2 Pages V   1 2 >  
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Portable Guitars?
Andrew Cockburn
post Mar 29 2007, 07:52 PM
Post #1


Moderation Policy Director
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 10.459
Joined: 6-February 07
From: CT, USA
Member No.: 1.167



So I'm sitting here bored in my hotel room, wishing I could practice ... I would love to have a guitar that folded up to the size of a pencil, along with an entirely self contained 100w valve amp and effects rig the size of a cell phone, all weighing less than a couple of pounds, but I suspect that they are not available ...

In more realistic terms, does anyone have experience with travel guitars? I would put size as the most important criteria (the smaller the better) - definitely should be small enough to get into a suitcase somehow, and I don't care if the tone sucks as long as I can use it to practice on.

Anyone used any of these?


--------------------
Check out my Instructor profile
Live long and prosper ...

My Stuff:

Electric Guitars : Ibanez Jem7v, Line6 Variax 700, Fender Plus Strat with 57/62 Pickups, Line6 Variax 705 Bass
Acoustic Guitars : Taylor 816ce, Martin D-15, Line6 Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon
Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
Amps : Epiphone Valve Jnr & Head, Cockburn A.C.1, Cockburn A.C.2, Blackstar Club 50 Head & 4x12 Cab
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Kristofer Dahl
post Mar 29 2007, 07:58 PM
Post #2


GMC Founder & Rocker
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 15.343
Joined: 15-August 05
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Member No.: 2



This one totally rocks - I ordered the cheap version a long time ago from musicyo, it was well worth the bucs.

http://www.musicyo.com/product_specs.asp?pf_id=044


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
wheeler
post Mar 29 2007, 08:00 PM
Post #3


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 127
Joined: 21-March 07
Member No.: 1.391



I've used them. Maybe they make some high-end models that I've never played, but....in my experience, the sound, the action, and the all-around playability....well, they suck. BUT - I've been in your situation and at those times I fervently wished that I had bought one, because they are MUCH better than playing nothing. The ones I've seen run about $100 - $150 bucks and if you travel a lot, I think it would be worth it. Besides, playing on one of those for a few days would make your regular axe feel 10x better than last time you played it. smile.gif I would say that for your purposes it would work just fine.

EDIT - Kris, I must have been typing when you posted....that would be SWEET if it fits in a suitcase!! I was talking about those acoustic backpacker guitars.

This post has been edited by wheeler: Mar 29 2007, 08:02 PM
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Andrew Cockburn
post Mar 29 2007, 08:06 PM
Post #4


Moderation Policy Director
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 10.459
Joined: 6-February 07
From: CT, USA
Member No.: 1.167



QUOTE (wheeler @ Mar 29 2007, 03:00 PM) *
I've used them. Maybe they make some high-end models that I've never played, but....in my experience, the sound, the action, and the all-around playability....well, they suck. BUT - I've been in your situation and at those times I fervently wished that I had bought one, because they are MUCH better than playing nothing. The ones I've seen run about $100 - $150 bucks and if you travel a lot, I think it would be worth it. Besides, playing on one of those for a few days would make your regular axe feel 10x better than last time you played it. smile.gif I would say that for your purposes it would work just fine.

EDIT - Kris, I must have been typing when you posted....that would be SWEET if it fits in a suitcase!! I was talking about those acoustic backpacker guitars.


Yeah, that actually looks like a really good guitar, never mind that it is portable cool.gif I'll have to see if I can try one out somewhere ... just off to measure my suitcase smile.gif


--------------------
Check out my Instructor profile
Live long and prosper ...

My Stuff:

Electric Guitars : Ibanez Jem7v, Line6 Variax 700, Fender Plus Strat with 57/62 Pickups, Line6 Variax 705 Bass
Acoustic Guitars : Taylor 816ce, Martin D-15, Line6 Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon
Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
Amps : Epiphone Valve Jnr & Head, Cockburn A.C.1, Cockburn A.C.2, Blackstar Club 50 Head & 4x12 Cab
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Andrew Cockburn
post Mar 30 2007, 02:57 PM
Post #5


Moderation Policy Director
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 10.459
Joined: 6-February 07
From: CT, USA
Member No.: 1.167



QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Mar 29 2007, 03:06 PM) *
Yeah, that actually looks like a really good guitar, never mind that it is portable cool.gif I'll have to see if I can try one out somewhere ... just off to measure my suitcase smile.gif


Ok, I might well get one of these they look totally cool ! Now, does anyone have any ideas on the 100W amp and effects unit the size of a cell phone?

I guess what I would want is a really small multi effects unit I could use with headphones ... any ideas?


--------------------
Check out my Instructor profile
Live long and prosper ...

My Stuff:

Electric Guitars : Ibanez Jem7v, Line6 Variax 700, Fender Plus Strat with 57/62 Pickups, Line6 Variax 705 Bass
Acoustic Guitars : Taylor 816ce, Martin D-15, Line6 Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon
Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
Amps : Epiphone Valve Jnr & Head, Cockburn A.C.1, Cockburn A.C.2, Blackstar Club 50 Head & 4x12 Cab
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Robin
post Mar 30 2007, 03:30 PM
Post #6


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 2.483
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Alta, Norway
Member No.: 1.061



Small amps are no problem, marshall got some really small pocket amps. dunno about guitars though

This post has been edited by Robin: Mar 30 2007, 03:30 PM


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MickeM
post Mar 30 2007, 03:34 PM
Post #7


Born of NWOBHM, Moderation Team Leader
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8.562
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Member No.: 1.062



QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Mar 30 2007, 03:57 PM) *
I guess what I would want is a really small multi effects unit I could use with headphones ... any ideas?

hi again... biggrin.gif You're the expert on multi effects so I won't say anything in that area cool.gif
About the amp, it has to be a transistor in that case (can't move valve amps around too much because of the risc of the valves breaking). I'd get the small 5W Vox or Roland 2W micro cube... or a multi effect of some kind. I've got an overnight apartment where I got a guitar and a Zoom 505II... but now when I think about it the 5W Vox would be cooler where I could choose headphones or sound.

I don't really know which is better between Roland and Vox since I havn't tried any of the two. Let me know if you play them!

I see they don't fulfill your demand for 100W but I don't see how 100W would be very useful in a hotelroom.


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Andrew Cockburn
post Mar 30 2007, 04:11 PM
Post #8


Moderation Policy Director
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 10.459
Joined: 6-February 07
From: CT, USA
Member No.: 1.167



QUOTE (MickeM @ Mar 30 2007, 10:34 AM) *
hi again... biggrin.gif You're the expert on multi effects so I won't say anything in that area cool.gif
About the amp, it has to be a transistor in that case (can't move valve amps around too much because of the risc of the valves breaking). I'd get the small 5W Vox or Roland 2W micro cube... or a multi effect of some kind. I've got an overnight apartment where I got a guitar and a Zoom 505II... but now when I think about it the 5W Vox would be cooler where I could choose headphones or sound.

I don't really know which is better between Roland and Vox since I havn't tried any of the two. Let me know if you play them!

I see they don't fulfill your demand for 100W but I don't see how 100W would be very useful in a hotelroom.


Heh - I'm just the line6 expert not the multi effects expert! I'll look at both the amps you mentioned, and I'll take your advice of not using a 100W amp in a hotel room laugh.gif


--------------------
Check out my Instructor profile
Live long and prosper ...

My Stuff:

Electric Guitars : Ibanez Jem7v, Line6 Variax 700, Fender Plus Strat with 57/62 Pickups, Line6 Variax 705 Bass
Acoustic Guitars : Taylor 816ce, Martin D-15, Line6 Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon
Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
Amps : Epiphone Valve Jnr & Head, Cockburn A.C.1, Cockburn A.C.2, Blackstar Club 50 Head & 4x12 Cab
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Gaelan
post Apr 8 2007, 10:55 PM
Post #9


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 26
Joined: 6-April 07
Member No.: 1.497



hmmm...

Have you checked out the Escape EG-1 from Traveler Guitars?

http://www.travelerguitar.com

their tagline for the EG-1 is...

" FInally, a guitar that can go from LAX to JFK and back, without getting FKT"

Looks kinda cool but I have no idea about it's qualities....

Just something I stumbled across a while back...

G.


--------------------
wanna save more money for gear?
Check out the site your cell phone company doesn't want you to see!
http://www.gaelansplace.info
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Andrew Cockburn
post Apr 9 2007, 02:03 AM
Post #10


Moderation Policy Director
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 10.459
Joined: 6-February 07
From: CT, USA
Member No.: 1.167



QUOTE (Gaelan @ Apr 8 2007, 05:55 PM) *
hmmm...

Have you checked out the Escape EG-1 from Traveler Guitars?

http://www.travelerguitar.com

their tagline for the EG-1 is...

" FInally, a guitar that can go from LAX to JFK and back, without getting FKT"

Looks kinda cool but I have no idea about it's qualities....

Just something I stumbled across a while back...

G.


I like the look of the speedster ,,, I'll check them out too - thanks!


--------------------
Check out my Instructor profile
Live long and prosper ...

My Stuff:

Electric Guitars : Ibanez Jem7v, Line6 Variax 700, Fender Plus Strat with 57/62 Pickups, Line6 Variax 705 Bass
Acoustic Guitars : Taylor 816ce, Martin D-15, Line6 Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon
Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
Amps : Epiphone Valve Jnr & Head, Cockburn A.C.1, Cockburn A.C.2, Blackstar Club 50 Head & 4x12 Cab
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Scoob
post Apr 11 2007, 03:19 AM
Post #11


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 83
Joined: 16-March 07
From: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 1.357



I doubt that since you were looking for a 100 Wat amp in smalll size that an acoustic is on the menu, but here goes.

These are actually pretty good. I have played one and the sound is darn good for the size. Made by Martin
Never get in too much trouble in the hotel, heck maybe even play at the lobby and make a few dollars.


http://www.wholenote.com/store/product.asp?sku=EM.11GBPC


Scoob


--------------------
GEAR
guitars: Yamaha SE 350, Yamaha FG-360, Jay Turser JT134 Natural Quilt Top, Dean Vendetta, Squire Telecaster (Project to modify to better guitar. New Pickups and electrical parts done).
amp: Peavey Rage 108
amp Marshall ATV20X - Just bought Mar. 2007
effects: KORG AX3G (Multi), EBOW, Danelectro Free Speech Talkbox. Old Flanger and Chorus
Interface: IK Multimedia STEALTH PLUG
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Andrew Cockburn
post Apr 11 2007, 02:09 PM
Post #12


Moderation Policy Director
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 10.459
Joined: 6-February 07
From: CT, USA
Member No.: 1.167



QUOTE (Scoob @ Apr 10 2007, 10:19 PM) *
I doubt that since you were looking for a 100 Wat amp in smalll size that an acoustic is on the menu, but here goes.

These are actually pretty good. I have played one and the sound is darn good for the size. Made by Martin
Never get in too much trouble in the hotel, heck maybe even play at the lobby and make a few dollars.


http://www.wholenote.com/store/product.asp?sku=EM.11GBPC


Scoob


Yeah, I was looking at electric for practicing picking sweeping etc - but, are those any good? How loud are they?


--------------------
Check out my Instructor profile
Live long and prosper ...

My Stuff:

Electric Guitars : Ibanez Jem7v, Line6 Variax 700, Fender Plus Strat with 57/62 Pickups, Line6 Variax 705 Bass
Acoustic Guitars : Taylor 816ce, Martin D-15, Line6 Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon
Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
Amps : Epiphone Valve Jnr & Head, Cockburn A.C.1, Cockburn A.C.2, Blackstar Club 50 Head & 4x12 Cab
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Scoob
post Apr 11 2007, 11:42 PM
Post #13


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 83
Joined: 16-March 07
From: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 1.357



QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 11 2007, 09:09 AM) *
Yeah, I was looking at electric for practicing picking sweeping etc - but, are those any good? How loud are they?


Little quieter than a regular acoustic.

But good for a hotel for sure or just a day at the beach.

I say a neat little deal last week at a local shop called a strum stick only had 3 strings. Not sure what it is all about but was interesting looking. http://michael.futreal.com/strumstick
Not for the shredders more like a dulcimer.

At least with the back pack guitar you can say " Hey I own a Martin" and you did not spend $2 - 3 grand.


Cheers


Scoob


--------------------
GEAR
guitars: Yamaha SE 350, Yamaha FG-360, Jay Turser JT134 Natural Quilt Top, Dean Vendetta, Squire Telecaster (Project to modify to better guitar. New Pickups and electrical parts done).
amp: Peavey Rage 108
amp Marshall ATV20X - Just bought Mar. 2007
effects: KORG AX3G (Multi), EBOW, Danelectro Free Speech Talkbox. Old Flanger and Chorus
Interface: IK Multimedia STEALTH PLUG
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Scoob
post Apr 21 2007, 03:15 AM
Post #14


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 83
Joined: 16-March 07
From: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 1.357



Andrew,

I have to spend 4 days in Toronto this coming week and was in the same boat as yourself. Looking to practice while away and not lug around something heavy and loud enough to get yourself in trouble at the hotel.

I bought a little Fender "Mini Deluxe" today in town. took it home and fooled with it for a bit. IS not bad and you can get a decent tone at low volume. Not overly loud but good enough. It has a gain control that really cranks it up. almost too much. Lots of gain and sustain. Runs on a 9 volt, has a head phone jack as well.

is about 6 x 3 1 /2 x 2 give or take. So for travel will drop in the suitcase.

It was $70 on the shelf. Guy gave it to me for $60 (Canadian funds) Would be cheaper to order online but I did not want to wait. I have a little danalectro EQ I might try with it. Should be just the trick.


Here is a link I found.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fen...mp;src=3SOSWXXA


--------------------
GEAR
guitars: Yamaha SE 350, Yamaha FG-360, Jay Turser JT134 Natural Quilt Top, Dean Vendetta, Squire Telecaster (Project to modify to better guitar. New Pickups and electrical parts done).
amp: Peavey Rage 108
amp Marshall ATV20X - Just bought Mar. 2007
effects: KORG AX3G (Multi), EBOW, Danelectro Free Speech Talkbox. Old Flanger and Chorus
Interface: IK Multimedia STEALTH PLUG
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Andrew Cockburn
post Apr 21 2007, 04:34 AM
Post #15


Moderation Policy Director
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 10.459
Joined: 6-February 07
From: CT, USA
Member No.: 1.167



QUOTE (Scoob @ Apr 20 2007, 10:15 PM) *
Andrew,

I have to spend 4 days in Toronto this coming week and was in the same boat as yourself. Looking to practice while away and not lug around something heavy and loud enough to get yourself in trouble at the hotel.

I bought a little Fender "Mini Deluxe" today in town. took it home and fooled with it for a bit. IS not bad and you can get a decent tone at low volume. Not overly loud but good enough. It has a gain control that really cranks it up. almost too much. Lots of gain and sustain. Runs on a 9 volt, has a head phone jack as well.

is about 6 x 3 1 /2 x 2 give or take. So for travel will drop in the suitcase.

It was $70 on the shelf. Guy gave it to me for $60 (Canadian funds) Would be cheaper to order online but I did not want to wait. I have a little danalectro EQ I might try with it. Should be just the trick.
Here is a link I found.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fen...mp;src=3SOSWXXA


That looks just the job - thanks!


--------------------
Check out my Instructor profile
Live long and prosper ...

My Stuff:

Electric Guitars : Ibanez Jem7v, Line6 Variax 700, Fender Plus Strat with 57/62 Pickups, Line6 Variax 705 Bass
Acoustic Guitars : Taylor 816ce, Martin D-15, Line6 Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon
Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
Amps : Epiphone Valve Jnr & Head, Cockburn A.C.1, Cockburn A.C.2, Blackstar Club 50 Head & 4x12 Cab
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Kevin98497
post May 8 2007, 10:44 PM
Post #16


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 670
Joined: 17-August 06
From: UK
Member No.: 810



awr! sweet! i needed a thread just like this

is the hofner one any good?>

http://vintagehofner.mysite.wanadoo-member...ner2/short.html

This post has been edited by kevin-riff-after-riff: May 8 2007, 11:16 PM
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Igorrr
post May 9 2007, 12:17 AM
Post #17


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 73
Joined: 7-April 07
From: Campinas / São Paulo - Brazil
Member No.: 1.501



Well if you just need some small amp/effect thingy for practising I used to have the Korg Pandorra:

http://korg.com/gear/info.asp?A_PROD_NO=PX...p;category_id=6

It's small enough to fit in your jeans pockets. It has all sorts of guitar effects (including harmonizer), metronome, standard rock beats and an integrated looper (I don't remember if it was up to 8 or 16 measures).
meaning you can record some short chord progressions and jam to that.
I actually sold it for the PXR4, which es basically the same as a 4-track.

The sound is ok, the amp sims do not come close to any of the "real" modelers.
But if it's for practising it's the most handy gadget I could think of. I think ZOOM did something similar and their amp sims a bit nicer.

This post has been edited by Igorrr: May 9 2007, 12:18 AM
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MickeM
post May 10 2007, 09:01 AM
Post #18


Born of NWOBHM, Moderation Team Leader
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8.562
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Member No.: 1.062



Just found this in a magazine Devillain

AND, it's got a two way adjustable truss rod, only high end guitars got that.


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Kevin98497
post May 17 2007, 09:34 PM
Post #19


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 670
Joined: 17-August 06
From: UK
Member No.: 810



what does everyone think bout that one i posted?

would it be a gd buy?
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MickeM
post May 18 2007, 11:11 AM
Post #20


Born of NWOBHM, Moderation Team Leader
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8.562
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Member No.: 1.062



QUOTE (kevin-riff-after-riff @ May 17 2007, 10:34 PM) *
what does everyone think bout that one i posted?

would it be a gd buy?

Concerning me. I'd be unconfortable playing it. Looks like there's nowhere to rest my arm and hand and I'm guessing it would be no good. I never played one with that small a body so I really don't know.

But for what it is, a travelling guitar, it has to have setbacks you have to cope with. But how about that other guitar poasted earlier, Steinberg, that one was even smaller I belive since the headstock was gone.


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

2 Pages V   1 2 >
Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 20th October 2017 - 06:52 PM