Charles Nordby

Private First Class, Charles Nordby was given a Voyage-Air Guitar at his send off party when he was deployed to Afghanistan, pictured here at the Voyage-Air Headquarters


His good friend and part of the Voyage-Air family, Barney Leeson, knew that it would be the best gift for Charles to take to battle. When later asked about his daily life in Afghanistan, here’s a few of the things that he had to say:

“I wanted to personally thank you for taking my story into interest and supporting my passion for playing music while I am overseas. I truly love my VAG and it has traveled to many places all over my AO (Area of Operation).

Wherever I go I always take my guitar to play for the soldiers of Devil Company in Tangi, Apache Company in Jaghato, and Creek Company in Carwile.  My fellow soldiers were shocked and amazed at the guitar! They are especially excited to get to play one too.

Thank god I can get some stress out!  The guitar has truly been the greatest form of meditation for me to deal with all the frustrations of war. The music has definitely created a mutual feeling of joy and respect despite some serious cultural and language barriers. I even teach soldiers my jedi secrets of guitar playing when they approach me and ask.  I have given a few lessons to our Command Sergeant Major, who is the head honcho for enlisted soldiers. The guitar has definitely given me much leeway when it comes to courtesies among the HIGH HIGHER soldiers commanding everything.  They always approach me with a smile and usually skip past formalities and talk to me like a normal human being, which is outrageous for a lower enlisted soldier!

The joy of music continues to thrive throughout Afghanistan as long as I have a breath in my body and my Voyage Air at my side!  It lifts the spirits of us all and has been my weapon of choice since it arrived here!  Thank you so much for all of the support and I will continue to spread the word of VAG to the citizens of Afghanistan!

Thank you for everything you do back home to spread the joy of music!
Very Respectfully,
Charles Norby

FECC, HHC, 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division

Well, Charles, THANK YOU very much for protecting our freedom, first and foremost. It’s the greatest reward for our company to hear from people like you! You will be in our thoughts and prayers and we look forward to a second interview when you return!

Stories From The Road

Owner Testimonials

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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
  • 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
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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
  • 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