Read these reviews by some of our satisfied owners:
In a word…AWESOME!!
I have been playing the guitar a lot and running it through various equipment from the Boss Pocket GT to the HX Stomp and Helix as well as dry into my amps. The guitar plays and feels great and the electronics are versatile.
The humbucker is hot and the single coils are clean. I pulled it out, clipped it in and played briefly for a group in San Francisco yesterday and received an enormous amount of enthusiasm. Many questions were asked (and pictures taken) centered on where to find the guitar and many comments were made regarding the ingenious design. You have made a fantastically versatile guitar Jim! Thank You!
Blair G – Pebble Beach, CA
Every guitar player on the planet should have a Stow-Away!
Jim M – Coventry, RI
Probably one of the most genius ideas on the market. Whether you are a frequent traveler, guitar guru, or you just like to collect novelty items this is such a great instrument. I am a huge rock hard/metal fan and love a guitar with a good solid heavy tone. This guitar does not disappoint. It is made from the highest quality materials and without a doubt is the best travel guitar on the market. I am glad to have found this company and am glad to be a proud owner.
Jarrod F – Dallas, TX
Customer Service: I had to travel last minute, and Jim really went the extra mile to ensure my guitar arrived on time, a Saturday no less. The customer service is great.
Assembly\Disassembly: After you understand how it works, it’s quick to assemble the Stow-Away. Just make sure you read the instructions slowly as every detail is important. As you would expect, the guitar goes slightly out of tune after assembly, but I’m unsure how any design could not have this issue without an EverTune bridge.
Packability: I can pack this guitar and a 15” laptop in a larger backpack and pass it as personal item. It even went through the TSA scanner with no fuss. I’m not sure how this could get much smaller without shortening the scale length.
Playability: The Stow-Away feels like a Stratocaster. I basically set it up using factory Stratocaster specs.
Francis T – Houston, TX
Being a guitar player and frequent traveler to Canada, Europe and Asia for work purposes, I have been searching for a way to reduce my guitar footprint when traveling. The Stow-Away guitar does just that!! With the patented Clip-Joint, this travel guitar now can be quickly broken down and fits directly in my 21” Samsonite Carry-On Luggage. I customized my Cherry Burst with an H-S-H configuration, which provides many tonal options for my playing style. The fit and finish of the body and smooth neck is second to none! Now with my Stow-Away guitar and an IPad, I can travel anywhere with just carry-on luggage and my backpack. Jim Reed was fantastic to work with and offers several options for you to customize your own “Rock Monster” with multiple colors, pick guard options and pickup configurations to choose from. Check one out!
Frank C – Spring Grove, PA
I think they are awesome, these are not cheap toys you find at GC, these are professional grade travel guitars.
Jim A – Parker, TX
Stow-Away: so easy to travel! fits in an underseat carry-on backpack; throw in an iLoud portable amp and you can plug in and join the band at your destination. I always enjoy watching the TSA team trying to figure out what their scanner is showing…
Christopher A – CA
Recently purchased one of these awesome guitars. Love it.
Dennis F – McKinney, TX
I travel for work several times each year, and when I do I like to bring a guitar along. I am no stranger to the “gear acquisition syndrome” one sometimes experiences in the guitar world, and after discovering the travel guitar format I set out to find the travel guitar model I liked the best. As you well know, most travel guitars are a compromise of one sort or another. To fit in small spaces like overhead compartments on airplanes, travel guitars are typically configured so they can be transported in the most compact way possible. This might mean using a shorter length scale, wrapping the strings around the end of the guitar to make the length more compact; utilizing a folding neck; or using a removable neck, such as the you use on the Stow-Away.
As I said, I have tried and/or owned many of the popular travel guitars currently being sold, as well as some obscure ones that were sold in the past. I have owned travel guitars that have used each of the configurations listed above. And I’ve continued to look, because none of the guitars I tried were without their compromises: short scale guitars don’t play like full scale guitars, and shorter instruments – especially those with small bodies – are awkward to hold and play; try putting a small bodied guitar over your knee and see how well you can play it. Guitars with folding necks and wrap-around strings can have tuning and stability issues. The list goes on.
The exception has been the Stow-Away, and it’s the travel guitar that ended my personal quest. The Stow-Away is a full length instrument that breaks down into a very small size that’s remarkably easy to travel with. Most importantly, it plays and sounds GREAT – it assembles in less than a minute and once together it offers a full scale neck with no tuning or playability issues. If you play sitting down, it rests on your leg like a regular guitar does – no need to hunch over or balance it delicately. If you play standing up, it plays like any other full size electric guitar. When disassembled it breaks down to the size of a small briefcase, but once assembled it plays and sounds like a full size guitar. That’s the absolute ideal for a travel guitar. As I said, I have played most of the travel guitars that are currently (and were recently) on the market, and the Stow-Away is truly the class of the field!
If you are in the market for a travel guitar and want the easiest traveling, best sounding instrument, my advice is to get a Stow-Away. It is by far the best travel guitar I’ve tried, and I’ve tried most of them.
Jeff M – Belmont, CA
It’s a great design and product – So far it’s been to Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Chile,Texas, New Jersey, New York, England and Scotland.
Lindsey M – Pelham, NY