Guitar Player LIVE 2009

PICTURE TUNEFUL PERFECT WEATHER marked the weekend of the inaugural Guitar Player Live! 2009 event in Livermore, CA, September 11-13.  A crowd estimated at 30,000+ jammed into this East-Bay vineyard suburb to celebrate guitars - the instruments, the players, the sounds and the vibe that happens when you musically stir it all together!

 The Friday-night ShredFest hosted by Shrapnel Records was a total success, per the comments of 'whoa, that was TOOLOUD in there!' - which echoed the musical charge that carried the opening day. Next day, Saturday night, played out to the Guitar Player Superstar competition, where over 50,000 hopefuls were distilled to 10 finalists for an onstage showdown. The judges were all from Rock Royalty: Elliot Easton (former The Cars), Jennifer Batten (played extensively with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck), Steve Lukather (founding member of Toto), and more.  Know what?  All the finalists were great players... a few were jaw-dropping astonishing... yet it was finally Steve Senes of South Carolina that blew the doors off the rest and commanded the title as Guitar Player Superstar, 2009. Voyage-Air Guitar had a huge presence as a Presenting Sponsor of this guitar-centric event.  And it's no exaggeration to say that... wherever you looked in downtown Livermore, someone was toting a Voyage-Air backpack guitar case.  YES - they sound that good, and YES they are that easy to carry!

Over the weekend, Voyage-Air CEO Jeff Cohen displayed his $125,000 museum-quality 'Samurai' Voyage-Air guitar.  Hand-crafted from the finest tone woods, and with over 500 hours of painstaking inlay work by the world-famous Harvey Leach, this one-of-a-kind instrument proved there are no upward price bounds for folding travel guitars - and WOW - what a tone from this guitar! Other notable manufacturers had displays at the event, with names such as Taylor Guitar, Mesa Boogie, Line 6, Moog, and many more. Dozens of display tents were packed with guitar-related wares, with pins, hats, T-shirts, miniature guitars, collector's records and autographed material.  Oh yeah: a unanimous 'thumbs-up' on the samplings of local wines and beers throughout the town. Two Voyage-Air guitars were awarded as prizes: one to Steve Senes, as winner and Guitar Player Superstar, 2009.  A drawing was held for the other, and was won by Mr. Don Pitt: a Livermore local known for his selfless contributions to events and charities throughout the area.  A fitting prize, and a fitting cap to the six-string Guitar Player Live! 2009 weekend. We'll see you at the next event! Watch the video, click here

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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