Playing your Guitar at a Campfire

Sing around the campfire. For those of us who have had the pleasure, few memories can match those golden moments spent around a campfire sing-along. Heck - you don't even really have to be able to sing. But the warmth of the fire, surrounded by friends, can make memories that last a lifetime.

PLEASE - take your guitar to a campfire! Okay, right off the bat: the number-one concern about your guitar at a campfire is the heat of the campfire itself. Think back to the last time you were at a campfire: your front and face were warm, yet your backside was not. It's the same concern for a guitar.

If the front of the guitar gets really warm, while the backside (against your body) does not... this will cause stress on the woods and joints inside the guitar! Simple solution? Take a step or two back from the campfire! If you can feel the heat of the campfire but it doesn't feel 'hot' - then you're probably okay.

Another important point is that guitars need to be warmed up gradually. For example, imagine your guitar has been in the trunk of your car on a cold winter's day... maybe 20-degrees F. Then you take your Voyage-Air Guitar out of the trunk, open it up, and start playing it while standing near the campfire. Whoa! The woods of the front of the guitar warm quickly, while the body and the back of the guitar are still ice cold! This can cause the woods of the guitar to crack from the stress! So please, don't do this.

Just be aware that for a quality guitar like the Voyage-Air, that temperature changes should be gradual , not sudden.

Also know that - if you intend to use a guitar where temperature extremes are common - that engineered laminate tonewoods (like in the Voyage-Air Songwriter series) are better than solid woods (like in the Voyage-Air Premiere series). Solid woods are more expensive and sound better in a recording studio, but are more fragile when subjected to temperature extremes.

Quick Reference Points for using your Guitar at a Campfire:
• Temperature changes need to be GRADUAL. Do NOT subject an ice-cold guitar to the warmth of a campfire!
• During the day, keep the guitar in the SHADE, at about the same temperature you are.
• During the day, NEVER leave the guitar case exposed to direct sunlight - it can cook the guitar!
• After the campfire - take the guitar into the camping tent, trailer, motor home, whatever.

Stories From The Road

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