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

Our expert review:


Reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

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

Best nylon string

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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Best travel guitars: Top acoustic and electric guitars for musicians on the go

Out top picks for practicing your guitar on the move, wherever the road takes you

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1. The quick list 2. Best for tone 3. Best for volume 4. Best for value 5. Best for Strat players 6. Best electric travel guitar 7. Best full-scale travel guitar 8. Best acoustic-electric model 9. Best for portability 10. Best solid-wood travel guitar 11. Buying advice 12. How we choose products

As guitar players, our passion and joy shouldn’t have to stop the second we leave the house or the practice room. Sometimes, when you’re on the go; whether that be travelling for work or just for fun, you want to be able to take your music with you. That’s where the best travel guitars come in.

Travel guitars are smaller, more compact instruments that are easier to take on the road. If you’re heading out on a road trip, and space in the car is tight, a travel guitar will fit in a much smaller gap than a full-size guitar. Some of them even pack down into a rucksack so you can take them on a plane as hand luggage.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re more into playing acoustic or electric, we’ve picked out the best travel guitars currently on offer to make sure that the music doesn’t have to stop when you hit the road.

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Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World and Dawsons Music. Chris has spent years writing about and testing guitar gear for MusicRadar, in addition to nerding out about everything from synths to microphones, DJ gear and music production hardware.

Best travel guitars: Quick list

Want to cut to the chase and find out exactly which we think are the best travel guitars on the market right now? Below, you’ll find a round-up of our top choices. You can jump to a more detailed review of every pick, along with our price comparison tool to help you find the best deals.

Taylor Baby Taylor

This ¾-sized dreadnought comes with all the quality and projection you’d expect from one of the acoustic world’s biggest names, just in a size that can be hauled around anywhere without breaking your back. Or, indeed, your wallet. 

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Martin Backpacker

The Martin Backpacker has a unique body shape, that’s for sure, but coming from a name like Martin you can rest assured this guitar will perform brilliantly. What surprised us was the volume and projection this little guitar pumps out, thanks in part to the solid mahogany used in the body.

Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe

The Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe definitely fits the travel guitar bill due to its distinctive size and shape. Despite the smaller body, the Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe features a scale length of 25.5”, making the actual playing area larger than that of a standard Les Paul.

Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe

You can instantly see those famous Stratocaster outlines of the pickguard, the three single coil pickups and the control knobs. Yet the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed anything on the body that isn’t underneath the pickguard has been shaved away, leaving a guitar which is 35% lighter and 14% shorter than a regular Strat.

Blackstar Carry-On Travel Guitar ST

This is a short-scale travel electric guitar featuring a single mini-humbucker, two-piece poplar body, bolt-on neck and fairly sturdy tuners. It doesn’t pack down any smaller than it is, though it’s very compact already and if you really needed to, you could always take the neck off, if you were packing it up in a suitcase for example.

Hofner Shorty travel guitar

The Shorty provides full scale-length familiarity which, when combined with the tiny body, makes for a comfortable playing experience. The single humbucker at the bridge is meaty enough to blast out your favourite riffs, while you’ll feel instantly at home with the classic maple/rosewood combination neck and fingerboard.

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Traveler Escape MKIII Mahogany

The Traveler Escape Mark III comes equipped with plenty in the way of tools and toys, and it all comes in 26% shorter and 10% lighter than a standard dreadnought. The Escape Mark III features tuning pegs within the body itself, which means it has no need for a headstock and is instead strung in reverse.

Journey Instruments PJ410N

This handy, foldable acoustic is great for players who want something quality but affordable. It’s got a solid spruce top and layered mahogany back and sides. You can get a great tone from it, whether you’re playing with a pick or with fingers. It’s dynamic, and while it might not be as loud as a full size guitar, can still throw out a good amount of volume.

Furch Little Jane LJ-10

This is one for serious acoustic players. It bears a hefty price tag, but you can get some serious tones from this guitar. Boasting a solid red cedar top and solid African mahogany back and sides, the Furch Little Jane yields a beautiful, rich and balanced tone with a good amount of projection. 

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Best travel guitars: Taylor Baby Taylor

1. Taylor Baby Taylor

Our expert review:


Reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

If the more outlandish styles of travel guitar aren’t for you, maybe the Baby Taylor will be. This ¾-sized dreadnought comes with all the quality and projection you’d expect from one of the acoustic world’s biggest names, just in a size that can be hauled around anywhere without breaking your back. Or, indeed, your wallet. 

The Baby Taylor would be the perfect option as a second (or third) guitar in anyone’s collection, designed to be stashed in the included gig bag and taken anywhere. Players with larger hands may feel a bit cramped navigating the 22.75” scale length, but for the majority of people the Baby Taylor is easy to recommend.

Best travel guitars: Martin Backpacker

2. Martin Backpacker

We weren’t lying when we said travel guitars can jar a bit visually. The Martin Backpacker has a unique body shape, that’s for sure, but coming from a name like Martin you can rest assured this guitar will perform brilliantly. What surprised us was the volume and projection this little guitar pumps out, thanks in part to the solid mahogany used in the body.

Originally launched in 1992, the Martin Backpacker has carved itself a nice niche in the world of travel guitars, and its exceptional build quality means it will last for many more years to come.

Best travel guitars: Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe

3. Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe

While not officially marketed as a travel guitar, the Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe definitely fits the bill due to its distinctive size and shape. The classic Steinberger ‘headless’ design is correct and present, making the same bold visual statement of its more expensive stablemates, yet the decision to use wood over composite materials makes the whole thing more cost-effective and suited for travelling. 

Despite the smaller body, the Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe features a scale length of 25.5”, making the actual playing area larger than that of a standard Les Paul. It’s also pretty rare to find neck-thru bodies at this price point, which all adds up to a decent value instrument regardless of how you end up using it.

Best for Strat players

Best travel guitars: Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe

4. Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe

It’s called ‘cognitive dissonance’. That conflict you feel when something you know to be right is challenged. The Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe is a relative example; to look at it, you can instantly see those famous Stratocaster outlines of the pickguard, the three single coil pickups and the control knobs. Yet the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed anything on the body that isn’t underneath the pickguard has been shaved away, leaving a guitar which is 35% lighter and 14% shorter than a regular Strat. 

Weighing in at only 5 lbs, the Travelcaster Deluxe may take some getting over visually, but in use it provides that same Strat experience, the same 25.5” scale length and the same tonal versatility of those pickups. If you can get over the cognitive dissonance, it may just be the perfect travel guitar for you.

Read the full Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe review

Best electric options

Best travel guitars: Blackstar Carry-On Travel Guitar ST

5. Blackstar Carry-On Travel Guitar ST

This is a short-scale travel electric guitar featuring a single mini-humbucker, two-piece poplar body, bolt-on neck and fairly sturdy tuners. It doesn’t pack down any smaller than it is, though it’s very compact already and if you really needed to, you could always take the neck off, if you were packing it up in a suitcase for example. 

It plays great and the shorter 20.7” scale length doesn’t take long to readjust to - younger beginners might find that they can fret chords and make stretches between frets more easily too. The mini-humbucker covers a lot of ground, so will suit any musical style you can throw at it. Whether you’re playing clean or super distorted, this little thing can really pack a punch! 

There is a more expensive version that’s around double the price with some upgrades, but in terms of value for money, we feel that the Blackstar Carry-On ST is one of the best travel guitars around. 

Best full-scale experience

Best travel guitars: Hofner Shorty

6. Hofner Shorty travel guitar

The Hofner Shorty has been around since the 1980s, and has long been a favourite for players looking for a portable electric they can travel with. It provides full scale-length familiarity which, when combined with the tiny body, makes for a comfortable playing experience. The single humbucker at the bridge is meaty enough to blast out your favourite riffs, while you’ll feel instantly at home with the classic maple/rosewood combination neck and fingerboard.

Sure, it’s not going to win any awards for tone, and you’re unlikely to see them used on album-of-the-year contenders, but as an inexpensive way to add a bit of portability to your line-up the Hofner Shorty is well worth consideration. 

Best of both worlds

Best travel guitars: Traveler Escape Mark III

7. Traveler Escape MKIII Mahogany

Choosing a travel guitar doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on your needs. The Traveler Escape Mark III comes equipped with plenty in the way of tools and toys, and it all comes in 26% shorter and 10% lighter than a standard dreadnought.

The Escape Mark III features tuning pegs within the body itself, which means it has no need for a headstock and is instead strung in reverse. The onboard electronics are both extensive and useful too, with an under-saddle Shadow NanoFlex piezo system, tuner, aux-in and studio headphone out making for quite a comprehensive setup for the traveling player.

Best travel guitars: Voyage Air VAOM-02G2

8. Journey Instruments PJ410N

This handy, foldable acoustic makes for one of the best travel guitars for players who want something quality but affordable. It’s got a solid spruce top and layered mahogany back and sides. You can get a great tone from it, whether you’re playing with a pick or with fingers. It’s dynamic, and while it might not be as loud as a full size guitar, can still throw out a good amount of volume.

It fits perfectly inside the included padded rucksack, and can be assembled in 20 seconds. Simply put the neck into position, snap it in place and lock it from the back of the body. Then you’ve got a guitar with a 23” scale ready to play. It’s great for experienced players who want something that sounds good while they’re on their travels (the bag will fit under many airline seats), but also makes for a great beginner guitar for kids . 

Best all-solid option

Best travel guitars: Furch Little Jane LJ-10

9. Furch Little Jane LJ-10

This is definitely one of the best travel guitars for serious acoustic players. It bears a hefty price tag, but you can get some serious tones from this guitar. Boasting a solid red cedar top and solid African mahogany back and sides, the Furch Little Jane yields a beautiful, rich and balanced tone with a good amount of projection. 

The guitar can be folded down and fit into a rucksack (included). The headstock, neck and body are separate from one another to save space but can be assembled into one piece very quickly and easily. Once the neck is locked into position using Furch’s proprietary assembly system, it’s ready to play and will even go back in tune. 

The included rucksack is well padded and will ensure that it’s protected enough on your travels. Travel acoustic guitars seldom sound this good, and to be fair the price reflects that, but it really is one of the best out there. 

Best travel guitars: Buying advice

Voyage Air VAOM-02G2 travel guitar in folded configuration

What is a travel guitar?

Essentially, a travel guitar is a guitar designed with portability and mobility as its key function. This will usually mean the guitar has a significantly smaller body or weight, and they often boast creative solutions to common issues like tuning or storage. From conception to construction, the travel guitar is designed to be thrown in a bag and transported anywhere, everywhere, and all those places in between. 

Standard-sized guitars can be, as we know, too large, too heavy or too delicate to carry around for long stretches, so travel guitars offer a specialist tool for those specific situations. Realistically, you’ll not find too many studio musicians reaching for the travel guitar to nail that perfect tone, but then that’s not what they’re for. Portability, size and weight are order of the day here, and it helps that there are travel guitars on the market today which also nail that other crucial element; tone. 

What makes travel guitars different?

At first glance, the sight of a dedicated travel guitar can jar a little. Often, they have quite striking aesthetic differences from regular guitars. Like looking at something you know, only quite different. Manufacturers employ all kinds of measures as they seek to reduce the overall size and weight of the guitar, and it’s not uncommon to see guitars without headstocks, or with radically different shaped bodies, or even no body at all. Yet a guitar still has to function, so there is still the need for tuning pegs, a bridge, and other essential components.

What are the key features of travel guitars?

There are two major schools of thought when it comes to travel guitars. One is to take a regular sized guitar and zap it with a shrink ray, keeping the same proportions relatively but in a smaller overall package. This approach ensures the instrument retains its familiarity, and also makes them attractive to younger learners.

The other approach is to redesign the instrument completely, perhaps taking the tuning pegs and installing them in the body. Of course, such radical design changes can create other problems, so you may see these compensated for with the inclusion of detachable arm and leg rests, for example. While these guitars may look unfamiliar, the playing experience should be largely the same as a regular guitar. Scale lengths, fret locations and pitch will be the same, even if the physical form of the guitar is quite different.

Are travel guitars playable?

Close-up of Traveler Guitars Travelcaster

If you’ve never had the chance to play a travel guitar, you may be looking at the best travel guitars in this list and wondering if it’s playable in the same way as a regular guitar. The good news is that yes, absolutely they are playable. In the same way that jumping from the thin neck of an Ibanez RG-style electric to a 50’s style Stratocaster neck may take a bit of readjustment in your technique, so too will the leap from a regular to certain travel-sized guitars. It’s not difficult to adjust though. You may also have to sit differently to accommodate the smaller body, but as these guitars are inherently lighter in weight, this shouldn’t cause too much of a headache. Or, more accurately, backache.

Electric or acoustic?

All of the best travel guitars will either be electric or acoustic. Electrics do tend to be thinner, as the body doesn’t need to resonate as much to get a good sound, although it’s worth remembering that you’ll need an amp to get the most out of it. The body of a travel acoustic will normally be deeper, but as a result of this you can get a fairly loud sound without any amplification.

What do I get when I spend more?

The quality of the best travel guitars does vary, and as you might imagine, it does go up as you spend more money. As the price increases, you’ll likely find better hardware, which can not only help keep the guitar in tune and playing nicely, but can also improve how it sounds too, increasing resonance and sustain.

On electrics, you’ll find better quality pickups - these will be more dynamic and have a wider frequency range so you’ll get more detail and clarity. With travel acoustic guitars, you’ll get better quality, and even solid woods which will give you a better, more responsive and richer sound.

Who might use a travel guitar?

The breadth of today’s range of travel guitars means there is a guitar to suit most playing styles and genres, so the quick answer is that yes, there is a travel guitar for everyone. In terms of scenarios, travel guitars are, as their name suggests, designed to be taken places ordinary guitars cannot reach. 

Small enough to fit on your back as you scale a mountain, or taken on a plane as part of your hand luggage, travel guitars give players the freedom and convenience of being able to play anywhere, at any time. For that, we applaud them. Let’s examine some of the best travel guitar options available today.

Can you buy travel guitars for children?

Travel guitars, as well as being the perfect accompaniment to a musician on the go, can also make for great instruments for children. If you’re looking for one of the best travel guitars to get a kid started on their guitar playing journey, then look for one that has a shorter scale length. This will mean that the notes are closer together and will be easier for small hands to fret. 

Scale length and string gauge

Speaking of short scales, the gauge of strings you use is also worth considering. The strings on a guitar with a shorter scale will feel slinkier - they will be easier to bend and to some players may even feel too loose. One way to combat this is to use thicker strings, so something like 12s on an electric might make them feel a little more like 10s on a full size guitar. Though, if you’re just starting out then the thinner, slinkier strings might be better so they don’t quite hurt your fingertips as much.

How we chose the best travel guitars for this guide

Here at MusicRadar, we are experts in our field, with many years of playing, creating and product testing between us. We live and breathe everything music gear 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 musicians, 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.

Find out more about  how we test music gear and services  at MusicRadar.

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The 9 Best Travel and Mini-Guitars

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Have you ever gone on vacation, only to find you packed too much stuff and your guitar does not fit in your vehicle? As you probably know, it can be a real disappointment to have to leave your instrument behind. Most musicians love to take their guitar with them on their travels. Having a travel guitar means you don’t need quite as much space in your vehicle or suitcase to bring it on your next trip. If you are tired of leaving your guitar behind, here is a list to help you find the best travel and mini-guitars to easily take with you on the road.

Who doesn’t enjoy sitting on the beach playing their guitar while feeling the warm ocean breeze on their back? Camping in the woods wouldn’t be the same without being able to enjoy the crisp night air while playing guitar tunes by the fire. With the right mini-guitar, you no longer have to miss out on your music when you are on the road.

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Stylish, with great sound, and easy to play, this is one of the lightest full-scale options; over 40 percent lighter than a traditional guitar.

The best travel and mini-guitars aren’t just for vacations or camping. Many people travel for business, such as truck drivers and airline attendants, for example. Also, those who live in small apartments and tiny homes may not have room for a full-size guitar. No one wants to miss out on enjoying their music just because of space constraints.

Since travel guitars are small, they are also relatively inexpensive, even though their quality is quite high. This makes mini-guitars a smart choice for beginners who may not know if the guitar as their instrument of choice yet. These smaller guitars also work for children due to their small size and scale, making them easier for small fingers to play.

Taylor GS Mini Mahogany GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

The quality of the sound is quite impressive.

Martin X Series 2015 LX Little Martin

Great option for young ones who are learning to play the guitar.

Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top

Able to produce a sound quality that is very similar to my full-size model.

Fender FA-15N 3/4 Scale

The sound projection that this guitar offers is great for indoor playing.

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar

Give it a louder resonance, but plucking the strings sounds better when you are in an outdoor environment.

Luna Safari Series

3/4 Size Acoustic-Electric available in a few different colors.

Traveler Guitar AG-200EQ Acoustic-Electric

Built-in tuner on the guitar as well as a headphone jack that allows you to play without the sound

What is the difference between a travel guitar and a regular guitar?

As a musician, it is important to be able to play whenever the mood arises and having a traveler or mini-guitar allows you to do just that. Since these guitars are smaller in size, you can easily play one on a chair, plane or train seat with armrests without any difficulty. You can take travel guitars on planes, trains, buses and in your own car. Many travel and mini-guitars are compact instruments that manufacturers design to be lightweight.

If you are a bicyclist or ride a motorcycle, it is easier to take a mini-guitar wherever you go. Travel guitars are also great for when you have to wait for someone. There are a lot of situations where you need to wait in life, so having a travel guitar on hand makes it easy to play your music wherever you go.

You can play something while waiting on a plane, at a park to meet up for a dinner date, or even when traffic is keeping you waiting. No matter the location, you can bring out your travel guitar and share your music with those around you. A tense situation like a car accident with traffic completely stopped on the freeway can suddenly become a lighter almost everyone can enjoy.

Do You Need an Acoustic or Electric Mini-Guitar?

If you typically play an electric guitar, you may want to continue playing on one while you travel around the world. The issue with an electric guitar is that you also need an amp to hear the tunes from any distance. An amp is one more thing you’ll have to pack, which may take up more room than you have available. To avoid this issue, you can simply use the headphone jack on the travel guitar to play the music in your head.

A jack works great if you are traveling alone, but if anyone else wants to hear your music, you need an amp. An acoustic guitar is a better idea for those impromptu campfire jam sessions. They essentially have the same design as a full-sized guitar but are toned down to a smaller, more manageable size for travel. The sound of this type of guitar will be softer, as well.

The softer sound is because of the size of the neck and body of the instrument. Softer is not a bad thing – it just means you will not be able to disturb your neighbors quite as easily. The best option for a travel guitar is typically an acoustic-electric guitar. It gives you the best of both worlds, and if you have an amp to plug into it, you have that option. It is always best to be prepared for an impromptu jam session, so shopping for the best travel and mini-guitars will allow you to join in on the fun.

Which Mini-Guitar Size is the Best for Me?

You can purchase a three-quarter size guitar to help you save space in your trunk or even a half-size model. But if you want to play complex pieces of music on the instrument, you will also want one with a full-sized scale. Reducing the number of frets you have available could make it impossible to play certain music.

If the length of your guitar is an issue, then a headless style may be a great space saving tool. It also allows you to have a shorter length without sacrificing your frets. If you are purchasing the best travel and mini-guitars for your child, a quarter-size guitar is a good choice for their tiny fingers.

Important Travel Guitar Features to Consider

Before you decide which travel guitar is right for you, there are a few specifications you want to check first. Here are a few of the key features that are important to consider during the purchasing process:

  • Portability: When looking for a travel guitar, the main thing you want to guarantee is that you will be able to take the guitar wherever you go. If you are traveling on a bus, train or airplane, make sure it is the correct size to fit into the overhead compartments and designated storage spaces. If you will be walking or biking during your travels, you need a lightweight option that is easy to carry. Driving will give you the most freedom in the travel guitar you select, but it may still need to be smaller than a full-sized model.
  • Playability: Some travel guitars have an unusual shape. This can make it difficult to hold and strum without a strap. Make sure you try playing the mini-guitar you want to purchase, so you can make sure you are comfortable using it.
  • Sound Quality: A travel guitar is never going to sound like a full-size guitar, but to practice your music, you need it to sound as good as possible. Again, the best way to test the sound quality is to play the instrument.
  • Durable Construction: Remember, you will be traveling with your guitar, so make sure the materials can withstand heat and humidity, as well as dry, frigid air. Your travel guitar may get bumped around a bit, too, so it must be durable, even if you put it in a case.
  • Price: You can purchase most travel guitars at a relatively inexpensive price point. Once you decide to make a purchase, expect to spend anywhere from $50 to as much as $500. You want a great-sounding instrument, but you also want to keep the price relatively low. This is because travel can damage the instrument, especially when you don’t know who will handle it during transport.

Other Key Considerations

Even the best travel and mini-guitars are not the same as a full-size guitar for projecting and resonating sound. If you are new to mini-guitars, you may not get the same sound quality you are used to hearing with a larger instrument. However, for many musicians, being able to play while you are away from home is enough to make up for the lower sound quality. But for the traveling musician who wants the perfect sound, you should know you can’t get the exact same quality as you would on a full-size guitar.

If you have enough space for a full-sized model, consider taking it instead of a travel version. If you like to record your music, remember, many travel guitars are not able to perform this function. The purpose of a mini-guitar is to save space while still being able to practice or perform your music anywhere you travel.

Our Recommendation:

Traveler guitar ultra-light acoustic-electric.

The Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric is the best mini guitar because it is stylish, has great sound and is easy to play. It is an acoustic-electric style guitar, and one of the lightest full-scale options that is available. The headstock is missing and so is the majority of the body, but the neck remains the same length. This allows the guitar to be over 40 percent lighter than a traditional guitar; making it weigh only about three pounds in total.

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It is only about 28 inches long, so it will easily fit into a carry-on compartment on an airplane. There is a leg rest on the one side to make it easier to hold the instrument. The bottom of the base has a jack where you can plug an amp in and play. If you do not like the lap rest feature, you can easily detach it from the body of the guitar.

Some musicians find this guitar works best with a strap, so you can remove the bar from your Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar for that purpose. Since there is not a headstock on this model, the tuning knobs need to have another home. You can find them on the inside of the body in a hollowed-out area on both sides of the strings. The body is complete with a natural finish, and the neck is maple.

This travel guitar has a full 22 frets and a piezo pickup to brighten the acoustic creations of the guitar. One thing to note is that changing the strings on this model is a bit difficult the first time you try it. Tuning is also odd because of the way they positioned the tuning knobs, but you will have no issues getting used to the style of the guitar. It also comes with a three-year warranty, so you can contact the company to address any issues with the model.

Runner Up:  Taylor GS Mini

Another travel guitar that is high on this list is the Taylor GS Mini. Although it is a beautiful mahogany guitar, it only has 20 frets. If you like to play a wide range of music, you may not want to have less than 22 frets. This little guitar is the 23-1/2-inch scale length model, so it packs a punch when it comes to sound. The volume this mini-guitar produces is impressive for a travel instrument.

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The quality of the sound is also nice. This guitar doesn’t produce that tinny sound often that smaller-scale guitars often emit. It produces a nice range of tones, but if you are looking for a cleaner sound, you may get a tone that sounds muddier than you like. The Taylor travel guitar is fine for most music, but there are a few pieces that may need a cleaner tone. Finally, this is the perfect choice for an individual with a shorter arm span to pick up and play.

Other Travel / Mini Guitars to Consider:

Martin lxm little martin acoustic guitar.

The Martin LXM is a beautiful mahogany acoustic guitar they designed for travel. It is a three-quarter size guitar that is easier to hold for individuals who have shorter arms or fingers. The tone is nearly as perfect as on a full-size guitar, but the volume is quite loud, as well. The only major issue with this travel guitar is that they made it from high-pressure laminate instead of wood, which brings the quality level down somewhat.

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The Little Martin guitar features a three by three headstock, but there are only 20 frets on the fretboard, which makes it a great option for young ones who are learning to play the guitar. Since this is solely an acoustic instrument, there is no option to plug it in, which can be a turn-off for those who enjoy electric style guitars.

This is the perfect instrument if you are looking for a travel guitar to play near the campfire, especially since it will only cost you a few hundred bucks. However, if you are looking for more depth and the ability to plug in, you can always upgrade the model to get the additional features.

Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top

The Gretsch G9500 is a great little guitar with an authentic look that is both unique and stylish. Many guitarists like the retro style this guitar features, too. It produces a sound quality similar to most full-size models, and the projection level of this mini-guitar is great. The Jim Dandy Flat Top is easy to play and comfortable to hold. Most people can comfortably play this guitar while standing without a strap, too.

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Some musicians say this instrument always seems to be perfectly in tune every time they pick it up to play, although they report some fret buzz on occasion. The nylon strings on this model are perfect for younger guitarists, but they may sound cleaner when you strum them rather than using a pick. If you are on a budget, the Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top should still fit the bill. Even though the sound may not always be perfect, it is a great low-budget guitar perfect for your travels.

Fender FA-15N Small-Body Acoustic Guitar

Fender guitars sound great, no matter what your skill level, so a parlor-size Fender model can work well for all your travel needs. The sound projection this guitar offers is perfect for indoor playing. But once you venture into an open area in the great outdoors, the surrounding noise may drown out the sound.

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The neck of the Fender Small-Body Acoustic guitar is a bit narrow compared to most, but it works fine for small hands. You may want to avoid using thick-gauge strings on this model until you are used to the width. It features a gorgeous rosewood fretboard with dot inlays. There are only 18 frets on this travel guitar, so if you need the higher frets, you may not want to purchase this option.

The Fender Parlor Guitar also has a three-by-three (3+3) style of headstock that is complete with chrome tuners. Fender made this travel guitar out of laminate wood, which is not as strong as solid wood, but it is sturdy enough for a travel guitar. For a low price, you can have an easy-to-play guitar that stands up to the competition of most full-size models.

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

If you are looking for a unique travel guitar that looks different from the rest, the Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar is the perfect option for you. Martin has designed it with an attractive a solid spruce top and a bell-shaped contour body. The Backpacker Travel Guitar is a smaller scale model that is easy for beginners to play; however, advanced guitarists may not like the fact this model only has 15 frets. It is a portable backpack guitar you can take on hikes into the great outdoors.

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The guitar is a bit unusual to play because of the shape of the body. You will not be able to sit down and play the guitar, but if you have a strap, it will only take a small adjustment period. The sound is not the loudest, but it works when you play along with another guitar. Picking the strings will give it a louder resonance, but plucking the strings sounds better when you are in an outdoor environment.

At an affordable price, many people consider it among the best value in travel and mini-guitars. Some people say this guitar does not seem to keep its tuning between visits to the guitar shop, so that may be an issue if you choose this travel guitar.

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

The Luna Safari Series travel guitar has a lot going for it, especially for guitarists who want to have a smaller-sized instrument that conveys a sense of style. This is a beautiful guitar because its top has a red-tinged mahogany finish. The finish is satin, so this travel guitar has a lot of class in its overall aesthetics.

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The full guitar is 35 inches, so it is more travel-friendly than most full-sized acoustics. As a three-quarter scale instrument, this guitar isn’t hard to for you to get used to quickly. It also produces a resonant sound you wouldn’t expect from a travel acoustic guitar. Luna added Celtic-inspired designs around the sound hole. The inlay is laser-etched so it blends nicely into the mahogany material.

The fret inlays on this Luna Safari guitar are interesting because each fret marker represents a different phase of the moon. This is a nice reference to the Luna theme on the instrument. This guitar comes with a khaki gig bag, which adds an extra layer of portability to this mini-instrument. You can find the Luna in the range of between $100 and $150.

Yamaha APXT2

The Yamaha APXT2 is an acoustic-electric travel size guitar that is a three-quarter size scaled guitar. It has a spruce top and the fingerboard and bridge feature a beautiful rosewood design. When you play the guitar acoustic-style, it sounds great; however, some musicians say it can be difficult to hear when there is a lot of background noise. When you plug it in, the sound is much more resonating. In fact, it is on par with many of the full-sized guitar options available today.

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There is a built-in tuner on the instrument, so when your strings are out of tune, you can easily remedy the problem. At this price, the sound that you get from this guitar could not be better. Yamaha designed it in a slightly shorter scale, but the few frets that are missing are often not a problem for most guitarists.

It is available in a few different colors, so if you like to express yourself through your instrument, you can do so with this travel guitar. The strings that come with this guitar are not the best quality, but if you take the time to upgrade the strings on this instrument, you will love the sound you can get from it.

Traveler Guitar AG-200EQ Acoustic-Electric

Traveler is a company dedicated to creating instruments modern musicians want to take on the road. They are lightweight, compact and efficient models that sound great and look attractive, as well. The Traveler Guitar AG-200EQ features a headless design that helps save space in your suitcase. The tuners are at the base of the bridge and there are built-in electronics on the body.

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Credit: Traveler Guitar

This is the first model the company created with acoustic features, as well as electric. It comes with a full-scale design, which makes it sound more like a full-sized guitar than many other travel options. It does not provide a rich bass sound, but you can easily play a wide range of musical tones. There is a built-in tuner on the guitar, as well as a headphone jack that allows you to play without the sound.

Once you plug in the guitar, it can project the sound a lot more. You could even use it in a gig, as long as you are not going heavily into the bassier tones of the instrument. The Traveler guitar comes in a few different colors, so you can express your creative side with a natural or a black glossy finish.

Final Notes

Having the best travel and mini-guitars are important for musicians, especially when space is limited in their vehicles. The Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric is the best option for most guitarists’ needs. It features a headless design that takes up little space and produces a sound that is not that far off from a full-size guitar. It is a full-scale model, so it does not hinder your play style at all.

All these best travel and mini-guitars on this list are viable options. Whether you are looking for a guitar to take on vacation or one that accommodates your child’s small arm span, there is a model that is perfect for you. So, take a look at this review and consider your options, so you can enjoy a night of sweet music by the campfire, on the beach or even in a traffic jam.

To recap, here’s the full list:

  • McCraw, C. (2016, December 8) Personal Interview
  • Emond, T. (2016, November 13). Personal Interview
  • Frye, P. (2016, November 29). Personal Interview

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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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The 10 Best Travel Guitars for 2024 [Backpacker’s Guide]


Our Pick: The Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar perfectly sums up all the qualities a traveler’s acoustic guitar should have. It offers great portability and its size is just perfect for any travelers who are always on the go. Though it may lack some volume, the guitar’s playability with its low action perfectly compensates it. And oh, about the price? It is one of the main reasons why travelers prefer this over other travel guitars out there.

You need a smaller and more portable guitar not because you are small, but because you find the benefits of owning one.

The best travel guitars aren’t the smallest, they are the ones that have a balance between smaller profile and tonality. In this article, I’m going to reveal to you my top 10 favorite travel guitars.

It’s not that I travel with different guitars , it’s just that I find the need to make this list and to give you more choices. I don’t want to force you to like what I like, so I will give you the freedom to choose what’s best for you .

Of course, I’ll also provide a simple guide on the factors to consider before buying your next travel guitar .

Here are the Best Travel Guitars in 2024

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Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar

Designed to take on the rigors of camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, the Martin Steel-String Backpacker will surely be your new travel companion. It’s a 24-inch guitar made of solid spruce top and solid mahogany for the neck, back, and sides. It has a unique contour neck shape that will help you access the upper frets without a problem.

This small and lightweight guitar offers a big projection. It comes with enclosed chrome tuners which are reliable to keep the guitar in tune even when frequently used. Stock strings are of good quality and sound great.

  • Sounds phenomenal, which is perfect for fingerpicking
  • Though it loses some volume, it still has great projection
  • Action is perfect and low, no need for any adjustment
  • Still awkward to play even with a strap
  • The neck is heavier than the body, so more weight on your left hand
  • High E-string is almost close to the edge of the guitar

Traveler Ultra-Light Guitar

Probably the smallest and the lightest electric travel guitar on the market, yet, Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light is still a full-scale guitar. It has a 24.75-inch scale length made of Eastern American Hard Maple neck-through-body. Though it’s small, it’s no less than a regular electric guitar because it’s equipped with a high-output dual-rail humbucker.

The detachable lap rest is a good add-on to this guitar. Although you’re playing a very tiny electric guitar, with the lap rest you can play it like a normal guitar and detach it when not in use. This guitar has an overall length of 28-inch weighing only over three pounds — not a noticeable add-on weight to your luggage.

  • No setup required, the action is spot on
  • The sound output is amazing, though it doesn’t have volume and tone controls
  • Compact guitar, but with a standard scale length
  • Might still be lacking when playing seated even with the lap rest
  • Doesn’t hold the tune too well

Yamaha APXT2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

If you have played the famous Yamaha APX500III , then your choice for the best travel guitar will surely be the Yamaha APXT2 . The latter is just a ¾ version of the former, featuring an ART-based pickup system and Yamaha’s very own proprietary tuner. Hence, you’ll enjoy great sensitivity and accurate tuning, respectively.

This acoustic-electric guitar is made of spruce top, Meranti back and sides, and rosewood fretboard. As a Yamaha product, you are assured that it’s well-built. So, this compact guitar will surely be a good companion on the road and wherever you go.

  • Yamaha’s pickups are just great to deliver the best results
  • More modern cutaway design for easier access to upper frets
  • Definitely low action for great playability
  • Tuning machines are of poor quality
  • Fret edges aren’t rounded and tend to be sharp
  • Since the action is very low, there’s fret buzz on the low E string

Fender CT-60s Guitar

Isn’t it amazing to have a guitar with you every time you are summoned by Apollo to make music? With the Fender CT-60S , you’ll be able to bring an acoustic guitar anytime, anywhere. It’s a scaled-down travel guitar with Auditorium shape and 23.5-inch scale length.

It’s made of solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a rosewood fretboard. The easy-to-play neck profile and the rolled fretboard edges are the two major features I like about it. Weighing at only 11 pounds, it’s easy to carry around during your travels. Since it’s designed with X-bracing, you know you get the sound you love from Fender.

  • Quality is remarkable for the affordable price tag
  • Notes are rich, full and balanced
  • Very easy to play with good intonation
  • Slight adjustment of the truss rod is necessary
  • Action is a bit high out of the box

Martin LXK2 Little Martin Koa

Martin has a lot of travel guitars, and they are all good. However, I’ll just mention the second Martin that has captured a lot of guitarists all over the world, the Martin LXK2 Little Martin . This is a modified 0-14 guitar with a 23-inch scale length and Natural Stratabond modified low-oval neck.

Made with the same craftsmanship of high-end Martin, this one comes with Koa-grained HPL (high-pressure laminate) top, back, sides, and headstock. It has a rosewood fretboard and Natural colored Stratabond, which make it very easy to play. This is a perfect practice companion, and travel buddy, as well.

  • Tone is balanced and more focused on mid-range
  • Fretboard is flawless and no sharp fret edges
  • Made with excellent material, slow to wear and tear
  • Good for fingerstyle, but not so much with strumming
  • Action is quite high out of the box

Taylor GS Mini Rosewood

The best travel guitar list won’t be complete without the Taylor GS Mini Mahogany on it. It’s a Grand Symphony made of solid mahogany top, layered Sapele back and sides and Sapele neck. It’s a scaled-down guitar with only 23.5-inch scale length and has 20 frets distributed on its Genuine African Ebony fretboard.

Something is interesting in the GS Mini that made everyone fell in love, not just beginners. When you play the GS Mini, it’ll reveal an impressive powerful tone, like a full-size guitar. Hence, the combination of portability, playability, and musicality makes this guitar too hard to forget.

  • Well-built and the Mahogany gives a beautiful appearance
  • The rich and smooth tone for such small guitar
  • Action is great and you can easily play barre chords
  • The thin neck might be very vulnerable to breakage
  • Due to the small scale, the first three frets are kind of tight

Composite Acoustics Cargo Guitar

In need of a sturdy and durable travel guitar? You won’t surely be disappointed with the Composite Acoustics Cargo Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar . It’s not made of wood, but of carbon fiber , so it’s really very expensive — the priciest on the list. But, before moving into the next product, learn about this guitar first.

It boasts a 000 body shape with a single-cutaway. Probably the shortest in this list in terms of scale length as it only has 22.75-inch with 21 total number of frets on its reinforced polymer fretboard. Though its small, full-size sound and great projection are guaranteed.

  • Highly resistant to climate changes and natural wear and tear
  • Impressive durability with a very smooth fretboard
  • Tone is good with great sustain
  • If you need a loud tone, this isn’t the one for you
  • Very expensive, especially for beginners

Stewart Electric Travel Guitar

How about a full-scale guitar, but with a removable neck? If you think it’s interesting, try to take a look at the Stewart Electric Travel Guitar . It’s made of a solid Alderwood body with a 25.5-inch scale length and 22 medium frets.

The headless tuning system allows Stewart to make this guitar compact and even collapsible to meet airline policy in overhead storage restrictions. Since it’s an electric guitar, it has three single-coil pickups with the position switch, volume, and two-tone controls.

  • Plays well and sounds amazing
  • Easy to assemble and reassemble
  • Stays in tune very well, with a smooth and fast neck
  • Not all are interested in the stowaway design
  • Still pricey for a travel guitar

Shredneck Travel Guitar

Now, we’re down to the last guitar in this list, but the Shredneck Travel Guitar is in no way the least. It’s a ¾ scale guitar made of Nato body with Cherry burst finish over Flamed maple photo top. It has a 23.25-inch scale length with a 22-fret rosewood fretboard.

Since it’s an electric guitar, it’s equipped with two humbuckers, Master volume and tone controls, and a three-way toggle switch. Now you can play anytime with this great-sounding, stunning travel guitar.

  • Has the great sound quality
  • Performance is on par with regular electric guitars
  • The finish is beautiful and stage-ready
  • There are fret buzzes and needs truss rod adjustments

Washburn RO10TB Rover

Planning to get a travel guitar that best fits the airline overhead storage? Washburn RO10TB rover is the one you need. It’s a full-scale guitar with a 24-inch scale length and has a lot of finish options. It’s made of solid spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, and rosewood fretboard.

The RO10TB features quality geared tuners for quick tuning to easily achieve sounds pleasing to the ears. This travel guitar is perfect for fingerstyle and flat-picking. With a deluxe gig bag and compact size of the guitar, it’s easy and safe to transport.

  • Tiny body, but has great sound
  • Narrower neck, so barre chords and bends are effortless
  • Has excellent fit and color finish
  • You’ll definitely need a guitar strap when playing
  • Has a very high bridge out of the box

What to Consider When Buying a Travel Guitar

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Of course, a travel guitar should be smaller than your regular guitar. Unless you are bringing your regular full-scale guitar when you travel, that could be your travel guitar. But, for most musicians and those who are passionate about guitars, travel guitars are handy, and portable yet has a great voice.

You already know the 10 best travel guitars on the market, but maybe you’ll ask how did I come up with the list? Very simple. I have a few considerations before jumping into the market and scavenging on what’s available. Here they are as follows:

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This should be the first thing you have to consider. You know that if you are traveling, you aren’t in full control of the situation. You might bump your guitar or it’ll suddenly fall because you have a lot of baggage.

Make sure that your guitar can resist bumps and knocks. Check the wood used and the finish. Also, check the neck — very important. What’s the use of a durable body when the neck is weak?

Acoustic Guitar vs Electric Guitar

There are lots of travel acoustic guitars that are down-sized for that specific purpose. Moreover, you can also see electric guitar beginning to emerge either a scaled-down or full-sized with a detachable neck.

If you want an acoustic guitar, no problem with that. You can see a lot of small-bodied acoustics out there ready to make music anytime and anywhere. However, if you are an electric guitarist, you will always crave something an acoustic guitar can’t give you.

You can also have an electric guitar, but the first thing that you should secure after the guitar is a portable amp. An electric guitar is not as good as an acoustic guitar in the wilderness without an amp. The advantage of electric guitars is you can play it silently, using your headphones, so you won’t disturb others.

For more in-depth guides, check out our  best acoustic travel guitar  and best electric travel guitar for more info.


Full-Sized fretboard vs Scaled-Down Guitar

This depends on your preferences and how frequently you travel. If you want a guitar that feels like your regular guitar, have a guitar with the full-sized fretboard. However, if you often travel and don’t want to feel that extra weight in your luggage, get a scaled-down guitar, like the 3/4s.

One thing to remember, though, guitars with reduced fretboard have a different feel than your regular guitar. Not all guitarists are at home to this fretboard, some just hate it.

Don’t just pick it because it’s small and a good travel guitar. Make sure that you will be happy with the guitar that you choose. After all, what’s the use of the guitar when the neck is just awkward to play?

Small-Bodied vs Removable Neck

From the list, there are a lot of small body guitars , but there’s only one with a removable neck. Now, ask yourself whether you need to bring a full-scale guitar or a small travel guitar will do?

Having a small-bodied guitar won’t give you the kind of volume you need, but they are lightweight and very easy to carry. On the other hand, with the guitars with a removable neck, you can bring your regular guitar anywhere. The fear of having to detune and retune the guitar has now finally been given a solution.

If you aren’t ready to welcome a travel guitar in your life, it’s okay. Here’s a video that will help you make sense of the different guitars on the market and their sizes . Additionally, you can also explore more types of guitars – classical , acoustic, and electric.

The search is finally over and my ultimate choice for the best travel guitar is the Martin Steel-String Backpacker . It’s a scaled-down guitar with 23.5-inch scale length and 20 frets. It’s made of a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides — a common tonewood combo of affordable guitars .

It’s unbelievably affordable for a Martin that offers rich, full, and balanced tone coming from a small-bodied guitar . The craftsmanship is excellent and the playability is unmatched. So, there is nothing that can beat this Fender as the best.

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Here Are Some of the Best Travel Guitars Out There!

Heading out on the open road, traveling by airplane, or going hiking and camping? Whether you want to practice while on the road and/or have the ability to jam out with others, travel guitars (often known as backpacker guitars) are a great – and often necessary – addition to your journey.

There are loads of nice travel guitars out there – from super compact guitars to smaller, 3/4 guitars that are more durable and easier to lug around. The grand challenge can be choosing the best travel guitar for you.

animated airport trolley with luggage and guitar case on white background.

Our guide breaks down what a travel guitar is, the different travel guitar options, and looks at which ones are the best travel guitars you can buy. From the Martin backpacker travel guitar to folding travel guitars and other top 3/4 size guitars, here’s a detailed breakdown of the best travel guitars.

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10 of the Best Travel Guitars

If you know you want a travel guitar and are just itching to start looking, you’ll find our top three travel guitars below.

These models – a Taylor, a Martin, and a Washburn – are at the top based on a combination of factors like personal experience, reviews in the guitar space, and their overall function, reliability, and quality.

Taylor GS Mini Mahogany GS Mini Acoustic Guitar , Sapele, Mahogany Top

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Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

  • "Body Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony Mini Cutaway: No Top wood: Solid Mahogany Back & sides: Layered Sapele Bracing pattern: GS Mini With Relief Rout Body finish: Matte 2.0...
  • "There's something undeniably inviting about the Taylor GS Mini's scaled-down size, yet a single strum reveals the impressive voice of a full-size guitar
  • Features: Mahogany top and sides, closed tuning pegs, 20 frets
  • Pros: Excellent sound in a smaller body, comes with a sturdy padded bag
  • Cons: Much more expensive than other guitars on this list

From a name like Taylor, the GS Mini is widely considered to be among the best 3/4 guitars on the market.

This popular Taylor travel guitar is known for its sound and its versatility as more than “just a travel guitar”. It’s a 3/4 guitar that could be your main guitar if you’d like.

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar

  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Tonewood Back and Sides
  • Features: The classic backpacker guitar with a unique, stripped away body
  • Pros: Lightweight guitar, comes with a hard bag
  • Cons: 15 frets might be a little short for some, might be awkward to play given the body shape but it comes with a guitar strap

When it comes to small guitars, the Martin Steel String is kind of known as the original portable guitar to take with you.

With a wildly unique body shape and from a brand like Martin, the Backpacker travel guitar is among the best small body guitar on the market.

Washburn Rover Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar

  • Full size 24" scale
  • Solid spruce top, Mahogany body and neck Rosewood fingerboard
  • Features: A small, compact travel guitar with a full-scale neck
  • Pros: All wood construction but with a durable body, comes with a solid bag
  • Cons: The neck is heavy and the body lacks mids and lows for sound quality but it’s for playing quiet or in an intimate setting (like at a campfire) anyways

The Washburn Rover Travel guitar is another very popular travel guitar option. It makes a great camping guitar because it is quite a bit smaller (the body is slim and tapered) but still has a full-scale length neck and produces a decent sound.

Yamaha APXT2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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

  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Features: A reliable 3/4 scale guitar with nice curves and a cutaway
  • Pros: Pickup and tuner built-in, comes with gig bag
  • Cons: Model depending, laminate construction can feel cheap to some

Those looking for a Yamaha travel guitar will find a winner with the APXT2. This 3/4 scale guitar is acoustic-electric which can allow you to have the best of both worlds.

Luna Aurora Borealis Acoustic Guitar

Luna Aurora Borealis 3/4 Acoustic Guitar, Black Pearl

  • Luna Guitars' Aurora line offers the perfect beginner guitar, especially for young players
  • A student guitar line that pairs affordability with Luna's characteristic easy-to-play design features
  • Features: An affordable 3/4 scale all-acoustic travel guitar
  • Pros: Choice of tonewood is decent for sound quality, pretty detailing
  • Cons: Acoustic only so no chance at pickups and an amp, no bag comes with it

LAVA ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar

LAVA ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar with Effects 36 Inch Acoustic Electric Travel Guitar with Bag Picks...

  • Unibody Acoustic Electric Guitar: With little to no gluing, LAVA ME 2 guitar offers a wide frequency range, producing resonant, dynamic sounds. At just 3.7 lb, it's compact...
  • Versatile L2 Preamp: With FreeBoost Technology, the L2 Preamp uses the guitar back as a speaker, allowing you to shape sounds with reverb, delay, and chorus effects. It also...
  • Features: A unique, unibody travel guitar with built-in amp/effect
  • Pros: Durable materials make the guitar able to withstand varying conditions, comes with a bag and charging cable
  • Cons: The materials might not resonate (for your liking) like real wood, comes at a higher cost

If you want a full-scale travel guitar that is built like a tank, check out the LAVA ME 2. Sporting an unconventional design and futuristic look, the LAVA ME 2 is light to carry and able to take whatever you throw at it when it comes to travel.

Traveler Guitar 6-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Guitar for Travel | Portable and Headless Electric Acoustic Guitar |...

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Features: A sleek, minimalist guitar with a full 3/4 scale neck and gig bag
  • Pros: Very lightweight, made of real wood, pickup and output installed
  • Cons: The lap rest and/or overall design might take a while to get used to

The Traveler Guitar is the ultimate name in light, minimalist travel guitars. With reduced body lengths and a unique tuning system and no headstock, these guitars are super lightweight and made to be packed away nice and small.

The Traveler acoustic-electric also comes in a Pro Series and in an ultra-light solid body electric guitar .

Cross Guitar 2.0: Foldable Classical Nylon Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar

Cross Guitar 2.0: Folding/Foldable Classical Nylon-String Acoustic/Electric Travel Guitar Silent...

  • Built-in pickup system with headphone jack 3.5mm Aux-in, 3.5mm Headphone, and 6.35mm main output to enhance your playing experience.(Must plug in headphone or cable for the...
  • No assembly nor footstool needed
  • Features: A minimal, collapsible travel guitar made of real wood (maple)
  • Pros: A very compact guitar, built-in pickup system
  • Cons: So small that it may be awkward to get used to

The Cross Guitar 2.0 might be taking travel guitars a step too far – but what a fantastic concept!

With a unique cross and folding design, the Cross 2.0 might be the smallest travel guitar available. The above version is for nylon strings but there’s also a Cross Guitar 2.0 with steel strings .

Kmise Guitarlele (Mini Travel Guitar Ukulele)

Kmise Guitalele 31 inch Guitarlele Mini Travel Guitar Ukulele Mahogany with Gig Bag Tuner Picks...

  • SEALED 18: 1 GEAR TUNING MACHINE: In the higher gears, the guitalele string can be tuned more precise, keep ukulele stay in tune better than 15:1 gear tuning pegs, ensures you...
  • ADJUSTABLE ACTION: Each guitalele come with 1 original Allen wrench which can help you adjust the action freely based on your habit. Turn Clockwise loosen strings and turn...
  • Features: An affordable guitarlele with a number of great accessories
  • Pros: Very lightweight, much smaller than a full-scale acoustic, closed tuners, comes with gig bag
  • Cons: Not quite a guitar, not quite a uke… some people either love it or hate it

If you think a guitarlele will fit the bill as your travel guitar, the Kmise guitarlele is for you. Merging the best of both worlds – a small 6 string guitar on a baritone ukulele body – this hybrid instrument makes a unique choice for those seeking out a travel guitar.

Cordoba Mini II M Nylon String Guitar

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

  • Comfortable 1/2 size guitar, with standard tuning
  • Layered Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Features: A great mini 1/2 scale nylon string guitar from a top brand like Cordoba
  • Pros: Beautiful all-mahogany construction, compact scale size
  • Cons: Nylon strings over steel might not produce the sound you’re looking for

If you know anything about Cordoba, you’ll now they know classical guitars. Their Mini II is a slightly larger take on their popular Mini M – one of a number of short-scale guitars designed for travel.

The 1/2 size might make for a good little guitar depending on your needs. This mini travel guitar is also a great nylon string travel guitar (with more of a classical feel) if that’s what you’re looking for.

What Is A Travel Guitar And Why You Need One

If you know you want a travel guitar, you might not need an explanation. If you’re new to the concept, then a brief overview of what a travel guitar is – and how it differs from other guitars – might be super handy.

A travel guitar is much like the name sounds. It is a guitar that is meant for travel. Generally, this means the guitar is smaller in overall size and often more compact in shape than a full-sized guitar.

Some travel guitars even strip away unnecessary body material or are foldable for an extra small overall guitar footprint.

Since it’s often expected that they are meant to be moved about and potentially run into bums and scratches, travel guitars are often made from denser materials than just solid tone woods and usually come with a bag or soft case.

Travel guitar are used for a variety of things: from playing on the road, and entertaining with campfire tunes on a camping trip to personal usage for practicing. Travel guitars come in all acoustic, acoustic-electric, and even full-electric versions – each with their own pros and cons.

Most types are travel acoustic guitars because it’s more likely that you’ll be unplugged and so an acoustic body is needed to produce your sound.

However, a battery-powered electric travel guitar used with an amp (or your headphones) isn’t out of the question if you are using your guitar for simple practicing while on the road.

The Different Types of Travel Guitars

If you’re in the market for a traveling guitar, there are a few different variations for what people consider “travel guitars”.

Aside from these different variations listed below, travel guitars often feature the versatility of playing unplugged but having the option to amplify the sound plugged in.

So, many travel guitar models end up being acoustic-electric. You can definitely find just acoustic travel guitar models or just electric travel guitars if you are seeking out one. Let’s dive into the different types of guitars considered suitable as travel guitars.

A popular, go-to option for a travel guitar is simply buying a 3/4 size guitar. This is a smaller guitar that is 3/4 the scale and size of a full acoustic guitar.

Essentially, 3/4 scale guitars are just mini guitars. They are smaller than a classic dreadnought and easier for travel because they are physically smaller.

A pro of using a 3/4 guitar as a travel guitar is that they sound more like a full-sized dreadnought with a large, complete body. A con is that they are not as compact as other true “travel guitars” you might find on this list.

A great example of a 3/4 guitar is the Taylor GS Mini or the Luna Aurora Borealis  for a more affordable option.

It should be noted that 3/4 guitars are not just great as a travel guitar. These guitars are also good for beginners, people with smaller hands, and kids who are looking for their first guitar. Their “scaled-down” size makes 3/4 guitars easier to play.

Now, not all travel guitars are good for kids, nor are all kids guitars great as “travel guitars” so watch out for this distinction. This list is all about travel guitars and we’ll write about kids guitars and other 3/4 size guitars soon.

“Minimalist” Travel Guitar

Another kind of travel guitar are those that fall in the category of minimalist guitars.

These instruments come in two main kinds: those guitars with a much smaller body shape and/or size OR those guitars with much of the non-essential materials stripped away (like body and headstock).

Both types of guitars feature full-scale or 3/4 scale necks – it’s really the body size that is reduced.

Some examples of travel guitars that have a “complete” body but are just reduced in body size are the Washburn Rover or the Martin Steel String Backpacker . A classic example of the “stripped away” guitar leaving only the essential parts needed to play and create sound is the Traveler Guitar .

These minimalist travel guitars come in both acoustic, hybrid a/e and fully-electric. A pro of these guitars is that they weigh very little (even compared to a 3/4 sized guitar). They might make for a great backpack guitar since many of them will fit inside their case and slip inside a larger backpack.

A con to these guitars – more so the stripped-down version – is that they only have the bare bones for what you’d need to play. This means these guitars don’t always produce sound like a full-bodied acoustic.

Sound volume and quality also depend on if you are plugging it into an amp. Often, these guitars can be used for practicing since they are much quieter unless plugged into an amp or heard through headphones.

Also keep in mind not to confuse these guitars with practice/pocket guitars. These minimalist guitars are fully functional guitars while pocket guitars are practice aids.

Foldable/Collapsible Guitar

Another variation of the travel guitar that isn’t just a smaller guitar or a very minimalist guitar is the foldable travel guitar.

Also known as a collapsible travel guitar, these guitars do exactly what you’d expect – they come apart in one or two places, usually at the neck joint where the neck meets the body. This smaller overall size makes foldable guitars come with a special case or bag which is much easier to travel with.

Depending on the model of foldable guitar you buy, it may be able to play acoustically or it may have little to no resonating body so you have to plug it in to hear the sound.

Now, the pros of the collapsible travel guitar are that they are certainly smaller than a one-piece 3/4 guitar. You also have the benefit of a larger body to create a better sound compared to other foldable guitars that lack much of a body.

A con to these guitars is that more joints/moving parts creates room for structural issues down the line. Another con is the materials used to construct guitars that fold may affect sound quality when they are put back together.

You might look at the Cross Guitar 2.0 , the Journey Instruments OF660M Overhead (made from carbon fiber), or the Furch Little Jane as a higher-priced (but very reliable) foldable guitar that is made from solid wood. The fact that there is a solid wood collapsible guitar is pretty awesome.

Carbon Fiber Guitar

Another type of travel guitar that we haven’t already mentioned is something like the LAVA ME 2 . This is a full-scale guitar so you don’t compromise sound or size. So, what makes a full-sized dreadnought a prime candidate for travel? The material it’s made out of is super durable.

In fact, the LAVA ME 2 is an injection-molded carbon fiber guitar. This composite material that is not wood makes the guitar strong but also far more resistant to scratches, dents, impact, and temperature changes.

A pro of this kind of guitar – a guitar made from a different, more durable material – is that it’s simply more durable. This can b a great asset when it comes to traveling with an instrument. A con is that while it might be light, it’s still physically large to haul around.

One final type of travel guitar you might consider isn’t technically a guitar at all – it’s a guitarlele! Technically speaking, the guitarlele is a hybrid instrument consisting of a guitar and a ukulele. We actually talked about these instruments briefly in our post on types of ukuleles .

A guitarlele is a six-string ukulele. It’s actually the same size as a larger baritone ukulele but it plays more like a guitar with a wider fretboard and more strings. Basically, you get the six strings of an acoustic fit into the chassis (to borrow a car term) of a baritone ukulele.

In terms of tuning, the guitarlele is tuned to A-D-G-C-E-A (or a 4th up). This is the same as a regular guitar with a capo on the 5th fret. This means you can play the same acoustic guitar chord fingerings on it… they just sound higher (they are pitched up).

An obvious pro to the guitarlele is that it’s small and more compact to play and travel with. It’s good for people with smaller hands and/or people who want an instrument with a full body to create a nice round. If this interests you, check out the Kmise Guitarlele or Yamaha GL1 Guitarlele .

A con is that it’s not actually a guitar and usually has nylon strings on it. Depending on the guitarlele you get, you may be able to swap them out for steel strings to mimic more of an acoustic guitar tone.

3 Benefits Of Using A Travel Guitar

There are a number of benefits of owning and playing a travel size guitar. Below, you’ll find them outlined and explained in detail. This way, if you are on the fence about buying a travel guitar, you can gather all the necessary information to help you decide.

Compact Size/Weight

An obvious first benefit of having a travel guitar is its smaller size and lighter overall weight. This makes it ideal for packing and taking with you if you are going hiking/camping or heading to the beach for the day.

As for the mode of transportation, the smaller travel guitars make traveling on an airplane easier since some of them fit inside an airplane overhead bin. Be sure to check with any individual airline you are flying with for the size and weight dimensions of their carry-on bags.

If you end up traveling by car, these smaller guitars are easy to pack among other items and don’t take up nearly as much room as a full-sized acoustic.

One element of any guitar intended for travel – besides the compactness – is its relative durability. Short of slamming the guitar against a surface or object, you can expect most travel guitars to hold up against a little more wear and tear.

Some guitars above are made of carbon fiber while others are made from a combination of other materials. Guitars with composite material bodies and necks are meant to be even more durable but every material has its breaking point/temperature.

You can find some guitars with a mix of wood and HPL (high pressure laminate) which is a more durable material that still resonates well and has a nice tone. Compared to solid wood, HPL is generally stronger and less susceptible to dings and dents while still being a lighter material overall.


The last benefit to buying a travel guitar is that – generally speaking – they can be priced lower than most full-sized acoustic or electric guitars. This is usually because some travel guitars are just 3/4 the size.

A smaller price tag also makes a travel guitar a good secondary guitar in your guitar arsenal. It can do the heavy lifting and traveling while your more expensive, primary guitar, gets played at other times.

That said, a Taylor GS Mini (shown above) isn’t “cheap” by any means. With a higher price tag, that particular guitar would be more of an investment. However, for that price, you get an excellent quality travel guitar with great sound quality from a top acoustic guitar maker!

5 Things To Consider In A Good Travel Guitar

There are a few different styles of travel guitar – and numerous different models within a style – to choose from. However, there are a few key things you should look for/consider when buying a travel guitar.

Overall Function/Size

When buying any kind of travel guitar, the function of the guitar is pretty important. Every guitar is going to (hopefully) be able to play music and allow you to play on the road. However, does the overall function of the guitar work for you?

Just because a backpacking guitar collapses into a small case the size of a flute – doesn’t mean you have to buy it. If you prefer a fuller-bodied but smaller 3/4 guitar because that’s what you’re used to then go for it.

If you want a smaller travel guitar that you can take camping to entertain friends, then don’t grab a 3/4 guitar when a more compact Washburn Rover or the Martin Steel String Backpacker might work best.

Along with the concept of function is practicality. Does this guitar work for you based on where you are taking it? Are you planning a road trip or are you taking the collapsible guitar in your carry-on luggage on an airplane?

Are you going on a multi-day canoe trip with the travel guitar? These scenarios for usage are important to consider when you pick a travel guitar for you.

Related to function, the overall shape of the guitar is something to consider in a good travel guitar. The actual shape of the body – whether a classic figure-8 or a minimalist guitar body – will affect both the sound quality and the way you hold/play the guitar.

Sound quality is something that you can always try to modify with different strings. However, how comfortable you feel playing the guitar is something that is hard to change once you buy the guitar. Some people don’t love the Martin Backpacker because it’s too odd of a shape for them.

For others, the weight, shape, and feel of the LAVA ME 2 is strange. It really comes down to personal preference, previous playing experience, and your ability to be open-minded and potentially adapt to something different.

Overall, the body shape affects the likeability of the guitar. This is critical. If it’s awkward for you to play, you’re not going to pick up that guitar over other guitars to jam on (given the option).

When buying a good travel guitar, you’ll want to have a think about the materials used in the construction of the guitar.

Of course, strength and durability are important – but travel guitars also need to balance this need for durability with the ability to still have good intonation and nice overall sound quality.

Some guitars are made from denser, composite materials like high pressure laminate (HPL) which can take more scratches and bumps over its lifespan compared to solid tone wood. However, these “less than wood” materials can affect sound quality.

On the other end of the spectrum, the LAVA ME 2 is made from a carbon fiber material that is super durable and even waterproof. However, this material can produce a duller, more flat sound when you play (compared to all wood).

If you really care about sound quality (see below), there are some really nice 3/4 guitars with excellent sound quality. Some of these guitars have a healthy mix of all worlds with a laminate back and sides for more durability but a solid wood top which helps the guitar to sing a bit brighter.

Sound Quality

Speaking of sound quality, it’s an important aspect to consider when buying a travel guitar. We mentioned body materials and how they affect sound quality so you need to consider that.

You can modify the sound – to a degree – with your choice of strings but overall the sound of the travel guitar isn’t going to change that much.

Again, there are some really good travel guitars with good sound quality. Travel guitars might not “sing” as beautifully as a full-bodied acoustic but you’re going to find some excellent tones coming off of these smaller guitars.

Another aspect to sound is whether you want an acoustic or electric travel guitar. Many models give the option for both – so they are acoustic-electric.

However, if you are backpacking in the woods, the ability to plug into an amp is highly unlikely so you can’t really rely on the fact that you can plug in as a potential fix to your sound quality and/or volume.


Last, but certainly not least, the price of the travel guitar should be a buying consideration. To a degree, the overall price can be something that dictates which travel guitars are better than others. Price is often an indicator of overall quality – but not always.

That said, you don’t necessarily need to go out and spend just shy of $1000 on a travel guitar. You can find some excellent, well-built, nice-sounding travel guitars by guitar brands – usually top acoustic brands – that you can trust for a few hundred dollars.

Like with any guitar purchase, you might look at them as an investment. Sure, a cheap travel guitar might be more affordable in the beginning… and it might work well for a while.

But if the quality doesn’t hold up, you can run into a number of problems like poor intonation and even structural issues. Replacing or repairing this guitar is money you could have put into a better travel guitar in the first place!

And there you have it – a rundown of some of the best travel guitars out there today. In the end, there are a number of other really good travel guitars that might suit your needs.

This article was intended to bring together some of the best so you can get a solid understanding of the travel guitar options, styles, and prices. Enjoy whichever guitar you choose to hit the road with!

As always, Happy Strumming,

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Best Travel Guitar: Top Picks For 2022

  • January 19, 2022

Best Travel Guitar

Portable Travel Guitars

(1) martin steel-string backpacker, (2) yamaha silent guitar slg200s, (3) cordoba mini ii, (4) traveler ultra-light acoustic-electric guitar, (5) martin lx1 little martin acoustic guitar, (6) taylor gs mini mahogany, (7) washburn rover ro10sk-a, (8) baby taylor bt1, (9) baby taylor bt2.

There’s no feeling quite like packing up your bags and hitting the open road with your favorite tunes blasting in your ears. If you’re a traveling musician, you’ll know that having a great travel guitar is essential for making the most of your journey. But with so many models on the market, which one should you choose? To help make your decision easier, we’ve compiled a list of our top 9 best travel guitars for 2022. From budget-friendly options to high-end models, there’s something for everyone here. So what are you waiting for? Start packing!

Just starting out? Take a look at the different guitar sizes to start your journey.

There are many reasons to go for a portable guitar, and one of them might be its ability to be easily carried. But how do these travel guitars achieve this? We have considered each factor in our choices below: 

Some instruments need extra care when traveling because they can’t take rough handling or else their quality will decrease significantly over time (and who wants an old beat-up acoustic?). However, most electric guitars don’t suffer much damage even after long journeys thanks largely due to other rugged construction withstood frequent use by professionals around the world which often means lessened babying needs as well.

Size-Length Ratios

A lot has changed since rockstars like Slash started rocking short bursts rather than full-length guitars. Many of the models below are designed for comfort and ease yet still give a great sound, making them suitable for all playing styles.

Sound Quality

Playing an electric guitar is fun, not just for the player but also those around. And with no extra mics or amps needed to amplify your sound, everyone will turn their heads when you rock out on one of these bad boys.

We also consider the musical preferences of each customer in our reviews. In addition to this, we have included a couple of picks from unknown yet promising brands for those looking for something a bit different.

Prefer acoustic, jazz or rock to electric or acoustic? With the best kids guitar , you can be all those things! Let your child play guitar!

The Martin Steel-String Backpacker is an ultra-lightweight travel guitar that’s perfect for taking on your next adventure. It’s easy to carry with its backpack-style shoulder strap and it sounds great, too! You can play anywhere – from campfires to hostels – without worrying about lugging around a heavy instrument.

With this lightweight design, you can take your music wherever you go. Whether you want to jam in the park or practice at home, this guitar is ready for anything. And because it weighs just 4 pounds, there are no excuses not to bring it along! This travel companion will be by your side as long as you need it. Just grab it out of its case and start playing whenever inspiration strikes!

Martin Steel-String Backpacker Travel Guitar

The SLG is the perfect instrument for practice, travel, or stage use – any time an acoustic guitar just won’t do. It’s compact and lightweight, making it easy to bring along wherever you go. And with near-silent performance, discrete practice is simple. You can even plug in headphones to keep your playing private while still enjoying a natural tone through Yamaha’s exclusive SRT-Powered pickup system. Studio-quality on-board effects enhance your playing to perfection and line-in functionality makes jamming easy! This is the ultimate portable guitar experience at its finest.

Yamaha Silent Guitar SLG200S

With so many features packed into one small package, this guitar will have you excited every time you pick it up! Whether practicing quietly at home or performing live on stage, this instrument has everything you need to sound great without ever having to worry about feedback or volume control again! Plus, all of these amazing features come at a price that anyone can afford – there isn’t anything else like it out there today! So don’t wait another minute – click here now and purchase yours today before they sell out!!

The Cordoba Mini 2 is the perfect travel companion. It’s small enough to fit in your backpack or carry-on but still has all the features of a full-size guitar. Cordoba Mini is a half size guitar comes with its comfortable neck and lightweight body, it’s easy to play wherever you go. You can even use it as an acoustic amp with our optional plug-in pickup!

If you love playing music but don’t want to lug around a huge instrument, this is the one for you! Whether you’re going on vacation or just practicing at home, this mini guitar will make sure that your music goes everywhere with you.

We know how important it is for musicians to be able to trust their instruments so all you need to do is tune up and start playing! No matter where life takes us, whether we are traveling across town or the world. We never leave home without our guitars because they always come along for the ride.

Cordoba Mini II

Traveler Guitar has created an ultra-light, ultra-portable guitar that fits in airline overhead bins! It’s only 2 lbs. 15 oz. and 28″ long! This guitar features a one-piece Eastern American hard Maple neck-through-body design and includes a gig bag for easy transportation. You can even plug it into your amp or PA system to play with others while traveling without any issues. If you are looking for an instrument that won’t take up too much space but still sounds great, this is the perfect option for you!

We know how important music is to our customers so we made sure to create something they would love using every day of their lives. Whether you want to practice at home or jam out with friends, this guitar will make playing fun again no matter where life takes you.

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Martin LX1 Little Acoustic Guitar is a great way for beginners and experienced players alike to get started on their musical journey. With its compact size, it’s perfect for taking along wherever you go. It has a full tone that belies its small size, making it an excellent choice for recording or performing in any setting.

The mahogany pattern HPL (high-pressure laminate) textured finish gives this guitar the look of high-end guitars at a fraction of the price while still maintaining the durability and quality sound production. This instrument will last you years without losing its luster or tone! You can even take this baby out into the elements because it’s built tough enough to withstand anything life throws your way!

Martin LX1 Little Martin Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor GS Mini is the perfect size to carry with you everywhere, but it’s also got a full voice. It has all the tone of a full-size guitar and can be heard above other instruments in any situation. You’ll never have to compromise again when choosing your instrument!

With its compact design, this little beauty packs more than just an adorable exterior. This mini guitar is made from layered Sapele back and sides with a solid mahogany top, giving it a rich sound that will make you fall in love at first strum. Its smaller body makes playing easier on your hands as well as more comfortable for those with smaller frames or shorter arms who may struggle with larger guitars. Plus, there’s no better way to travel light without sacrificing quality!

Taylor GS Mini Mahogany

The best part about this sweetheart is how easy it is to play-you won’t even need lessons! Just pick up and go because once you try out this mini wonder, you’ll never want to put it down again. And don’t worry about damaging such an elegant instrument—the matte finish protects against dings and scratches so your new favorite toy stays looking as good as new for years to come!

The Washburn Rover line of travel instruments is perfect for players of all levels. With the full 23.75″ scale length, it’s easy to play and sounds great! It has a solid spruce top and select mahogany back and sides that give it a rich tone. Whether flat-picking or playing finger-style, at the beach or by the campfire, this guitar feels great in your hands, is pleasing to your ears, and attractive to your eyes!

You can use your fingers easily on these guitars without having any trouble thanks to their full 23.75″ scale length. They have solid spruce tops with select mahogany backs & sides that give them an incredibly rich tone when played acoustically! And they’re so compact – you can take them anywhere with ease (and without worrying about damage).

Washburn Rover RO10SK-A

The Baby Taylor is the ideal travel companion. It’s lightweight, compact and easy to play. And it sounds great plugged in or unplugged thanks to its unique body shape and bracing pattern that give it an incredible tonal range from deep lows to bright highs – making it perfect for songwriters and performers of all genres. Plus, with a sound so big, you won’t believe how small this guitar really is!

You can take your music anywhere with the Baby Taylor – on stage, in the studio or around town. Its smaller size makes it comfortable enough for kids but versatile enough for adults too. Whether you want to strum along at home or perform live on stage, this little guitar will deliver amazing performance wherever life takes you!

Baby Taylor BT1 Travel Acoustic Guitar

The Baby Taylor is the perfect acoustic guitar for beginners. It’s small, lightweight, and easy to play. And it sounds amazing! You can take this baby anywhere – camping, hiking, or even on vacation. Plus, it comes with everything you need to get started playing right away including an instructional DVD and online lessons from Guitar Tricks .

You won’t find another guitar like this one on the market today because we designed it specifically with beginners in mind. We wanted to make sure that our guitars were as fun and easy to play as possible so that anyone could pick up a Baby Taylor and start strumming their favorite songs without any hassle whatsoever. If you want a great sounding instrument that will last a lifetime then look no further than the Baby Taylor BT2 Acoustic Guitar.

Baby Taylor BT2

There are so many different guitars on the market and we understand that it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we created this guide of the best travel guitars for every type of player. We hope you found what you were looking for, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want some help picking one out!

You’ll feel more like a rock star! The guitar comes in a variety of musical styles, including blues, jazz, classic rock and metal. Take advantage of the easy-to-play 3/4 size scale to experience some of your favorite songs!

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The Best Travel Guitars: Top 5 Picks

By: Author Jodie Chiffey

Posted on Last updated: January 31, 2023

The Best Travel Guitars: Top 5 Picks

Today we’ll be talking through some of our favorite travel electric guitars.

We’ll take a closer look at five of the best models out there, outline the pros and cons of each before giving you an idea of who we think each model best suits. Some of the most common FAQs will also be tackled so read on and you’ll be well equipped to choose your next travel-sized guitar.

For the most dedicated of players, having a trusty guitar with you at all times means you can play to your heart’s content whenever inspiration strikes. Maybe you’re sitting on a beach somewhere or watching the sunset from the top of a mountain when the perfect riff or set of chords pop into your head.

Well, fear not, getting yourself a travel guitar could be the perfect solution!

Taylor Baby Taylor

The travel guitar market is filled with plenty of options to suit all needs and styles of play. From miniature electric guitars right through to shrunken acoustic options and everything in between, there’s sure to be the right option for you.

These bespoke instruments are designed purely with portability in mind, with some incredibly clever designs that allow them to be ultra-compact and lightweight whilst also sounding as good as their larger counterparts.

Before we dive in and take an in-depth look into our five favorite travel guitars, let’s take a look at an overview of what you can expect from each one.

travel guitar

5 of the Best Travel Guitars

What exactly is a travel guitar.

A travel guitar is exactly that, a guitar that is designed to travel easily with. They achieve the desired levels of portability and mobility through a few clever design tricks. Firstly, the overall body is built to a much lighter spec. This usually involves reducing the overall size and using much lighter materials during construction.

Secondly, travel guitars often include a number of clever space-saving solutions, such as inventive tuning methods and well-thought-out storage options. Lastly, travel guitars are designed to be sturdy.

Travel guitar

The overall build is much less delicate than your standard instrument as they are designed to be carried around a lot, thrown into the back of vehicles, and manhandled to a much greater extent.

Whilst portability, mobility, and reliability are the name of the game, there are other elements that cannot be overlooked. Who would buy any guitar if it didn’t sound good? That’s right, the key to the success of any travel guitar is to not only nail the travel elements but to nail the tone and overall sound too.

What Makes Travel Guitars so Different?

Due to the manufacturer’s quest for portability, travel guitars can often appear dramatically different from their more traditional counterparts. It is not uncommon to see electric guitars with little or nobody at all and some models even skip the headstock altogether.

Despite the often considerable difference in appearances, there are certain elements that all guitars, whether travel-sized or not, simply must-have. Tuning pegs and a bridge, for example, must be present in all models.

This means that the overall playing experience can differ from what you are familiar with and may take some getting used to. It is imperative that you select a model that will suit your style!

What are the Key Features of a Travel Guitar?

When it comes to the design of these specialist guitars, there are often two ways that the manufacturers go about it. The first is to essentially take a full-sized traditional guitar and shrink it down until it is deemed portable enough.

This approach works well as it allows the guitars to retain an element of familiarity and is often a popular choice for younger players or those who are slightly less experienced musicians.

The second is totally redesign the instrument from the ground up. Doing this often leads to elements of the guitar being totally repositioned and can alter the playing experience significantly.

Don’t be put off though, the company making these types of travel guitars have put millions of dollars into their research and development and often come up with innovative designs that are both portable and, crucially, playable.

Who Uses Travel Guitars?

At their core travel guitars are designed for musicians who want to take their instrument with them wherever they are in the world. They may just be heading off on vacation or planning a 6 month round the world trip but wherever they go, their guitar needs to go with them.

Alternatively, travel guitars have proved to be a popular choice with children who are not yet big enough to play a full-sized instrument. In fact, one of the guitars on our list actually started out as a design specifically aimed at kids!

In terms of style and genres, there is a travel guitar to suit all. The modern range available of electric, acoustic , and acoustic-electric options means no genre and no playing style is left uncatered for.

5 of The Best Travel Guitars Currently Available

Taylor baby taylor acoustic guitar – a classic acoustic design that produces outstanding tones.

Taylor Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor Baby Taylor actually started life as a guitar designed for children to play. Its compact size but the familiar layout was intended to allow younger musicians to get used to the feel of an acoustic guitar before graduating to a full-sized model.

It turned out that the design and build were so good that even players well suited to using regular-sized guitars found the sound of the Baby Taylor was perfectly good enough for them, far exceeding the expectations of a ‘learner’ model. The logical result was that the Baby Taylor became a very successful and generally well-respected traveler’s instrument.

Its classic dreadnought looks are ¾ of the size of a normal Taylor and the included gig bag makes it ultra-portable whilst being easy on the wallet. If the more outlandish designs aren’t for you then the Baby Taylor could well be a perfect choice.


  • ¾ sized dreadnought
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top wood
  • Layered Walnut on the back and sides
  • Taylor Standard Baby X-bracing pattern
  • Satin varnish finish
  • Standard Taylor Baby profile
  • 1 11/16-inch (42.8 mm) nut width
  • Genuine African ebony fingerboard
  • Sapele neck wood
  • 22-¾-inch scale length
  • Copafera headstock overlay
  • Chrome Baby tuners & buttons
  • Genuine African ebony bridge
  • Micarta saddle & Nubone nut
  • Taylor Deluxe Baby gig bag included
  • Produces some of the best tones on our list
  • Excellent build quality
  • Players with larger hands may struggle

Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar – A Unique Aesthetic That Won’t Appeal to Everyone

Martin Acoustic Guitar

With the Martin Steel-String Backpacker , we have the first example of a guitar that has been radically changed and redesigned to fit the portability brief. Although the looks of this travel guitar won’t appeal to everyone, you can be sure that Martin has managed to deliver crisp and clear tones despite the redesign.

The solid Mahogany used in the construction of the body really helps this little guitar kick out a more than the respectable level of volume. With a name like Martin behind this one, you can rest assured you are purchasing a quality product.

This model in particular has been designed with the traveler in mind. By that, we mean that not only has it been shrunk in size, but the construction has also made this model tougher than a lot of the other options on our list.

This means that the Martin Steel-String Backpacker is the ideal choice for those planning on taking their travel guitar away on camping or hiking trips. 

  • Mahogany back, neck & sides
  • Chrome tuners that are enclosed
  • Small, ultra-lightweight size
  • Padded gig bag included for portability and protection on the road
  • Creates a good level of volume
  • Super easy to travel with
  • Great tones
  • Visually, this guitar won’t appeal to everyone

Travelcaster Deluxe Electric Travel Guitar – A Lightweight Take on a Heavyweight Electric Guitar World

Traveler Guitar

The Stratocaster is an instantly recognizable electric guitar that has been around for decades. But what happens when you want to take yours away on holiday with you? Well, unless you want to be lugging around your full-sized model then you should seriously consider getting yourself a Travelcaster Deluxe Guitar !

Coming in at only 5bls, the Travelcaster is 35% lighter and 14% shorter than its older brother. Despite this difference in size, we found it to provide a pretty good version of the classic Stratocaster experience. If you can get over it visually and need your travel guitar to be electric, this is a pretty awesome one to go for.

For guitarists on the go, there aren’t too many better options. It features three single-coil pickups , one volume control, two tone controls, and a five-way pickup selection.

Travelcaster Deluxe Electric Guitar

  • Poplar body
  • 1.75 inches thick
  • 9 inches wide
  • Bolt-on construction
  • 9.5-inch neck radius
  • 1.65-inch width at the nut
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 22 medium/jumbo frets
  • Passive electronics including tone. volume, & 5-way switch
  • 3-inch overall depth
  • 33.75-inch overall length
  • 3 ceramic single-coil pickups
  • Gigbag included
  • A great option if you need an electric model
  • Classic Strat feel and playing experience
  • Portable & lightweight
  • It may not appeal to everyone. Some may say the original Strat design shouldn’t have changed or tampered with in any way.

Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar – An Electric Travel Guitar That Has Withstood the Test of Time

Hofner Travel Guitar

Originally designed and brought out by Hofner in the 1980s the Shorty Electric Guitar has proved to be a popular choice for the guitarist on the go ever since.

One of the reasons for this is that it provides that full-scale feel and familiarity a lot of players automatically look for. This full-length scale combined with its shrunken body results in one of the comfiest and best playing experiences you can get from a travel guitar.

There’s a classic Maplewood and Rosewood combination on the fretboard and neck whilst the humbucker situated on the bridge is beefy enough to blast even the most demanding of riffs.

The playability of this travel guitar is really why it made our list, along with the price. At such a low price point you really can’t go wrong. There are other models on our list that perhaps sound a little better but the Hofner Shorty is a brilliant choice if you’re not looking to break the bank.

  • Basswood top & back
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 24.7-inch (62.8cm) length scale
  • 42mm nut width
  • Hofner Open Humbucker
  • Hofner gig bag included
  • Ultra-lightweight & portable
  • Good quality for the price
  • The overall sound isn’t as good as other options on our list

Traveler Guitar Escape Mark III Acoustic-Electric Guitar – A Full-Scale Option for the Distinguished Guitarist On-The-Go

Escape Mark Guitar

This is a really cool piece of kit. If you’re looking to take a no-compromise approach to your playing then this could well be the model for you. Featuring internal tuning pegs and extensive onboard electrics, the Escape Mark III allows you to put on a show no matter where you are.

The internal tuning pegs mean there is effectively no headstock at all. Visually this is quite something to get over but it allows for portability whilst sacrificing little to no loss of sound quality.

At 26% shorter and 10% lighter than a standard electric-acoustic guitar, you’ll have no trouble carrying this thing around whilst the integrated electrics include things like a headphone port, an under-saddle Shadow NanoFlex piezo system, tuner, and aux-in. The overall package is perfect for just about any player.

The only downside with the Mark III is the price. It comes in as the most expensive model on our list in quite some way. Depending on how you intend to use your travel guitar and where you actually intend on traveling with it, it may be worth considering some of the cheaper options.

Of course, if the optimum sound is your thing and budget isn’t an issue then we say go for it! If, however, you’re concerned your portable companion may be exposed to a few more bumps and scrapes than your dreadnought at home then maybe consider a slightly cheaper model.

  • Travel body
  • Single cutaway
  • Mahogany or alder wood back & sides
  • Modified traditional bracing pattern
  • Natural satin body finish
  • 1.75-inch (44.45 mm) nut width
  • Black walnut fingerboard
  • Mahogany or maple neck wood
  • 25.5-inch scale length
  • Satin Finish
  • Shadow pickup
  • The best sounding guitar on our list
  • Excellent electronic components
  • Rich sounds when amplified
  • High-quality materials used
  • It’s the most expensive guitar on our list

Question: Do Travel Guitars Sound Different from Regular Guitars?

Answer: Generally speaking, yes. Due to the change in size, you will find that there may be significant changes in sound. This is particularly prevalent in acoustic models as they rely on their large bodies to convey their sounds. However, you can still expect to notice a difference in electric guitars too due to the modifications made to the electrical elements. This is not to say the overall sounds will be any worse, just that they may differ from what you are used to.

Question: Can You Use Regular Guitar Strings in a Travel Guitar?

Answer: Yes, you can. In the vast majority of cases, you are free to put your favorite strings in your travel guitar or replace them as they break. However, it is always advisable to check with the individual manufacturers before you do so just in case.

Question: Are Travel Guitars Good for Beginners?

Answer: Yes, they are perfect for beginners ! Travel guitars make ideal starting instruments as their smaller size makes them generally easier to navigate when starting out. They are often much less complicated than their full-sized counterparts and are therefore easier to play. The problem is when learning you may outgrow a travel guitar pretty quickly. Also worth noting is that due to their size and weight, travel guitars can often be the ideal models for children when starting out.

Question: How Can I Take Care of My Guitar Whilst Traveling?

Answer: There are many things to remember when taking care of your guitar . When we travel with our favorite instruments there are extra things we have to worry about to ensure no harm comes to them.

For example, it is imperative that you invest in a good quality bag that will offer a level of protection as well as portability. Many models will come with a perfectly good bag but it is always worth checking that it will give you enough protection.

Another thing to remember is to loosen your strings whilst in transit. This guards against any nasty surprises when you get to the other side, the pressure and temperature changes often experienced during a flight are well known to regularly damage guitar strings.

The Final Word: Which is The Best Travel Guitar

Choosing your perfect travel companion will come down largely to your budget and where you’re traveling to. If you’re not looking to break the bank and just want to have a little fun whilst you’re away then you can’t beat the Hofner Shorty Electric for the price.

If, however, you’re uncompromising and want nothing but the best whilst on your travels, then the Traveler Escape Mark III could well be your perfect choice.

For us though, when looking through the huge range of choices available to the traveling guitarist we kept coming back to the Taylor Baby Taylor . A classic design and beautiful tonal range married with a price tag that doesn’t instantly put you off did it for us.

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The 25 Best Travel Guitars (Acoustic, Electric) In 2024

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It is not easy to find the ideal travel companion as a musician as guitars are designed to perform instead of traveling. They are heavy, fragile, and sometimes too expensive to travel with and play on the go, which is always a shame as you can not play your guitar at perfect moments.

Luckily, now there are acoustic and electric guitars designed with on-the-go musicians in mind. They allow you to travel with them easily, thanks to their compact sizes, lightweight designs, and extra added durability for any case.

So here are 25 of the best guitars that can be the ideal travel companions for guitarists.

Taylor Baby Mahogany BT2

Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany Top

  • 6-string Acoustic Guitar with Mahogany Top
  • Layered Sapele Back
  • Sides - Natural
  • Neck Width 1-11/16 inch
  • 6-String 3/4 Size Dreadnought
  • Layered Sapele back and sides
  • Tropical American Mahogany top
  • Laser-Etched soundhole rosette 
  • Tropical American Mahogany neck
  • Ebony Fretboard
  • Ebony Bridge
  • Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle 

Taylor Baby Mahogany BT2 is a compact dreadnought guitar with its 3/4-scale yet full voice. The portable guitar has a warm and sweet tone like a full-scale guitar, and it shines with its versatility for different playing styles, from strumming chords to playing with alternative tunings. 

It comes with a solid mahogany top, layered Sapele sides and back, mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard. The mahogany body gives an excellent mid-range punch and an attractive dark color. This mid-range punch is often called the bluesy edge, as mahogany guitars shine with their bluesy mid-range tones, which are ideal for genres like blues and classic rock.

Furthermore, the looks and the feel of the guitar are also amazing again, thanks to the great quality mahogany wood on the neck and the body.

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Washburn Rover

Washburn Rover 6 String Acoustic Guitar, Right, Black, Full...

  • Solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, matte finish
  • Travel size/mini body
  • Quarter sawn scalloped Sitka Spruce bracing
  • ABS Rosette, Mahogany neck with 18 frets and offset dot inlay
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Mahogany back, sides, and neck
  • Engineered wood fingerboard
  • 1-11/16″ Nut Width

Equipped with a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a full 23.75″ scale length, engineered wood fingerboard, and different color finish options, Washburn Rover is an excellent blend of feel, sound, and great looks.

Furthermore, it comes with a deluxe gig bag for safe transport. The guitar is lightweight, the smooth finish feels great in the hands, and the guitar’s sound is quite powerful and balanced. The compact guitar has 18 frets on the fretboard, which is quite enough to play on the go.

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Enya Nova Go Carbon Fiber

Enya Nova Go Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar 1/2 Size Beginner Adult...

  • ♫ A TASTE OF CARBON FIBER - Carbon Fiber may have become a buzzword in...
  • ♫ WHY CARBON FIBER - Nova Go is made of carbon fiber composite material,...
  • ♫ SOLID BUILD & EASY TO PLAY - The body of Nova Go is 1/2 sized (35 in.),...
  • ♫ ZERO FRET - Also, the "Zero Fret" feature is added to this acoustic...
  • 1/2 sized (33 in.) body, molded all in one piece
  • “Zero Fret” feature is added to this acoustic guitar for smoother tuning
  • Fret ends are polished to round edges for a more comfortable hand feel
  • Comes with an EVA case, custom-made

Carbon Fiber guitars may be a topic of huge discussion, but there is no denying that they are perfect for traveling with. Often carbon fiber guitars are pretty expensive, but Enya Nova Go Carbon Fiber is an exception. The guitar is lightweight, it also feels and sounds great, but also it is pretty affordable for a carbon fiber guitar.

Carbon fiber guitars are perfect choices if you do not want to worry about temperature, humidity, or impacts. They are highly durable and resistant, so you can travel as you’d like, and this guitar will follow you without any issue.

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Ibanez EWP14OPN Exotic Wood Piccolo

Ibanez EWP14OPN Exotic Wood Piccolo Acoustic Guitar Natural

  • Piccolo cutaway style EW body Ovangkol top Ovangkol back and sides Rosewood...
  • Smaller scale instruments have increased in popularity over the past few...
  • From the on-the-go businessperson who needs a guitar that can fit in a...
  • The EWP14OPN is a 1/3-size, steel string Piccolo acoustic guitar
  • Cutaway Tenor Style EW body
  • Solid Ovangkol top
  • Ovangkol back & Ovangkol sides
  • EWP Okoume neck
  • Purpleheart fretboard
  • Maple dot inlays
  • Abalone Soundhole Rosette
  • Chrome Die-cast Tuner machines

Ibanez EWP14OPN is a very compact instrument that has the ⅓ size of a traditional guitar. It is somewhere between a guitar and a Baritone ukulele (17”). Plus, it has an EW-style cutaway body made from Ovangkol wood, like the top and back. The EWP Okoume neck and Purpleheart fretboard also feel great in hand.

For travelers, children, and beginners, Ibanez EWP14OPN Exotic Wood Piccolo is a great choice. If you are looking for a small guitar to play while on the road, you should check this one.

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Journey Instruments OF660M Overhead Carbon Fiber

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  • The guitar can collapse into a compact size with a unique removable neck system.
  • It can fit into any luggage and overhead compartment on the planes when folded.
  • The carbon fiber is temperature and humidity-resistant to prevent cracks and warps.
  • The Low C profile neck and 24.5” scale fretboard is a highly playable instrument.
  • Easy access to all 20 frets on the fretboard thanks to the scoop away function
  • Under-saddle transducer pickup provides greatly amplified tones
  • Bone nut and saddle, along with the ebony bridge pins, give extra sustain, stability, and tonal richness 
  •  It comes with a travel backpack with a TSA-compliant laptop foldout

Journey Instruments OF660M Overhead is another great carbon fiber guitar built for traveling musicians. It has a unique removable neck system, allowing you to assemble and disassemble the guitar in a few minutes. When disassembled, the guitar fits into a small bag that can accommodate a car’s small trunk to an airplane’s overhead compartments.

The bag is specially designed for TSA regulations, and the airport security can scan the panel on the bag, so you would not even need to open the bag.

The guitar has a peculiar shape with a deeper depth than a dreadnought. This way, the guitar delivers a powerful sound like a full-scale guitar with its small body. The offset soundhole also helps the resonance to be more powerful. Also, the proprietary bracing also gives the tone fantastic clarity.

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Gretsch G9520E Gin Rickey

Gretsch G5021E Limited Edition Rancher Penguin Acoustic Guitar,...

  • Solid Spruce Top w/ Laminated Maple Back & Sides, Midnight Sapphire Color...
  • 25" Scale Standard "U" Maple Neck w/ Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Built-In Chromatic Tuner w/ On/Off Switch, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble...
  • Rosewood Bridge & Deluxe Die-Cast Tuners
  • Highly playable parlor-style acoustics for powerful volume
  • Gretsch Deltoluxe acoustic magnetic soundhole pickup provides great tones and volume
  • Basswood body with supported X-bracing for enriched tones
  • Walnut fretboard with a 24-inch scale
  • Walnut bridge with synthetic bone saddle
  • Vintage frets, open-gear die-cast tuning machines, and pin strap

One of the earliest instruments of Gretsch was the Gin Rickey from their Roots collection. This reissue of the vintage guitar is an excellent instrument with the smooth walnut fingerboard and 24-inch scale nato neck. Thanks to the classic parlor-style design and Gretsch Deltoluxe acoustic magnetic soundhole pickup, the volume is amazing for the size.

The compact and lightweight guitar is a great travel companion and delivers a big, bold, and full sound for live performances, practices, or recording on the go.

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Cordoba Mini II M

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

  • Comfortable 1/2 size guitar, with standard tuning
  • Layered Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Nub one nut, 1. 875" Width
  • C-profile Mahogany neck; 22. 875" Scale Length
  • Layered Mahogany top, back, and sides
  • Nub one nut, 1. 875″ Width
  • C-profile Mahogany neck; 22. 875″ Scale Length
  • Satin polyurethane Body and neck finish

This guitar is light and portable for those on the move or for younger learners. It has the feel of a guitar but with the sound of a ukulele. It is a well-made instrument with a good tone.

The neck is quite wide for a small guitar, and there are some limitations with regard to the range of tones that the Cordoba Mini can produce. Nevertheless, it will be ideal for use at open mic nights or on trips away with the walking group. Not so sure about the strings that came with it, though. The fourth string is already on its way out, and it has been less than a month since I purchased the instrument. 

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Taylor GS Mini-e

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  • Great looking and sounding solid koa top
  • Excellent tones with the Hawaiian Koa back and sides
  • Comfort and high playability with Sapele neck and ebony fingerboard
  • Great koa grain patterns on the body without a pickguard
  • Good ES-B pickup
  • 5mm Dot fretboard inlays, chrome tuners, and 3-ring rosette accent

One of the best and most popular travel guitars is the GS Mini-E model of the great Taylor Guitars. The guitar is inspired by the Taylor’s Grand Symphony (GS) body shape but built with portability in mind. It offers great playability in comfortable travel size and fantastic sound with a full-voiced and tonally rich sound palette.

The guitar features an Expression System-B that uses a proprietary pickup behind the saddle instead of under-saddle piezo transducers. The custom-designed preamp system delivers a hotter signal up to %25. The overall sound is very natural, rich in dynamic range, and highly responsive, thanks to these innovative approaches from Taylor.

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Luna Safari Acoustic-Electric

Luna Safari Series Peace Travel-Size Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

  • Design by Alex Morgan
  • Body: 3/4 Travel
  • Top: Select Spruce
  • Outstanding performance and looks for a great price
  • Great artistic design made by lasers
  • Dynamic and expressive spruce top
  • Rich mahogany back and sides
  • Comfortable 3/4-sized Dreadnought body style

Luna Safari is yet another great travel-size acoustic-electric guitar made from high-quality woods such as dynamic spruce and mahogany. The dreadnought 3/4 size body is quite comfortable to hold and sounds good with enough punch, balance, and overall output volume.

One of the most significant aspects of this guitar is its looks. Luna Safari has great artistic touches made from a laser and luna Pearloid dots on the fretboard. It also has a nonboard preamp with 3-band EQ, master volume, and phase controls. Plus, the onboard tuner is convenient on the stage or in the house.

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Martin Backpacker

Martin Steel String Backpacker Travel Guitar with Bag

  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Tonewood Back and Sides
  • Unique Contour Neck Shape
  • Features 24-Inch Scale Length
  • Features 15 Frets

Martin Backpacker is a trendy travel guitar thanks to the Martin quality and reliability. The compact guitar features a solid spruce top and solid tonewood back and sides. The rich and warm sound of the high-quality woods makes it one of the best-sounding travel guitars.

Furthermore, it is very light, around 2.5 lbs, and the guitar comes with a great padded-back gig bag for safe traveling and a Martin woven strap. It only has 15 frets with a 24-inch scale, but the sound is so fantastic you will not be looking for the extra frets.

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Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1

Traveler Guitar 6 String Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Right, Vintage...

  • Built-in headphone amp with clean, boost, overdrive, & distortion
  • Aux-in for jamming with your mobile device
  • Active ESP designed humbucker
  • Carved top and beveled neck heel
  • Built-in conjunction with ESP LTD
  • 24.75″-scale guitar in a 28.5″ frame
  • Compact design to fit in a luggage
  • Resonant mahogany body
  • ALH-200B active humbucker
  • Built-in headphone amplifier with onboard distortion
  • 1/8″ auxiliary input

Traveler Guitar’s LTD EC-1 shines with its full scale and handy features that you’d expect from an ideal guitar on the road. The compact body with a full 24.75″-scale, an active humbucker, onboard headphone amp , and aux input are great touches for versatility. Plus, the guitar can easily fit anywhere from a piece of luggage to airplane overhead compartments.

The looks of the guitar are also pretty sleek. It is small but does not feel small in hand. It is one of the greatest innovative travel guitar designs ever made.

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Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH

Squier Mini Jazzmaster Electric Guitar, Daphne Blue, Maple Fingerboard

  • 100% Designed by Fender
  • Thin and lightweight body
  • Dual humbucking pickups
  • Sealed die-cast tuning machines
  • 3/4-size Jazzmaster guitar, perfect for young and-or entry-level players
  • Great humbucker pickups
  • Real maple neck and fingerboard
  • Comfortable slim “C” neck profile and 22.75-inch scale length
  • Chrome hardware
  • Hardtail 6-saddle bridge

Jazzmaster Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH might be ideal for you if you want a smaller version of an iconic guitar to travel with. It comes with a HH pickup layout with great-sounding two humbucking pickups. The sound is much bigger than the compact guitar’s size and instantly gets you ready to rock n’ roll.

The 3/4 sized guitar comes with a three-way toggle switch, single volume knob, and single tone knob layout. Plus, it has a short 22.75-inch scale making the barre chords and long stretches easier for beginners and small-handed players. The mini C-shaped neck is highly comfortable and playable, while the maple neck feels great and smooth.

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PRS SE Parlor P20E

PRS Limited Edition SE P20E Parlor Pink Lotus w/Fishman GT1

  • 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Mahogany Top
  • Ebony Fingerboard - Pink Lotus
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Compact parlor sized acoustic-electric guitar.
  • Made from the solid mahogany top, back, and sides for a rich and warm tone
  • Fishman GT1 under-saddle pickup system 
  • Mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard
  • Great looking herringbone rosette and accents
  • Bone nut and saddle for enriched tone support

PRS SE Parlor P20E is ideal for players looking for a parlor-sized yet full-sounding acoustic-electric guitar. The guitar has an eye-catching look with its traditional acoustic appearance combined with modern adornments and embellishments. The construction quality is impressive with the solid mahogany top, X-brace/classical hybrid bracing, herringbone rosette and accents, and a bone nut and saddle. 

The electronics also perform great as the Fishman GT1 under-saddle pickup system delivers powerful tones. The crystal-clear sound and ample projection are great features to go with the PRS SE Parlor P20E, along with its comfortable neck, easy-to-pack, and travel with system.

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Traveler Guitar Travelcaster Deluxe

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  • Travel-size compact guitar with a full-scale and S-style body
  • Made of poplar and maple wood
  • 3 single-coil pickups layout
  • Vintage type tremolo
  • 5 lbs weight and 33.75 inches long
  • Comes with a padded gig bag

As the name suggests, Traveler Guitar Travelcaster Deluxe was created with mobility in mind. The 25.5-inch scale length, solid body from poplar, maple necks, fingerboard, and 5 lbs weight make the guitar great for playing on the road with the sound of a traditional guitar.

The 3 single-coil pickups design and traditional controls give you good versatility and make it feel like playing a Strat. The vintage-style tremolo gives extra sustain and control. Finally, it comes with a padded gig bag, and its compact size can fit most luggage and overhead airplane compartments.

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Martin LXK2 Little Martin

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  • Koa Wood Pattern HPL Textured Finish
  • Natural Stratabond neck
  • Richlite fingerboard material
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Padded gig bag

Another great travel guitar by Martin is the Martin LXK2 Little Martin model. The guitar features a Koa wood pattern high-pressure laminate on the body, top, back, sides, and headstock. The fretboard and the bridge are made with rosewood, while the neck is created from natural Stratabond. The great Martin workmanship can be felt all over the instruments as the guitar sounds quite fantastic.

The instrument is highly durable and comfortable to play. The pick-up-and-play design makes it highly easy to play the guitar, and the padded gig bag gives extra safety for the road. 

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Journey Instruments FP412 FirstClass Parlor

Journey Instruments Solid Sitka Travel Guitar – FP412 Traveling...

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  • Travel-ready, collapsible acoustic-electric delivers outstanding tone and playability.
  • Patented collapsible neck system that lets you detach and reattach the guitar neck with just a few simple clicks and turns
  • It easily fits inside its included travel backpack and into overhead bins on planes.
  • Solid spruce top and solid Sapele body for exceptionally rich acoustic tone
  • A proprietary under-bridge transducer pickup system delivers stellar amplified acoustic tone.
  • Ovangkol Bridge and bone nut and saddle add to the rich tone.

When you need portability and great tone, the FP412 FirstClass Solid Sitka/Sapele Parlor acoustic-electric from Journey Instruments is an amazing instrument that truly has to be experienced to be believed. The FP412 features Journey Instrument’s patented collapsible neck system that lets you detach and reattach the guitar neck with just a few simple clicks and turns, letting you easily fit the FP412 inside its included travel backpack and into overhead bins on planes.

This traditional parlor acoustic features a solid spruce top and solid Sapele body for a vibrant acoustic tone. A solid Sapele neck with carbon fiber reinforcement is beautifully playable and responsive. When you are ready for the plugin, a Proprietary under-bridge transducer pickup system delivers stellar amplified acoustic tone.

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Gretsch G5021E Rancher Penguin 

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  • Elegant look with gold hardware, unique finish, and headstock designs
  • Maple back and sides, solid spruce top delivers great sonic performance with a punchy direct tone
  • Fishman Presys III pickup system for top-quality sound
  • U shaped neck for increased playability and comfort
  • Compact parlor body shape for extra mobility

Gretsch G5021E Rancher Penguin is one of the top-quality travel-sized acoustic-electric guitars with its Rancher style from the ’50s. The iconic looks with triangle soundhole and compact design combined with the great sound of the instrument make this one the ideal travel guitar for acoustic guitar lovers.

The unique look of the guitar is pretty elegant and eye-catching. The high-quality wood used in the construction delivers amazing tones, while the Fishman Presys III helps fantastically to amplify the sound when necessary. 

The natural timbre is present without any coloration with the pickup. You can also shape your sound with volume mid-sweep and bass knobs on the control board of the guitar. Plus, it also has a chromatic tuner.

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Takamine GY93 New Yorker 

Takamine GY93-NAT New Yorker Acoustic Guitar, Natural

  • Solid spruce top, rosewood sides and a stunning three piece rosewood/quilt...
  • Slim mahogany neck and 12"-radius bound rosewood fingerboard provide great...
  • Split-saddle design of the rosewood bridge provides superior intonation for...
  • Maple body, neck and headstock binding
  • Parlor-style guitar with a unique tone
  • Solid spruce top for the extra resonant body along with X-bracing for extra volume output
  • Maple center with 3-piece walnut back for tonal flexibility and high definition
  • Mahogany neck with laurel fretboard on top
  • 20 frets with dot inlays on the fingerboard
  • Gold finished machine heads

When it comes to acoustic guitars, Takamine is one of the most reliable and popular brands on the market. The GY93 New Yorker model shines with its parlor-style construction, compact size for mobility, and high-quality woods such as solid spruce top, maple center, mahogany back and neck, and laurel fretboard. The sound of the guitar is fantastic, just like its pretty look, all thanks to the high-quality wood used in the workmanship.

The neck is highly slim for an acoustic guitar, making it an extremely comfortable and fun-to-play guitar. The 12-inch radius laurel fingerboard has a fantastic feel to it, and the playability is in the sky.

Furthermore, it has a Takamine TK-40D preamp system with a built-in tuner, three-band EQ, gain controls, notch filter, EQ bypass, and a mid contour switch for increased versatility and sound quality.

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Luna Gypsy Parlor Mahogany

Luna Gypsy Muse Parlor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany

  • This full parlor guitar is part of our all mahogany Gypsy series which...
  • A surprisingly affordable price is paired with elegant features
  • Features walnut stringers at the back, Luna's signature moon phase fret...
  • This acoustic is ideal for finger-style players who desire a powerful punch...
  • Mahogany top, back, and sides
  • Mahogany set neck, C profile
  • Black walnut fingerboard, 14″ radius, MOP Moon Phase inlays
  • 25.25″ scale length, 21 frets
  • 1.6875″ nut
  • Black walnut bridge
  • Chrome sealed die-cast tuners.

Parlor-sized guitars are great for traveling with, as you probably have figured out by now. This one, Luna Gypsy Parlor Mahogany, is a relatively affordable acoustic travel guitar with a big sound that you would not expect from such a compact body.

The guitar features a great-looking mahogany top, back, and sides, along with blackwood stringers on the backside of the neck. The black walnut fingerboard has a 14” radius and is quite comfortable to play with. Another great detail is the Luna signature MOP moon phase design of the dot inlays.

There is also a Celtic-themed rosette which looks fantastic with the quality tonewoods. The sound is pretty warm and clear, with great mid frequencies. The neck has a C-shaped profile that is great for beginners and small-handed players. For the price offered, Luna Gypsy Parlor Mahogany is a great travel acoustic guitar with its comfortable playability and amazing sonic performance.

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Fender PS-220E

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  • Compact sized parlor guitar from Fender with traditional and modern features combines
  • Sitka spruce top and mahogany body for warm and natural sound
  • C-shaped mahogany neck with ovangkol fretboard
  • Fender-Fishman Sonitone Plus Soundhole pickup system for organic amplified tones
  • Ovangkol bridge, ebony pins, open-back tuners for a traditional appearance

If you are after the Fender quality for your travel guitar, Fender PS-220E is a great choice. It is inspired by parlor guitars and combines the traditional features with modern enhancements for amazing looks and sonic performance. The guitar performs and looks fantastic with the mixture of high-quality tonewoods, including mahogany, Sitka spruce, and ovangkol.

The acoustic-electric guitar has a highly resonant tone which is organically reflected by the Fender-Fishman Sonitone Plus Soundhole pickup system. The sound of the natural woody tones gives impressive results, while the volume and blend controls are there to help you shape your tone as you would like. It is a great overall guitar in terms of sound and feel, as you would expect from Fender.

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Kala Solid Cedar Top Parlor

KALA 6 String Guitar, Right, Natural (KA-GTR-PLR_W/BAG)

  • The KALA solid Cedar top Parlor guitar is a smaller-bodied guitar
  • Its tone is very warm and full-bodied and pleasant without being...
  • It is dressed in walnut Binding with herringbone purfling, an ebony...
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  • The solid cedar top 
  • Mahogany back and sides 
  • Comfortable mahogany neck
  • Easy-playing 19-fret ebony fingerboard
  • Toneful bone nut and saddle
  • Light-diffusing satin finish

Kala Solid Cedar Top Parlor is one of the most portable guitars on the list. It is a great choice for recording, songwriting, or performing while on the road with its lightweight and compact design. The guitar features a solid cedar top, mahogany back, sides, and neck, an ebony fingerboard with 19 frets, as well as a toneful bone nut and saddle. The light-diffusing sating finish looks excellent and adds to the elegance of the instrument.

The playability of the guitar is extremely high thanks to the smooth neck, balanced weight, and 19-fret ebony fingerboard. Thanks to the bone nut and saddle, the sustain and tone are increased. 

The price range is also great for this guitar as it can be considered affordable. The small body, big sound, and fantastic looks make this guitar ear, eye, and budget pleasing all at the same time.

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Guild P-240 Memoir

Guild P-240 Memoir - Natural

  • 6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Spruce Top
  • Pau Ferro Fingerboard - Natural
  • Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Mahogany back and sides align with solid spruce top
  • Outstanding mahogany neck with Pau Ferro fingerboard for increased comfort and playability
  • X-bracing for enhanced tone
  • 24.75-inch scale length and 19 frets 
  • Mother-of-pearl rosette and vintage-inspired Guild script logo on the slotted headstock 

Guild P-240 Memoir is another compact yet big-sounding guitar for singers and songwriters. The parlor size and the lightweight are ideal for traveling with the instrument. The woods used in the construction are mahogany for the back, sides, and the neck, Pau Ferro for the fretboard, and solid spruce for the top. The combination of the woods provides a rich, full and varied tone.

The guitar has 19 frets and a 24.75” scale length which is ideal for fingerpicking and flatpicking. The Pau Ferro fingerboard feels great and plays incredibly well on the 16” radius C-shaped neck profile.

The guitar is one of the best travel guitars for recording as it provides amazing tones with a natural woody touch.

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Squier Mini Strat Electric

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  • Three single-coil pickups
  • 3/4-size Stratocaster-style guitar, for the traveler or younger players
  • 3 single-coil pickup configuration like a traditional Stratocaster
  • Great-feeling maple neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Traditional vintage-style large headstock
  • Chrome-finished tuners and hardware
  • Hardtail bridge with 6 saddles

The Squier Mini Strat is the perfect choice for guitarists who are after a compact Stratocaster while on the road. It is also a great entry-level guitar for younger players and beginners. Just like a traditional Stratocaster, it comes with three single-coil pickups, tone and master volume controls, a 5-way pickup switch, and the famous great-feeling maple neck of Strats.

The guitar’s sonic versatility is impressive, just like a genuine Stratocaster. You can shape the sound with tone and volume controls and a pickup switcher. Thanks to the real maple neck and Indian Laurel fingerboard, the neck is highly playable and comfortable. 

The guitar also looks great with its vintage design and large headstock. There are multiple color options for different tastes as well. Overall, it is the perfect guitar for kids, small-handed players, and musicians on the move.

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Fender Sonoran Mini Acoustic Guitar

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  • Fender-exclusive Sonoran Mini body shape
  • Spruce or mahogany top with scalloped “X” bracing; mahogany back and...
  • ¾ body size; 23.3” scale length
  • Nato neck with slim-taper "C"-shaped profile; walnut fingerboard and bridge
  • Classical acoustic guitar with a vintage design
  • Compact sized body for improved playability and comfort
  • High-quality mahogany top, back, and sides for warm tones
  • C-shaped neck and Walnut fingerboard for increased playability and comfort
  • Short scale length for portability and softer string feel

Fender Sonoran Mini is a unique travel-sized acoustic guitar equipped with a scaled-down, all-mahogany body for meaty, beefy, and present tones. The guitar competes with full-scale guitars in terms of sound as its innovative and high-quality design provides impressive tonal versatility and richness. 

The compact size and lightweight are ideal for traveling with this guitar. You can use it on the stage, in the studio, on the street, or wherever you are without any hesitation. Thanks to the C-shaped neck and Walnut fingerboard, the guitar also looks pretty good, and the neck feels great in hand.

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Yamaha APXT2 3/4-size Thin-line

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  • 6-string 3/4-sized acoustic-electric guitar with spruce top
  • Meranti back and sides
  • Hardwood neck
  • The compact version of Yamaha’s iconic and popular APX500 acoustic-electric guitar
  • The 3/4 size is perfect for a travel companion instrument
  • The high-quality tonewoods deliver natural and balanced acoustic tones
  • ART-based preamp and System 68 contact pickup provides amazing amplified sound when plugged in
  • Built-in-tuner and volume-tone controls come in handy for tone shaping and getting ready for playing

Yamaha APXT2 3/4-size Thin-line is a versatile travel-sized 3/4 acoustic-electric guitar for musicians on the go. The guitar blends quality, performance, looks, and versatility in one pot, offering one of the best travel companions. It can also be a great choice for small-handed players.

The guitar has the APXT2 with a System 68 contact pickup and active preamp for plugged-in performance, which successfully reflects the balanced and natural tones of the guitar provided by the high-quality tonewoods. Plus, it comes with a great gig bag to carry it around with.

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Travel guitars come in so many shapes and forms. They are different in size and style. Whether you need acoustic or electric, there is a lot to choose from. Today, fortunately, companies improved travel guitars a lot, and they are much more functional than travel guitars in the past. Most of them really are pretty inexpensive, and if you travel a lot, buying one is a no-brainer.

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The 10 Best Travel Guitar Options in 2024 [Acoustic & Electric]

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The best travel guitar makes a perfect companion for busy, on-the-go guitarists searching for playability that’s built to move. There are electric options, acoustic options, and even hybrid electro-acoustic travel guitars. Whether it’s for practice and warming up, or full-blown gigging and session work, there is a unique portable guitar for every musician.

What Differentiates “Travel Guitars” from Regular Guitars

Portability is the number one feature of the “travel” guitar, which typically comes in the form of shorter scale lengths, smaller bodies, and lighter weight. Some guitars retain a normal scale length, and thus a regular playing  feel, but they’ve been otherwise shrunk down to squeeze into the travel category.

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Features to Look for in a Travel Guitar

Other features to look for in a travel guitar are pretty much the same as when shopping for a regular guitar. The first distinction will be acoustic, electric, or electro-acoustic based on your playing style and needs. Travel guitars sometimes have features exclusive to the category, such as built-in headphone outputs for practice. In most cases, however, the right guitar for you shouldn’t be too difficult to determine — you know best!

The 5 Best Travel Guitar Options for Acoustic Players

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The Baby Taylor series is one of the most popular 3/4-size acoustic guitars ever made. Everything about the design makes it a great choice for beginners because the necks are slim and easy to play. Experienced players can enjoy a Baby Taylor as a travel or practice guitar as well. Options include different top woods and the choice of built-in electronics.

2. Martin Backpacker

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The steel-string Martin Backpacker is one of the best examples of an acoustic travel guitar. It has 15 frets with a 24″ scale length, with a uniquely shaped body that cuts away all of the bulk of a traditional acoustic. This is ideal for anyone prioritizing portability.

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3. Traveler Escape Mark III

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The Traveler Escape Mark III offers familiar electric guitar-style playability in an acoustic package with built-in electronics. Highlights include 22 medium frets with a 25.5″ scale length. Active electronics come with volume, bass, and treble adjustments, as well as an aux input and headphone output.

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4. Taylor GS Mini-e Koa

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The Taylor GS Mini-e Koa is a mid-range travel guitar for serious players. Despite its small size, the guitar’s voice is huge, and even comes with a built-in pickup for electro-acoustic playability. Compact scale length seats this in the travel category, but it’s really just a nice all-around acoustic-electric guitar.

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5. Yamaha CSF3M

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A travel guitar in the most traditional sense, the Yamaha CSF3M is a parlor-style acoustic similar to those which traveling guitarists played in the early 1900s. While much more compact than a full dreadnought-style acoustic, these guitars are excellent for the studio or the stage, with a built-in passive undersaddle pickup for amplification.

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The 5 Best Travel Electric Guitar Options

1. travelcaster deluxe electric travel guitar.

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Ever wanted to know what an S-style guitar looked like if everything around the pick guard was gone? Well, here it is! This is a very cool electric mini guitar with a traditional 25.5″ scale length, three single-coil pickups, 5-way pickup selector, and all the appointments of a standard S-type — with much smaller body!

2. Blackstar Carry-On

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Anything but traditional, the Blackstar Carry-On is an innovative instrument and quintessentially made to move. It features 18 frets on a 20.7″ scale, with a single mini-humbucker with coil-split. The guitar is strung with 12-54 gauge strings to recreate standard scale tension on a very short scale instrument.

3. Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe

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Steinberger headless guitars debuted in 1979. At the time, and for many years, there was nothing quite like them. They’re amongst the most playable and versatile small guitars around. The Spirit GT-Pro has 24 frets, a 25.5″ scale length, an HSH pickup configuration, 14″ radius, and a tremolo system.

4. Hofner Shorty Travel Guitar

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Hofner Shorties came out in the ’80s, aimed at players who didn’t want to miss a moment of practice. The familiar feel is a major selling point for many guitarists, with 24 frets on a 24.75″ scale length. There is a single humbucker with volume/tone controls, and a simple gig back to take on the road.

5. VOX SDC-1 Mini

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Last but not least, we have the VOX SDC-1 Mini. With 19 medium jumbo frets and an 18.75″ scale, it’s perfect for beginner guitarists, players with smaller hands, or anyone looking to take their instrument with them anywhere.

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Best Travel Guitar: My Top Picks for Portable Playability

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Traveling with a guitar can pose several challenges due to its size and fragility. This is where travel guitars come in. With their compact size and portability, they become essential companions for musicians on the go. These instruments are designed to withstand the rigors of the road while still delivering quality sound. Whether for campfire sing-alongs, impromptu jam sessions, or maintaining practice routines while away from home, travel guitars ensure that music is always at hand.

When picking a travel guitar, there are several factors to consider to find the perfect match for your needs. Size and portability are obvious concerns; a good travel guitar must fit in overhead compartments or be comfortable to carry for extended periods. Sound quality, however, should not be sacrificed for size. Many travel guitars now offer innovative designs that produce voluminous tones rivaling their full-sized counterparts. Durability is also key – materials and construction need to handle the occasional bump or knock.

Beyond physical attributes, playability is crucial. A travel guitar’s neck should feel comfortable in your hand, and the action – the distance between the strings and the fretboard – should be low enough to play easily but high enough to avoid buzzing. Additional features like built-in pickups for amplification and removable necks for even more compact storage can enhance the travel guitar experience.

We’ve dedicated hours to evaluating various travel guitars to identify the best blend of portability, playability, and rich sound. Whether you’re a professional musician or a hobbyist, the right travel guitar can be a reliable and inspiring musical partner.

Top Travel Guitars

We’ve scoured the market to curate a list of top travel guitars that offer a perfect balance of portability, playability, and rich sound. Whether you’re an avid musician on the go or just seeking a compact companion for your musical journeys, our selection is tailored to meet a diverse range of needs and preferences. With attention to craftsmanship, tone, and overall value, our recommended picks will enhance your playing experience wherever your travels take you.

Donner HUSH-I Travel Guitar

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For musicians on the move, the Donner HUSH-I offers a harmonious blend of portability and enjoyable playability that’s hard to resist.

  • Compact and travel-friendly design
  • Ultra-quiet functionality for discreet practice
  • Comfortable neck shape and beginner-friendly frets
  • Tuners might take some getting used to
  • Limited acoustic performance when unplugged
  • Some players may not prefer the headless design

Strapping the Donner HUSH-I on, the first thing we notice is its portability. It’s slim, nearly the weight of a laptop, and slides effortlessly into its gig bag. We’re boarding flights hassle-free, thanks to their overhead bin-friendly size, and setting up for impromptu sessions in no time.

The peacefulness of practice sessions with this guitar is a notable highlight. Strumming silently at -30-45dB avoids disturbing others, perfect for late-night creativity surges in our apartment. Plugging in headphones, the preamp system delivers a surprisingly rich acoustic tone that encourages us to lose ourselves in the music.

Comfort is a game-changer, and the asymmetric neck of the HUSH-I does wonders for our hands. Long hours breeze by, and our wrists thank us. The customized round frets, a subtle but appreciated touch, ensure our fingers are spared any unnecessary strain.

While the HUSH-I excels in its specific niche for quiet, travel-friendly practice, it’s important to remember that it isn’t a traditional acoustic-electric. Therefore, we might need to look elsewhere if we’re after the authentic raw acoustic sound. In summary, when we need a reliable travel companion to practice without making a peep, the Donner HUSH-I unquestionably strikes a chord with us.

Martin Backpacker Guitar

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We think you’ll be satisfied with the Martin Backpacker Guitar – it blends portability with the renowned Martin tone, perfect for musicians on the move.

  • Exceptional portability for travel
  • Solid tonewood enhances durability
  • Stays in tune after long travel days
  • The sound may lack the depth of larger guitars
  • Unconventional shapes might feel awkward initially
  • Limited fretboard space for complex fingerwork

After strumming on the Martin Backpacker Guitar, its utility as a travel instrument was straightforward. This guitar slips into compact spaces with ease, a remarkable feat considering its solid build. Its unique contours are a talking point and contribute to its lightness – a breeze to carry around.

The craftsmanship of the Martin Backpacker Guitar immediately stands out. Playing it feels different, yet familiar. The surprisingly rich sound quality belies its slim profile. It might not match the full-bodied resonance of a dreadnought, but it’s loud enough to gather a crowd around a bonfire.

Our long-term experience with this guitar has reinforced its reliability. Tuning is straightforward, and once set, it holds pitch admirably across various climates. For musicians wanting to maintain practice or share tunes while on adventures, this Martin is an astute choice. Some may find the narrow neck and fewer frets challenging, but with a little adaptation, its playability is unquestionable.

Enya Nova Go

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If you’re in the market for a robust and traveler-friendly guitar, the Enya Nova Go is a reliable companion for your musical journey.

  • Resistant to humidity and temperature changes
  • Solid one-piece construction and ease of play
  • Includes practical accessories like a gig bag
  • It may feel different from traditional wooden guitars
  • smaller size might not suit all playing styles
  • Sound projection may not match larger guitars

Having just strummed the Enya Nova Go, its resilience against nature’s elements is immediately noteworthy. The carbon fiber build means it doesn’t flinch in the face of scorching sun or freezing cold, an undoubtedly reassuring feature for outdoor play. Our chords felt stable, the strings were responsive, and this pleasing lightness made playing for hours effortless.

The one-piece construction stood out as we explored the Nova Go’s features. Typical concerns over bridge durability fade away since it’s part and parcel of the guitar top. And should you wish to tweak string action, the included truss rod has got you covered right out of the gate. Adjustments are a breeze, ensuring the guitar is comfortable for various hand sizes.

Finally, the thoughtful addition of accessories speaks to the practical needs of musicians. Carrying it around in the complementary gig bag felt secure, and it’s easy to see this guitar being a splendid gift, owing to the colorful and considerate packaging. The Enya Nova Go feels like a tool built with the pragmatic side of music-making in mind.

Traveler Ultra-Light

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We think the Traveler Ultra-Light is a stellar choice for musicians on the move, providing a full-scale playing experience in a compact form.

  • Remarkably lightweight and compact
  • Full-scale neck preserves familiar playing feel
  • Detachable lap rest enhances portability
  • Unconventional look may not appeal to all
  • Limited acoustic volume without amplification
  • Some may find the in-body tuning system awkward at first

Having experienced the portability of the Traveler Ultra-Light firsthand, we can attest to its convenience and functionality. Its incredibly light form factor makes it a joy to carry through airports and cities. Stowing this guitar in a crowded plane cabin is a breeze – it fits snugly in overhead compartments without the fear of damage.

The performance offered by this travel guitar is impressively uncompromised. Despite its small stature, it feels like you’re playing a full-sized guitar with a standard scale length and a neck that allows for deft finger movements and chords. It’s refreshing to see this level of detail in a guitar designed for travel.

The Traveler Ultra-Light’s simplicity is its charm. There’s no need for bulky cases or extra gear – just grab the included gig bag, and you’re ready to go. While the piezo pickup delivers electronic sound to your preferred amplifier, keep in mind that the acoustic sound is less robust due to the body size. However, plugging in brings your music back to life with surprising clarity.

Traveler Ultra-Light Electric

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If you’re a musician on the move, the Traveler Ultra-Light Electric will impress you with its portability. It doesn’t sacrifice the full-scale playing experience.

  • Incredibly lightweight and travel-friendly
  • Full-scale neck provides familiar playing experience
  • Detachable lap rest for convenient packing
  • It lacks the presence of a traditional headstock
  • Single pickup may limit tonal variety
  • No built-in volume control on the guitar itself

After taking the Ultra-Light Electric on a weekend trip, we appreciated how effortlessly it fit into the overhead compartment. We also noticed how it felt like playing a regular electric guitar.

The in-body tuning system cleverly removes the headstock, contributing to the guitar’s diminutive size. Thanks to the full-scale neck, its streamlined form didn’t hinder us from diving into familiar riffs and chords.

We savored the convenience of hooking it up directly to our travel amp for a spontaneous jam session. Plus, the gig bag made it a breeze to carry around.

Enjoying the same tactile sensations as we would on our full-sized instruments made it a joy to use. We could warm up backstage or relax in our hotel room without any issues.

The sound quality from the single high-output humbucker pickup was robust and clear, a delightful surprise for such a compact instrument. While we missed tweaking volume directly on the guitar, plugging into our favorite portable amp solved that quickly.

The Traveler Ultra-Light Electric has become a staple for us during travels. It’s a game-changer for any guitarist wanting to keep their music close without the bulk.

Buying Guide

Determining your needs.

We must first consider our primary use for a travel guitar. Is it for practice, songwriting, or as a primary instrument for performances? Knowing this will guide our choices.

Size and Portability

We look for a balance between portability and playability. The guitar should be lightweight and compact without compromising too much on sound quality or playing comfort.

Acoustic vs. Electric

Acoustic travel guitars are self-amplifying, great for unplugged sessions. Electric travel guitars require an amp, but can offer a wider range of sound options.

Materials and Durability

We seek out materials that can withstand the wear and tear of travel. Laminated woods or alternative materials can offer good durability.


A comfortable neck profile and action setup are crucial for ease of play. We test the guitar to ensure it feels right in our hands and doesn’t cause fatigue.

Sound Quality

We compare the tonal characteristics of different guitars to find the best sound. This often involves striking a balance between the guitar’s size and the richness of its tone.

We consider our budget. Travel guitars come in a range of prices, and we determine what features are must-haves versus nice-to-haves.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section aims to provide clear and concise answers to common queries regarding travel guitars to assist you in making an informed decision.

What are the top-rated travel guitars for acoustic performance?

Our research shows that the Martin Steel String Backpacker and the Taylor GS Mini are highly praised for their acoustic performance. These guitars are revered for their clear sound and portability.

Which electric travel guitar is considered the best by experienced musicians?

Many experienced musicians give top marks to the Traveler Guitar EG-1 Custom. Its full-scale neck and compact body make it a favorite for electric guitarists on the move.

What do beginner guitarists recommend as the best travel guitar for starters?

Beginners often recommend the Yamaha APXT2 as an excellent starter travel guitar due to its manageable size, affordable price, and the quality it offers for new players.

Which travel guitar offers the best value for a tight budget?

The Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top is renowned for offering great value. It’s well-crafted, has a retro look, and produces a decent sound quality while keeping the budget in check.

Among mini travel guitars, which model stands out for quality and compactness?

For quality and compactness in mini travel guitars, the Little Martin LX1E stands out. Its solid build and the inclusion of electronics make it a leading choice for those prioritizing small size without sacrificing quality.

Is there a significant difference in playability between standard and travel guitars?

Travel guitars are designed for portability. There can be a notable difference in playability. They often have shorter scale lengths and smaller bodies. These differences may affect the playing experience for those used to standard-sized guitars. However, many find them remarkably comfortable and adaptable.

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The Best Acoustic, Electric, and Bass Travel Guitars (Click to Expand)

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  • Traveler Electric Guitar

Epiphone Les Paul Express

  • Traveler SPD HRR V2 Speedster

Shredneck Travel Guitar

Vox apache ii.

  • Traveler TB 4P Electric Bass

Shredneck Z-Series

If you're looking for a great acoustic guitar to take outdoors with you and one that's easy to lug around and carry, our top pick is the Cordoba Mini M (Amazon) .

For a great travel-sized electric guitar with absurd value (and one that you can take out into rough conditions without worrying much), look no further than the Shredneck (Amazon) . 

And finally: our bass guitar pick is most definitely the Vox Apache (Amazon) . It has the best blend of performance, price, and features out of all the travel bass guitars we looked at.

For more details and a great overview about how we came up with our top picks, read on below!

Musicians have roadies for a reason.

Guitars are heavy, sensitive works of art that need to be taken care of if you want to avoid  broken strings or a banged-up fretboard. Unfortunately, chances are you’re not Slash or Eddie Van Halen , and don’t quite have the funds to pay some guys to lug your gear around each time you leave the house for a weekend.

If you find yourself cooped up in a hotel room with nothing to keep your fingers occupied, then a travel guitar might just be the right call for you.

These guitars are shorter, lighter, and come with a wide range of features. They're available in a number of budgets that'll fit almost everybody.

This means that instead of tucking your Stratocaster safely in the backseat of your car for that camping trip and hoping for the best, you can pick up a great sounding compact option that you can toss in the overhead compartment of the plane, train, van, or any method of transportation -- all without thinking twice.

In the three tables below, we summarized our best picks for travel guitars from three categories: Acoustics , Electrics , and Bass Guitars. These are great choices even if you're a beginner guitarist .

If you scroll down even further though, you'll be able to see some details about each guitar and exactly what factors were used to come up with these ratings.

Best Acoustic Guitars for Travel

Best electric guitars for travel, best bass guitars for travel.

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Choosing the Best Travel Guitar for You

If you’re still with me, chances are you’re already sold on the idea but don’t quite know where to begin.

While the process for buying a travel guitar isn’t drastically different from buying a full-sized model, there are a few unique considerations that you’ll need to make.

  • Do you need something that plugs into an amp?
  • What about onboard tone and volume controls?
  • Just how light do you need it to be before it becomes too tiring to lug around? 

Travel guitars are great for carrying around with you, but they also compromise on certain features in order to make them smaller and more lightweight. I want to make sure you get all the features you want, so when you get down to the next section, be sure to read carefully . 

You'll learn about our top travel picks, and most importantly, why we chose these guitars over others.  

Acoustic Travel Guitars


The Martin Backpacker is a great option if you find yourself looking for something unorthodox and eye-catching that you can still play by the fire.

At 36 inches long with a 24-inch scale length, the Martin punches above its weight class by feeling more substantial than its bite-sized competitors.

It features gentle, soft strings that make it ideal for fingerpickers and produces a very clean sound. That should go without saying, but many cheap guitars have some pretty bad distortion that makes them unappealing to play. One thing that most players discover is that the Backpacker restricts natural anchor points for your fingers while playing.

Go ahead and pick up your preferred axe, and notice how the pinky of your strumming hand tends to rest on the body of the guitar. The tapered shape of the Martin towards the fretboard doesn’t let you have that same resting spot, and while that can be a tough sell if you’re set in your ways, it can also encourage you to learn a new style that can help you play faster.

If you don’t mind trying something new, then this is a great option that you can regularly find cheaper than MSRP to boot. 

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Built to surprisingly high standards given its low price point , the body of the Rover is fully decked out in spruce and mahogany that gives it some heft, and should help it resist the wear and tear of travel.

More importantly though, it beats out the Martin we just looked at by boasting 19 frets as opposed to 15, making it feel much more versatile, and closer to a full sized acoustic when you’re playing it.

Note though, that it can be quite punchy and loud. That’s great if you’re someone who plays with your buddies in isolated settings, but not quite as good if you’re planning on keeping yourself busy at the conference hotel. One great feature of this Washburn  is that it’s good for newer players as well, since the guitar also comes with an instructional disk. Maybe you don’t need it, but it’s a handy feature if you’re planning on giving it as a gift , or just want to brush up on some fundamentals. Unfortunately, when you look at the build quality, features, and price, they had to have compromised somewhere, and that comes at the expense of the strings. They’re functional, but are  prone to snapping when placed under too much pressure. If you don’t want to find yourself stranded away from home with a busted-up guitar, you might want to factor the price of high-quality aftermarket strings into the equation before you buy.

​ Check out the Washburn Rover on Amazon.


The Mini M is a good all-around option for people of all sizes and skill levels.

The neck is smaller at 20 inches , which isn’t great for veterans looking for a full-fledged guitar experience, but it does make it a great choice for women, children, or even guys with smaller hands who are still trying to get used to moving around the fretboard.

This smaller size also helps it comes in at a ridiculously light 2 and a half pounds , and that means stowing it away in the passenger seat of your car or in the overhead compartment of a plane is a breeze.

Despite this size though, it can get quite loud , so be sure that you’re ready for others to hear you play each time you pick it up. While you probably won’t play any gigs with this as your primary guitar, the bag it comes with is nicely padded and will keep it protected, which helps add some value to the dollars you’re spending. Overall, probably the most important thing to keep in mind if you’re interested in the Cordoba is its nut width. At 1.96” it can be a bit of a shock coming from narrower electrics, but if you find yourself with a lot of classical guitar experience, then this is a fantastic travel tool. It’ll be a much more seamless transition which will have you needing to readjust your hands less, and play more.

​ Check out the Cordoba Mini M on Amazon.


Some players like to have their gear come ready to play right out of the box, but if you’re a tinkerer who doesn’t mind spending some time to get to know your guitar, then the Luna Safari Muse is for you.

Don’t get me wrong, the tone that comes out of this guitar when you first pick it up is quite decent , but the sensitive tuners lose it quickly. You’ll also definitely want to replace the factory strings. The stock steel ones are serviceable, but they’re heavy and don’t produce the sound quality of some high-end alternatives. Put up with some of those minor grievances though, and you’ll wind up with a great sounding, well balanced guitar, and that’s a key consideration. Models that are too top or bottom-heavy can cause strain on the shoulders when playing with a strap, and the long-term discomfort might not be worth the experience.

The Safari lets you can play for hours without feeling any pain or soreness , and that’s some great peace of mind when you’re away from the comforts of home. 

​ Check out the Luna Safari Muse on Amazon.

Electric Travel Guitars

Traveler electric guitar  with gig bag.


The name says it all. Traveler guitars are often a popular choice when it comes to mini/portable guitars. They're packed with   useful features and include smart design decisions that other companies haven’t quite implemented. Mini guitars are also great for kids . 

The in-body tuning system removes the need for a heavy headstock, which keeps the guitar compact and extremely light and portable.  It also has  strong pickups that deliver a crisp, clean sound . This'll serve most practicing or amateur musicians quite nicely. If you’re someone who prefers to play heavy distortion genres like rock or metal, you’ll likely need an amplifier to be pleased with the performance since this model lacks tone or volume controls, but thankfully the standard ¼ inch jack means you won’t run into any compatibility issues with the one already lying around your house.

It does mean you’ll have another thing to consider when choosing to bring this one on the road or on a flight, but at least you have the option. 

​ Check out this Traveler Guitar on Amazon.


With its recognizable brand name and great looks, it’s hard for most players to pass up the travel-sized Les Paul.

The finish is higher-quality than what you’d expect for its price range , and while it’s not perfect it is backed by a limited lifetime warranty that should keep your mind at ease when you run into the occasional scuff or scratch.

Being a known brand name though, you do pay a bit of a premium. No, it’s not going to break your wallet, but some of the other entries on the list boast some better build quality than what you’re getting here. You’ll need to swap the tuners and strings because they’re quite frankly, not up to snuff, but given the affordable price of the guitar itself, it’s a cheap, worthwhile upgrade. What you do get when you pick up the Epiphone though are some very impressive pickups. Many travel guitars have trouble matching the sound of their full-sized cousins, but you’re not going to have that problem, or run into any unwanted interference here.

With the minor upgrades we suggested, you’ll have a classic looking, great-sounding guitar that will do nicely as both a presentation, and performance piece. 

​ Check out the Epiphone Les Paul Express on Amazon.

Traveler Guitar SPD HRR V2 Speedster


The most expensive electric model on this list might have you hesitant to drop the cash, and I don’t blame you, but if you have the coin and want something a step above the competition, the V2 Speedster has you covered.

It features the same headstock-less, in-body tuning system as its other Traveler brother , but goes a step further by including tone controls with four pre-set positions to give you some variety while playing. Its maple body looks and feels premium, and will definitely turn some heads when you take it out of its case. Toss in the built-in amplifier and headphone jacks, and you have the best compromise on this list between travel and full-sized guitars.

Its higher price tag means you don’t exactly want to be beating it around in transit, but if you’re someone who spends more time traveling for work than you do at home, this is a fantastic option to reasonably, if not perfectly, replace the ones lying around that you never get to play anyway. 

​ Check out the Traveler SPD HRR V2 Speedster on Amazon.


You might not recognize the name, but what you give up in brand recognition you make up for in features and performance .

Despite its smaller ¾ scale length, the guitar lends itself extremely well to rock and metal music thanks to its powerful output and variety of tone and volume controls. Its two humbuckers also make sure that any unwanted signal noise playing havoc with your pickups is going to be suppressed, leaving you with the rich, clean sounds you expect when you play.

Finally, its 22 frets and a three-way toggle switch to engage the different pickups gives you a ton of versatility when you’re playing , which can be a sanity-saver on a long trip. Thanks to the fact that it’s almost fully kitted out, you won’t need to worry about bringing an amplifier with you when you bring the Shredneck along, and it’s a good thing too, because at almost 6 pounds it’s one of the heaviest options available to buy.

While most prefer to travel light, it’s hard to beat the features on offer, especially when its cheap price means you won’t mind too much if it gets roughed up while out in the field. 

​ Check out this Shredneck on Amazon.

Bass Travel Guitars


Bass players don’t quite have the same amount of options as their electric or acoustic cousins, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have good options.

The Vox Apache II might have a divisive look, but it really brings it where it counts. It features all the onboard controls you would expect from a full-sized model, but also packs in an incredibly unique 2 channel amplifier right into the body of the guitar. This means that with a few batteries you have everything you need to play in any situation.

While the sound it outputs at default setting won’t blow you away, toggling the overdrive switch fixes that problem by massively increasing the performance by curing the guitar of its minor fret buzz. On top of all that though, having the built-in speakers allows the Vox to pack in extra features like pre-recorded rhythm sections that help you practice even if you’re playing solo, although that does reduce the battery life down to a mere 24 to 26 hours of play time.

Thankfully you can still plug it into an external amp if that happens, so you have the flexibility to play your way even if they happen to die at the worst possible moment. Note though, that all these features come at a price , and that price is the added bulk it carries to cram all these features in. It’s still much lighter than a traditional bass , but it might not be something that you want to lug around the city.

If you’re just picking it up for the ride to and from your destination and don’t plan on moving too much in the meantime though, you’ll be more than happy with your purchase. 

​ Check out this Vox Apache II on Amazon.

Traveler Travel Bass


If you’re looking for something a little more traditional and less flashy, Traveler makes our list for the third time with a top-tier travel bass that’s expensive, but worth the price if it ticks the boxes off your list.

Coming in quite a bit lighter than the Vox by shedding the body amp, this model still gives you the option of plugging in directly to the headphone amplifier that, while not as powerful as the Vox, keeps all your notes clean and distortion free.

It even has an aux port to let you play along to your preferred tracks , so if you tend to travel with thousands of songs loaded onto your phone, then it can be a great feature to breathe new life into those same old playlists. While the features and performance you get here are high quality, you are paying quite a bit for a product that doesn’t really have the finish you’d expect for the price. 

Your mileage may vary, but it’s not uncommon for these guitars to require a minor tune-up out of the box to adjust the action and make fretting slightly easier. It’s all work you can do yourself if you have the tools and experience, but isn’t a hassle that everyone wants to go through.

Bottom line though is that this is still a great purchase if you value high quality sound and features, and can live with minor faults in the workmanship.

​ Check out this Traveler Bass on Amazon.


Offering another great budget focused option, the Z-series travel bass comes in at a slightly smaller 28” scale than the Traveler’s 32, but keeps the same number of frets to maintain the feel of a traditional bass.

It might mean that you’ll need to adapt your hand to the narrower frets , but it’s a worthwhile trade-off when you factor in just how nicely the guitar plays.

Out of the box it’s tuned nicely and holds it well, and offers some very decent strings that give it the deep, warm sound you’re probably looking for. It isn’t as feature rich as some of its competitors by lacking headphone amp jacks or advanced controls, but still sports tone and volume knobs to give you some added value and sound options . It also has a smaller body that might require you to adjust your strumming style, but it’s nothing that can’t be learned in just a few hours.

It might lack the versatility to compete for “daily-driver” status, but the sound the Shredneck produces makes it an ideal practice tool, while still performing above expectations on the road.

​ Check out this Shredneck Z-Series on Amazon.

Best Bang for Your Buck

While there’s no such thing as a perfect guitar, the right guitar does exist.

If you’re looking for the best travel-sized acoustic for your next camp visit, it’s hard to beat the Cordoba Mini M (check price on Amazon) . It’s not as feature complete as some of its competitors, but comes in at an attractive price without forcing you to worry about buying aftermarket strings or tuners.

Likewise, the absurd value of the Shredneck (check price on Amazon)   makes it hard to find an economical electric competitor. You can double the price for a Traveler, but the Shredneck is an equally attractive, well-performing model that you won’t be afraid to take out into rough conditions.

Finally, the Vox Apache (check price on Amazon) offers the best blend of performance, price, and features among all the travel bass guitars we looked at. It does everything you could possibly ask of it at a decent price, and will make you more than happy each time you pick it up, provided you don’t mind the added weight.

Final Remarks

Travel guitars offer a fantastic mix of performance and value, and while the model you personally decide to go with will be the one that’s best-suited to your individual needs, it’s really hard to go wrong with any of the options I’ve detailed.

What I’ve done here is outlined the pros and cons of some of the most popular travel guitars out there to give you the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision, and keep you playing guitar no matter where you find yourself.

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10 Best Mini Guitars of 2024

by Wayne Whittaker November 28, 2023, 11:43 am

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Guitars come in all shapes and sizes, but today, we're looking at one size in particular: the half-size guitar. While there are varying opinions as to what officially constitutes a half-size guitar, the general consensus is that it's any guitar with a scale length between 20" and under 25".

These instruments can be great learning tools for children, portable alternatives for travelers, or serve as a go-to axe for any player with smaller hands. Kicking off our list is our pick for the best overall mini guitar, the Taylor Baby B2 acoustic guitar.

But that's not all—our list includes electric guitars, nylon string guitars, and more. We've also included a handy buyer's guide and FAQ section to help you find the right 1/2-size guitar for your child or yourself.

Okay, let's jump into the best 1/2 size guitars on the market today.

Quick Summary of the Best Mini Guitars

  • Taylor Baby B2 Acoustic Guitar (Best Overall Mini Guitar)
  • Fender Sonoran Mini Acoustic Guitar (Runner Up)
  • Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar (Best Half-Size Electric Guitar)
  • Fender Redondo Mini Acoustic Guitar (Best Budget Half-Size Guitar)
  • Cordoba Mini II EB-CE Nylon String Acoustic-electric Guitar (Best Nylon String Mini Guitar)
  • Traveler Guitar Redlands Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar (Best Travel Guitar)
  • Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar (Highest Quality Mini Guitar)
  • Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH Electric Guitar (Best Alternative Mini Electric Guitar)
  • Cordoba Mini II FMH Nylon String Acoustic Guitar (Best Budget Nylon String Mini Guitar)
  • Washburn Apprentice G-Mini 5 Acoustic Guitar (Best Grand Auditorium Bodied Mini Acoustic)

Best Mini Guitars

Best overall mini guitar, taylor baby b2 acoustic guitar.


  • Scale length: 22.75"
  • Top Wood: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 19

The Taylor Baby B2 Acoustic Guitar is an ultra-portable dreadnought guitar that plays way outside of its weight class. Taylor is known for making high-quality acoustic guitars, and the B2 certainly fits the bill. With a great tone and a rich, full-bodied voice, the B2's topical American mahogany helps accentuate the instrument's naturally cool midrange.

Its durable varnish finish offers protection, feels smooth, and looks great. This is a great guitar for traveling or low-key couch-strumming. Plus, a gig bag is included.

Fender Sonoran Mini Acoustic Guitar


  • Scale length: 24.1"
  • Back & Side Woods: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Nato
  • Fingerboard Material: Walnut
  • Number of Frets: 18

The Fender Sonoran mini acoustic has one of the longer scale lengths of the guitars on our list, but just as the old post office ad says, "if it fits, it ships." The scale length is 1.4 inches shorter than most Fenders, which helps with playability and relieves string tension.

The Sonoran's vintage design and C-shaped neck give it true throwback vibe. The walnut fingerboard and bridge’s extra resonance add a touch of snap to the instrument's high end and help add to this couch strummer's already surprisingly full-bodied tone.

Best Half-Size Electric

Squier mini strat electric guitar.


  • Body Wood: Poplar
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Fingerboard Material: Indian Laurel
  • Number of Frets: 20, Medium

Whoever said smaller guitars had to be acoustic? The Squier Mini Strat has the same tone, look and feel as its older cousin but in a super portable (and affordable) 22.75" scale length. The three single-coil pickups, volume and tone controls, and 5-way pickup switch will be familiar to anyone who's played a full-size Fender Stratocaster and also serve as a great introduction to the instrument for newcomers.

Timeless in its look (right down to the 60s style headstock), the Squier Mini Strat is perfect for beginners or anyone looking for a quality travel electric guitar.

Best Budget 1/2-Size

Fender redondo mini acoustic guitar.


  • Top Wood: Spruce

You can't ask for more bang for your buck than that provided by the Fender Redondo Mini acoustic guitar. A standout among half-size guitars, the Redondo offers the size and comfort of an undersized guitar, with the playability and reputation of Fender guitars.

The price point may suggest this is a guitar for beginners, and while it certainly makes a fine entry-level guitar, guitarists of any level will find this makes a great grab-and-go acoustic guitar that's perfect for road trips, camping, as well as trips to the beach or the mountains.

Best Nylon String 1/2-Size

Cordoba mini ii eb-ce nylon string acoustic-electric guitar.


  • Scale length: 22.875"
  • Back & Side Woods: Striped Ebony
  • Top Wood: Solid spruce
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard Material: Composite

Now, something for the sophisticated type. When you think of guitars with nylon strings, you probably think of classical guitars. And while their tone is highly coveted, not all players love the feel or playability of a classical guitar. That's where the Cordoba Mini II comes in.

Its smaller frame, both in body depth and fretboard width, and nylon strings make it an ideal instrument for younger players or anyone who finds the traditional classical guitar too cumbersome. An onboard Belcat ukulele pickup and tuner lets you plug into any mixing console or recording interface.

Or perhaps you're a classical player looking to have a portable traveling companion; the Cordoba would work great for that, too.

Best Travel Guitar

Traveler guitar redlands mini mahogany acoustic guitar.


  • Scale length: 22"
  • Back & Side Woods: Basswood
  • Fingerboard Material: Purpleheart

We've talked a lot about how good smaller-scaled instruments can be ideal for traveling, and that was exactly the thinking behind the design of the Traveler Guitar Redlands Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar. A scaled-down dreadnought weighing under 3 pounds, the Traveler is great for on the road or on the couch.

Its comfortable nato neck is topped with a sleek purpleheart fingerboard. A mahogany top and basswood back and sides produce a warm, rich tone with plenty of projection. The Traveler's short 22-inch scale length offers superb playability with significantly reduced string tension.

Best Premium Mini Guitar

Taylor gs mini mahogany acoustic guitar.


  • Scale length: 23.5"
  • Back & Side Woods: Laminated Sapele
  • Top Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Sapele

Not all smaller guitars are created equal. The reality is that some instruments of this size have to sacrifice sound quality in pursuit of portability. The Taylor GS mini makes none of those tonal concessions, providing a big-bodied tone in an ultra-portable package. The GS mini is an award-winning scaled-down version of Taylor's popular Grand Symphony body shape.

The X-braced soundhole and premium tonewoods include a tropical mahogany top, layered sapele back and sides, and an ebony fretboard and bridge for acoustic tone that’s familiar and rich. Whether strumming open chords or fingerpicking, the GS Mini delivers exceptional character and sustain while adding durability and unmatched aesthetics.

Best Offset Mini Electric

Squier mini jazzmaster hh electric guitar.


  • Body Material: Poplar
  • Fingerboard Material: Maple
  • Number of Frets: 20, Narrow tall

Huge humbucker tone in a mini frame, the Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH Electric Guitar provides a comfortable, streamlined playing experience. Its slim “C” neck profile and 22.75-inch scale length help relieve string tension, making it a great electric for beginners.

Standout looks and stellar tone make the Jazzmaster's big brother a unique favorite among indie-rockers, and the Squier is great for players looking for an alternative to your "standard" electrics. Once you plug in and hear the massive tone, you won't believe it can be coming out of such a pint-sized instrument.

Best Budget Nylon String

Cordoba mini ii fmh nylon string acoustic guitar.


  • Back & Side Woods: Flamed Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Flamed Mahogany

If you're looking for an entry-level classical-style guitar with nylon strings and a big-bodied sound, all for a price that won't break the bank, look no further than the Cordoba Mini II FMH acoustic guitar. Its comfortable small body size is a bit larger than the original Mini, but still small enough to make a great instrument for beginners or people with a smaller frame.

The guitar's laminated flamed mahogany top, back, and sides with traditional fan bracing architecture provide a sturdy build with a stunning aesthetic. Its smaller dimensions make the Mini II ideal for air travel and weekend getaways.

Best Grand Auditorium

Washburn apprentice g-mini 5 acoustic guitar.


  • Scale length: 23.25"
  • Top Wood: Select Spruce
  • Fingerboard Material: Engineered Wood
  • Number of Frets: 20

Okay, back to steel-string acoustic guitars. The undersized grand auditorium body of the Washburn Apprentice G-Mini 5 Acoustic Guitar serves an impressive tone quality and volume while remaining light and easy to play whether you're standing or sitting.

The G-Mini 5's lightness is obtained thanks to its spruce top and mahogany back and sides, tonewoods that also help project its warm acoustic tone. Quartersawn scalloped bracing provides excellent support and durability.

Best Half-Sized Guitars Buyer's Guide

Hey! You're on the lookout for a new guitar! Congratulations. We've put together a helpful buyer's guide with things to keep in mind as you shop.

Before you start shopping for a new guitar, be sure to know how much money you want to set aside for your new investment. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for, but that doesn't mean there aren't great bargains out there.

In today's market, there are plenty of high-quality, lower-priced guitars available.


The playability of a guitar refers to how comfortable it is to play. While scale length may be your primary focus if you're looking for a half sized guitar, you'll want to consider factors like neck shape, string action, and overall ergonomics. Ideally, you want a guitar that's easy to play and encourages hours of jamming.

Body and Build

Acoustic guitars come in various body styles, such as auditorium, concert, dreadnought, and parlor. Each style has its own tonal characteristics and size. If you're looking for a half size guitar, you're obviously hoping to find a guitar that feels comfortable and suits your preferred playing style.

Build quality is also important. This means you'll want to find an instrument with a solid construction, made from durable materials, and with attention to detail to help ensure a guitar's long lifespan.

Try Before You Buy

It's always a good idea to pop over to a local guitar shop and try out a few different options if you can. While a guitar may seem ideal on paper, you won't really know if it's the instrument for you until you get your hands on it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a half size guitar.

Depends on who you ask! While 3/4 size guitars are not "half size" (at least not mathematically), they are often lumped into the category of smaller guitars. Generally, a half size guitar is any guitar with a scale length between 20" and just under 25".

Who are these guitars designed for?

Primarily, smaller guitars are great for players with smaller frames. This can include children or young learners but can also include seasoned pros who prefer the comfort and portability of a mini guitar.

Are there any benefits to playing smaller guitars?

Besides comfort and playability, the body size of an acoustic guitar can greatly influence the instrument's tone.

Should I choose a steel-string or nylon-string guitar?

If you've ever played a classical guitar, you're familiar with the feel of nylon strings. These strings offer a slightly muted, slinkier tone. However, in modern music, guitars with steel strings are far more prevalent.

If you're looking to play classical music, you're probably already searching for a classical guitar. But if you're looking for that classical guitar timbre on a more standard acoustic guitar, you'll want to check out the Cordoba Mini II FMH Nylon String Acoustic Guitar .

How much should I expect to spend on a half size guitar?

Half size guitars are at various price points. If you're a beginner, you can find good quality entry-level half size acoustic guitars in the $100-300 range. Investing a little more can often result in a better-playing and better-sounding instrument.

Half size or mini guitars are comfortable, portable alternatives to full size guitars. As we've established, they're ideal for beginners, children, or players with smaller hands or frames.

Whether you're looking for a high-end, quality acoustic like the Taylor Baby B2 , or an entry-level acoustic fit for trips to the beach, like the Fender Redondo Mini , there are plenty of fine half-sized, smaller acoustics on the market today.

Whether you're just starting out, or looking for a smaller guitar to strum on the couch, any of the half sized guitars on our list would make a great addition to your arsenal. Happy playing!

Embark on your musical journey with the best companion! Explore our selection of the best beginner guitars and kickstart your path to becoming a guitarist. Find your perfect match today!

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If you are here for a roundup of the 10 best travel guitars in 2023 then you are in for a treat. We have selected some pretty great products that meet the criteria for a range of different reasons, each one deserving of being a worthy candidate.

We live in an age where technology keeps us connected at our fingertips, the world wide web has made the world seem a whole lot smaller, more appealing and traveling the length and breadth of it a lot less of an impossibility.

The majority of guitarists away from home and wished they had an instrument with them, it is also fair to say that our musical instruments can hold a fair amount of value whether it is literal or sentimental. Taking them on the road inevitably means they could end up damaged.

What makes for the best traveling guitar is actually a little bit more complex than you might at first think. Along with durability issues and transportation safety measures, the size and components need to be considered.

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We are going rifle through the best travel size acoustic guitar reviews to determine what makes each ideal for what, where, and whom to help make your purchase a sensible one.

As ever we have included a buyers guide in which we will attempt to answer your niggling questions. Read on to find 10 top travel guitars that don't suck!

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  • Piccolo Size
  • Gorgeous Looks
  • Unique Voice
  • Durable Build

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Ibanez EWP14OPN

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Ibanez is a much-loved company in the guitarist community as its products tend to be reasonably priced while also performing like much more expensive instruments. That’s also the case with this travel guitar, which also lives up to Ibanez’s reputation for creating cool-looking axes.

The piccolo size makes this guitar ideal for taking on the road with you. It has a shorter scale length, at 17”, and can be compared in size to a ukulele. This smaller size gives it a unique voice. It is a little higher pitched than a standard acoustic while it also has something of a mandolin about its tone too. It has to be heard to be appreciated.

Also surprising for such a little instrument is the amount of volume it produces. It could easily be used to entertain a small group at a campfire or in the park.

Pros: + Piccolo Size + Gorgeous Looks + Low Price + Unique Voice + Durable Build

Why We Liked It - It’s a gorgeous little guitar that has a truly unique voice. It also provides an impressive amount of volume for a piccolo.

Fretboard size - Some travel guitars feature a small body so that they can still include a full-sized fretboard, meaning the guitar's layout will feel familiar. This is a great space-saver, but you sacrifice some of the "roundness" of sound produced by a regular-sized body, especially on travel acoustics. If sound is more important to you than portability, look at models with a full-sized body.

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Washburn Rover

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Next up is a fantastic product from Washburn. This guitar has been designed with travel in mind. For that reason, it features a sleek, slim-bodied aesthetic that lends itself to easy portability.

Washburn has compromised on the body of the instrument to make it easier to carry around, but it hasn’t shortened the scale length. It’s got a full scale of 23.75”. That means that you can play it in the same manner as your standard acoustic.

As you’d expect for the price, this product features high-grade materials. It’s got a spruce top and body, as well as a mahogany neck and back. These materials don’t just enhance the durability of the instrument, they also contribute to a surprisingly rich, warm tone. This sound is made even better by the D’Addario strings that come as standard.

To make traveling with this lightweight product easier, Washburn provides you with a high-quality gig bag.

Pros: + Sleek Design + Perfect for Traveling + Includes Gig Bag + D’Addario Strings + Superb Sound and Tone

Why We Liked It - It’s a lightweight, sleek guitar that’s been designed for traveling. On top of that, it offers a beautiful tone, which is typical of Washburn.

Traveler Guitar EC1 VBKM

If you’re looking for a premium, high-quality electric guitar for traveling, then you’ll likely be impressed by this awesome Traveler ax.

It’s a solid-body electric that weighs a little over 5lbs. This low weight allows for easy portability while you’re on the road. One of the reasons why it weighs so little is because it doesn’t have a headstock. Tuning is done within the body of the guitar. This unique design keeps the guitar shorter – therefore more portable – without having to reduce the scale length.

As this ax has been designed for traveling, it also includes lots of handy features for you to be able to play it while out and about. First, it has an in-built amp that allows you to plug your earphones in and add effects to the guitar, such as overdrive or reverb. You can also plug in your smartphone and play along to tunes on it.

Pros: + Exceptional Solid Body Guitar + Lightweight + Shorter Length + No Headstock + Includes Gig Bag

Why We Liked It - It’s simply the best electric guitar around for traveling. It’s lightweight, shorter in length, while also loaded with lots of handy features.

Travel Amps - If you're considering a electric travel guitar, then you'll need to carry a small amp around with you as well. Size and weight are the prime factors here, but you still don't want to scrimp on sound quality. A very popular choice is the tiny battery-powered Marshall MS2, which offers switchable clean and overdrive channels plus a headphone out for silent practice. And it looks SO cute!

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This next travel guitar is an electric guitar option and the company has really thought about its travel abilities every step of the way throughout its design. The traditional tuning mechanism has been replaced with an entirely different more forward-thinking one. The tuning is facilitated on board within the super lightweight body itself tuning pegs are subjected to a lot especially when we travel so this is a great idea as far as we are concerned.

This steel string silent guitar is substantially shorter than a standard electronic sized guitar the lack of headstock contributes largely to this and it is around half the typical weight as well.

The built-in shadow e-tuner is integrated into the pickup offering onboard chromatic tuning which can only be beneficial. Other notable features include the V2 headphone amplifier which allows for silent guitar practice great for a late night strum in a hotel and the Jack plate auxiliary input enabling players to plug in other devices to play along to their MP3 tracks.

The sounds are pretty good, the custom tap pot allows you to cycle through clean, boost, overdrive and distortion tones, and its gold Humbucker and cream pickups stand out visually against its dark mahogany body.

Pros: + Full size scale length but smaller overall size due to head stock sacrifice. + Super Lightweight. + Great on-board features

Why We Liked It - This one makes for a fantastic choice of electronic travel guitar the range of tones are awesome and you can get away with a cheap mini-amp that doesn't need any tone abilities. We like the silent guitar playing option also all in all it is one of their original series and a contender for best traveler guitar.

Taylor Guitars Baby Taylor BT1

Next up in our travel guitar review is the Baby Taylor BT1 the predecessor to the Mahogany body BT2 we we have already listed. This little baby was the one that kick-started the popularity among seasoned musicians looking for a small knockabout ideal for their travels that rose from a humble product aimed at children starting to learn guitar.

This Taylor guitar is a solid Sitka spruce guitar and we have included it in our review because it actually provides the rich and deep altogether fuller sound than the newer refined model. The level of volume from this ¾ sized instrument is amazing although we dare say the higher frets on the treble string are a little tinnier than would be truly desirable and this is probably the reason for the second model development.

As previously mentioned the BT2 Taylor guitar doesn't have much bass reverb, the two are equally priced o the decision between them boils down to how you prefer your overall tone.

Pros: + Powerfully naturally loud. + Best seller + Great grab and go guitar.

Why We Liked It - This Taylor guitar is a great candidate for the ultimate guitar travel companion the tonal qualities are top-notch, which is how it earned its popularity among adult players despite its initial concept being aimed at young beginners.

Martin LX1 Little Martin


The Martin LX 1 makes for a vastly superior travel guitar. It is almost twice the price of the LXK2 (the Koa we reviewed) but the differences go way beyond cosmetics. The Martin guitar features a solid spruce top which will make it a little bit more fragile in terms of dents and dings but ultimately the sound is everything you get with a traditional Martin.

This Martin guitar has a Rut-stratabond neck which features Martin'sortise joint construction, Micarta bridge, Tusq saddle and rosewood fingerboard which feature 20 frets (14 clear of the body) and the whole thing is hand-finished.

The LXK2 tones are just completely outshone by this one it is full rich and deep and a perfect starter guitar, as well as a great choice for travel but it, as we said, set you back more and you may not want to take it on particularly adventurous travels.

Pros: + Padded gig bag seems better quality than standard free gig bags. + Fullest tone. + Compact and affordable high quality.

Why We Liked It - This Martin traveler guitar is a wholesome toned compact guitar that makes it a perfect choice of travel without a 'travel guitar sound', not to mention the padded gig bag you get with it!

Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany

This Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany
 is an attractive ¾ size travel guitar with an equally appealing price range. The production doesn't come from a top brand and however, the manufacturer seems great. The Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany
 travel guitar is a typical dreadnought body it features a Celtic laser etched henna design and is a fairly eye-catching little beauty. It was constructed mainly from mahogany (neck back sides and top, it is non-specific when listed but the top is probably HPL considering the dramatically lower price range, it has a rosewood fingerboard.

This backpacker travel guitar has an adjustable truss rod and the overall construction good there is no tell-tale sign of substandard construction (like extra glue etc. On the whole, its pretty sturdy with its high-pressure laminate top although this doesn't give the beautiful reverberations that are expected in a great acoustic travel guitar it does mean it has good durability.

Pros: + ¾ size. + Ideal travel buddy & great backpacking guitar. + Low priced.

Why We Liked It - This Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany
 guitar makes for a great cheap and cheerful option , the sound is pretty sweet and would be the best option for any trips where your guitar is going to face some extreme exposure. Perfect for round a campfire out into the wild style gatherings. Half the price of the Baby Taylor and hold it's own among them in terms of it's sound capabilities.

Traveler Guitar Mark III MK3 MHG

Another travel acoustic electric guitar model here from Traveler guitar, a company which formed 20 years ago with the sole purpose of providing full-size travel guitars and have been innovative front-runners from the get-go. Like the EG V2 we reviewed, it features their genius in-body tuning function eliminating head-stock from the guitar length and thus providing a full-scale length guitar that is smaller, to begin with. Overall this acoustic-electric travel guitar is 26% shorter and 47% thinner than a typical electric but the frets have not been scaled back.

Again this acoustic-electric travel guitar features the built-in shadow headphone amplifier and auxiliary input. The under-saddle pickup is super sensitive and gives an acoustic style sound without the need for bigger body resonance. It has standard EQ controls to shape your tone.

The Traveller acoustic-electric travel guitar is constructed from mahogany and has a cutaway for better access to higher frets.

Pros: + Headphones for silent guitar practice. + Aux in for jamming with tracks. + On-board tuner. + Mahogany body.

Why We Liked It - The Traveler Guitar brand are dedicated to the travel guitar niche and tailor their products to specifically cater for travel playing needs, they also come with a lifetime warranty, they are beautiful in appearance and have some nifty on-board conveniences.

Cordoba Mini M travel acoustic guitar

Cordoba produces some amazing classical guitars in their many ranges The Cordoba Mini M is a solid spruce topped travel instrument. The classic guitar alternative has a lighter weight and can be purchased in different side and back options to suit different tonality preferences. Find some classical guitar strings here .

It has the same feel and playability as a full-size guitar as the neck is of a typical width as is the fret spacing. It comes with acoustic guitar strings tuned up a fourth from standard tuning ADGCEa. This is the recommended optimal tuning for the best vibrancy but you can replace them with a standard E set.

It sounds very bright and is surprisingly loud for a miniature musical instrument, the basses are very strong, we recommend adhering to the A tuning as the E guitar strings change it dramatically into a somewhat lackluster instrument and they hold far less tension.

Pros: + Miniature sized. + A-A tuning. + Great volume level.

Why We Liked It - It is a great deal for the dollars spent, it has good bracing and is finely constructed and is genuinely mini making it another good backpacking option.

Fender CT-60S travel body acoustic guitar

Our last option is an excellent contribution from Fender noteworthy acoustic travel guitar lines, it also has the lowest price of all our product listings. The CT features a brand new modified body size and shape, which they aptly name “Travel” it also has a shortened scale length this is what makes it so fitting for travel pursuits.

It is a solid spruce topped instrument at 23.5” scale length, it makes for a quintessential travel buddy with it's compact size and portability. It plays better than some of Fenders other smaller model which are aimed at junior players.

This acoustic travel guitar has scalloped X bracing for added durability required when you are on the move. If you know your Fender acoustics this one is essentially the CD60S but tailored to backpacker travel needs. This acoustic travel guitar has great across board tones and plays straight out of the box and keeps good intonation.

Pros: + Affordable price. + Incredibly lightweight small travel guitar. + Solid topped. + Great portable travel guitar.

Why We Liked It - It is a great affordable entry from a leading brand, which they have developed exclusively for optimized travel abilities. Perhaps one to fit in the overhead compartment of a plane?!

Where's the headstock? A lot of electric travel guitars appear to have been in an accident, as the headstock is completely missing. Instead, the tuning is has been relocated to inside the body. Specialist manufacturers like Traveler Guitar boast rock-solid tuning. And not having a headstock allows these guitars to use a full fretboard, yet still be up to 30% shorter.

Travel Guitar Buying Guide

So you've seen our reviews now let's resolve some of your queries in our buying guide.

A travel guitar is an instrument which has been created to tackle some of the drawbacks of taking a guitar out and about whether that is for an outdoor retreat or abroad, for a long weekend or an arduous adventure. When we travel and how we travel will affect the toll taken on your musical instruments. Many guitarists feel lost without something to strum when the mood takes them and quite often when we are on holiday and relaxed or meeting new people we can find our selves wishing we hadn't left our guitar at home.

On the other hand, we also know the logistics of carrying our pride and joy into the unknown territory of travel can put it at risk of damage or even getting lost altogether. Ideally, we want a lower priced and probably even smaller sized (and weighted) travel companion as a solution especially if you intend to lug it about for long period of time. The most essential thing is that it is an easily portable guitar for travel.

There are many places to buy a backpacker travel guitar, many outlets will cater for travel options in modern times. It is, however, a huge market and in this day and age, it is easier to sift through your options online. All of the above products we have reviewed are available through Amazon. The majority can also be bought online via their brands own websites.

We have only listed 2 of the best travel electric guitars and they are both by Traveler Guitars we feel they represent the most cutting-edge electric guitars specifically designed for traveling purposes. Usually, we see instrument companies creating travel instrument models in this case travel instrument models have created a company, this speaks volumes for the quality goods which they are producing. Their electric travel guitar features and design concepts are, undeniably, "State-of-the-art". Grab some great electric guitar strings here .

If you are planning on backpacking you are going to want to streamline everything you typically take traveling so size here is key depending on how hardcore your backpacking will get you will probably want the smallest backpacker travel guitar you can get your hands on. Martin's backpacker is a great option although some have found its unique shaping awkward to get along with. In which case you could try going with the Little Martin Koa or the Taylor backpacker models.

You will likely be carrying your instrument for lengthy periods backpacking, the Cordoba Mini M is incredibly small and super lightweight if you can embrace it's higher tuning it might be another superb choice for you.

In terms of sound and strictly talking about best travel acoustic guitars for the road, the Martin LX1 is the pinnacle of our product reviews. If you want an electric option the Traveler Guitars EG1C has unbelievable onboard features and effects.

From our acoustic travel guitar reviews the Luna makes a pretty great budget travel guitar its is priced at the same region as the Fender CT-60S so either make a good low priced option it just boils down to your individual sound preference The CT60S acoustic travel guitar has a great overall tone but we feel the Luna's low might just give it the edge here in terms of sound despite Fender being the more notorious brand.

We are optimistic that our traveling guitar reviews will have made for a good selection of top travel guitars for the road to choose from and think about.

Initially, you will have to determine if you want acoustic or electric abilities there are some companies making pickups for smaller musical instruments so that can be something you could change at a later date.

The key things to remember when searching for a good travel guitar are how you intend to travel (modes of transport etc), whether you want a cheap knockabout option that you aren't too invested in or prefer something as exquisite as it is roadworthy. Is it going to sit in a hotel room and be pulled out for the local jam night at the club at the end of the strip or are you going to hitchhike your way across Europe?

Lastly, your budget is really what sets your limitations, if it is on the smaller side you ought not to expect too much from cheap travel-size guitars for the road.

Once you know what you want from a travel guitar you can make a better thought out decision and find the most practical solution for your needs.

If your heart is set on dragging around your pride and joy to show it off in all it's beauty on a worldwide scale you will want to seriously invest in some high-end flight cases for the overhead compartment.

Did You Know?

Several leading brands and their discount competitors are manufacturing fold away, collapsible or sliding guitars with some pretty advanced mechanisms, which in terms of compact guitar design solutions is pretty ground breaking so we are excited to see where guitar development goes from here as they will likely make for another great guitar for travel choice.

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Best Travel Guitar

Looking for the best travel guitar? As a passionate musician, I understand the need for a reliable and portable instrument that allows you to continue playing music wherever your adventures take you. Whether you’re a frequent traveler, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking for a compact guitar for convenience, travel guitars are the ideal solution. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the features that make a guitar suitable for travel and provide you with examples of four exceptional travel guitar models: the Martin LX1, Taylor GS Mini-3 Koa, Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1, and Martin Backpacker.

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What Makes a Guitar Suitable for Travel?

When it comes to travel guitars, several key features to consider ensure their suitability for life on the road.

Compact and Lightweight Design

Travel guitars are specifically designed to be portable, featuring smaller body sizes and lightweight materials. Their compact dimensions make them easy to carry, whether you’re embarking on a cross-country road trip or hopping on a plane to your next destination. By reducing weight, these guitars won’t burden you during your travels.

Durable Construction

Traveling can be rough on instruments, which is why durability is crucial. Look for travel guitars with solid tops or high-pressure laminate construction that can withstand the rigors of transportation. Additionally, reinforced parts like necks and braces provide extra protection against bumps and temperature changes, ensuring your guitar stays in optimal condition.

Playability and Comfort

Playing comfort is paramount, even on a smaller instrument. Travel guitars should have a comfortable neck profile and an appropriate scale length, allowing you to play without strain or discomfort. Additionally, easy access to the fretboard ensures you can comfortably reach higher notes, maintaining playability across the entire range.

Sound Quality

While compact, travel guitars should still deliver a satisfying and balanced tone. Solid tops or high-quality laminates contribute to a resonant sound with good projection. If you prefer to amplify your sound, consider models with suitable electronics, such as built-in pickups or preamps, that allow you to connect to an amplifier or PA system.

Examples of Travel Guitars

Now, let’s dive into the specifics of four outstanding travel guitar models that embody our discussed qualities.

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Martin LX1 Little Martin

The Martin LX1 guitar is a compact and portable instrument that delivers surprising sound quality and craftsmanship. Its solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany pattern HPL back and sides contribute to its rich and balanced tone, making it a popular choice for both beginners and experienced guitarists on the go.

Solid Construction and Quality Materials

The Martin LX1 guitar is a remarkable instrument known for its exceptional craftsmanship. It features a solid Sitka spruce top, which provides excellent resonance and projection. The back and sides are made of mahogany pattern high-pressure laminate (HPL), a durable and sustainable material that contributes to the guitar’s overall strength and stability. This combination of materials ensures that the LX1 delivers a high-quality sound that surpasses expectations for its compact size.

Comfortable and Portable Design

The LX1’s compact size makes it incredibly comfortable to play, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced guitarist. Its small body allows for easy reach of the frets and makes it a breeze to hold and carry.

This design is particularly appealing for travelers, musicians on the go, or those who prefer a more portable instrument. You can take the LX1 with you wherever you roam without sacrificing the quality of sound.

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Surprisingly Rich and Balanced Tone

Despite its small size, the Martin LX1 produces a surprisingly rich and balanced tone. The solid Sitka spruce top contributes to its clarity and resonance, while the mahogany pattern HPL back and sides add warmth to the overall sound. This combination results in a well-rounded tone that is both pleasing to the ear and versatile in terms of musical styles. Whether you’re strumming chords, fingerpicking, or playing melodic lines, the LX1 delivers a satisfying and enjoyable sound.

Reliable and Durable Construction

Martin is renowned for its commitment to quality, and the LX1 is no exception. The guitar is built to withstand the demands of regular playing and is constructed with durability in mind. The HPL back and sides are resistant to temperature and humidity changes, making the LX1 a reliable choice for different environments. The high-quality craftsmanship ensures that the guitar will stand the test of time and provide years of enjoyable playing.

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Taylor GS Mini-e Koa

The Taylor GS Mini-e Koa is a visually stunning and sonically impressive guitar that delivers remarkable sound in a compact size. Its solid koa top and layered koa back and sides offer a warm and balanced tone, making it an exceptional choice for players seeking portability without compromising on quality.

The Taylor GS Mini-e Koa is a guitar that defies its small size with a big and impressive sound. Despite its compact body, this instrument delivers a rich and resonant tone that surpasses expectations. The solid koa top is responsible for its warm and well-balanced sound, while the layered koa back and sides contribute to its durability and stability. The GS Mini-e Koa proves that great things can come in small packages.

Beautiful Koa Wood Construction

One of the standout features of the GS Mini-e Koa is its stunning koa wood construction. Koa is highly regarded for its unique grain patterns and striking visual appeal. The solid koa top not only contributes to the guitar’s exceptional sound but also adds a touch of elegance to its overall aesthetic. The layered koa back and sides provide both durability and a harmonious visual match. The combination of the tonewood’s beauty and craftsmanship makes the GS Mini-e Koa a guitar that truly stands out.

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Versatile and Reliable Performance

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, the GS Mini-e Koa is a versatile instrument that accommodates a wide range of musical styles and playing techniques. Its smaller size makes it comfortable to hold and play, while still maintaining excellent playability and resonance. The guitar’s impressive projection and tonal balance ensure that it sounds great whether you’re strumming chords or fingerpicking intricate melodies. From intimate solo performances to casual jam sessions, the GS Mini-e Koa delivers reliable and impressive sound quality.

Ideal for Practice, Performance, and Songwriting

The GS Mini-e Koa is designed to be a go-to instrument for various musical endeavors. Its compact size makes it an excellent choice for practice and travel, allowing you to take your music with you wherever you go. Its exceptional tonal qualities and reliable performance also make it a great companion for live performances, both on stage and in the studio. Additionally, the GS Mini-e Koa is favored by songwriters who appreciate its versatility and inspiring sound, making it an instrument that sparks creativity and expression.

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Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1

The Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 is a remarkable electric travel guitar that merges the distinctive ESP vibe with Traveler Guitar’s innovative engineering. Designed as a compact and portable instrument, it offers ESP players the convenience of a travel-friendly guitar without compromising on tone, playability, or visual appeal.

The Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 brings together the renowned quality and vibe of ESP guitars with the innovative engineering of Traveler Guitar. This unique collaboration has resulted in a full 24 ¾-inch scale electric travel guitar based on LTD’s best-selling EC series. It’s designed to provide ESP players with an exceptional travel companion that maintains the essence of their favorite guitars.

Slick LTD-Inspired Appointments and Impressive Engineering

With its LTD-inspired appointments, the Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 exudes a sleek and stylish look. The guitar features a carved Arch-Top mahogany body, locking tuning machines, Gold anodized hardware, a beveled neck for easy access to high frets, and 6-ply binding. The LTD-style fingerboard inlays add to its overall aesthetic appeal. These visual appointments contribute to the guitar’s unique vibe and make it a standout instrument.

Powerful Drive and Articulate Tone

Equipped with the ESP-designed ALH-200B active humbucker, the Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 delivers powerful drive and articulate tone. This pickup ensures that you can achieve a wide range of sounds and styles, from clean and crisp to heavily distorted. You’ll be able to unleash your creativity and explore various musical genres with confidence.

Innovative Design for Portability and Playability

One of the standout features of the Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 is its innovative In-Body tuning system. By relocating the tuning machines into the body, Traveler Guitar has eliminated the need for a headstock. This design innovation allows for a full-scale playing experience on a guitar that’s 24% shorter and 29% lighter than a comparable full-sized instrument. You’ll enjoy the same comfort and playability of a standard guitar in a compact and travel-friendly package.

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Built-In Headphone Amplifier and Versatile Connectivity

The Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 includes a built-in headphone amplifier, providing you with the freedom to play at full volume without disturbing others. You can cycle through clean, boost, overdrive, and distortion tones using the custom tap-pot, all while listening through headphones or connecting to your favorite amp. Additionally, the guitar is equipped with an aux-in, allowing you to connect your mobile device and play along with your favorite tracks.

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Perfect Solution for Traveling Musicians

Designed for traveling musicians seeking a modern, high-gain guitar that’s compact and comfortable, the Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1 is the perfect solution. Its exceptional playability, impressive tone, and portability make it a reliable companion for gigs, practice sessions, or wherever your musical journey takes you. The guitar easily fits in airline overhead compartments, and the included deluxe gig bag ensures hassle-free transportation and protection.

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Martin Backpacker

The Martin Backpacker is a unique and portable travel guitar that is perfect for musicians on the move. With its compact size and rugged construction, this guitar is designed to accompany you on your adventures while still delivering a surprisingly rich and resonant sound.

The Martin Backpacker is a remarkable travel guitar that combines convenience and portability without compromising on sound quality. With its unique and compact design, this instrument is perfect for musicians who love to explore and play wherever they go. Its lightweight construction and small size make it easy to carry and fit into tight spaces, making it an ideal choice for backpackers, campers, and travelers.

Surprisingly Rich and Resonant Sound

Don’t let its small size fool you—the Martin Backpacker delivers a surprisingly rich and resonant sound. This guitar’s solid top and unique bracing system contribute to its impressive tone, ensuring that it offers more than just portability. Whether you’re strumming chords or picking intricate melodies, the Backpacker delivers a balanced and pleasing sound that can captivate both players and listeners. It’s an excellent option for impromptu performances or personal practice sessions on the go.

Durable Construction for Long-Lasting Adventures

The Martin Backpacker is built to withstand the rigors of travel and outdoor adventures. Its solid construction and quality materials ensure durability and reliability wherever you take it. The guitar features a solid spruce top, providing excellent resonance and projection, while the mahogany neck adds stability and strength. The unique shape and design of the Backpacker not only enhance its portability but also contribute to its overall durability, making it a reliable companion for countless journeys.

Comfortable Playability for On-the-Go Musicians

Despite its compact size, the Martin Backpacker is designed with playability in mind. Its slim and ergonomic neck profile makes it comfortable to play, allowing for smooth chord transitions and effortless fingerpicking. The 15-fret fingerboard offers ample room for exploration and creativity. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced guitarist, the Backpacker’s playability ensures that you can enjoy playing your favorite songs wherever you find inspiration.

Best Travel Guitar – Conclusion

Travel guitars offer musicians the freedom to continue playing their beloved instrument wherever their journeys take them. When choosing a travel guitar, consider the compact and lightweight design, durable construction, playability and comfort, and sound quality. The Martin LX1, Taylor GS Mini-3 Koa, Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1, and Martin Backpacker exemplify the characteristics of exceptional travel guitars, each with its unique features and benefits. Explore these options to find the perfect companion that suits your travel needs and musical preferences.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 can i use a travel guitar as my primary instrument.

Absolutely! Many musicians use travel guitars as their primary instruments due to their playability, sound quality, and portability.

Are travel guitars suitable for professional musicians?

Yes, travel guitars are suitable for professionals who need a reliable instrument on the go, whether for touring, recording, or impromptu performances.

Can I play different genres of music on a travel guitar?

Yes, travel guitars are versatile and can handle various musical styles, including folk, blues, rock, and more. They offer a surprising range of tones.

Do travel guitars come with built-in electronics?

Some travel guitars come with built-in pickups or preamps, allowing you to amplify your sound when connected to an amplifier or PA system.

Are travel guitars suitable for beginners?

Absolutely! Travel guitars are an excellent choice for beginners due to their comfortable playability, smaller size, and affordability.

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James Walker

Hi, I'm James Walker, and I have a deep understanding of guitars as a dedicated educator and enthusiast. With years of experience, I enjoy imparting my extensive knowledge of guitars and techniques to aspiring players. Through teaching, I inspire a love for music and empower students to reach their full potential on the guitar.

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Nothing detracts from a good travel outfit quite like a tangle of wrinkles running across your shirt, but when you’re shoving clothing into packing cubes and aiming to squeeze as much into your suitcase as possible, it can be difficult to sidestep that reality while traveling. Well, unless you know what materials to look for, that is. 

This spring, we’re making sure that you can do away with wrinkles permanently while you’re on the go — and no, we don’t mean by turning to the questionable iron tucked into your hotel room closet. After scouring the internet for sleek styles made of materials that resist wrinkles like silk, polyester, lyocell, and wool, we’ve rounded up the 10 best wrinkle-free tops to pack while traveling, from brands like Madewell , Everlane , Vuori , and more. And with prices capping at $96, you can bid wrinkles adieu at any budget.

J.Ver Women’s Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirt

Sometimes, a simple button-down is all you need to feel sophisticated and well-dressed in a pinch, so this $25 top from Amazon is an excellent selection for work trips and even a nice dinner while remaining wrinkle-free. The blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex is the key for maintaining its uniform shape even after folding this shirt and tucking it away into your suitcase, and with 35 colors and patterns to choose from, don’t be surprised if you end up circling back to grab another shade later this season.

Shewin Women’s Casual Floral Print Blouse

Nothing says spring quite like a bold floral top, so it makes sense that this flowing bohemian-style blouse quickly became a best-seller at Amazon . The relaxed, comfortable fit is endlessly flattering, while loose sleeves won’t ever feel restrictive during sightseeing days and beyond. Plus, this shirt is so lightweight that it will hardly take up any space in your suitcase, and with a wrinkle-free finish, you don’t have to worry about looking disheveled or messy — even when you are getting dressed in a rush. 

Everlane The Mini Jacquard Stripe Top

Earthy tones are forever a classic regardless of the season, so if it’s a flattering tee that you’re on the hunt for, this brown striped top from Everlane will fit the bill. Featuring a boxy, slightly oversized silhouette, this relaxed-fitting top will look great paired with anything from a maxi skirt to a simple pair of slouchy jeans. Versatile and wrinkle-free? You won’t find many shirts better than that.

Madewell Long-Sleeve Popover Top

Anyone who thinks that a simple white blouse is boring clearly hasn’t laid their eyes on this ethereal top from Madewell that’s easily dressed up or down for any occasion that might arise during your travels. Currently double discounted to just $56 the code FORYOU , this top is practically begging to be added to your closet for spring, so you never have to worry about packing a portable steamer or using the hotel iron again. 

And if you’re feeling in the mood to splurge on a lookalike style, the Aday Slim Something Borrowed Shirt is designed with a similar feel, but it features a stretchy and breathable material that was specifically created not to wrinkle.

Babaton Utility Shirt

Multi-purpose layers are a cornerstone of spring travel style, and this casual utility shirt from Aritzia is a top pick for this role. Not only can this shirt be buttoned up and tucked into a pair of trousers, but it can also be worn loose and unbuttoned over a plain white tee for a day of sightseeing in fluctuating temperatures. The army green shade is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring weather, but if your wardrobe is calling for something different, don’t worry — there are 20 other colors to choose from. 

The Group by Babaton Destination Longsleeve

It’s always a good idea to invest in elevated basics, and this well-made long sleeved top from Aritzia is the perfect base layer for any outfit you put together this spring. The slim-fitting crew neck cut captures a classic style that’s universally flattering, while lyocell fabric resists wrinkles for a refined look every time you slip it on. Best of all, it’s ultra-soft and cozy, so if you’re looking to level-up your travel day style, this top is a great place to start.

Abercrombie The A&F Mara Denim Vest

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t’s no secret that denim doesn’t wrinkle, so if you’re hoping to add fun flair to your spring outfit lineup, why not start with this sleek and fun twist on the menswear trend ? This button-down top is currently available in three shades (traditional denim, black, and cream), but all are versatile and endlessly cool when paired with a matching bottom, flowy skirt, or trousers. In short, the outfit possibilities are endless with this wrinkle-proof vest.

Abercrombie Merino Wool-Blend Slash Top

Wool is a reliable material to look out for if you’re aiming to reduce your collection of wrinkly clothing, and there’s no better top to shop for brisk spring days than this effortless merino wool-blend piece from Abercrombie that’s currently on sale for just $49. The delicate, lace-like pattern adorning the entirety of the sweater adds a touch of femininity to any outfit, while the fuzzy texture will feel gentle against the skin — even after a full day of wearing it. Not to mention that the neutral shade will pair easily with even your boldest bottoms, making this a more stylish neutral piece than a simple plain tee.

Madewell Silk Muscle Tee

Short-sleeve weather is right around the corner, and this silk muscle tee from Madewell is a great pick for showing off your arms without needing to wear anything too tight while you’re on the go. Right now, the three available shades are on sale for just $75, and the relaxed fit of this top is practically made for long travel days when you want to look put-together without sacrificing comfort. The fact that it doesn’t wrinkle is just icing on the cake. 

Vuori Long Sleeve Halo Crew

We can’t blame you if your go-to travel outfit is an oversized sweatshirt and leggings, but may we suggest a slight elevation to this look in the form of this stylish crew neck from Vuori? The ultra-stretchy and breathable material is ideal regardless of the temperature that you’re traveling in, while a cropped fit is slightly more flattering than your typical sweatshirt. It’s safe to say that this top brings all the comfort of a hoodie but with the style of a typical shirt, landing in the perfect spot between loungewear and your new go-to sightseeing outfit. 

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