The Best Travel Guitars and Ukuleles
Ed Sheeran loves them. George Harrison wouldn't leave home without one - or several, in fact! Travel guitars are some of the most popular instruments around, and in this category we can include 3/4 sized guitars and ukuleles. Good for beginners and children, yes, but also very practical instruments for the more experienced musicians! In our guide we'll explain why they're so popular, point you to the best ones around today, and more!
While it's true that due to their size travel guitars could be used by children, that doesn't mean they are necessarily cheaper, or of lesser quality, than full-size guitars. Some top manufacturers, such as Martin, have even developed unique-looking travel guitars that bear little resemblance to a more traditional acoustic, and are designed to make the most out of their small size. A great example is the Martin Backpacker Travel Guitar:
Even if you already own a full-size acoustic guitar, it might be a great idea to own a travel guitar, too! One of the main reasons, as their name suggests, is that they are much more convenient to travel with, and perfect to take to festivals, camping trips or holidays abroad, since space can often be an issue.
And when space is really an issue, but you just can't do without some sort of guitar, then the best bet is to get yourself an ukulele! They are great instruments for children, but most brands also make ukes with higher specs for the more experienced players, such as the Gretsch G9120 Tenor Ukulele:
This passion for ukuleles is understandable, as they are great fun to play and, since we're talking about travel guitars, simply perfect for musical interludes around the campfire or at a music festival. And due to their size, you can't get any more portable than a good uke!
And talking about FUN... ukuleles seem made to be good fun, don't they? For instance, the Eastcoast US10 Soprano Ukulele has just landed with us, and while it's Zebra design might look silly on an acoustic guitar, on an ukulele it just looks... kinda cute and fun!
|1. Eascoast Lis-A Mini Auditorium Guitar
||This is a beautiful and very well-made mini acoustic guitar, with mahogany back & sides and glossy finish.
Good thing it is a travel guitar... because you WILL feel like playing it all the time!
VIEW EASTCOAST LIS-A GUITAR
|2. Eascoast Lis-A Mini Electro-Acoustic
||This guitar bears the same looks and specs as the Lis-A model mentioned at number one, except it's also electro-acoustic, making it ideal for any performer who, like Ed Sheeran, favours smaller-size acoustic guitars!
VIEW EASTCOAST LIS-A ELECTRO ACOUSTIC
|3. Washburn RO10 Rover Travel Guitar
||The Washburn RO10 Rover is the ultimate portable guitar, it's very lightweight and comes with a good quality case and a few accessories, making it great value for money.
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|4. Yamaha APTX2 Electro-Acoustic
||Here's another great electro-acoustic travel guitar. The Yamaha APXT2 Electro-Acoustic has a single-cutaway design and is a 3/4 sized instrument. This guitar is very comfortable to play and, again, ideal for live performers.
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|5. Eascoast US40-S Soprano Ukulele
||We talked a lot about ukuleles in our article, so of course we had to include one on our Top 5! The Eastcoast US40-S is perhaps the best example we have at the moment: not the cheapest, not the most expensive, with a lovely mahogany body which gives it a warm tone, and is suitable for players of any skill level...perfect!
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