Fun and well-designed
I bought this guitar AFTER a month-long trip to southeast Asia. Going on that trip, I'd brought a larger travel guitar by another manufacturer. Even though that guitar was small enough to fit in the overhead bin on the plane, Cathay Pacific has, as it turned out, a strict "no instrument policy" (!!) and I was forced to gate-check it. When we landed in Hong Kong, my travel axe was destroyed. I decided then and there that I would do two things. First, if I ever got control of my OWN airline, I would enact a strict "No Briefcase Policy". Second, I would get a smaller, solid-bodied, more rugged travel guitar that would be small enough for me to pack IN MY SUITCASE, so I could get around the capricious rules of the accursed airlines.
A month on the other side of the world was mind-blowing, but with no axe to play, write, and practice with, I was blue.
So I have my Traveler now, and I have to say, it's pretty great. The scale is a good playable size -- not the perfect size for me but it DOESN'T feel like a toy. The overall design is efficient, bordering on genius -- the elimination of the headstock, with the strings curling back under the guitar past the saddle saves a lot of real-estate. I like the detachable leg-rest a lot, although I find myself just as often taking that off and just using a strap. I have yet to use it amplified, but I just get a huge kick out of the stethoscope vibration pickup!
Really, the only peeves I have with it are the tuners and the cable that goes from the guitar to the leg-rest. The tuners, because of their location and layout, are awkward to use and take some getting used to. The cable that connects the electronics to the leg-rest goes in WAY TOO TIGHT. As I mentioned, I do like to detach the leg-rest often, and I hope that over time the amount of force required unplugging that cable doesn't damage it. Those two minor things aside, this is a great little axe that's very well-suited to air, car, boat and bus travel. It's been a pleasure having something to write with and practice on in hotel rooms, that's recordable thanks to its electronics and yet very acoustically quiet so it won't disturb anyone!! Too bad I got it after the big trip and not before. Oh well....next time, this baby's coming with me!!
Do bear in mind that because this guitar is a solid-body, its actual un-amplified, un-stethoscoped sound is NOT LOUD. So don't be surprised if you take it to a beach party and you get drowned out around the campfire. If you want to be heard in those situations, you'll need a little amp. But for personal playing and practice, amplified playing, or recording, wherever you are in the WORLD, the Traveler is really the bomb.