VOYAGE-AIR ACOUSTIC TRAVEL GUITAR

Alright, I can­not repeat what actu­ally came out of my mouth when our edi­tor first showed me this new gui­tar, but let’s just say it was a com­bi­na­tion of dis­be­lief and amaze­ment. Every now and then, a new prod­uct comes along that defies expla­na­tion and makes us won­der why it hadn’t been done before. Then you stop and think, how on earth did they man­age to do that in the first place? The Voyage-Air acoustic gui­tar is just that. The ulti­mate trav­el­ling gui­tar, it folds up and fits snugly into a spe­cially designed back­pack style case for easy trans­port. Yes, you heard me right – it folds up!

CARRY-ON LUGGAGE
Any­one who has ever trav­elled with their gui­tar on an air­plane knows the fear of let­ting it go into the hands of the bag­gage han­dlers to maybe never return in its orig­i­nal state. Now, the wor­ries can be gone as with the Voyage-Air gui­tar you can take it on board with you in carry-on lug­gage. The fold­ing design of the Voyage-Air gui­tar seems slightly far­fetched to begin with, but it really works. This is a full bod­ied, solid top acoustic gui­tar. Not short scale, not slim­line, not any other com­pro­mise. You get it all, and you get it in a small case, folded in two! I had the VAD-1 model to road test, this is an all solid gui­tar, spruce top and mahogany back and sides, with a gloss body and satin fin­ish to the neck. When assem­bles it looks not unlike any other acoustic gui­tar of sim­i­lar spec­i­fi­ca­tions, but when it is folded in half it looks like some other beast alto­gether. There is a split in the neck just below the four­teenth fret, where the neck joins the body allow­ing the strap pin to be unscrewed so the neck can be folded in.

BACK IN TUNE
So, I imme­di­ately thought of all sorts of prob­lems that could go wrong with this gui­tar and tun­ing sta­bil­ity first came to mind. But click­ing the neck into place and tight­en­ing the screw saw the gui­tar sit right back in tune as though it was always in one piece. A clever string through design in the nut, with a zero fret just beyond that stops the strings from com­ing lose from the cap­stans when the pres­sure is relived from the neck. This clever idea really took my fancy as it is some­thing so sim­ple, yet so clever and with­out it, it could be a make or break design point. I was also a lit­tle con­cerned about the playa­bil­ity, as you usu­ally expect your guitar’s neck to be firmly joined into the body and not able to move. The action was slightly high, but this was only due to sad­dle height and could eas­ily be adjusted by a gui­tar tech to bring it down. As far as the curve of the neck and the action were con­cerned, it was pretty much spot on. I wouldn’t have thought it would work, just look­ing at the gui­tar to begin with, but it all comes together nicely. Tonally, the VAD-1 is a warm sound­ing instru­ment, almost with a clas­si­cal nylon string tone to it, ben­e­fit­ting from the all solid con­struc­tion. It feels great, sounds great and packs up to go any­where on your back. I think, as you all read this, dis­be­lief will be quite pop­u­lar. So, all I can say is, go and try one out. I was amazed. You will be too.

BY ROB GEE

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