John Bohlinger: Premier Guitar

Yup! That’s Venice behind me and my Voyage-Air guitar—a full-size electric guitar that folds in half for travel.November 2012 Issue
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My professional battle cry remains:
Have guitar, will travel.
No bar too far, no hall to small.
You buy, I’ll fly.

I hate schlepping gear by air.

This limited space available in overhead bins makes the airline very reluctant to let you carry on a guitar. Five years ago, I could carry a guitar on a jet 90 percent of the time. Now it’s 50 percent, at best.

Why I hate checking gear:
Given enough time, airlines will convert checked guitars into kindling.
Music is a business. A business remains solvent by keeping down expenses. If I check two guitars for a session, that $25-per-bag fee per flight translates into $100 snatched from my profits.
If my gear does not arrive before I go to work, I’m screwed.
Even if it all goes right and my bags arrive on time and unscathed, I tend to worry about it and actually lose sleep over the whole potential mess. Of course, this leaves me stressed and brain-dead when it’s time to play music.

Check it out: I’ve got this little T-style guitar made by Voyage-Air with a shorter neck that folds in over the body. I was very skeptical of the design, thinking that it would sound like a toy and play like a Stella flattop circa 1962. Surprisingly, it sounds very Fender-y and feels like a fatnecked old friend. Best of all, in its tiny case I can cram some socks, underwear, toothbrush, and clean shirt, and still fit the guitar, cables, picks, capos, slides, strings, my computer (the case has a padded slot made for laptops), and my essential pedals (tuner, compressor, overdrive, tremolo, phaser, and delay).

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See more about John Bohlinger, Nashville multi-instrumentalist best known for his work in television. He led the band for all six seasons of NBC’s hit program Nashville Star, the 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 CMT Music Awards, as well as many specials for GAC, PBS, CMT, USA, and HDTV.

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  • 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