Wendell Choy: Hawaii

Wendell Choy Honolulu-HawaiiThe Voyage-Air Guitar is the only viable answer for serious guitar playing motorcycle riders.

I have been looking for a guitar that I could take with me, when I ride my 2007 Harley-Davidson VROD.  I have owned Baby Taylor, Little Martin and Composite Acoustics Cargo "travel guitars".  They can all be strapped to your back, but they all have three problems in common.

1.  They all have shortened, but solid necks and headstocks.  This means that the neck and headstock of the guitar, when strapped snugly to your back, will project above you head, making it difficult to tilt your head back, especially when wearing a helmet.  The more "forward" your riding stance is, the more prevalent this problem will be.  Walking through an airport, this isn't an issue.  Riding on a motorcycle, this can be lethal.

In addition, at high speeds, that protruding neck and headstock can catch the air and begin to twist and pull at the rider, in the wind.  The faster you're going, the more of a problem this can be.  The turbulence these protrusions can cause at +80mph, can be substantial and unsafe.  Anyone who has ever stuck their arm out of the window, while driving on the highway, knows how hard the wind can blow at those speeds.  Imagine something the size of your arm, that is flat like sail, twisting around behind you.  Not good.

The Voyage-Air folds in half.  It straps as comfortably to my back, as any knapsack would, with no protrusions or projections, enabling my helmeted head, to move freely left and right, as well as back and forth, safely.

2.  The Taylor, Martin and CA are all 00 sized, or smaller, changing the voicing, playing position and neck feel.  I always need playing time to recover the "feel" of any of these instruments, if I'm practiced up, on a standard sized guitar.

The Voyage-Air is a full sized guitar that sounds normal, plays well, and feels right.

3.  All three of the others, present problems with amplification.  Advertisements aside, I will tell you that from a practical standpoint, it's next to impossible to get a true, decent amplified sound from any of these other instruments.

The Voyage-Air can have any after-market pickup system installed, producing amplified sound that is by design, up to par with any well made, full-sized guitar.

At the end of the day, for a serious guitarist who rides a motorcycle, there is no other alternative.  Thank you for having the daring and innovation to invent a truly motorcycle-portable instrument, that can accommodate all of my needs as a player.

Wendell Choy
Honolulu, Hawaii

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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