks to the Piezo pickup. Sure, it’s not going to be as loud as regular acoustic guitars, but all you need to do to get volume is plug it in. And you get the standard 1/4” output for that.

  • BUILT FOR TRAVEL: The Ultra-Light is a portable and travel-friendly version of your favorite at-home guitar that you can take anywhere and everywhere you go. Weighing 2 lbs 14 oz and measuring 28”, this will be your steadfast road companion.
  • PERFORMANCE WITHOUT COMPROMISE: Our proprietary In-Body Tuning System eliminates the need for a headstock by relocating standard tuning machines into the body. Even though it’s small, it’s still crafted with a full 24 3/4" scale experience with 22 frets.

Head over to Amazon to see the prices of all of the best travel guitars featured in this review.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do travel guitars sound good.

Some guitarists swear that travel guitars do not sound as good as full-sized guitars. Others say that although they sound different they have a place in your guitar collection.

What is a travel sized guitar?

Travel guitars are usually smaller than full-sized guitars so that they are lighter and easier to transport.

What size guitar is best for Travelling?

Many travel guitars are 3/4 sized which makes for a good compromise between size, weight and sound quality.

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33 Best Travel Guitar Reviews 2022 (Best Travel Acoustic & Electric Guitars)

Best Travel Guitar, Best Travel Acoustic Guitar & Best Travel Electric Guitar

Best Travel Guitar, Best Travel Acoustic Guitar & Best Travel Electric Guitar

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There are lots of different types of guitars nowadays and today we are going to discuss everything you need to know about the best travel guitars in order to get the one that fits you the best. Now, as we all know, the guitar is a musical instrument made to produce the beautiful sound, but what about the travel guitars? Why are they special? Well, travel guitars are especially designed to ‘’travel’’ with you on your journeys.

Therefore, travel guitars are the most convenient type of guitars when it comes to the road trips, camping, and traveling in general. Anyhow, let’s see why these guitars are so good and what do you need to know before you buy one of them.

What are the Best Travel Guitars to Buy?

2) Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top

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  • Highly Rated
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Lightweight Parlor-Size
  • Agathis Body

1) Cordoba Mini M Travel Acoustic Nylon String Guitar 

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  • High Quality
  • Impressive Performance
  • Reputable Brand
  • Lightweight

3) Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar 

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar

  • Special Design
  • Travel Guitar
  • Comfortable Playing
  • Solid Spruce Top

Things to consider about Travel Guitars

First of all, we will simply list some of the most important things you need to know before you decide which travel guitar is for you. Let’s begin.

1) Why should you buy a travel guitar?

We all know that being on the road with a classic guitar can really damage the guitar sometimes. Apart from scuffs and some scratches, the guitar is constantly exposed to changes in humidity which can result in the serious changes of quality of the sound, guitar’s finish, and some other important stuff. How can you prevent this? Well, get the travel guitar!

You can benefit from a travel guitar in this way:

  • You can totally relax and be a little bit carefree since travel guitars are pretty much durable and made to withstand all sorts of different kind of pressure.
  • You will definitely save a lot of space with a travel instrument. Imagine that you are going on a road trip with a bulky guitar – you won’t be having a lot of space will you? Well, with a travel guitar will be easier and you will have much more space.
  • You can also choose the type of the travel guitar as you want. There are acoustic and electric guitars which you can choose from and get the best one.

2) Can you keep your guitar safe with you?

Most of the people actually wonder if they can keep their guitars safe on their journeys. Well, if you decide to get a travel guitar, all that worries will be left home. Simply speaking, these guitars are definitely durable and specially designed for travel occasions. This means that you can actually go on a road trip without worrying whether will your instrument get damaged.

Anyhow, there are specially designed guitar cases that you can use to protect the travel guitar from getting damaged. However, some of the best travel guitars are sold without guitar cases, so you need to pitch in a few extra bucks for a guitar case.

3) How often will you use the travel guitar?

Now, most of the players actually get the travel guitar as a substitute for their primary guitar. Anyway, it is convenient to have a specially designed instrument for travel purposes even if you don’t travel that much or use the mini guitar so often.

You will probably be able to achieve much more with the travel guitar on the road trip than with the regular one. First of all, you won’t risk damaging the primary guitar. Second, you will rest assured that the travel guitar will work properly on the road trip.

33 Best Travel Guitar Reviews (Best Travel Acoustic & Electric Guitars)

Now, we will simply discuss everything important about these 33 travel guitars that we previously picked as one of the best travel guitar by our humble opinion. From details, features, and specifications to pros and cons, you will get the best insight in the 33 travel guitars. Let’s begin.

1) Cordoba Mini M Travel Acoustic Nylon String Guitar With Cordoba Gig Bag

travel acoustic guitar reviews

Cordoba Mini M Travel Acoustic Nylon String Guitar has a lightweight body with very impressive loud voice sound. Simply, this guitar is made with the best possible wood materials which directly contribute to the overall quality and performance of the guitar.

The miniature nylon strings are pretty much convenient for those who are learning to play for the first time or for the travel. They boost playability and overall quality in general.

Also, there is a custom Cordoba gig bag which is pretty much amazing when it comes to traveling. Anyhow, the natural satin finish is making it look beautiful for sure.

Pros and benefits:

  • Playability is high – Almost anyone can play on this guitar since it has a set of nylon strings, convenient design, and it is lightweight.
  • Impressive performance – The sound quality is absolutely amazing with this guitar. Simply, this guitar excels in every field of performance.
  • Great durability – Since the materials are top-quality ones and the guitar are made out of them, the durability is also high.

Cons and downfalls:

  • There is a little bit of buzzing noise when you play a guitar.

2) Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top – Vintage Sunburst

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Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top travel guitar is designed with a special combination of colors and tones. Namely, the parlor-size agathis body and a vintage sunburst touch make this guitar quite beautiful and good to play on.

The neck is shaped in the ‘’C’’ which ensures easy and comfortable grip for beginners that are learning how to play on it. Also, the rosewood bridge is contributing to the overall performance and quality of the sound.

  • High playability and comfortable feel – This guitar is made to ensure its players to have a comfortable time when they play on it.
  • Great sound quality – Since there are some special features that contribute to the overall sound quality of the guitar, this guitar has almost perfect sound quality.
  • Beautiful design – The overall design of this guitar is actually making it quite good-looking with awesome appearance.
  • Needs a little bit to get used to it, after a while, it is perfect for playing.

3) Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar is made out of the high-quality materials which makes it both durable and great at performing in any field. Namely, the solid spruce top and a tonewood back and sides with the unique contour shape of the neck make this guitar beautiful and easy to play on.

Now, this guitar has a 15 frets fingerboard which is quite good considering the size and the type of the guitar – travel guitar. Also, there is a 24 inches scale length that provides real experience when it comes to the playing.

  • Perfect design – This guitar is made out of the finest wood materials like the spruce top and it is shaped perfectly to ensure a comfortable and easy play.
  • Great performance – With the 15 frets and 24 inches scale length, you will be having a travel guitar that is definitely similar to the real guitar.
  • Easy to play and learn on this guitar – Since this guitar is made to perform good and to ease the player of any troubles, it is recommendable for beginners and starters.
  • Needs a little bit adjusting to it, but after a while, it works perfectly.

4) Cordoba Mini SM-CE Travel Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Guitar With Cordoba Gig Bag

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Cordoba Mini SM-CE Travel Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Guitar comes equipped with some special features and things that you can benefit from. Namely, this guitar has the miniature nylon strings which ensure full size feel and great playability.

The top is made out of the solid cedar and the maple back and sides are really making this guitar look beautiful. Also, this guitar is great for performing in any occasion.

  • Finest materials – This guitar is made out of the finest materials and it has a natural satin finish which really makes it look wonderful.
  • Great playability and performance – This guitar is capable of delivering the greatest sound quality for sure. Also, anyone can play on it since it doesn’t require any special skills.
  • Custom Aquila string set – This Aquila string set boost the performance of the guitar and it allows you to play perfectly.
  • The A string set is a little bit off-putting.

5) Martin LXM Little Martin

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Martin LXM Little Martin travel guitar is specially designed to provide great experience for anyone who is playing it. Also, it is quite convenient to travel with this guitar since it has a travel-like design and size.

Anyway, the mahogany sides in a combination with brown-white wood give this guitar such a classic touch and great appearance. Also, the rosewood fingerboard is actually ensuring that anyone can play this guitar without any complications.

  • Great performance – This guitar excels in every field of performance which is actually quite impressing since this is a travel guitar.
  • Solid design – The design is actually ensuring that this guitar is played with ease and great for travels.
  • Durability is high – The overall materials and components of the guitar are made out of the finest wood materials which make this guitar quite durable.
  • There might be a little bit of noise if you don’t tune the guitar normally.

6) Washburn RO10 Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar – Natural)

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Washburn RO10 Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar is a travel guitar that comes in a full scale and guitar neck size. Also, mahogany body with solid spruce top is boosting durability and overall quality of the sound for sure.

The fingerboard is smooth and it is quite easy to play on this guitar which makes it perfect for beginners and those who want to learn how to play guitar as an instrument. Never the less, the Cordura case with plush interior and black straps makes it quite comfortable and easy to play on this guitar.

  • High-quality materials – The mahogany body and spruce top is actually contributing to the overall quality of the guitar. Also, these materials are quite good for a guitar body and neck components.
  • Great for beginners – This guitar is so easy and comfortable to play on and it is possibly the best one for beginners.
  • Extra things included – With this guitar you will get lots of other things like guitar strap, guitar picks, deluxe gig bag, and other things.
  • The strings are pulling the neck a little bit.

7) Fender MA-1 3/4-Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar – Natural

Fender MA Steel String Acoustic Guitar

Fender MA-1 3/4-Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar is one of the guitars that are so easy to play and great for beginners. Namely, the 23.3 string scale length and a smaller body really help a lot when you want to learn how to play a guitar.

The satin finish and all natural colors are making this guitar almost perfect in the eye of the buyer. Also, the neck is ‘’C’’ shaped.

Never the less, this guitar is really something special when you want to bring it on the travel with you. Namely, the overall length and weight are very convenient for any type of travel, and this guitar really is durable enough to withstand all sorts of pressure.

  • Easy-to-play features – This guitar is equipped with lots of features that make the playing on the guitar easy for anyone.
  • Solid durability – Since the guitar is made with strong materials, you can expect it to be pretty durable and long-lasting.
  • Super convenient – There is possibly no better guitar for a travel trip than this one. Simply, all the qualities and features are contributing to the convenience of the travel.
  • Needs to be tuned more often than other guitars on the market.

8) Washburn RO10TB Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar – Transparent Blue

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Washburn RO10TB Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar is absolutely one of the high quality travel guitars on the market that money can buy. Simply speaking, with everything that this guitar has to offer, you will definitely be benefiting a lot from it. Let’s see.

First, the materials used are definitely the high-quality ones. There are solid spruce top, mahogany neck and the body, and for the last part, the rosewood finger board. All these materials offer great durability and they also contribute to the overall performance.

Next, there are quality geared tuners that are equipped so there will be no complications in tuning the guitar. Also, this guitar is made to perform great due to the professional binding and inlay.

  • Great performance – This guitar is absolutely great when it comes to the performance. It is capable of delivering the best sound quality.
  • Durable construction and materials – Since this guitar is made out of the rosewood, mahogany, and spruce, the durability is on the highest possible level.
  • Convenient for any type of travel – This guitar is specially designed to fit almost in any suitcase. You will have no troubles getting through the airlines easily with this guitar.
  • Strings are a little bit high on the bridge.

9) Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag

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Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar is made in the light of the one-piece guitar design type of travel guitars. Simply speaking, the neck is made out of maple with a natural finish which makes this guitar beautiful and good-looking.

There is a detachable lap rest frame that comes quite handy for anyone who is playing this guitar for a longer period of time. Anyhow, this guitar features Shadow under-saddle piezo pickup output that boosts the performance and sound quality in general.

  • Deluxe gig bag included – There is a big and supportive gig bag included that will protect the guitar from any type of damages.
  • Splendid performance – A Shadow under-saddle piece pickup output is really contributing to the overall performance which makes this guitar sound perfect and without any background noise.
  • Super convenient design – This guitar is able to fit in almost any type of bag which makes it quite easy to travel with.
  • Requires a strap to be played in the correct way.

10) Martin LXK2 Little Martin Koa Pattern HPL Top with Padded Gigbag

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Martin LXK2 Little Martin Koa Pattern HPL Top Travel guitar is definitely one of the best guitars that come from a line of travel guitars for sure. With everything that this guitar has to offer, you will definitely be benefiting a lot from it.

Now, the Martin’s patented neck mortise makes this guitar to deliver the perfect sound quality and on the other side, it is quite beautiful and valuable. Also, the satin finish adds a cool looking touch to the guitar as well.

  • Delivers good sound quality – This guitar is equipped with special features that contribute to the overall quality of the sound in general which makes this guitar able to deliver perfect sound quality.
  • Durable and convenient for travel – Since this is a travel guitar, it is made out of the finest wood materials which boots the durability and make this guitar perfect for travels.
  • Easy to play – You can easily play on this guitar for hours without any exhausting moments or troubles.
  • This guitar smells a little bit strange.

11) Johnson JG-TR2 Travel Guitar with Bag

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Johnson JG-TR2 Travel Guitar comes equipped with a travel bag which really is something special when you want to go on a travel trip with your guitar. Namely, the guitar is made out of the mahogany and rosewood materials which directly contribute to the overall quality and performance.

Next, the neck has 22 frets and fret board got dot inlays which really is great for someone that is only starting to play a guitar. Also, the small button ‘’die-cast’’ tuning allows you to easily tune the guitar without any complications.

  • Beautiful design – The amazing white top in the combination with the black sides and back is really boosting the appearance of the guitar for sure.
  • Easily playable and great performer – For someone that might be a beginner, this guitar is definitely the perfect one since it is great at performing in any occasion.
  • Durable and long-lasting – The guitar is made out of the durable materials which makes it durable as well, and it boosts the overall ‘’life’’ of the guitar.
  • Needs to be retuned every time you go on a travel with it.

12) SX Trav 1 Traveling Guitar Portable with Bag

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Trav 1 Traveling Guitar will definitely be the most suitable guitar for your next travel. With everything that this guitar has to offer, you will absolutely love it for sure.

Now, the top is made out of the solid spruce, the back and sides are made out of the mahogany, and there is a mahogany truss adjustable neck. All these materials are definitely one of the best and they contribute to the overall sound quality of the guitar.

The fretboard is made out of the rosewood material and it is definitely providing the greatest sound quality of the guitar for sure. Anyhow, there is a portable bag that helps you carry the guitar on your travels and make it easier to look out for the guitar.

  • Durable and strong materials – Namely, all the materials used to build this guitar are pretty durable and strong. This means that the guitar is also excelling in the field of durability as well.
  • Great performance – Due to the rosewood fret board and other parts, this guitar is delivering great quality of the sound.
  • Easy to carry and travel with – This guitar is definitely one of the most convenient guitars to take with you on your travels. Also, there is a portable bag which makes it easier for you to protect the guitar.
  • This is a small guitar, therefore, it is not that suitable for people with big hands.

13) Hohner HC03 3/4-Size Classical Acoustic Guitar

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Hohner HC03 3/4-Size Classical Acoustic Guitar is definitely one of the travel guitars that are providing great benefits for the user. Simply speaking, the overall design is beautiful and the materials are high-quality ones.

The spruce top and a catalpa back and sides make this guitar perfect for long and exhausting gigs and plays. Also, it is made for children between the ages of 8 to 13.

Never the less, you will benefit a lot from it since it is Hohner A+ guitar with lots of advantages for anyone.

  • Durable components – This guitar is pretty durable considering the fact that the components are made out of the finest wood with high-quality materials.
  • Perfect for beginners – If you want to learn how to play the guitar, this one is for you definitely. All of the features are helping kids to play easily on this guitar.
  • Solid sound quality – The sound quality of this guitar is almost perfect which means that you can use this guitar almost in any occasion.
  • Good for players with the small hands, a bit tricky for players with big hands.

14) Yamaha JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag and Legacy Accessory Bundle

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The JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Yamaha Acoustic Guitar is one special travel guitar with lots of benefits to offer to anyone who plays it. Namely, there are lots of things included in this package like clip-on tuner, guitar straps, peg winder, legacy picks, Yamaha folk guitar and an instruction video.

Also, this guitar is perfect for beginners since it is not a full-size guitar. With the features like this, everyone can learn how to play the guitar on this one.

Never the less, the guitar is made out of the spruce top, meranti back and sides and it has a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. This makes the guitar quite valuable.

  • Extra accessories – The bundle has lots of great things that can help anyone to learn how to play a guitar.
  • Perfect beginner’s guitar – Everything about this guitar is focused on the beginners and how to help them learn to play this instrument.
  • High-quality wood materials – This guitar is made out of the spruce, meranti wood, and rosewood. All these materials are high-quality ones.
  • Strings are a little bit hard.

15) Hohner HAG250P 1/2 Sized Classical Guitar – For Toddlers

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Hohner HAG250P 1/2 Sized Classical Guitar is almost perfect guitar for a kid or a toddler. Namely, all the important features are concentrated to help the kids learn how to play a guitar like this.

First, the body is built sturdy and this guitar is quite durable and almost resistant to all sorts of pressure. You won’t have to worry if the guitar falls or gets damaged. On the other hand, there are some easy-to-play features like nylon strings that really help the beginners handle the guitar better.

  • Convenient for toddlers and kids – This guitar is made for kids to learn easily and without any complications how to play a classic guitar.
  • Great and durable parts – Since there is a risk of getting the guitar damaged, the sturdy design is protecting the guitar from almost all sorts of pressure.
  • Awesome performance – You can expect this guitar to perform more than well since it is equipped with nylon strings and other easy-to-play things.
  • It does not stay in tune.

16) Yamaha GL1 Guitalele, Natural

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Yamaha GL1 Guitalele, Natural travel guitar is definitely going to make a great substitute for your primary instrument on the travel. Namely, this little but valuable guitar is made out of the finest materials and it has nylon strings.

Possibly the best thing about this travel ukulele is that it sounds like an actual guitar actually. Simply speaking, the tuning is pitched up to ‘’A’’, and the guitar’s sound quality is awesome.

Anyhow, this little guitar comes with the soft case bag which really is offering great protection for almost every occasion.

  • Convenient design – Since this is a lightweight and small guitar, it is pretty convenient to bring it with you on your travels.
  • Nylon strings – For those who are fans of nylon strings, this guitar will be absolutely perfect.
  • Equipped with a soft case bag – This beg is ensuring that the guitar will stay protected and untouched when you go on travel.
  • This guitar gets out of the tune faster than other guitars.

17) Fender CP-100 Parlor Small-Body Acoustic Guitar

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Fender CP-100 Parlor Small-Body Acoustic Guitar is a travel guitar made to be super convenient for travels and travel trips. Namely, you can bring this guitar in any bag without complications and troubles.

Now, the laminated spruce top with the laminated mahogany back and sides are actually making this guitar quite good-looking and easy to play on. Also, the 20 fret rosewood fingerboard has a smaller dot inlay which is great for beginners or kids.

  • Good durability – This guitar is made out of the finest wood materials which provide great durability and much-needed strength on the travels.
  • Beautiful design – The design is to be described as wonderful because of the combination of mahogany color and black sides.
  • Perfect for kids – Since there is a fingerboard with smaller dot inlays, this guitar is perfect for kids and beginners.
  • There might be some noises if you don’t play the guitar for some period of time.

18) Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany Top

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Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar is made to be almost perfect guitar for travels and travel trips. Simply speaking, the sides are made out of the mahogany and there is a bracing body finish that makes this guitar beautiful.

Anyhow, this guitar is considered to be a starter guitar for kids because of its size and easy to play features. Also, this guitar is actually capable of producing some really good sound quality.

  • Solid durability – The materials that are used to build this guitar are strong and durable which makes the guitar pretty strong as well.
  • Perfect for starters – This guitar is equipped with special features that will help beginners to learn how to play this instrument.
  • Wonderful design – The combination of mahogany color and natural finish makes this guitar really beautiful and boots its appearance.
  • It is hard to tune this guitar and keep it in tune.

19) Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar – Natural

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Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar is specially designed travel guitar to provide a lot of benefits for anyone who uses it. Namely, this guitar is designed by Alex Morgan in the Celtic laser etched henna light.

Next, the top is made out of the top-quality mahogany wood which definitely makes this guitar easy to pay and beautiful. Also, the satin finish protects the guitar from those unwanted bumps that occur on the travels.

All in all, you can basically take this guitar with you on any travel since it doesn’t take much space because of its convenient size and weight.

  • Professional Alex Morgan design – The amazing Celtic laser etched henna design is definitely making this guitar both beautiful and convenient for travel.
  • High-quality wood – The top is made out of the mahogany and that definitely boost the playability.
  • Top- class strings – The strings are also one of the best things about this guitar and they really are making this guitar great.
  • There might be a little bit of buzzing noise.

20) Yamaha SLG200S Steel String Silent Guitar, Tobacco Sunburst

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Yamaha SLG200S Steel String Silent Guitar is one pretty good-looking guitar with steel string and translucent black finish. Simply speaking, the design is definitely boosting the appearance and overall quality of the sound.

Now, this guitar is special since it has a near-silent performance that makes discrete practices simple and easy for anyone. Also, the Yamaha exclusive SRT-powered system for pickups is providing natural acoustic tone.

  • Superior performance and sound quality – Since this guitar is equipped with some serious Yamaha sound quality features and components, the sound quality is absolutely perfect and superior.
  • Authentic design – The translucent black finish in the combination with the guitar-like design is absolutely making this guitar beautiful and great when it comes to the appearance.
  • Playability is high – The studio quality on board effects are ensuring the nice and easy jamming for anyone.
  • There might be a slight popping noise if you don’t tune the guitar.

21) Traveler Guitar Speedster Electric Travel Guitar, Red

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Traveler Guitar Speedster Electric Travel Guitar is pretty much something different than rest of the travel guitars because of it design. Namely, the one-piece maple neck and body that is covered with candy apple red metallic finish make this guitar wonderful and great for so many reasons.

There are lots of things equipped like the high-output dual-rail humbucker, the removable support for upper arm, deluxe gig bag, and limited 3-year warranty.

  • Outstanding performance – The sound quality and overall color of the tone that this guitar produces is just amazing.
  • Deluxe design – The one-piece design with the amazing candy apple red metallic finish make this guitar absolutely wonderful and beautiful.
  • Durable gig bag – There is a big and durable gig bag included that protects the guitar from any type of unwanted damages.
  • The arm position is a little bit exhausting.

22) Traveler Guitar AG-200EQ Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Black

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Traveler Guitar AG-200EQ Acoustic-Electric Guitar is both acoustic and electric type of travel guitar that is convenient and great for almost any type of occasions. You can basically bring this guitar with you anywhere since it comes with the deluxe gig bag.

There are built-in headphone amp and onboard tuner that helps you tune the guitar easily and without complications. Also, the strings are quite comfortable even for the beginners which make this guitar perfect for starters.

  • Deluxe gig bag – This guitar comes equipped with the deluxe gig bag that provides much-needed durability and protection on the travels to come.
  • Easy to play on – The strings are of the highest quality and they are perfect for the new players. Also, the overall design is helping a lot with the playing.
  • Splendid performance and sound quality – The sound quality that this guitar produces is just wonderful and possibly the best.
  • Needs a bit more maintaining than other guitars.

23) Higher Quality Travel Guitar Acoustic Steel String

Higher Quality Travel Guitar Acoustic Steel String definitely belongs to the top-class travel guitar bracket category when it comes to the overall quality and performance in general. Simply put, with the design like this and the materials used, you will be able to benefit a lot from this travel guitar.

Anyhow, the adjustable reinforcement truss rod that is positioned in the neck is keeping the guitar neck straight and grants more durability. Also, the overall materials are only the highest quality ones and the boost the performance as well.

Never the less, this guitar is perfect for a little bit experienced players since it has the steel strings which are a little bit harder to play.

  • Adjustable reinforced truss rod – With this feature, the neck of the guitar will be kept straight and able to resist all sorts of pressure.
  • Outstanding performance – The overall sound quality is just great which is making this guitar to excel in the field of performance a lot.
  • Durable and strong – The materials used to craft this beauty are definitely one of the top-quality ones which boost the durability.
  • Fret ends are a little bit rough.

24) Acoustic Guitar 36 Inch Classical Travel Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag Capo Strings Strap Picks

Acoustic Guitar 36 Inch Classical Travel Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag Capo Strings Strap Picks

Acoustic Guitar 36 Inch Classical Travel Guitar is definitely one of the most convenient travel guitars on the market for sure. Namely, this guitar is easy to play since it has a rosewood fingerboard and a bridge that offers smooth touch.

As for the quality of the sound, we can say that this guitar is delivering good sound quality for sure. Anyhow, the Engleman Spruce top and a Laminated Sapele back and side are absolutely contributing to the overall sound quality.

Now, this guitar is pretty much convenient for anyone to play. From kids to adults, you can play this guitar without any complications since it doesn’t require any special skill or knowledge to play.

  • All in one – Simply speaking, this guitar is equipped with the gig bag that offers great portability and protection. Also, the guitar picks are here to ensure you don’t hurt your fingers.
  • Convenient for anyone – Most of the people can play this guitar without any trouble. Namely, from kids to adults, everyone is able to play it.
  • Great sound quality – This guitar is delivering some really good sound quality which is definitely suitable for solo plays. Also, this guitar will definitely perform well in any occasion.
  • Needs to be tuned more often than other guitars.

25) Donner Guitalele DGL-1 28” Travel Guitar Ukulele Package 6 String Ukulele Spruce Mahogany Body

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Donner Guitalele DGL-1 28” Travel Guitar Ukulele is probably one of the most suitable and convenient travels guitalele’s out there. Simply speaking, this little guitar is designed to be unique and to look beautiful.

Now, there are six nylon strings and the overall size of this little guitar is actually the same as the baritone. Therefore, you will definitely benefit from this guitar if you need some space to save during travels.

Possibly the best thing is that this guitar comes with a gig bag, strap, extra strings, digital clip-on tuner, and lots of other things. You will basically be fully equipped with this delightful travel guitar package.

  • High-quality materials – This guitar is made out of the finest wood materials, like mahogany, spruce, and others.
  • Superb sound quality – The overall performance and the sound quality of this guitar are just on another level. Basically, this little guitar is capable of delivering the most awesome sound quality ever for a travel guitar.
  • Fully equipped package – With this guitar, you will be able to get a gig bag, extra strings, digital clip-on tuner, and other cool stuff.
  • Needs to be tuned more often than other guitars. Falls out of tune easily.

26) Voyage Air Guitar TransAxe Series TelAir Folding Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

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Voyage Air Guitar TransAxe Series TelAir Folding Electric Guitar will probably make your travel trip wonderful and it will definitely be perfect replacement for your primal guitar. This foldable guitar is super convenient for travel.

The design is absolutely wonderful and it makes this guitar beautiful in every way. The high gloss vintage sunburst finish and a black pickguard are quite the good combinations.

As for the performance, this guitar is definitely excelling in every field of it. The maple neck and fingerboard makes this guitar so easy to play on and the sound quality is amazing.

  • Beautiful appearance – The black pickguard and a high gloss vintage sunburst finish are definitely making this guitar more than beautiful.
  • Perfect for every occasion – Since the neck is foldable, this guitar is perfect for every travel occasion like camping, bicycle trips, and more.
  • Superior sound quality – The sound quality that this guitar produces is just amazing. The materials and design are definitely contributing to the overall sound quality.
  • Needs a little bit more tuning than the rest of the guitars.

27) James Neligan ASY-A MINI ASYLA Series Auditorium Acoustic Travel Guitar

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James Neligan ASY-A MINI ASYLA Series Auditorium Acoustic Travel Guitar is made out of the finest materials that come from a line of high-quality products. Anyhow, this guitar is not only performing well, but also, it is one of the most well-designed travel guitar for sure.

With the mahogany back, sides, and neck, you will be getting the perfect sound quality which will result in the great playability of the guitar. Also, the rosewood finger board comes quite handy for beginners or those who are not that skilled with the guitar.

  • Good-looking design – The overall appearance of the guitar is just beautiful. Also, the materials are really contributing to the overall use and quality of the guitar.
  • Splendid performance – The guitar is capable of delivering the high sound quality for sure. Considering that this is a travel guitar, it is quite good and easy to play on it.
  • Durable components – Every part of this guitar is made out of the finest materials which directly contribute to the overall durability.
  • There is a small diversity in the tone.

28) James Neligan LYN-A MINI FI LYNE Series Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with FISHMAN Electronics

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James Neligan LYN-A MINI FI LYNE Series Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar is a little bit different type of travel guitar in general. Namely, this is an acoustic-electric type which really is special for many occasions.

First of all, the rosewood back and sides in a combination with a mahogany neck with satin finish is really making this guitar not only beautiful but also, a great performer as well. Also, the rosewood fingerboard comes quite handy for those who are not that skilled on this instrument.

The all natural color with high gloss finish is making this guitar’s design beautiful and definitely good-looking. Anyhow, there is a big gig bag included which is quite convenient for travels.

  • Beautiful natural design – The combination of natural colors with top-quality wood materials makes this guitar beautiful and astonishing.
  • Solid performance – Since this guitar is made to be played easily, almost anyone can play it without any complications. The performance is outstanding at least.
  • Big gig bag – The big gig bag is included in the package which is perfect for protection on the travels.
  • A little bit bulky guitar, but this doesn’t have to be a flaw.

29) Traveler Guitar Escape Mark III Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag

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Traveler Guitar Escape Mark III Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar is equipped with the amazing gig bag that comes quite handy for any type of occasion. Namely, this travel guitar set is actually one of the most convenient and trust-worthy travel guitar sets out there.

Since this is an acoustic-electric type of travel guitar, you can expect it to work perfectly and to deliver a quite good sound quality in general. The Alder body with the bolt-on neck that is made out of maple is making this guitar look both beautiful and classy.

The Custom Shadow preamp with headphone out is also something worth mentioning since most of the travel guitars don’t have this type of feature.

  • Built-in chromatic tuner – With the built-in chromatic tuner, you will have no troubles adjusting the right sound level and tuning this guitar in general.
  • Beautiful design – The all natural finish is contributing to the overall looks and appearance of the guitar in many ways. Also, the design is pretty much good since it makes the guitar perform more than well.
  • Deluxe gig bag – The big gig bag is included in the package and it is one of the most convenient gig bags ever. It will protect your guitar from unwanted damages and troubles.
  • This guitar is a little bit heavy and requires a bit more effort to play on.

30) New Anygig Travel Practics Guitar Classical Backpacker 6 Strings Black

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New Anygig Travel Practics Guitar will definitely come quite handy for any travel trip you go in the future. Simply put, this practices guitar is pretty convenient for any occasion since it is a travel type guitar.

First of all, this guitar is made for right-handed people and it has nylon classic strings so the playability is very high. Also, the length of ht guitar is 25.5 inches which really is nothing much since you will be using it on your travels.

There are more than one things included in the package like armrest bone, output audio jack and cable, and an easy carry travel bag.

  • Convenient design – This practice guitar is designed to perform great and lots of people can use it without any complications.
  • Special features – This guitar does not travel alone. It includes stuff like armrest bone, easy carry travel bag, and an output audio jack.
  • High-quality strings – With the nylon 028 to 045 strings, you will be getting the best performing practice guitar for sure.
  • There is a slightly annoying buzzing noise.

31) Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 WHT Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag, White

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Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 WHT Electric Travel Guitar is possibly one of the best electronic travel guitar out there. With the built-in headphone amp that provides clean sound quality, you will be able to benefit a lot from this guitar.

Now, this guitar is super convenient because of the Aux-in feature that allows you to jam with your mobile device that is connected to the guitar. Also, the Active ESP humbucker is definitely helping this guitar to perform wonderfully.

  • Super lightweight – Since this is an electric travel guitar, the weight should be a problem, but this guitar weights only 5 lbs which is pretty much nothing compared to other guitars.
  • Great design – The carved top and beveled neck heel is making this guitar perform great and beautiful as well.
  • Splendid performance – This guitar excels in almost every field of performance and it is quite easy to play on.
  • Requires a little bit of skill and knowledge to play on.

32) Dean FLY BUB Flight Series 3/4 Size Travel Acoustic Guitar, Bubinga

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Dean FLY BUB Flight Series 3/4 Size Travel Acoustic Guitar is made out of the finest wood materials which makes this guitar so smooth on the touch and easy to play on. Simply speaking, the set neck and rosewood fingerboard ensures you to play without any complications on this guitar.

Also, the body is made out of the mahogany material and there is chrome hardware part which contributes to the overall durability of the guitar.

  • Solid performance – Not only that this guitar is designed to deliver good sound quality, but also, this guitar has great appearance and overall design of the body.
  • Strong and durable parts – The materials used to craft this amazing guitar are of the highest-quality and they offer great durability and endurance for the guitar.
  • Great playability – Almost anyone can play on this guitar since it is quite easy and fun to hold it and play it.

33) Maestro by Gibson 30″ Mini Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag, Vintage Sunburst

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Maestro by Gibson 30″ Mini Acoustic Guitar is possibly one of the greatest travel guitars for special occasions. Anyway, this guitar is made out of the finest wood materials and it really is capable of delivering great sound quality.

The back and sides are made out of the Basswood and the top is made out of a select spruce veneer. Therefore, the guitar is pretty much durable and absolutely wonderful in the eye of the buyer.

Never the less, the fingerboard is from rosewood and it has 21 frets which actually means that this guitar is not that hard to play. Almost anyone will be able to play this already convenient guitar.

  • Top-quality materials – Namely, this guitar is made out of the finest wood materials such as rosewood, basswood, and maple.
  • Wonderful design – The overall appearance of the guitar is simply beautiful. You will hardly find better looking guitar that has this good sound quality.
  • Durable and withstanding – This guitar is capable of withstanding all sorts of pressure that occur on the travels. Also, the durability is high and this guitar lasts for long period of time.
  • Before you start playing this guitar, read the User Manual, it is highly recommended.

Choosing the Best Travel Guitar from the Best Travel Guitar Brands

With everything said about these amazing travel guitars we can only conclude that every one of them is valuable and worth the money. When you think of a good travel guitar, think of value, not the cost, that way you will get the one that will suit you perfectly on your travel trips.

Now, it is only up to you to decide which guitar to pick and get your next travel trip more fun and better for everyone.

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Top 14 Best Mini & Travel Acoustic Guitars (2021 Review)

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In this article we’re going to be discussing what the 14 best travel and mini acoustic guitars are, that exist in 2021.

Before we go straight into talking about each product featured in the list, we’re firstly going to address what a travel acoustic guitar is, and the different types of mini acoustic guitars on the market.

So without further ado, let’s talk travel acoustic guitars.

What is a Travel Acoustic Guitar

A travel acoustic guitar is simply an acoustic guitar that is smaller in size than a standard-sized acoustic guitar, usually around 3/4 or 1/2 of the size. Because of its smaller size, it is more suited for portability, especially for those who are looking to transport it on long trips.

What are the different types of travel acoustic guitars?

There are many different terms that people use to describe the same type of ‘travel acoustic guitar’, as we call it. Some would prefer to call it a ‘travel size acoustic guitar’, others use the term ‘mini acoustic guitar’.

None-the-less, all of these terms describe the same item.

However, as previously mentioned, travel acoustic guitars can come in a range of different sizes. Therefore, knowing the ideal size that suits you, whether or not that be a 1/2 size guitar or a 3/4 size guitar, will be very important in finding the perfect mini travel guitar for you.

I’ve explained the general size measurements that are associated with both 1/2 size, 3/4 size and full-size acoustic guitars below, so feel free to get your measuring tape out!

Again, these will differ from company to company, but we’ve done the research and are certain that the following products featured fall into the specified category, even if the Amazon listing has fleetingly used the term 1/2 size when the guitar actually falls into the 3/4 size category.

  • 1/2 Size Travel Acoustic Guitar Size (86 x 30 cm) or (34inch x 12inch)
  • 3/4 Size Travel Acoustic Guitar Size (92 x 34 cm) (36inch x 13inch)
  • Full-Size Acoustic Guitar Size (100 x 38 cm) (39inch x 15inch)

Below we’ve featured a list of the best travel sized & mini acoustic guitars; The list has been organized based on two main criteria, the primary being the size of the guitar, and secondary based on price.

Best Travel Size & Mini Acoustic Guitars

  • Oscar Schmidt OG5 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar Bundle

Fender FA-15 3/4 Scale Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha jr1 steel string acoustic, yamaha jr2 acoustic guitar, ibanez 3/4 mini dreadnought acoustic guitar, luna safari series ‘muse’ acoustic guitar, luna aurora ‘borealis’ acoustic guitar, luna guitars henna paradise acoustic/electric guitar.

  • Martin Guitars ‘Little Martin’ LX1R Acoustic Guitar

Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

  • Luna Guitars Safari Koa Supreme Acoustic/Electric Guitar

Yamaha APXT2 3/4 Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • LAVA ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar with Effects

Best Budget Travel Guitars

Oscar schmidt og5 3/4-size acoustic guitar bundle.

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Technical features

  • Oscar Schmidt Acoustic Guitar created by Washburn
  • Includes gig bag, tuner, strap, picks, instructional book, DVD, and polishing cloth
  • Catalpa sides and back
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Gloss finish
  • 4 colors available

The Oscar Schmidt OG5 3/4 acoustic guitar bundle comes in natural, sunburst, blue, and pink colors.

Being priced at just under $130 this really is a budget-priced acoustic guitar bundle, so don’t expect the world. However, for this price, you’re getting a well-constructed guitar, built by none other than Oscar Schmidt in collaboration with the extremely reputable guitar-maker Washburn Guitars.

The maple top with gloss finish gives it a beautiful look.

The guitar also has Catalpa sides and back, this wood is known for being a relatively soft, deciduous wood that is native to North America. It is known for giving an acoustic guitar the balance of warmth and midrange tone for strumming while also providing a rich sound for lead playing and fingerpicking.

The Oscar Schmidt OG5 bundle  has a 4.5/5* rating from over 80 customer reviews on Amazon.

  • Great price for a bundle that includes so many accessories
  • Aesthetically appealing acoustic guitar
  • Selection of fourdifferent colors
  • Created by Oscar Schmidt/Washburn (Reputable brands)
  • Great for beginners
  • For the price and accessories included, there aren’t many drawbacks
  • Although this is a great guitar for beginners, if you are an advanced player, you may want to look at a higher end guitar

Although I couldn’t find a video demonstration specifically of the OG5, here is a video demonstration of an unnamed Oscar Schmidt Acoustic Guitar, which should give you a good idea of the sound quality of Oscar Schmidt guitars:

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  • Created by Fender, an iconic company with a great reputation
  • Includes gig bag
  • Agathis Top
  • Sapele sides and back
  • Nato wood neck
  • Chrome Tuners
  • 3/4 body size
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Comes in 6 different colors

The Fender Alternative Series are Fender’s beginner guitar line, but, being a Fender, you are still going to get great playability and sound quality.

The FA-15 has 6 different color options, including natural, black, blue, red, moonlight burst, and green.

Being priced at just under $170 this really is a budget-priced acoustic guitar bundle. However, for this price, you’re getting a well-constructed guitar, built by none other than Fender, the legendary company that brought you the Fender Stratocaster and Fender Telecaster ( you can read our article about best pickups for Telecasters here ).

This guitar has an agathis top, which is a type of wood that has been compared to mahogany, although it is cheaper than mahogany, and may not compare to the great tonal qualities of mahogany.

The FA-15, however, also has sapele sides and back. Sapele has also been compared to mahogany, and more favorably so than agathis. As a result, you can expect a warm, neutral tone that is balanced enough to sound good for both rhythm and lead playing.

The all-laminate construction makes it both strong and resistant to cracking from humidity changes.

Overall, the Fender FA-15 is a terrific choice for a beginner 3/4 size guitar.

The Oscar Schmidt OG5 bundle has a 4.7/5* rating from over 25 customer reviews on Amazon.

  • Great price for a well-built guitar with great sound
  • Selection of sixdifferent colors
  • Created by Fender (Reputable Brand)
  • Only includes a gig bag, so you will have to buy other accessories separately

To learn more about the FA-15 and how it sounds, take a look at the review and demonstration video below:

Yamaha JR1 3/4 Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag, Strap, Strings, Winder and Picks

  • JR1 Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Yamaha
  • Meranti back and sides
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Includes a Gig bag, Martin Guitar Strings, Strap, Picks and String Winder

The Yamaha JR1 is their attempt to replicate the premier sound of the Yamaha FG series within an acoustic travel guitar. As for if they were successful, well you only need to look below at the reviews, as they speak for themselves.

The Yamaha JR1 has a 4.8/5* rating from 29 customer reviews on Amazon.

This mini acoustic guitar comes with a multitude of items and so you don’t need to purchase any additional items before your travels. This includes a gig bag, another set of strings, a guitar strap, guitar picks and a string winder. Although it must be said, some of the reviews say that the guitar case that comes with this guitar is very soft, and so if you are indeed travelling for a long period of time, and plan to take this guitar with you, we advise upgrading the case.

Similarly to previous guitars mentioned, the JR1 has a spruce top, known to be very soft to the touch but maintains a good overall density for strength. This spruce top enables the guitar to produce a lot of resonance, maintaining low, mid-range and high frequencies with plenty of attack.

The guitar also has Meranti back and sides; This wood is generally quite inexpensive to buy, but considerably helps to preserve tonal qualities.

The neck is made from Nato wood, which is usually an inexpensive replacement for Mahogany. None-the-less, it too is also commonly used for making guitars within this price-range and helps keep a pronounced mid-range to the guitar’s tone; Which is highly important for acoustic instruments.

  • Fantastic price (considering the bundle)
  • Comes with plenty of accessories (Case, Martin Guitar Strings, Strap, Guitar Picks & String Winder)
  • Almost none
  • We advise that you get a case (especially since you’re most likely travelling). We’ve linked to our recommended soft case here – Link to Amazon

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Yamaha JR-1 in action directly below:

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  • JR2 Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Yamaha
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Includes a Gig bag, Guitar Strings, Plectrums, String Winder, Instructional Video, Polishing Cloth and Guitar Tuner

The Yamaha JR2 in Natural is the replacement for the older JR1. Yamaha’s aim is to attempt to replicate the premier sound of the Yamaha FG series within an acoustic travel guitar. Now from customer reviews alone, they clearly got it right with the JR1, but did they succeed with the JR2? As for if they were successful, well you only need to look below at the reviews, as they speak for themselves.

The Yamaha JR2 has a 4.3/5* rating from 65 customer reviews on Amazon.

This mini acoustic guitar comes with a multitude of items and so you don’t need to purchase any additional items before your travels. This includes a gig bag, a set of guitar strings, guitar picks, a string winder and a guitar tuner.

This is a really good selection of accessories supplied! We’re particularly impressed with the inclusion of a guitar tuner, as guitar tuner pedals alone can cost between $20 – $100.

Similarly to the JR1, the JR2 has a spruce top, known to be very soft to the touch but maintains a good overall density for strength. This spruce top enables the guitar to produce a lot of resonance, maintaining low, mid-range and high frequencies with plenty of attack.

The JR2 really distinguishes itself from the former JR1 in its upgraded ‘Mahogany’ back and sides. With Mahogany being more expensive because of its ability to provide more presence and a better sound for acoustic guitars.

  • Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Comes with plenty of accessories (Case, Martin Guitar Strings, Strap, Guitar Picks & Guitar Tuner)
  • Decent quality guitar case
  • Don’t worry, we’ve linked to Amazon’s best selling acoustic guitar straps here – Acoustic Guitar Straps

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Yamaha JR-2 in action directly below:

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  • 3/4 Mini Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Built by Ibanez
  • Mahogany, Top Back and Sides
  • Includes a Gig bag

Although you may know Ibanez for its impressive lineup of electric guitars, Ibanez also does a good job of building low and mid priced acoustic guitars. The Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought is Ibanez’ entry into the beginner guitar market, competing with the likes of the Fender FA-15 and the Yamaha JR1 and JR2.

The 3/4 Mini Dreadnought has a full mahogany body, with the premium wood making up the top, back, sides, and neck. Mahogany is known to give a rich, warm sound that provides a good balance of rhythm and lead capability. Like many other guitars in this price range, don’t expect to get full body sound in a miniature body.

However, in terms of quality of sound for the value, this is a good guitar if you are a beginner and want to get your first acoustic. Personally, I love Ibanez’ electric guitars and I have only ever owned Ibanez electrics. However, I would likely look at the Yamaha beginner acoustic lineup as my recommended choice, but you should certainly look into this, as everyone has different tastes!

The Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought has a 4.5/5* rating from 29 customer reviews on Amazon.

One thing I will say that is a strong positive feature is that the Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought manages to provide an all-mahogany body in a price range that it is rare to see it in.

  • Great price for a mahogany body guitar
  • High quality sound in this price range
  • Doesn’t feel or sound as good as the Yamaha lineup in this price range
  • Acoustic Guitar Straps
  • Acoustic Guitar Strings
  • Acoustic Guitar Case

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought Acoustic in action directly below:

Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar - Natural

  • ‘Safari Series Muse’ model –  Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Luna
  • Designed by Alex Morgan
  • Mahogany Top, Back and Sides
  • Satin Finish
  • Celtic Laser Etching Design around the sound hole
  • Steel Strings

Luna is a guitar manufacturer renowned for it’s incredibly unique and genuine acoustic guitar designs. Not only this, but they have created a trustworthy brand image for themselves not only for their guitar designs, but for the incredible sound too.

The Luna Safari Muse acoustic travel guitar is another one of Luna’s unique designed guitars.

Designed by Alex Morgan, the guitar has a wonderfully warm looking Mahogany front, back and sides and a laser etched henna design around the sound hole. This henna design is subtle enough to not distract your audience whilst you’re playing, but certainly, it will make them appreciate your lovely looking guitar.

As for how the Luna Safari Muse acoustic guitar sounds? As we’ve mentioned, we know that Luna usually knock the ball out of the park when it comes to sound; And although we can talk all day about how good their products sound, we’d much rather you see for yourself…

Therefore we’ve featured a demonstration video below, and a link to all of the customer reviews.

The Luna Safari Muse  has a 4.2/5* rating from over 90 customer reviews on Amazon.

  • Beautiful design with bespoke features
  • Wonderful sounding acoustic guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar ‘Clip-on’ Tuners

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Safari Muse’ in action directly below.

Luna Aurora Borealis 3/4 Acoustic Guitar Black Pearl

  • ‘Aurora Borealis’ model –  Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Luna
  • Available in Black, Pink, Teal and White
  • Basswood Top, Back and Sides
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Black Walnut Bridge
  • Black Pearl Finish

The Luna Aurora Borealis acoustic travel guitar is one of the brand’s more minimalistically designed guitars; And for some this may certainly be an attractive feature.

The guitar is mainly made up of Basswood, with the Body and Top being made up of this. The Neck is made from Mahogany, and the fret board and Bridge are made from Black Walnut. Finally, the Aurora Borealis has a Black Pearl finish, really setting it apart from other acoustic guitars.

As for how the Luna Aurora Borealis acoustic guitar sounds? We could talk about the sound all day, but the best way in which we can communicate this is in demonstrating! Hence we’ve featured  a demonstration video below, and a link to all of the customer reviews.

The Luna Aurora Borealis  has a 4.7/5* rating from over 70 customer reviews on Amazon.

  • More minimalistic design for Luna, may be appealing for some!
  • 4 different colors to choose from
  • Great sounding (refer to demonstration video)

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Aurora Borealis’ in action directly below.

Luna Safari ‘Bamboo’ Acoustic Guitar

Luna Safari Bamboo Travel Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag

  • ‘Safari Bamboo’ Model –  Travel Acoustic Guitar Built by Luna
  • Available in Bamboo and Vintage Design
  • Bamboo Leaf Laser Etching Design Around the Sound Hole
  • Bamboo Top, Back and Sides
  • Walnut Fretboard & Bridge
  • Natural Satin Finish
  • Comes with Clip-on Chromatic Tuner, Gigging Bag, Guitar Strings, Instructional DVD, Polishing Cloth, Guitar Picks and a Guitar Strap.

The Luna Safari Bamboo is a very unique travel acoustic guitar; Mainly because, as the name suggests, it’s made from Bamboo… Or at least the Guitar’s Top, Back and Sides are. As you can see and hear from the video demonstration below, it gives the guitar a beautiful aesthetic appearance, and a lovely sound quality.

The front of the guitar also has a Bamboo leaf etching, which has been laser etched around the sound hole of the guitar, really giving it a unique look.

Therefore we’ve featured a demonstration video below, and a link to all of the customer reviews (although there aren’t may reviews, the video demonstration really displays how good this guitar sounds)

The Luna Safari Muse  has a 4.0/5* rating from 1 customer reviews on Amazon.

  • Unique visual appearance
  • Fantastic sounding
  • Nice price considering it’s uniqueness

Best Mid-Range Travel Acoustic Guitars

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  • ‘Henna Paradise’ model – Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar built by Luna
  • Designed by UK henna artist Alex Morganthe
  • Includes Built-In Pickup With Tuner
  • Bundle Includes Guitar Stand, Clip-on Tuner, Guitar Strap, Extra Set of Strings, Total Music Source Polishing Cloth
  • Can Plug Into Amp Or Guitar Audio Interface
  • Mahogany Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Gorgeous Henna Design

The Luna Henna Paradise acoustic-electric guitar is certainly a spectacle from both a visual and tonal point of view. This guitar boasts a beautiful and unique henna design, and is sure to turn heads and start conversations.

This bundle includes pretty much everything you need to get started, including a guitar stand, clip-on tuner, guitar strap, extra set of strings, and total music source polishing cloth.

As for how it sounds, we know that Luna usually knock the ball out of the park when it comes to sound; And quite simply, although there aren’t many reviews for this specific model, over the years, Luna has built a strong reputation in the travel guitar category.

The Luna Safari Tribal has a 4.4/5* rating from 10 customer reviews on Amazon.

Additionally, the Luna Henna Paradise comes with a built-in preamp, so that you can plug it into an amp or into a guitar audio interface . It also has a built-in tuner, so you don’t need to worry about keeping in tune!

  • Beautiful design with stunning features
  • Comes with a built-in preamp and tuner
  • Comes with plenty of accessories
  • Nothing major, except the unique design might not be to everyone’s taste (I find it to be beautiful, though)

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Henna Paradise’ in action directly below. This video demonstrates the sound quality for both playing it using an external acoustic mic and using the built in preamp.

Martin Guitars Little Martin LX1R Acoustic Guitar

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  • LX1R Natural ‘Little Martin’ Model by Martin
  • Natural Color
  • Features a Sitka Spruce Top
  • High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Back And Sides
  • Spruce Neck
  • Includes a Gig Bag

Martin is definitely one of the the Creme-de-la-Creme of Acoustic Guitar manufacturing. They simply know what works and how to make their acoustic guitars sound incredible! This is why they can charge a premium price.

The LX1R ‘Little Martin’ is an impressive travel acoustic guitar, with an HPL back and sides, alongside a premium-quality, hand-finished Sitka Spruce Top for both high-quality sound quality and a lovely visual appearance.

The fretboard/fingerboard is created from rosewood, helping provide that well-known, Martin-associated warm sounding tone.

How does the LX1R ‘Little Martin’ sound? Well, due to the solid spruce top, the LX1R is one of the best-sounding travel acoustic guitars on this list… But don’t just take our opinion on it, have a look at the customer reviews below, and then take a look at the demo video below.

The LX1R Natural ‘Little Martin’ has a 4.5/5* rating from 25 customer reviews on Amazon.

  • World-Class Engineering from Martin
  • Absolutely one of the best sounding travel acoustic guitars on this list due to the Sitka Spruce Top
  • Really Positive Customer Reviews
  • Comes with a Gig Bag
  • $399+ is rather costly, but you’re paying for high-quality construction and Martin’s engineering finesse

Also, check out the video demonstration of the LX1R ‘Little Martin’ in action directly below.

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  • BT2 “Baby Taylor” Acoustic Guitar By Taylor Guitars
  • 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
  • Natural Mahogany Color
  • Features a Troptical Mahogany Hardwood Top
  • Layered Sapele Back and Sides
  • Ebony Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Includes a High Quality Padded Gig Bag

In the same stratosphere as Martin, Taylor is also considered to be the Creme-de-la-Creme of Acoustic Guitar manufacturing. They have been building high quality guitars since 1974 and they know a thing or ten about making great sounding, great playing guitars! Of course, this will also come with a higher price tag than the average travel or beginner guitar.

The “Baby Taylor” was created by Taylor Guitars as a travel or beginner guitar that combines the portability of a travel-size acoustic guitar, with the engineering and quality craftsmanship that Martin uses to create their superior sound quality.

All-in-all, this is certainly a guitar that you’ll love to play everywhere you go, but, like the Martin guitars, also one which you’ll want to look after carefully.

We’ve talked up Taylor guitars quite a bit, but how do you know it lives up to the hype? Well, take a look at the reviews and you’ll see confirmation from customers. Then, take a look at the demo video and you’ll see why this is one of our favorite guitars on this list.

The BT2 “Baby Taylor” Acoustic Guitar has a 4.7/5* rating from 181 customer reviews on Amazon.

In addition this awesome guitar, you also receive a high quality padded gig bag, so that you can keep your Baby Taylor protected throughout your traveling journey.

  • World-Class Engineering from Taylor
  • Awesome Sound Quality
  • Comes with a Padded Guitar Case

Also, check out the video demonstration of the “Baby Taylor” in action directly below:

Luna Guitars Safari Koa Supreme 6 String Acoustic/Electric Guitar

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  • ‘Safari Series Koa Supreme’ model – Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Luna
  • Koa “A” Grade Top and Back
  • Morado Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Built-in preamp
  • Pearl Moon Phase inlays
  • Natural Finish
  • Laser Etching Design around the Soundhole

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The Luna Safari Koa Supreme acoustic-electric travel guitar is another one of Luna’s fantastic travel guitars.

The Koa Supreme is a mid-range priced guitar that looks and plays really nice for its price. This guitar features Koa “A” grade top and back, mahogany neck, and morado fingerboard. This gives it a rich, high quality sound for a small guitar.

The built-in preamp means that you can perform for all your fans by plugging this travel guitar into an amp if you so desire.

This specific model doesn’t have any reviews yet, but the regular Luna Safari Supreme Model get good reviews on Amazon.

  • Extremely ‘full-body’ sounding
  • Koa “A Grade Top, Back and Sides
  • Slightly pricey compared to other Luna Guitars.

To get a good idea of how this guitar sounds, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Safari Koa Supreme” in action directly below.

Best Premium Travel Acoustic Guitars

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  • APXT2 3/4 Acoustic-Electric Guitar built by Yamaha
  • Built in pickups
  • Pearl Die-Cast Tuners

The Yamaha APTXT2 is an upscale acoustic-electric guitar built by Yamaha. Yamaha’s aim is to attempt to replicate the premier sound of the full-size Yamaha APX500II series within a 3/4 size acoustic travel guitar.

Judging by how it sounds and by customer reviews, they certainly seemed to have gotten it right with the APXT2.

The Yamaha APXT2 has a 4.5/5* rating from over 470 customer reviews on Amazon.

Similarly to another popular and well-reviewed travel guitar, the Yamaha JR2 (which is also on our top travel guitar list), the APXT2 has a spruce top, known to be very soft to the touch while still maintaining a good overall density for strength. This spruce top enables the guitar to produce a lot of resonance, maintaining low, mid-range and high frequencies with plenty of attack.

One difference between the APXT2 and the JR2 is the APXT2 has meranti back and sides versus the higher quality mahogany back and sides of the JR2. However, this disadvantage is offset by the fact that the APXT2 has built-in pickups, allowing you to plug the guitar into your amplifier or guitar audio interface .

The neck is made from a combination of nato wood and mahogany.

Unfortunately, one other difference between the APXT2 and the JR2 is the price. Currently, the APXT2 is priced even higher than the Taylor and Martin beginner guitars. However, I personally do love the sound and playability of the APXT2.

  • Beautiful design
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Great sound for a budget guitar
  • Built-in pickups to plug the guitar into an amp
  • Meranti back and sides are a bit of a downgrade from mahogany on the Yamaha JR1 and JR2

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Yamaha APXT2 in action directly below:

LAVA ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar with Effects 36 Inch Acoustic Electric Travel Guitar

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  • “LAVA ME 2” by LAVA Guitars
  • Unique Unibody Design With Super Airsonic (Carbon Fiber Composite) Top, Back, and Sides
  • High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Neck And Fretboard
  • Built In Pickups
  • Built In Speaker With Reverb, Delay, Chorus Effects!
  • Ultra-light, weighing just 3.7 lb (1.7 kg)
  • Weather Resistant To Play In A Variety Of Weather Conditions
  • Black Finish
  • Includes Sturdy Gig Bag

We saved the most unique travel acoustic guitar on our list for last. The LAVA ME 2 is truly a different take on what a travel guitar should be. Everything from its weight, design, materials used, and technology sets it apart from the traditional travel acoustic guitar.

It is very light, weighing in at 3.7 lb (1.7 kg), which is lighter than many laptops.

It is also weather resistant, adaptable to temperatures between -4°F to 176°F and humidity from 10% to 90%.

How does it manage to be this light, but also this weather resistant? That would be due to the carbon fiber unibody design that makes up most of this guitar. This is very different than the traditional wood or laminate materials you see most acoustic guitars are made of.

Like a few other guitars on this list, the LAVA ME 2 has a built in pickup so you can plug it into an external amplifier.

Unlike any guitar on our list, however, this guitar also has a built in speaker, with reverb, chorus, and delay effects to boot! That means you can play this for a small audience without having to plug it into an external amp!

The LAVA ME 2, not surprisingly, is the most expensive travel acoustic guitar that we’ve featured on this list, but that’s no why we’re featuring it. We are giving this the attention it deserves because of its truly unique nature. There simply is no other guitar on our list that is like this.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out the reviews on Amazon, and also take time to check out the video demonstration below.

The LAVA ME 2 has a 4.4/5* rating from 412 customer reviews on Amazon.

  • Unique unibody carbon fiber design
  • Extremely light, but highly durable in most weather conditions
  • Built in pickup to plug into an external amp
  • Truly unique built in speaker to play loudly without plugging into an amp
  • Significantly more expensive than other models
  • The unique design might not be pleasing to traditionalists

Also, check out the in depth review and demonstration of the LAVA ME 2 directly below.

In Conclusion, What is the best travel acoustic guitar?

Ok, so before making our recommendations, we’d just like to clear something up,  if you have average to large sized hands, you may want to choose a model from one of the 3/4 sized acoustic travel guitars that we’ve featured.

Only we would imagine you’d struggle to handle the 1/2 size guitars.

With that being said, we’ve segmented our recommendations based on numerous factors that we think would be important to our readers, i.e Price, Features, Size, Value for Money, etc.

Therefore, we sincerely hope that you feel confident in knowing which is the right guitar for you, once you read our recommendations.

Although quite honestly, from all of the guitars that we’ve featured in this list. They’re all the top 1% when it comes to customer review satisfaction, so you really cannot go wrong with any.

However, we also know personal preference plays a part here, so don’t just take our opinion, look at all of the video demonstrations.

Value for money

Yamaha JR2 Acoustic Guitar – $$ – Budget Priced

Luna Aurora Borealis Acoustic Electric Guitar -$$ – Budget Priced

Luna Henna Paradise Acoustic Electric Guitar – $$$ – Mid Range Priced

Lava ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar With Effects – $$$$ – Premium Priced

Premium Sound Quality

Martin LX1R Little Martin – $$$ – Mid Range Priced

Unique Material

Luna Safari ‘Bamboo’ Acoustic Guitar – $$$ – Mid-Range Priced

Luna Aurora ‘Borealis’ Acoustic Guitar – $$$ – Mid-Range Priced

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Travel guitars are compact instruments that prioritize portability, making them convenient to carry around as you move from place to place.

To shed some of the bulk and weight, most manufacturers utilize smaller and lighter components, while others go for novel streamlined designs that include having parts that collapse or fold.

Here we feature the best travel guitars, divided into mini-acoustic, collapsible, and headless electric guitar models, based on the most recent reviews and ratings data. Each of the featured travel guitars come with detailed descriptions along with important travel-friendly specifications. More importantly, we provide the pros and cons of each one, based on our analysis of actual market responses.

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Yamaha JR1 Travel Acoustic Guitar

The JR1 is Yamaha's response to the hype around "mini" acoustic guitars, this one being the compact version of their popular FG (Folk Guitar) design.

Being a smaller FG means that it retains the familiar dreadnought shape and feel, with less of the bulk and weight. As such it is touted as a good travel guitar and a good starter instrument for young musicians. It also appeals to those who want a smaller acoustic that's easier to play.

The back and sides are crafted from laminate meranti, a low cost timber that is known for its structural strength, while the top uses laminate spruce, which is quite common in the entry level price range.

Other features include having a nato neck with rosewood fingerboard, opened chrome tuner, and it has a shorter scale length of 21.25".

Specifications:

  • Body Profile: FG JR1
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Meranti
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 21.25"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Electronics: None
  • Body Length: 15.3125"
  • Weight: Not Specified

Most users agree that the Yamaha JR1 is a guitar that is easy to play. Most declare it as a great fit for young students of the instrument, while others even recommend it for older players who just want a compact and comfortable beater guitar. Thanks to its combination of good quality and playability, users are generally pleased with what they got for the money.

Some comment that it sounds thinner than a regular sized dreadnought, but this is to be expected given its miniature size. There are also a few who aren't too happy with the included gig bag.

With Yamaha's reputation for student friendly guitars, the Yamaha JR1 is a great travel guitar option that can double as a reliable student guitar.

87 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

Sigma 10Mini Travel Guitar

The Sigma 10Mini is a compact and affordable acoustic guitar with solid spruce top, a feature that you won't normally see in its price range.

The guitar's solid top is supported by laminate sapele back and sides, forming a shape that's similar to vintage concert style acoustic guitars, albeit smaller.

The neck is crafted from nato, and topped by a 23.5" scale rosewood fingerboard.

Completing its vintage appeal is its sunburst gloss finish and square headstock shape.

  • Body Profile: Mini Concert
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Sapele
  • Fretboard: 12.6" Radius Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 23.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.685"
  • Body Length: 17.5"

Given that it comes with a solid spruce top, many comment that this guitar is a great buy. For something affordable, it is able to surpass build quality expectations, with users reporting being stunned at the feel and action of the neck. Most users are also pleased at its tone, which is described as balanced with a nice ring.

Some experienced musicians noticed minor imperfections in some parts of the guitar. Some less experienced reviewers report that it lacks low end, but this is due to its smaller body size.

It's hard to top the value that you can get from this compact vintage style travel acoustic guitar.

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Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top Parlor 6-String Acoustic Guitar

With its compact parlor style profile, the G9500 is lighter and takes up less space, which in turn makes it easier to carry around.

But it's not just about being travel friendly, because the G9500 is well received for its distinct midrange-focused tone, which works nicely with many musical styles, especially old school blues.

This acoustic is a modern reproduction of '30s era Gretsch Rex guitars, having the same look, vibe and tone - without the extra cost and fragility often associated with older instruments - thanks to modern manufacturing technology and the use of renewable materials.

  • Body Profile: Parlor
  • Top: Agathis
  • Back & Sides: Agathis
  • Fretboard: 12" Radius Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24"
  • Body Length: 18"
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs

Feedback on the Gretsch G9500's portability is generally positive, but more importantly, users are impressed by how good it sounds given its small size. Its distinct gritty tone and old school appearance get a lot of praise, while others note that the G9500's build quality exceeded their expectations. Being easy to play is another reason why many rate this instrument highly.

Speaking of build quality, there are a few reports of cosmetic flaws. Those who are looking for fuller sounding acoustic tones may not find its mid-emphasized voicing to their liking.

The Grestch G9500 is a compact acoustic guitar that harkens back to the parlor guitar style, highly recommended for both its portability and its distinct tone.

93 out of 100. Incorporating 400+ ratings and reviews.

Taylor BT2

Known for their premium regular size acoustic guitars, Taylor is now doing just as well in the travel and entry level market, thanks to the likes of BT2.

This guitar is essentially a smaller version of the popular dreadnought shape, albeit with Taylor's brand of build and sound quality.

While it was initially designed to be a starter guitar for kids, it made its way into the hands of professionals who appreciate its balance of portability and quality.

This guitar features a solid mahogany top, and layered sapele for the back and sides, a potent combination that complements the midrange'y tone expected of small body acoustics.

  • Body Profile: Dreadnought Baby
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Back & Sides: Layered Sapele
  • Neck: Sapele
  • Fretboard: African Ebony
  • Scale Length: 22.75"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  • Bundled with Gigbag: Yes
  • Body Length: 15.75"
  • Weight: 8.1 lbs

Sound quality and playability are the top two reasons cited by reviewers for why they love the Taylor BT2. A lot of users appreciate its warm tone, which works well with various musical styles, from folk fingerstyle to strumming. Others are equally pleased with its overall build quality. For the price, many also consider the inclusion of a solid mahogany top in conjunction with the Taylor brand to be a great deal.

There are a few who gave the Taylor BT2 lower scores because of the included gig bag, which some describe as sub-par. Some users also caution that those who are looking for a full sounding acoustic guitar will probably not like the distinctly warm tone of the Taylor BT2.

All in all, the Taylor BT2 is a travel guitar that you won't be ashamed of carrying around.

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 1250+ ratings and reviews.

Martin Steel String Backpacker

With its odd compact body shape, the Backpacker easily stands out from among the many traditional style acoustic guitars of C.F. Martin & Co.

The odd shaped body is stripped of much of its depth and width, having a long triangular shape - resulting in a lighter and smaller acoustic.

And while it looks different from the usual Martin guitar, it does retain Martin's penchant for build quality and even sports a solid spruce top.

More importantly the Backpacker is quite affordable for a Martin branded instrument.

  • Body Profile: Backpacker
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Sides: Tonewood
  • Neck: Tonewood
  • Fretboard: Not Specified
  • Total Length: 33"
  • Weight: 2.125 lbs

Many are happy with the Backpacker because it allows them to own a good quality Martin guitar without having to shell out the usual dough. Being portable is another important factor why it continues to be popular. Reviews indicate that it does live up to its brand in terms of build quality and aesthetics, some even turn it into a display peace when not in use.

Understandably, the odd shaped body may not click with fans of Martin's vintage style designs, but it is much appreciated by travelers. Some caution that the body design makes it awkward to play without a strap. Sound projection is limited, as expected from its compact body design.

It's hard to go wrong with a Martin acoustic, well worth checking out if you're not too keen on traditional body shapes.

Collapsible Acoustic Travel Guitars

Here is a couple of acoustic travel guitars that fold up nice and conveniently.

91 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Yamaha SLG200S Silent Acoustic Guitar

The Silent Guitar from Yamaha is a steel-string acoustic guitar with a detachable body frame.

It doesn't have an actual body to project acoustic sound from, but it has frames in the shape of an acoustic body for supporting your arms. This way it can be as portable as possible while still providing familiar acoustic playability.

Note that its acoustic volume is very low, so it works best when plugged into an amplifier, via its built-in SRT pickup and preamp system. Speaking of preamp, it lets you blend in the sound of "miked" acoustic to the basic piezo sound.

It also comes with reverb and chorus effects built into the unit.

Wrapping up its features include a headphone jack for silent practice, an aux input for jamming along with your favorite tracks, and it has a built-in tuner.

  • Body Profile: Silent Guitar
  • Body: Mahogany (1-Piece Body & Neck)
  • Collapsible Frame: Maple & Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: 15.75" Radius Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Electronics: SRT Pickup & Preamp
  • Body Length: Not Specified
  • Weight: 4.375 lbs

The SLG200S is described as a fun all-in-one travel guitar that's good enough to be both your practice and stage instrument. Having been made by Yamaha, build quality is reported to be exemplary, which results in it being easy to play. Owners are pleased at how easy it is to assemble and disassemble, and many are impressed at how beautifully done the wooden frames are.

Since it doesn't have an actual body, it is not meant to be played unplugged. To make the most out of this guitar, many recommend using it with headphones .

The Yamaha SLG200S is a feature rich travel guitar that takes the acoustic guitar concept beyond what you'd normally expect.

Journey OF660M Carbon Fiber

91 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Journey Instruments OF660M Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar

As the label implies, the Journey OF660M Carbon Fiber does away with traditional wood to turn it into a super reliable travel guitar.

As special as that may be, the carbon fiber body of this guitar takes a second seat to what really makes this guitar special: which is its removable neck system. While removable necks are nothing new, the Journey OF660M has pulled it off in a way that detaching and attaching the neck is convenient and very easy - without straying too far from the familiar acoustic guitar shape.

It even comes with a matching gig-bag so you can safely store the neck and body separately, while keeping the strings in a position where it doesn't break or scratch the guitar.

  • Body Profile: 00 Travel
  • Top: Unidirectional Carbon Fiber
  • Sides: Fiberglass Reinforced Carbon Fiber
  • Neck: Carbon Fiber
  • Fretboard: Carbon Fiber
  • Scale Length: 24.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • Electronics: Passive Piezo Pickup
  • Battery: None
  • Total Length: 35.5"
  • Weight: 4.1 lbs

More and more guitarists are becoming fans of the OF660M, and it's not surprising because of its incredible reliability and portability. It has been reportedly put to work in places that would mess up wooden guitars, including beaches, boats, mountain trails and many more. It also impresses guitarists for its sound, which many describe as surprisingly full sounding.

Those who prefer wood over carbon fiber will not find this guitar appealing. There are also some comments about the guitar's lack of acoustic projection, but this is to be expected, given its use of special materials.

If you're willing to make the investment and go beyond conventional acoustic guitar builds, then the Journey OF660M will make a great traveling companion.

The Best Electric Travel Guitars

91 out of 100. Incorporating 300+ ratings and reviews.

Eart GW2 Headless Travel Electric Guitar

To get rid of the extra bulk and width of electric guitars, some manufacturers have opted for more streamlined headless designs. Case in point is the Eart GW2, which allows for standard 25.5" scale length playability, while having a travel-friendly small profile.

The guitar's body is crafted from roasted Padauk, a reddish brown wood that's similar to rosewood in terms of durability and looks.

To cater to modern guitarists, the headless neck follows a compound radius profile. And to better handle heavy gauge strings and lower tunings, the neck is reinforced by utilizing 5-pc maple/padauk material.

Giving this guitar its voice are two covered humbuckers, designed to cater to modern cleans and high-gain style playing.

Other features include having a rosewood fingerboard with zero fret, and a fixed hardtail bridge.

Finally, the Eart GW2 Headless comes with a relatively affordable price tag given its unique design.

  • Body Profile: Headless
  • Body: Roasted Padauk
  • Neck: 5-Piece Roasted Maple/Padauk
  • Fretboard: Compound Radius Indian Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.6417"
  • Electronics: Dual Humbuckers

For an affordable guitar, the Eart GW2 headless is able to meet the playability expectations of modern guitarists. This is reflected in reviews that commend its neck for its fast and comfortable feel. Being friendly to high-gain tones is another big reason why most users rate this highly. And while it plays much like a standard size guitar, users love that it is smaller and easier to carry around.

There are some who feel that the guitar shape and weight/balance takes a bit of getting used to. There are also a few reports of bad parts, along with setup related or quality control issues.

The Eart GW2 is an affordable travel guitar meant for those who are into modern guitar styles. It is also a good entry way into the world headless guitar designs.

90 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag

Weighing in at just 3.125 lbs and with a total length of just 28", the Traveler Ultra-Light Electric is a light and compact electric guitar that retains full-scale length playability.

It features a 24.75" scale length, similar to many Les Paul style guitars, and a standard nut width of 1.75".

It utilizes the company's distinct tuning system where in the tuners are located in middle of the body, removing the need for a headstock.

It also features a detachable frame that allows you to sit the guitar comfortably on your legs.

Finally, it features a dual rail humbucker that can handle both clean and overdriven tones much like a regular electric guitar.

  • Body Profile: Traveler Ultra-Light
  • Body Tonewood: Maple
  • Neck: Maple Thru-Neck
  • Fretboard: Rosewood 22-Frets 12" Radius
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Pickups: 1 x Dual-Rail Humbucker
  • Bridge: Adjustable Tune-o-Matic
  • Total Length: 28"
  • Weight: 3.125 lbs

The Traveler Ultra-Light Electric guitar appeals to guitarists who are looking for a portable practice axe with similar playing feel as their Les Paul style instrument. Most reviewers commend it for its incredibly light and portable design.

Ironically, there are some who are on the opposite side of the fence, complaining about the body being too light, which makes playing a bit awkward, especially when digging the strings hard in rock, metal and similar music styles. The lack of volume and tone controls also raised a few eyebrows.

Still, if portability is your top concern, the Traveler Ultra-Light Electric should be high up on your list.

Things to Consider When Buying a Travel Guitar

Best travel guitar selection methodology.

The first edition was published in 2017.

We first made a short list of the most popular and top rated travel guitars, focusing on those that can be readily bought from major US retailers. For this edition, we ended up with a shortlist of 33 guitars, which entailed the gathering of over 8000 relevant reviews, ratings and discussions, including those written recently. All these data were then fed into the Gearank Algorithm, which resulted in rating scores our of 100 that we used to finalize each list above. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works .

About the Author and Contributors

Here are the key people and sources involved in this guide's production - click on linked names for information about their music industry backgrounds.

Lead Author & Researcher

Drawing from his experience in performing and recording, he teaches guitar and bass and mentors young artists to be better musicians. And when he is not busy playing or tinkering with musical gear, he puts on his entrepreneurial hat, which helps fund his passion for collecting guitars, mecha figures and Gunpla kits.

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MusicRadar Verdict

If you turn up at your local blues jam toting a Travelcaster you’re going to be noticed. What would Leo have said?

It’s a perfectly good, fully functioning full-scale entry-level Stratocaster-alike.

The lack of body affects the playing feel (both strapped on and seated) and impacts on the sound.

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You’d be forgiven for thinking it was April, but, no - this Traveler Guitar Travelcaster Deluxe is not something conceived in Photoshop. 

It’s a full scale (648mm/25.5-inch) electric solidbody, although, as you can see, the 44mm thick poplar body is, er, rather reduced following the outline of Fender’s classic Stratocaster scratchplate. And instead of the six-in-a-line headstock, we have a stubbier-looking three-a-side head, which helps to trim the length down to 33.75 inches - pretty much the equivalent of lopping the headstock off your Strat. 

The Travelcaster Deluxe is one of 30-something full-scale travel guitars offered by Traveler: “From the original Pro-Series model to the cutting edge EG-1 Custom, to the revolutionary Traveler Acoustic Series, our guitars have travelled all over the world, from a submarine deep in the Atlantic to the peak of Mount Everest,” we’re told. 

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The company’s roots date back to the inventor Leon Cox, who, as the website explains, “conceived and built the very first Traveler Guitar in his garage in Redlands, California in October of 1992”. Some of you might remember that, and how it utilised the diaphragm of a stethoscope in its body “to provide the player with a battery-free, private listening experience”. To cut a long story short, by the end of the 90s demand was so high that Fender, no less, took on Traveler manufacturing in its Corona factory before it moved overseas
a short while later. The very futuristic electric Speedster soon followed (and still remains the best-selling model), while our Travelcaster Deluxe was launched in 2017. 

Feel and sounds

The Travelcaster Deluxe, with its vibrato, has a Strat-like array of single coils and controls. Aside from the light weight, the lack of body makes for an unusual playing experience both seated or strapped on (the latter not helped by the dished output jack on the back of the body). But aside from frets that lack a final polish, it plays, well, like an entry-level Strat and has sounds to match, albeit lacking a little sustain and, yes, body. 

There’s no shortage of down-sized travel guitars out there, or indeed unusual guitars made from oil cans or cigar boxes and the like, so Traveler is in good company. However, the compromise in both playing feel and sound may be just too much for all but the most dedicated practising player (who is faced with draconian carry-on rules or lack of car space thanks to the kids’ paraphernalia when you set off on your hols). 

If you need small - but not in-scale length, fret complement or neck feel - Traveler Guitar certainly has a big and diverse range of electrics, electros and even acoustics with which to tempt you. And, c’mon, if you turn up at your local blues jam toting a Travelcaster you’re going to be noticed. What would Leo have said? 

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Gear Review: KLOS Carbon Fiber Acoustic Electric Travel Guitar

Pete Madsen

  • May 8, 2019

There has been a revolution of sorts in guitar making over the past 15 years. RainSong, Blackbird, Composite Acoustics, and now KLOS have developed carbon-fiber instruments that can withstand the elements of extreme heat, cold, and moisture without suffering damage. The main benefit of such guitars is that they can go anywhere, take punishment, and still come out sounding like they did before. For added convenience, KLOS has made an acoustic-electric guitar with a handy travel package, complete with a detachable neck and portable gig bag.

The idea behind KLOS guitars began in 2014 when cofounder Adam Kloswiak left his college dorm window open during winter break, causing cracks in his wooden guitar.  Klosowiak’s brother, Ian, stepped in with both his guitar playing experience and knowledge of composite materials to produce the first KLOS guitar. With the additional help of Jacob Sheffield and a couple of Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, the company is going strong after four-plus years

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THE ASSEMBLY

The KLOS arrived packed for travel, with the neck detached and stuffed away in a separate small bag that was strapped to the main bag for the body of the guitar. This optional lightweight package can fold into a backpack, making it easy to transport the KLOS. Admittedly, the first thing I did upon unpacking the guitar was to not read the directions. Had I done so I would not have removed the capo that was placed at the first fret, thus allowing the first string to unravel from its tuner post, making it difficult to rethread.

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Pillaging an E string from a spare set, I went about assembling the guitar, which required removing the neck from its pouch and attaching it to the body with four long screws, using the included mini screwdriver. The guitar’s headstock is stout—it’s obviously engineered with portability in mind—and the tuners are spaced the same distance apart as those on a Fender Stratocaster. This made finger manipulation of the tuners feel a little cramped, at least for me, but once in tune I was ready to rock. Speaking of headstock, I also appreciated that it’s placed at a zero angle to the neck, making it more durable than most.

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THE FEEL AND SOUND

If you’re looking for a travel guitar that is easy to play, then the KLOS certainly fits the bill. With 14 frets clear to the body, a slim 1-11/16-inch nut, 24-3/4-inch scale fretboard, and low action, I was able to perform single-string runs with ease. Pounding out barre chords was child’s play, and I was able to execute hammer-ons and pull-offs with a light touch—partially due to the light-gauge strings (.011–.052). Smaller hands will welcome the slim neck profile and ease of navigation. Larger hands might feel a little cramped, though, given the neck’s tight quarters. Also, the narrow string spacing at the saddle made fingerpicking feel a bit restrictive.

Carbon-fiber guitars should not be judged on the same sonic merits as their wooden counterparts—just as a brass resonator guitar has its own sonic palette, so too does a carbon-fiber axe. Carbon fiber has a very clear and precise tone, and when I’m fingerpicking an alternating-bass blues tune on the KLOS, I can hear the bass as distinct notes, rather than percussive thuds. Because of its small size, however, the KLOS has a narrow voice—not thin, but if you’re looking for big notes out of a small box, then you might be disappointed. My Little Martin had a much warmer tone by comparison.

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THE ELECTRONICS PACKAGE

The KLOS is outfitted with a Fishman Sonitone pickup system; volume and tone controls are located on the inside of the soundhole. I plugged the KLOS into a Schertler Jam 150 acoustic amplifier and found that the undersaddle pickup does a good job replicating the acoustic tones of the KLOS. I didn’t have the opportunity to use the guitar in a live setting, but I would be interested to hear how it matches with other instruments through a PA. My guess is that it would cut through nicely without being too piercing.

Speaking of cutting through, when I adjusted the Fishman’s tone dial I was able to get a wide spectrum of sharpness and clarity through the treble strings, but that same control had little effect on the bass strings. Certainly, you can make adjustments with an outboard preamp or on the PA/amplifier, but I was mystified about the lack of tonal variation through the pickup.

The KLOS acoustic-electric travel guitar is great for the musician on the go who needs an instrument with a small footprint. It may not have a big sound, but it plays impressively and compensates with electronics that can be tweaked to add more oomph in a live situation. With a base price of $699 direct (or even cheaper, $599, without electronics), the KLOS is also a terrific buy for a U.S.-made carbon-fiber guitar—a typical example of which will set you back well over a grand—making it ideal for travel without worry.

Body : 14-fret mini dreadnought carbon-fiber composite; 15″ long, 11.5″ wide, 3.5″ deep

Neck : Detachable mahogany neck; 24 3/4″ scale length; carbon-fiber stiffening rods ($40 optional); adjustable truss rod, 1- 11/16″ nut width

Other : Blackwood bridge and fingerboard; NuBone XB nut and saddle; ABS bridge pins; Fishman Sonitone electronics; black, dark blue, dark red, pink, white, or yellow finish; optional accessories package ($86) including gig bag with separate neck sleeve, rain cover, capo, and guitar strap; available left-handed

Price : $825 as reviewed ($699 without accessory package and carbon-fiber stiffening rods)

Made In:  USA

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  • Pete Madsen

Pete Madsen is an acoustic blues, ragtime and slide guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He's the author of Play the Blues Like... , an essential guide for playing fingerstyle blues in open tunings.

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Martin Backpacker Review – Travel Acoustic Guitar

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Brand/Model: Martin Steel String Backpacker

Number of Strings: 6

Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous

Body Material: Mahogany/Spruce top

Neck Material: Mahogany

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Martin Backpacker Travel Acoustic Guitar Review

Bridge on Martin Steel String Backpacker

We’ve seen some funky travel guitars over time, so we can say that the Martin Backpacker is red carpet-worthy.

Travel guitars typically have a very slim body and small-scale size that’s suitable for being on the road, and we’re glad to see that Martin helps the Backpacker to fit in with the travel guitar field without getting too crazy on the body.  Let’s explore where Martin has done it right!

The obvious benefit is the low price.  Some of the best travel guitars will plunge you into price ranges of $400 and higher.  The other side of this winning coin is that it’s a Martin – you have a brand-name guitar from one of the world’s most highly recognized and respected guitar manufacturers.

The acoustic guitar is solid tonewoods: spruce top, mahogany back, sides, and neck, and it sports a Richlite fingerboard and bridge.  Even with solid wood construction, the entire instrument is lightweight, weighing approximately 2.4 pounds.

The Martin guitar also has the Backpacker neck shape, neck taper, and body size.  It’s a customized travel guitar built for the road and crushing jams on the fly.

The FSC Certified Richlite fingerboard has 15 frets with white plastic dot inlays on the 5th and 12th frets.  Although you have solid construction and tonewoods, the hardware is stock quality.  It has a compensated white Tusq saddle, white plastic bridge pins with plastic black dots, solid headstock, and enclosed chrome gear heads.

 It won’t be as loud or rich as other Martin guitars, but as a guitar to chill in a hotel room or wait for your connecting flight, the Backpacker can deliver the goods.  Thanks to the solid tonewoods, there will be distinct warmth and note definition – the results of a combination of mahogany and spruce!

  • Solid tonewoods
  • Travel size/compact
  • Lightweight
  • Martin brand
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Martin Backpacker Reviews

We do admit that some travel guitars are just so quirky in body shape that it may be hard to get used to.  But, unless you’re buying the Martin Backpacker blind, you already have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into.

The guitar itself is going to be top-heavy with the mahogany neck and small-scale body.  You’ll want to use this guitar with a shoulder strap during use, and a wall hanging mount is definitely the way to go.

As already mentioned, the sound isn’t anything to woo a concert crazed audience, but it does its job for recreational use at home, during travel, and while out with friends.  Its size is going to project tone and sound similar to a banjo.

Many buyers happen to like the pop and twang that adds unique character to an already unique guitar!

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Tonewood Back and Sides
  • Unique Contour Neck Shape

Travel Acoustic Guitar Alternatives to Consider

Headstock on Martin Steel String Backpacker Guitar

If you don’t mind the quirkiness of a travel guitar, and in fact, it’s the reason you want to stand out from the strumming crowd, the Traveler Guitar Pro Series will be the appropriate buy.  It’s not a traditional acoustic guitar since you can plug this baby in and expect some serious amplification.

However, if seeing a Martin guitar for such a low price was why you strummed by the Backpacker in the first place, you might want to check out the LX1E Little Martin Travel guitar .  It’s an acoustic electric git with a solid spruce top and Fishman pickups.

But, staying true to the acoustic field and ditching the electronics, the LX1 Little Martin acoustic guitar might fit the bill the best.  It will push you out into the next budget class over, but the sound projection and quality might be worth it to you if you’re into the traditional aesthetics and intonation of a guitar.

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Acoustic Guitar FAQ

Does the backpacker travel guitar come with any accessories.

The travel guitar does come with a gig bag case for travel and storage.  However, it seems a shoulder strap may or may not be included depending on the seller you purchase from.

Can a Compact Martin Guitar be taken on an Airplane?

Yes!  The small-scale dimensions of the guitar allow for it to be taken onboard to be stored in an overhead compartment during flight.

What are the Backpacker’s Size Dimensions?

The guitar is approximately 34″ long from headstock to base.  It’s also approximately 8.5″ wide and 2″ thick.

Does Martin’s Backpacker have Low Action?

The guitar should come with low action, however, there is no built-in truss rod for adjustment.  Therefore the neck is relatively thicker for a travel size guitar.

What Strings are on the Martin’s Backpacker Guitar?

The Martin guitar comes pre-strung with Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Extra Light (M170) strings.  It’s not recommended to put medium to heavy gauge strings on the guitar as it may cause strain.

However, if you’re wanting to increase full sound, taking your guitar in for a professional setup to change out some of the strings may be the best option.

Where is the Martin Backpacker Guitar made?

The Backpacker Travel guitar series are manufactured in Mexico.

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Hardware/Electronics You’ll Need

Buying a Martin guitar usually means you don’t get anything else in the buy.  This is also true of many other high-end guitars from brand name manufacturers.  But, this travel guitar does come with a gig bag and maybe a shoulder strap in the buy.

To complete your accessories and equipment collection, see our compiled list of guitar essentials in one place.

But, here’s a few suggestions to get you started!

  • Extra steel strings
  • Quality Guitar Humidifier
  • Capo (optional)
  • Metronome (optional)
  • Stringwinder (optional)

Standout Features of the Martin Travel Acoustic Guitar

  • Compact and travel size
  • Martin brand under $300

Our Verdict on the Martin Backpacker Guitar

To strum it up, the Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar is true to its name.  It’s ideal for travel and packing it on the go for any event that demands the presence of your talent.  Plus, it’s a Martin – how do you go wrong with that?  You can’t.  It sounds like a win-win!

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