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Buyer's Guide

What should you look for in a travel guitar?

There are many options when it comes to the type of travel guitar you choose. There are two options for travel guitars: acoustic or electric. You also have the option of portability.

Comparing full-sized fretboards to smaller fretboards

Travel guitars can have full-sized fretboards, so they feel like regular guitars (as shown on the right). The fretboard can be reduced in size by reducing the guitar's body. This guitar feels normal. This is an option if you are willing to give up some portability to have a full-sized fretboard.
Travel guitars may have a smaller fretboard to reduce their size. These guitars are very different from regular guitars. These fretboards can be a joy for some guitarists, while others are a pain. To get an idea of the experience, try playing a 3/4-sized guitar.


This is something you should consider if you are going to be staying at a hotel. An angry knock will likely result from you strumming on an acoustic instrument in a hotel room at 3:00 AM. You can play as loud as you like on an electric or silent acoustic device with headphones.
Both electric and acoustic guitars can be played silently. These guitars are often more portable than actual acoustic instruments, so this is an added benefit.

Sound quality vs. portability

You won't see musicians playing the guitar on stage with a traveling guitar because they tend to have a lower quality tone.
A ukulele doesn't have the same tone as a guitar, which goes for travel guitars.
Although many acoustic guitars produce a good tone, you shouldn't expect to get excellent results. Likely, your travel guitar won't sound the same as your regular guitar, but that's okay. This is a portable guitar that you can use while on the road. You don't have to sacrifice sound quality to take your guitar on a trip.

Acoustic Travel Guitar vs. Electric Travel Guitar

This is a good choice for some guitarists. You want to choose the guitar that you love the most. An electric travel guitar is the best choice if you only play electric guitar. It can be connected to a mini-amp or headphones as needed.
If you can play both electric and acoustic, it is worth considering getting an electric guitar with a piezo-bridge if you can. Then, you can play silently and still hear the acoustic sound.
The hardest decision to make if you are an acoustic guitarist is the one you must make. A travel acoustic guitar can be purchased to have the same look and feel like a regular acoustic. However, it won't allow you to play in silence, and it will weigh more than other options. Most acoustic guitars for travel are between 30-40 inches (76-100 cm). This is significantly more than the silent electric/acoustic guitars that you have to plug into headphones. However, these guitars can be played in silence. These guitars are smaller than an acoustic, but they feel and look like one. It would help if you decided which is more important.