Wechter Guitars Travel Elite (Spruce w/Fishman Electronics) Reviews
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from Fort Walton Beach, FL
May 3, 2012Music Background:
UnbelievableAwesome Value for the Money
First of all, I am a novice player...but I've been around guitars all of my elderly life. I remember when Gibson Hummingbirds sold for $600.00 new and that was a long time ago...I normally don't write reviews but whenever I fine an exceptional bargain I want others to know my IMO.
I've got a couple of nice guitars (a Guild and a 1976 Ovation Legend)...and even a new technology Fretlight guitar (that I LOVE) but I wanted a small travel guitar that I could take around to plunk on that was playable, nicely adorned, but not terribly expensive...I researched Taylor (Big Baby & Mini GS), Martin, and a few others too – all nice guitars and highly rated by others. But some, like the Martin and Gibson parlor guitars were just so expensive and way too nice for what I wanted this guitar for...
In my research I ran across this Wechter guitar that I was unfamiliar with. After lots of research, I decided to place an order with Sweetwater on a Monday morning. My Wechter guitar arrived by Fedex two days later on Wednesday. Nicely boxed in protective wrapping, inside the included gig bag, and undamaged. It was so well packed that it took a little while to see the guitar...
The guitar looks exactly like the pictures – it looks really nice...like it cost lots more (should have?). Solid spruce top, mahogany sides and back - all have a beautifully grained appearance...I can observe no flaws in the grain or finish anywhere. The neck is a rounded “C” on the back like a typical acoustic but it it not a large big neck and it is easily barred by even a novice like me.
One of the reasons I was attracted to this guitar was the inclusion of the Fishman electronics. They are excellent. A chief complaint about travel guitars is that they are not loud enough if you want to play louder or play with others...these electronics solve all of those problems...I've tested them and they work great. The guitar really sounds good when amped. Mr. Wechter used to work at Gibson. His “Plek” machine is awesome for setting up the guitar. The strings are very low to the fretboard and there is no buzz – the “Plek” machine must be amazing.
Bottom line...best $389.00 I've ever spent. Great guitar and thanks Mr. Wechter (& Sweetwater)!
from Sonoran desert Between Mexico and Tucson
February 16, 2012Music Background:
Wechter Travel EliteI'm a Stride Piano player. My hands take a lot of abuse. A doctor friend suggested I play guitar because of the difference in finger motion... Carpal Tunnel aside; The Wechter Travel Elite arrived and now my finger tips are a bit sore but the sound is magnificent. The Wechter Travel Elite is a Five Star,Dynomite instrument.
from sugar land, Tx
October 21, 2010Music Background:
i've played guitar for 2 and a half years. i also play cello and bass for my school orchestra, as well as sing for my school choir.
Wechter Guitars Travel Elite SpruceI would first like to thank the sweet-water team for their wonderful service.
I'm not one bit disappointed by this guitar. the sound is a absolutely astonishing. the neck is very comfortable and playing the guitar itself is also comfortable especially when in the sitting position. one thing I'd like to point out is, I'd like this guitar with a pick guard rather than the plain look, therefore, I'd have to go purchase the pick guard. the gigbag is padded very well with Wechter logo on the front pocket. I've played martin's and Taylor's but this is one heck of a mind-blowing guitar for its price. i totally recommend this breathtaking guitar 5/5 rating!
from Sandy Ridge NC
January 6, 2012Music Background:
guitar picker just for fun since 1970, kirtan music
Nice sound, not very loudDon't expect to play along with other guitars unless you're plugged in or they play very lightly.
Playing lightly gives a decent sound, if you dig in it doesn't increase the volume much. I bought this to travel with as you can carry them on a flight. In the airport I noticed others carrying full size guitars,( Jan.2012) so kind of an unnecessary purchase for me. I rarely have an amp with me, but the couple times I've used one, this sounds pretty good.
The idea with this for me was the smaller guitar may give me room to carry an amp in our little Honda Civic with the rest of the family.
Easy playing, kind of like a regular guitar with a capo up the neck, easy to reach stuff.
Acoustic-electric Wechter Travel Guitar with Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Nato Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Fishman Isys+ Electronics - Natural