Traveler Guitar Speedster - Red

Solidbody Travel Guitar with Maple Neck, Maple Body, Ebonized Rosewood Fingerboard, and Humbucking Pickup - Red
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This Travel Guitar Is a Real Rocker

If your idea of a travel guitar is pretty much the exact opposite of a pint-sized acoustic, then you're in luck. Traveler Guitar's amazing Speedster is made to rock, and you'll love its distinctive, futuristic looks. Just because you're on the move doesn't mean you can't rock; plug the humbucker-equipped Speedster into your favorite travel amp or your laptop/interface rig and see what this little beauty can do! It plays like a full-sized guitar. It feels like a full-sized guitar. But, it travels much, much better than a full-sized guitar can!

Can a travel guitar feel and play like a full-sized instrument? Yes, it can - and the Speedster is proof! This amazingly compact guitar features a 24-3/4"-scale neck, topped with a classy ebonized rosewood fingerboard. You get a detachable armrest, for a full-sized playing experience. The Speedster also includes volume and tone controls for its great-sounding humbucking pickup. What's more, you can detach the armrest and stow the Speedster easily in its included gig bag.

Traveler Guitar Speedster Solidbody Travel Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Finish: Red
  • Neck-through-body design - Eastern American hard maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebonized rosewood
  • Frets: 22; medium
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Fingerboard inlays: Pearloid
  • Neck width at nut: 1-3/4"
  • Body Width: 7-1/2" (with armrest detached)
  • Length: 28"
  • Weight: 4-1/2 lbs.
  • Pickup: 1 dual-rail humbucker
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning machines: 14:1 gear ratio (closed gear)
  • Electronics: Volume and tone knobs
  • Heavy-duty gig bag included
Traveler Guitar's Speedster lets you rock on the go!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Speedster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Eastern American Hard Maple
Body Finish Polyurethane
Color Red
Neck Material Eastern American Hard Maple, Neck-through
Neck Shape Speedster
Fingerboard Material Ebonized Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.75"
Bridge/Tailpiece Hardtail
Tuners Chrome, 14:1 Ratio
Number of Pickups 1
Bridge Pickup Dual-Rail Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings D'Addario EXL 110, (.010-.046)
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number SPD RED

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

Great Guitar

I travel for work and it was almost impossible to travel with a full size guitar I have tried other travel guitars but just did not like the way they sounded or played so I purchased the Traveler Guitar Speedster model just to play on the road I find myself playing all of the time at home not just for travel. Great Guitar Thanks,
Music background: Recording, Pro Musician
4.5/5

LIGHT IN WEIGHT, HEAVY IN SOUND!

I bought this little guitar as an occasional-use instrument, thinking I would haul it out mainly for camping trips and such. Frankly, I wasn't expecting much from a Chinese-made guitar, as those I've seen so far have been grossly inferior to those crafted in other Asian countries, such as Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and even Vietnam. Well, I was wrong: the Traveler Guitar Speedster is a marvel of clever engineering, and the construction, fit, and finish are second to none but "custom shop" guitars that cost a small fortune.The ergonomics? This is a very playable guitar, and despite it's futuristic Star Trek looks, it feels no different from any of my other guitars. Plus, it's lighter by nearly half compared to most any solid body out there.How does sound? I gave it the best test I could devise, and pitted it against the most comparable guitar in my collection: my wife's custom Telecaster with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup in the bridge position. Both guitars were plugged into separate Fender CyberTwin amps with identical clean settings and recorded on separate tracks in my Tascam DP-32 Portastudio.The result? The Speedster and the Tele produced nearly identical results, with the Tele winning by a short nose, probably due to hotter windings creating just a tad more "presence". Impressive!Conclusion? The Speedster has quickly become my go-to guitar for morning warm-ups and practice, and I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to play it on stage. Kudos to Traveler Guitars, Sweetwater, and my great sales engineer, Andy Miller! I knocked off half a star due to the attachment system for the removable arm rest; the thumb screw and pin system has a bit of play in it, and would be more stable if a second screw were used instead of the pin.
Music background: Private studio cat
4/5

Traveler Guitar Speedster - Red

I love this little guitar! It's extremely lightweight and very compact. I don't plug this into an external amp, but I do use the Vox headphone amp and it really wails. Very nice sound. Nothing wrong with the pickups. There are two negatives for me, however, The first are the stock tuners. Very hard to keep in tune, so I immediately replaced them with Gotoh mini locking tuners, and fixed the problem. The other issue is the neck is a little thicker for my liking. This is a personal preference, and in no way a slam on the product. Overall this is a great product and very fun to play. It would easily fit in a plane overhead.Lastly, Sweetwater is a great place to buy from. Great customer service. Free and fast shipping. These guys really know their stuff and do everything they can to make the customer happy. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.
Music background: Hobbyist
3/5

Practical, but....

It is perfect for travelling on an airplane, and I think this is its selling point. I have used it so far on two trips on board a small RJ 100/200 plane, which seats 50 passengers, and it fits perfectly in the overhead bin, no problem.I liked:1- it is light weight, and profitability.2- comfortable to hold and it takes little time to get used to due to its awkward design and size,3- it has the same standard neck on a 24 3/4" guitars.I did not like:1- it is painful experience to restring the speedster, because the wheels that the strings wrap around at the lower bout, come off when you remove the old strings. Also, the bridge also falls off. And the bridge allows for only as low as 4/64" on either ends. I have already tried adjusting it. Worse of all is how you wind the strings, because the guitar has to be in an upright position and you will hold with one hand and looking at the back of the guitar where the shaft of the tuning pegs are. Travel Guitar should have : a- equipped this Speedster with locking tuners for easier restring. b- shown a tutorial how to restring it. 4- the cable plug is a tighter than normal, so I force the plug a bit. I didn't like that actually.5- the gig bag is really cheap, and padded lightly, so I used bubble sheets for packaging when I take it on my travel.Overall, it is nice to have it for travelling, but it could have easily improved from the designer.
Music background: Blues hobbyiest
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