Taking your Guitar to the Beach

TAKE your guitar to the beach! A bright, beautiful afternoon, the sound of the waves, seagulls overhead... a great place for musical inspiration! Why not take your guitar to the beach?

With a quality guitar like a Voyage-Air folding travel guitar, there's no reason not to. But there are a few things you should be aware of.

An afternoon at the beach usually means an 'onshore breeze.' No big deal, but it does mean that very fine sand particles are picked up with the wind. This sand accumulates on the neck, and abrades against the strings and the frets. Not only does this cause abrasive wear on the frets, the dust and dirt gets into the winding of the strings, and dulls the sound of the strings. A good idea is to get a 2" wide soft paintbrush, and store it with your guitar. When at the beach, use this paintbrush to 'brush off' the fretboard and the strings. Do this first thing before you play the guitar, and then again when you finish, before you put it back into the case. When you use your guitar on the beach, this will make the strings last a lot longer - and the difference is not slight... this is a huge difference in sound and life for the strings.

Also note that this onshore breeze carries humidity and 'salt air' from the ocean. After even one afternoon exposure, you can see a sheen of this salt that dulls the guitar's finish. This should be removed when you get home. Wipe down the body of the guitar with a very slightly damp rag. Then use a quality guitar polish, like Martin Polish to completely clean the surface of your guitar.

The black Voyage-Air guitar case is padded and provides a good degree of heat protection. Kind of like an insulated picnic cooler. But the dark color of the case can also be a problem: if the case is left exposed to direct sunlight, it can get hot and cook the contents (your guitar) FAST! NEVER leave your guitar case (with the guitar inside) exposed to direct sunlight on a hot day.

If it's a hot day at the beach, park your guitar in the shade. Bring an umbrella or a pop-up windscreen to keep your guitar out of the direct sunlight.

IF SAND gets into the inside of your guitar, there are a couple of ways to remove it: remove the strings and 'blow out' the interior with a good air compressor. Or you can use a vacuum with a small brush attachment. Shake guitar until the sand is all in one corner and then zap it with the vacuum.

Quick Reference Points for taking your guitar to the beach:
• KEEP the guitar in the shade, at about the same temperature you are.
• Clean the strings before and after you play.
• NEVER leave the guitar case exposed to direct sunlight - it can cook the guitar!
• When you get home, clean and polish the guitar to remove surface salt.

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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