Traveler Escape EG-1 Travel Guitar Review

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The Traveler Escape EG-1 is a travel-sized guitar with full size sound. The EG-1 is co-designed by John Carruthers for Traveler Guitar and the craftsmanship put into this axe shows it.

Whether it was tone, awkwardness, poor action or thin sound, travel guitars of the past have always been encumbered by something that just wasn’t quite right. That has changed with the EG-1. When I first pulled the EG-1 out of the shipping box, I was amazed at the size and weight. Obviously, since it’s a travel guitar that fits in an overhead airplane bin, it’s going to be small, but still, this thing is like a baby. However, we all know the old adage about how big things can come in small packages. The EG-1 delivers.

First, the guitar features a single humbucker pick-up, Alder body, maple neck with an ebonized rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets. I immediately needed to play this guitar, so I sat down with it and plugged in the Pocket Rock-It headphone amplifier and tuned it up. Let me say this, if you don’t have a strap, the EG-1 is a bit awkward when you rest it on your leg in a sitting position. However, beyond that, the sound is amazing. For a stock pick-up, the humbucker delivers big, warm sound. If you’re looking for a hotter sound, though, you may want to switch it out.

The action on the EG-1, for an electric, seems a bit high to me, but it’s really not bad out of the box. It’s also easy to adjust with the top-slotted bridge posts. The fat frets are also a plus. The overall feel of the guitar is pretty stout, even though the neck is relatively thin. I purchased the blue stripe model and I love this finish. From a looks standpoint, it reminds me of a fast car with a wicked racing stripe.

My one complaint about the EG-1 is how hard it is to re-string. After my first session, I decided to go with a lighter gauge set of strings. Due to the design of the guitar, re-stringing it is pretty tough, but after a call to their customer service department (thanks Dave!) I was able to get the job done.

Overall, this guitar is a great investment if you travel a lot. It stays in tune and has great sound, so you can rock wherever you go.

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  1. GuitarDaddy

    I own the flamed red version as pictured in your review. The guitar has been to Australia, France, Germany and all over the United States with me. It comes with a beautiful padded case and fits easily in the overhead compartment of every airplane I have carried it on to. No problems getting through airport security, most of the TSA agents say “Cool Guitar”. It is quite the head turner, and the sound is excellent through standard headphones. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  2. Travel Reviews

    That guitar looks great… without keys it is just like a Steinbrenner…

    I am a fan of Ibanez, but this one too looks great!

  3. Wandering Musician Post author

    @ Han Chiaw Juan, haha, that sounds like a great road trip my friend. err…I need a serious road trip here soon.

  4. Han Chiaw Juan

    For me, its truly the ultimate travel guitar. Got the black flamed one. It looks great; and sounds as good as the full sized guitar when played thru the amp …. and its compact size allows ease of mobility and playing in tight places. Its great even for short road trips in a car, you can plug it into the car stereo and blast it out thru its speakers and have a sing-along making that road trip the sweeter. A must-have for the traveller 🙂

  5. Blues Guy

    Travels great!
    Needed fret work when I first received it. Tuners and pickups are poor quality.
    Concept is excellent, they need to spend more time on quality issues.

  6. EricW

    Traveler Guitar recently put up a video (two, in fact – one showing a single string change, the other showing a complete string change) on how to restrings their guitars. After watching them, I restrung my Original Escape Acoustic/Electric (I also have a EG-2 Electric) and believe that if you follow the video, you will find restringing Traveler Guitars actually EASIER than regular guitars! (At least I do.)

  7. Carson Lattimore

    I have an EG-1 Custom. I found that it didn’t stay in tune very well at all when you bend strings. After lubricating the rollers on the bridge and butt end of the guitar with graphite, the tuning is a lot more stable. Though it still isn’t as stable as my other guitars, I find that it is now tolerable. For this to be the ideal travel guitar, they need to improve the tuning stability.

  8. colin

    hi all, I bought a escape eg1 travel guitar not good when you plug headphones in lots of noise anybody know the problem when I use same headphons on everything else nice and quiet so must be the cheap pocket rocket preamp if you need to use headphones DONT BUY IT as not good for b&b when working away thanks col.

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