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As guitar enthusiasts we always would like to have access to a guitar. Whether we want to work on some new material, practice, or just want play to unwind.
As a business professional, I often am required to travel to different cities and be away from home for a week at a time. What an opportunity to get some in some playing time while in the hotel room in the evening rather than surfing the internet or looking for something to watch on the TV. However, transporting a full-size guitar is not an easy task.
I have been a very frequent flyer with more than 2.5 million miles in the air. My experience confirms two facts:
Although there are tips to get your guitar on the plane may get you through the process. However, based on my experience, there is no guarantee that something will go wrong and your guitar is damaged. http://www.guitaradventures.com/10-tips-flying-with-your-guitar
Here’s a CNN report on a traveler who had his $10,000 guitar ground up in the airline baggage conveyor…
As a result, the only solution is to have an electric guitar that can collapse down to a size that allows easy transport on a plane. At the same time, the guitar needs to be a full-scale instrument that plays and feels like your favorite guitar.
As was discussed in a previous BLOG, the electric travel guitar must be able to be fit under the seat, on your carry-on or easily in the overhead. Many so-called electric travel guitars do not meet the TSA carry-on airline criteria so storage becomes a challenge and the ability to transport the instrument is a challenge.
If you were able to have an affordable performance quality electric guitar that meets all TSA airline requirements, this would provide a solution to any guitarist that travels. This guitar would eliminate any risk of damaging any of their vintage collection. This is the reason we came up with the Stewart Stow-Away guitar line. For me, I have traveled more than 250K miles with my Stow-Away and I have never had to check the instrument on a plane. If you get one, you will never be without your guitar again !!! Who would not want a guitar like that as part of their collection? See www.stewartguitars.com.
When looking for an Electric Travel Guitar there are a number of reasons why we want our guitar with us. We might want to gig long distance, keep fresh for upcoming shows, prepare new material on the road or just like playing anytime.
• If the neck or body are not full-scale, it forces a guitarist to change his playing style which is counter productive to any guitar players goals.
• With this in mind, the set-up and feel of the electric travel guitar needs to be familiar to not inhibit any guitarist techniques. The goal is a drop in solution that could be used to play in any venue including live shows.
• The tone of the instrument needs to not be compromised in any way. Ideally it should be able to meet the stringent requirements of professional studio recording.
• It is non-negotiable that the travel guitar must stay in tune and the intonation must remain stable.
• The neck needs of the electric travel guitar at adjustable truss rod for adjustment based on the climate and guitarists’ preference
• String changing needs to be very straight forward and the instrument should be able to use standard ball-type strings.
• Individual saddle adjustment would be very desirable to allow the set-up of the instrument to be personalized for each guitar player.
• Price point needs to be reasonable. Anyone who travels should have this tool in their guitar collection.
Although there are some choices in the electric travel guitar market, I have not seen any options that can meet all of the above requirements other than the Stewart Stow-Away Guitar. I would urge you to make the comparison yourself. See www.stewartguitars.com for more details on the Stewart Stow-Away.
Thanks again for a wonderful guitar and making our traveling musical career a lot less stressful – I don’t miss at all waiting at the oversize luggage counter for my previous guitar flight cases to come out!
It played OK out of the box but I did take it to my local guitar tech (partly to show it off!) to set it up to my usual feel and it plays beautifully.
So far it has been one of the most stable guitars I’ve traveled with (previously a USA Fender Strat, Steinberger Synapse).
No problems with the neck over the past 6 months even with extreme climate changes – snowing in Tokyo last week, in the hot & humid South Pacific this week.
I’ve been a Stowaway owner of well over a year, and I thought I’d document some of my thoughts on this product and the company.
I love innovation and smart thinking when it comes to anything, but especially music gear.
Not a lot has changed with the guitar in general in years. Sure one could argue that, but really, nothing jumps out at you often as being groundbreaking.
Is it the first one out there? No. And I’m glad it’s not. The travel guitar as a whole has had evolve and grow as well and now we have many choices out there.
I cannot honestly say I have played every travel guitar out there, and I will also say that I never will as it’s probably impossible.
I do feel that many (not all) are more of a novelty that one may buy as a gift for somebody, or self purchased, but in the end will end up in the corner of a room (at best). That’s the “novelty” factor. Cool first impression, but when you need it to do what it’s supposed to do best “be a great playing guitar”, many fall short.
I sometimes feel guilty telling people “Yeah this is a travel guitar”, as quite frankly, even though I think it’s the world’s best travel guitar (well it kind of is, since MusicCritic.com called it the best), I just look at it as a “killer guitar that just travels well”.
The Stowaway from Stewart Guitar Company floored me from the moment I took it out of the bag. There is nothing “toy” or “novelty” about this instrument.
Nothing plastic or synthetic. The real deal.
The guitar feels great in your hands, balances well whether sitting or standing.
It assembles and disassembles in less than a minute. [Read more…] about The Electric Travel Guitar That’s Fresh, Innovative– and Travels Well