Mixdown Mag - VAD-1

Mixdown Magazine is noted for its gear reviews in Australia.  Here's their first look at the Voyage-Air VAD-1 Dreadnought guitar:Airline Travel is easy with a Voyage-AirNote: Mixdown Magazine is noted for its gear reviews in Australia.  Here's their first look at the Voyage-Air VAD-1 Dreadnought guitar:

Voyage-Air Acoustic Travel Guitar

Alright, I cannot repeat what actually came out of my mouth when our Editor first showed me this new guitar, but let's just say it was a combination of disbelief and amazement. Every now and then, a new product comes along that defies explanation and makes us wonder why it hadn't been done before. Then you stop and think, how on earth did they manage to do that in the first place? The Voyage-Air acoustic guitar is just that. The ultimate travelling guitar, it folds up and fits snugly into a specially designed backpack style case for easy transport. Yes, you heard me right – it folds up!

Carry-On Luggage

Airline Travel is easy with a Voyage-Air

Anyone who has ever travelled with their guitar on an airplane knows the fear of letting it go into the hands of the baggage handlers to maybe never return in its original state. Now, the worries can be gone as with the Voyage-Air guitar you can take it on board with you in carry-on luggage. The folding design of the Voyage-Air guitar seems slightly farfetched to begin with, but it really works. This is a full bodied, solid top acoustic guitar. Not short scale, not slimline, not any other compromise. You get it all, and you get it in a small case, folded in two! I had the VAD-1 model to road test, this is an all solid guitar, spruce top and mahogany back and sides, with a gloss body and satin finish on the neck. When assembled it looks not unlike any other acoustic guitar of similar specifications, but when it is folded in half it looks like some other beast altogether. There is a split in the neck just below the fourteenth fret, where the neck joins the body allowing the strap pin to be unscrewed so the neck can be folded in.

Back in Tune

Australian Guitar reviews the VAD-1

So, I immediately thought of all sorts of problems that could go wrong with this guitar and tuning stability first came to mind. But clicking the neck into place and tightening the screw saw the guitar sit right back in tune as though it was always in one piece. A clever string through design in the nut, with a zero fret just beyond that stops the strings from coming loose from the capstans when the pressure is relieved from the neck. This clever idea really took my fancy as it is something so simple, yet so clever and without it, it could be a make or break design point. I was also a little concerned about the playability, as you usually expect your guitar's neck to be firmly joined into the body and not be able to move. The action was slightly high, but this was only due to saddle height and could easily be adjusted by a guitar tech to bring it down. As far as the curve of the neck and the action were concerned, it was pretty much spot on. I wouldn't have thought it would work, just looking at the guitar to begin with, but it all comes together nicely. Tonally, the VAD-1 is a warm sounding instrument, almost with a classical nylon string tone to it, benefitting from the all solid construction. It feels great, sounds great, and packs up to go anywhere on your back. I think, as you all read this, disbelief will be quite popular. So, all I can say is, go and try one out. I was amazed. You will be too.

By Rob Gee

Dis­trib­u­tor: Sonic Frog
Phone: (08) 8354 1115
Web­site: www.sonicfrog.com.au


Mix­down Mag­a­zine is Australia’s only National Street Press Music Publication.


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