Which is right for you? OM, Dreadnought or Mini-Dread Style?

Voyage-Air acoustic guitars are made in two different body styles: The “OM” stands for “Orchestra Model”, and “Dreadnought” denotes a large-bodied guitar of a particular shape. These are names used to describe guitar body shapes and dimensions, and have been used by guitar makers for nearly 100 years.

So which one is right for you? The size difference is small, but the two guitars feel and play very differently from one another.

OM-style guitars have a slightly smaller body size, and are more comfortable to play when sitting. The smaller size makes for a smaller area of wood for the sound board (resonant top of the guitar), so it’s easier for the strings to vibrate the top of the guitar at low volumes. This means that OM-style guitars provide more ‘detail’ and ‘articulation’ to the sound when individual notes are played. OM-style guitars also have a slightly wider neck (1 ¾ inch wide at the nut), which makes it easier to pluck individual notes and provides a bit more room for fast runs of notes. In general, you can say that OM-style guitars are more suited for fingerstyle or ‘solo guitar’ playing, where the emphasis is on individual notes, rather than strumming chords.

Dreadnought guitars have a large body size, and are made to be louder: to project sound. The larger surface area for the resonant sound board means that Dreadnought guitars can achieve more volume. Without amplification, these guitars can still be heard in a group of other instruments. Dreadnought guitars typically have a slightly narrower neck that makes it easy to play complex chords. Especially ‘bar chords’ where your first-finger has to clamp down all the strings. In general, you can say that Dreadnought guitars are made to be strummed and for playing chords.

The Mini Dreadnought is a new addition to the Voyage-Air product line. Slightly smaller than a Dreadnought (15/16 size), the difference is profound: This model fits comfortably on your lap, making it an easy player for women and young students. It has the full neck width of a Dreadnought, but a slightly shorter scale for the frets (24.5" vs 25.5"). Younger and smaller hands will appreciate this difference when playing complex chords that require "reach." This all-new Mini Dreadnought retains the classic sound of its full-size brothers - yet is crafted in a rugged and uniquely affordable design. This guitar is a bargain!

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Owner Testimonials

  • 5star-100
    I received my VAOM-1C and boy does it sing!  I am the proud and happy owner of several top-notch Martins: a D35 Johnny Cash, a HD28e, a solid DCPA4R as well as a 1973 00-18. I also had a 2003 D18 which I sold because it wasn't so good. I was expecting the VAOM-1C to sound ok but not more. "Can't have the best of both worlds" I thought. Well, now I do. It is just exquisite, so melodic and yet with a surprising sustain and expressivity. It is a true jewel at a more than decent price! All the Best and THANK YOU!
    Jean-Dominique Michel, Switzerland - VAOM-1C
  • 5star-100
    My wife and I travel a lot and in the past have had issues with taking a guitar with me......they're either too bulky for the overhead compartment, or I have to let the luggage handlers toss around my guitars like they're a bag of beans. I recently purchased one of your VAOM-04 guitars, and I'm totally impressed with the sound and the playability of this instrument. My first choice is my Martins, but since I received the VAOM-O4 I haven't put it down. I would recommend this guitar to any player, even if you don't travel that much. I'm looking forward to my next trip. I may just spend most of the trip playing this guitar.
    Great Job Voyage-Air.
    - Tony H. - VAOM-04
  • 5star-100
    It’s considered a “travel guitar,” and it truly is a remarkably portable instrument; however, that label does it a disservice, because honestly, it’s a damn nice guitar. It just happens to have a nifty set of hinges that allow the neck to fold over on the top, making it far more compact and transport friendly. I love my Telair!
    - Anthony K. Sandy, UT - VET-2SBB
  • 5star-100
    I am pleasantly surprised at the quality and genius behind this amazingly compact, but great sounding guitar!! I work in the movie industry and travel quite a bit, and being able to bring my guitar as a carry-on wherever I go is just what I've been looking for! The overall sound is amazingly rich for its size, and the folding mechanics work like a dream! If you’re wondering if it's worth getting, the answer is a big YES!!
    - Nancy F. Santa Monica, CA - VAMD-04
  • 5star-100
    I bought a VAD-04 strictly for travel and light use. The day I bought it I paid a visit to United Airlines. As I was walking up to the counter the clerk said that he had seen these before and that there was no problem taking it on as carry-on. .I think that this is a great value and a nice sounding piece All in all it is a winner in my book. I’ve heard less sound from much more expensive instruments. I may mike it because I think it compares to my Taylor 814ce and Breedlove it surprised me!
    -  Michael, Columbus, NE - VAD-04
  • 5star-100 
    I travel a lot, and for years, I schlepped my heavy Goodall Jumbo, always worried about it getting damaged and stolen.  I recently purchased a Voyage Air guitar and love it.  Its light, gets on planes, and sounds terrific. It has made travelling with a guitar a no-brainer.  Even after closing and opening, it stays very close to being in tune. I recommend this guitar to anyone who likes to play wherever they go.
    - Stewart, Santa Fe, NM - VAOM-02