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What is the best travel guitar?

What is the best travel guitar? August 19, 200926 Comments


So, you probably came here with this very question and your in search for the best travel guitar.  Unfortunately, this question can not be answered with just one answer.  There’s likely to be many factors which make the best travel guitar for you different then the best travel guitar for someone else.

This is especially evident in our review pages.  We asked people like you to give a honest take on the travel guitar they have and list why they like or dislike their particular model.  We received some pretty interesting responses.

Some people were relatively positive while describing their guitar and almost seemed to praise it.  Then at the same time they would turn around and rate certain aspects on a scale of 1-10 with a brutal honesty that did not bode well for the review.

So why the discrepancy?  Well, although nobody is a psyche major here at “Wandering Musician” we like to think we have answers.  We concluded that given the chance to describe and relate their life experience with the guitar people were more likely to shape their review around personal needs.  They took into account the reason they picked that model in the first place.  Reasons like, it was inexpensive or it was the most durable and smallest one they could find.  Within that context, they wrote the review with a positive spin because well, it filled the bill.

On the other hand, when rating the guitar on a impersonal system of 1-10 stars people rated the guitars based on what else is out there.  They made comparisons with a careful consideration of available choices, A or B.

With this in mind lets look at what guitar fills the bill best when it comes to needs.

Best Travel Guitars

[divider]Best Bang for the Buck[/divider]

Amigo-AMT10-2Best Bang for the Lowest Buck – The Amigo AMT-10
I don’t know about you but when I think cheap I think under 100 bucks.  You have to be careful though because some of these choices under 100 dollars can end up being nothing more than a toy really.  There’s quite a few choices here that we wouldn’t consider a toy but we recommend the Amigo AMT-10 with a solid spruce top.  Read the full review here.


[divider]Best Travel Buddy[/divider]

Martin-Steel-String-Backpacker-Guitar_xBest little traveling buddy – The Martin Steel String Backpacker
If size is everything like it is when your backpacking then nothing beats the backpacker by martin.  It’s a little oddly shaped but most true travel guitars are a bit unruly when it comes to shape…right?  It just adds to the charm and screams perfect for a campfire jam session.  What’s more is this little guitar can take some serious abuse as well, you can just feel the durability when you hold it.  Lastly, well, it is a Martin!  Check out the full review here.


[divider]Best Buzz Generator[/divider]
washburn-rover-RO10Best Buzz generator and most fun – The Washburn Rover
We got a lot of feedback on this guitar when developing Best Travel Guitars and apparently a lot of people have it and love it – the buzz!!!  You can find a pretty good deal on eBay or Amazon usually so I would suggest searching there first.  Had more than one of these at one time as they are just fun to play and I love the sound.  I have to confess, I may just play the rover more then I play any of my other guitars.  I think it has legs and follows me around the house so it’s always there to pick up at the drop of a minute.  My friends also seem to gravitate toward it when over.  Read the full review here.


[divider]Best Overall[/divider]

Composite Acoustics CargoWinner of 4 Awards – The Composite Acoustics Cargo Travel Guitar


OK, I’ve heard this called the holy grail of travel guitars and its a easy choice for BEST OVERALL.  Nothing says durable like the Composite Acoustics Cargo Travel Guitar and the sound is just simply astounding.  Out of the box it was actually in tune and the action – PERFECT!!!  Its truly in a league of its own and this 3/4 size guitar sacrifices nothing for size. It’s a bit expensive but not overpriced considering the product.  If you have the cash the best travel guitar is a easy choice.  Check out the full review here.

[divider]Updates and Leader Board[/divider]

UPDATE: OK, this post has been heading our front page for a while. Still I think its probably the most important question people want to know when looking to purchase a travel guitar.  For that reason I decided to add the dynamic leaderboard right here.  These are the top 5 travel guitars leading the way as voted by you, our valued readers.  To see the full list of all travel guitars go here.

If you want to place your vote click on one of the guitars below and go to the post, at the end of the review you will see interactive stars to cast your vote for overall score.  Remember, we are working to get more reviews but I’m not rich and don’t have every travel guitar out there. I rely on you. Please help us and Add a Guitar Review or tell us which one we should try to get our hands on to review. Thanks.

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We’ve only included the top 5 guitars here as voted by our readers.  To see the full list of all travel guitars go here.

Don’t be shy, were interested in what you have to say. So, what is the Best Travel Guitar according to you?