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SeilerBird

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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2016, 05:45:07 PM »
Thanks for the link. I ended up getting lost watching a very interesting Martin Factory Tour video. No wonder they cost so much money.
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2016, 07:35:05 PM »
Finally decided that this is not for me. It's a great travel guitar (small form factor), but has a 'wide' neck. It's also less sonorous and has lower volume sound than 'full size' acoustic guitars. It's not available with electronics, so you're limited to the sound from the small sound box. Thanks to amazon's return policy, it's on it's way back.
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SeilerBird

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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #32 on: November 09, 2016, 08:14:21 PM »
That would have been my response. I have never met a travel guitar that I liked. Too many negatives and only one positive, size.
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SeilerBird

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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2016, 02:16:37 PM »
Tom - I just learned something that really helps me out. You probably already know it but I will repeat it just in case you don't. To make playing the Bb chord easier place your thumb behind the headstock. It is a bit awkward at first but I think in time it will feel more natural.
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2016, 02:31:10 PM »
Aye Tom, that helps with a number of ukulele chords. I didn't think about mentioning it, but I now realize that you probably didn't need to do that with a guitar.
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SeilerBird

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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #35 on: November 10, 2016, 03:48:10 PM »
No, I have never done that with guitar. Glad I discovered it.
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #36 on: November 10, 2016, 07:09:43 PM »
I had a Martin and never really liked it.  The bass always sounded muddy to me.  I sold it and bought my first Taylor.  Then I bought another, and another, and another.  My latest is a GS Mini that sounds really good amplified, and better than I expected when played without an amp.

I wish I had known sooner you were looking for a travel guitar.  Since I don't fly for business anymore I would have let you try my Baby Taylor.  Great action, acceptable tone.  So it goes.

Is the backpacker you bought the old triangular body?
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #37 on: November 10, 2016, 07:17:56 PM »
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Is the backpacker you bought the old triangular body?

I suppose that's what it's called. Click here to see it on amazon.
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #38 on: November 10, 2016, 07:57:22 PM »
I am surprised by the reviews.  I've played several of those and didn't find the tone 'sonorous' at all.

The Baby Taylor would have cost more but it comes with a hard case and has a real guitar shape that doesn't slide off your lap.

The reason they make these without a truss rod is because the scale length is shorter so there's much less tension on the strings.  I have a custom acoustic that has a steel bar under the fretboard rather than a truss rod and while it sounds great most of the time if I forget to humidify it regularly the neck changes and I get buzzes when playing up the neck.  It has a very close action.
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2016, 01:36:23 PM »
I have owned my Martin Backpacker for close to 20 years.  The guitar has gone everywhere with including some backpacking trips; it has served me well.  The sound has improved as the wood has aged.  There are times where I will bring the backpacker, when I know other guitars will be at a camp out just to have a little different sound.
Good luck with yours.  BTW I did lower the action by almost half and it is a little easier to play.

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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2016, 02:33:17 PM »
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The sound has improved as the wood has aged.

Didn't realize that would/could happen.

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Good luck with yours.

I returned it to amazon and bought the Baby Taylor instead.
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SeilerBird

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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2016, 02:43:17 PM »
The sound has improved as the wood has aged. 
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2016, 02:49:23 PM »
This is the authentic Minnesota north woods traveling guitar but I hesitate to post as it may turn into another firearms thread and get locked.  ;D ;D
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Re: Travel guitars
« Reply #43 on: December 06, 2016, 04:40:35 PM »
Weird!  ::) ;D
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