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Forum Question: My problem is, Im going away on a 3 week long roadtrip soon. Was really hoping to do some songwriting on the trip. While I know I will be missing my Talor 312ce terribly, I just dont feel comfortable travelling with it in case something bad happens.

Plus I think the car is going to get too cramped if I try. My old guitar, a Cort Earth 60 is an even bigger full size dread, and lately I have been finding its sound somewhat intolerable...Arghhh a 3 week holiday is just not the same without a guitar!!

Reply From: MrBJones, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Hands down, try a Voyage Air. Full-sized, full-scale, well-priced, folds in half to fit into it special case. Fits into the overhead bin of any full-size jet and under the seat of most commuters. Oh yeah, and it sounds great. I have the VAOM-04, have taken on quite a few trips since getting it in March. Based on feedback (here) on AGF, the other models are just as good. In my opinion, it is the travel guitar.
I'm sure you'll get many many other similar comments/suggestions."

Reply From: Raj, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“You need a voyage air."

Reply From: dkoloff, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Voyage Air if you want standard sized guitar.....if worried about size and durability a CA Cargo or an Emerald x5 or x7 in the carbon guitars are the way to go.

Reply From: DesertTwang, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Taylor GS Mini. All the way and all the time. I wouldn't bother checking the alternatives.
Edit: Just checked for the prices on the Voyage Air and realized they're much less expensive than I thought. Same price as Mini. While the Voyage-Air might have a better sound, I personally still favor the hassle-freeness of the Mini. The Voyage-Air still has a big body, and even though I recently witnessed the - surprisingly fast - process of unfolding and bolting it for playing, it'd be still too much hassle for what I'd be looking for in a travel guitar. The Mini comes with an amazingly sturdy softcase, you can literally toss it into the trunk. Then rip it out when you're at your campsite and start pickin.' That's what I like about it.”

Reply From: DavidE, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“I owned a Taylor GS mini and couldn't sell it off fast enough. The guitar was ok, but was still unsatisfying from a playing (scale) and sound standpoint. The Voyage-Air is the first travel guitar to satisfy me (I've had a backpacker, a Go Guitar Grande, the GS and the VA dread) in every respect. Add to that it will actually be easier to get onto a plane than the GS."

Reply From: revive, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“I highly recommend Voyage Air VAOM-04. It's OM size with solid spruce top; a full size guitar that sounds good and is very easy to travel with. Just sent you a private message about this. Thanks.”

Reply From: steamfurnace, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“I talk about my recent trip to Key Largo with my Voyage-Air VAOM-04 in another thread here on the Acoustic Guitar Forum. I can't say enough good things about it and the experience.”

Reply From: Dru_Edwards, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Another GS-Mini vote, if you have $500. Voyage-Air is another great guitar and is roughly in the same price range. I've never played the Voyage-Air but as a Taylor fan, I love the GS-Mini.
Do you have a local shop where you can try these?”

Reply From: Tanque_Verde, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Having owned both a VA and a GS Mini, I vastly prefer the Voyage-Air for air travel--I simply won't expose a guitar neck, not even a carbon fiber neck, to the jostle and crunch of a late-coming air traveler and his oversized rollerboard--or to any travel where space constraints are a concern. Pulling my VA out of the case and unfolding the neck takes not a minute more than pulling the Mini out of the case, but the former gives me much greater peace of mind.
“P.S. Don't sweat the (desire for a new guitar). I realized I needed a travel guitar almost the first day I started playing. When all you want to do is practice, practice, practice, wherever you may be, don't suppress the instinct.”

Reply From: jimmy_bookout, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Just say you're a Taylor fan and be done with it.
“The "hassle" of folding/unfolding a Voyage-Air????? That's a 10 second job, at best. Tonally, with all respect to the GM Mini, there is no comparison. In fairness to the GS Mini, it's a little guitar (and sounds like one), the Voyage-Air sounds like a GOOD full size guitar.”

Reply From: MrBJones, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Agreed, it's (folding/unfolding) no hassle at all. No tools, no ‘process’... just a thumbscrew that looks like - and doubles as - a strap button. And when you open it, it's almost still in tune. So well-made that anyone who looks at it will swear it's just another ordinary guitar."

Reply From: cke, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Bad idea to get a Voyage-Air! If you do, then you will be dissatisfied with the Taylor."

Reply From: pandaroo, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Very true for me. After having the VA, my taste on (guitar) tone have changed to the bolder and warmer (towards Martin-esque). The VA even made me a dread guy. Sold my Taylor 2011 414ce SL and Taylor GC5 to acquire my Huss Dalton DM as a result.
Anyways, top pick definitely VA or GS Mini. Enjoyed both. Won't go wrong with either but i'd lean towards the VA."

Reply From: Glennwillow, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“+1 on this (the Voyage-Air). I have owned a VAOM-06 for several years and while I have better guitars for home, this VA guitar is perfect for traveling and relatively low cost to minimize risk and worry. The backpack case really makes it all convenient."



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Forum Question:
I have been seriously considering getting a Voyage Air guitar and I know a few Acoustic Guitar Forum members own them, so I have 2 questions:
1. Now that you have had one for a while, have you discovered any issues?
2. Does anyone have experience with both the solid wood model and the laminate back/sides model, and care to comment on them?

Regards,
Christian

Reply From: philjs, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I've only had mine, a VAOM-06, since early January so it hasn't really travelled anywhere yet, but it is a FAR better-sounding instrument than you might expect from the specs, origin and the fact that it folds for travel! I can't begin to imagine what an all solid woods 01 or 02 would sound like but I can say that the 06 plays easy and sounds great."

Reply From: handers, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I have played 3 of them, including the OM solid body. They are real guitars with a good voice and excellent playability. They serve a great purpose for offering an affordable guitar with the feature of a collapsible neck. If I needed another guitar, I'd serious consider this guitar."

Reply From: Lisa (itself), via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I got the OM-1C, and am absolutely amazed at the quality of the mahogany b/s and the spruce top. The sound is martineque, for sure, right out of the box I was amazed how loud it is.
Some observations:
1. Two of the string are bent, but when I set her up this does not seem to be an issue. I purchased three set of strings in case of a breakage.

2. The bolt to screw and unscrew can be tough. I wish they had a tool, I can definitely do it (former powerlifter competitively), but I think this is more of just getting used to it.

I will be travelling via airline next week. I am curious to see if it will fit under a seat, but will take the extra padding off to put it in the overhead.

I am humidifying it with my Arion right now, not sure how well this works in a soft case, so I have to do some careful measurements with my hygrometer.

Yes, for this model I paid bigger dollars, but the cutaway is sweet, and again, I just am blown away by the figuring in the mahogany b/s.

This is a guitar that could be your main one, it's that good. And with the added portability, its a winner. Well done Voyage Air!"

Reply From: Steven (ozrufus), via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"(Highly recommended) as said by previous owner here. I traveled with mine to and from Turkey (via Germany) and it performed flawlessly. I was very impressed with both the portability and stability of the guitar. Nice, loud voice for an OM-style guitar and played great stock.

I only had two complaints about the guitar. Let me preface them by saying they're both cosmetic and a matter of preference. One, the logo on the headstock - certainly they could come up with a more attractive design! Two, the solid spruce top wasn't the prettiest. Sound trumped that, though.

Guess there's a third complaint, too. I had to sell it against my wishes!"

Reply From: froad, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
Buy one!! I purchased a VAOM-06 this past May from their web site. Had it shipped to Ontario Canada and a week later was off to Florida on vacation with it. It plays and sounds as good or better than my Fender ,Ovation, Takamine acoustics in my collection. It has become my main guitar for writing and performing."

Reply From: ljguitar, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Only issue is others want to take it home. I use the solid top---laminate side/back model and have yet to play an all-solid model.

The VAOM-04 and 06 (I own the VAOM-06) are about the best sounding/playing value in a mid-priced all-solid top guitars, and the folding neck is just a bonus.

Reply From: seannx, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Based on how satisfying playing and traveling with my Solid Wood VAD-2 was (and continues to be), we became Voyage Air Dealers. So in our Sausalto Gallery, we have a VAOM-02, VAOM-04, VAD-04, Black VAD-04 Mini Dread, and one of the electrics (Trans Axe Belair.)

I've played them all, along with many visitors to our Gallery. We get very positive responses for all of them. Most notice that that the 04's have a noticeably louder and more full sound then the 02, but they still say the 02's are surprisingly nice, especially considering the price. A guy was in yesterday, a very good player, and was impressed with the response of the 04 Dread. He said it was like it had a volume knob.

My VAD-2 solid Sitka/EIR Rosewood, is my favorite guitar. The action on my Taylor is a tad lower, and the Martin is a fine guitar, but I play the Voyage Air the most. If I had to get down to one guitar, I would be totally OK with just the Voyage Air.

Of the Voyage Airs we have in stock, my favorite is the Black 04 Mini Dread. It's a thinner body and smaller than the regular dread, with a distinctive sound that reminds me of a vintage small body Gibson."

Reply From: pandaroo, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"My VAD01 is getting most of my playtime at the moment. The neck is a little rough but not a big issue. I am planning to travel to Malaysia with it in October."

Reply From: Toby Walker, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I also purchased the VAOM 1C after trying out its cousin, the 2C. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice these guitars sounded. The playability was also commendable.

The only thing I had done was a basic set up for my playing style - which can be hard at times - and had a K&K pickup installed.

I think they're a great value for the money and quite a neat invention for those that travel with their instrument."

Reply From: cary, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Nope, no issues here. Mine just keeps sounding better with use.
I struggled to find the right strings at first, but finally settled on John Pearse Medium Phosphor Bronze -- after about two hours of play they settle into a really lovely and warm tone on my VAD-06.

After moving up to Medium strings I did have to set-up the guitar for the higher gauge. No biggie, just adjusted the neck relief to my liking and lowered the saddle a bit.

I also switched out the saddle for bone and traded out the plastic bridge pins for buffalo horn, but honestly, the guitar sounded great from the get-go. I just enjoy tinkering is all. Haha.

I also added some new ebony tuners -- Goth 3x3 Minis. I love the look and feel of these, but once again, the tuners that came stock were fine.

Now I'm going to install a K&K and I'll be done with my mods.

Seriously, right now my Voyage-Air is getting more play-time than my Martin. Go figure!"

Reply From: backdrifter, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I bought my VAOM-06 in early 2010. I was preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime European cruise that my family was going on. We had a balcony and would be on the ship for two weeks and I couldn't stand the thought of being in such a great environment without a guitar. After researching all of the usual suspects, I went with the VA for two reasons - it's full size, and when folded it had the best chances of fitting in the overhead bin (which it did with no problems).

Truthfully, I didn't expect it to sound fabulous, and wouldn't have been disappointed if it didn't. But it does! I've owned many high and some high HIGH end guitars and there's not much that this little OM won't hang with. That's amazing for a guitar that I spent $500 on brand new and just happens to fold in half!

Since then, it has been to Spain, Monaco, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the Bahamas, Tortola, St. Thomas, Antigua, and all over the CONUS with me. I also travel within the US two to three times a month for my job, so it travels frequently. I've never had an issue - it is a well constructed and very tough little guitar.

I've never played the VA's with solid wood sides and back, but mine sounds so good that I can imagine they must sound amazing. That being said, for hardcore travel, I'd rather the durability of the laminates.

Buy one and never look back. Just because of where we've been together mine has a very special place in my heart and I will never sell it."



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Forum Question:
I'm thinking about purchasing either the Martin LXM (Little Martin completely laminate) or the Martin LX1 (Little Martin solid top).

One of the biggest things I've been considering is durability and portability, because next year I'll start college at the University of Michigan and plan on flying there from eastern Pennsylvania. So basically what I'm wondering is: would the solid top of the LX1 hold up to airline travel in a gig-bag in the above head compartment as well as college life in general? .. Do you think it would be a better idea just to get the LXM, even though the sound may not be as good?
Keep in mind I haven't yet compared the sound of either travel guitars in-store, but right now I'm assuming the solid top sounds slightly better, although some seem to prefer the tone of the LXM.

Reply From: Ed422, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“If it is possible to squeeze a few more dollars into the budget, I'd strongly suggest you look into Voyage Air. About a hundred dollars more and you get a full sized guitar that will sound much much better than either of the Martins and will travel better to boot."

Reply From: laughingskunk, via Acoustic Guitar Forum::
“Im not sure if it is ok to post this here but... I have an LXM that I plan on selling when I get my Voyage Air. I'm from Michigan not far from Ann Arbor. I could sell you it for a pretty silly price, and even drop it off in Ann Arbor..

Reply From: pandaroo, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“There are lots of love here, especially for the voyage air.."

Reply From: ljguitar, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“First of all, Hello and Welcome to the forum! Glad you joined.
I'm one who loves the Voyage-Air, and solid tops over all laminates every time (unless you live in a rain forest).
I tried many guitars as travel guitars, and ultimately ended up with (and am happy with) the Voyage-Air VAOM-06. Not only is it full sized, but sounds extremely good as well.
The fact it folds and goes into a back pack just makes it all the more travel friendly.”

Reply From: Cary, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“+1 for the Voyage-Air.   I just traveled to Aruba with my new VAD-06, and it was a pleasure. What an amazing instrument.
I can't personally recommend the Little Martin -- my experience with one was terrible. It just sounded and felt like a toy.”
 
Reply From: bobster7, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Voyage air everytime. Easy to set up, so easy to play (neck feels very comfortable) and sounds wonderful in any tuning. I bought mine purely as a 'travel' guitar but it sounds so nice i just can't fold it up and put it away).”

Reply From: Glenwillow, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Another suggestion for the Voyage-Air. Like Larry, I have a VAOM-06, solid top, laminate mahogany back and sides, folding neck with backpack. This is the ideal guitar to take to college. It sounds good, plays good, is a real, full-size guitar, and it's easy to carry on an airplane or in a car. For that matter, it would be easy to put in a corner of a closet in a dorm room if you needed to get it out of the way.
I have a nephew who went off to school a year ago and on my recommendation my sister got him a VAD-06 and he absolutely loves it. A coworker just bought his son a VAOM-06 to take to college and his son loves it.
Put a bone saddle in the guitar and decent strings on it and you really have a terrific guitar for a very modest price.”
 
Reply From: actaylor, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Another vote for the Voyage Air. It's simply a great guitar that also happens to fold for travel.”

Reply From: L20A, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“I have tried several small, travel guitars over the years. I sold all of them because they didn't sound very good.
I think that a Voyage Air is a great travel guitar. I told one of my band mates about them when he was going to travel out of country. He took my advice and got one. He loves it and even plays it in our band. It sounds great.
Don't buy a small guitar for it's easy to store size, by one that you like to play and like to hear. If you can't find one, get a Voyage Air. I think that you will be happy that you did.”
 
Reply From: Blueser100, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Another vote for Voyage Air for all the reasons mentioned. HOWEVER, I disagree that a solid top version is that much superior to a laminate top. I'll let you try my all lam VAOM-02 and my 1971 Yamaha FG-150 and you can see for yourself. My all lam VA is outstanding in tone and workmanship and I don't have to worry about like I do my solid wood guitars.”

Reply From: cke, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“I have spent a few years trying to settle on a travel/beater guitar. I loved my little Seagull Coastline Grande but got my great Larrivee Parlor. So I turned the Seagull into CA Cargo, but the sound irritated me after a while. I tried a Wechter Travel 'hog top which was a great playing guitar, but donated it to a charity auction. I decided that Imuch like really small guitars very much, but still wanted a guitar which would be survivable and good sounding to me. Finally (I hope) I settled on a Voyage Air VAOM-06. Exceptional instrument as all of you know, and great for travel. Full toned and sized like I prefer. After talking to a few respected techs and a lot of thought, I saw another dimension that took me strongly into the VA camp: when folded there is no strain on the top, thus no great likelihood of cracks. The lam B&S should keep it dimensionally stable. Real Genius!"

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Forum Question:
I'm sorry if this is a really dumb question... But, I still can't get past the folding neck. Will it some how eventually warp or the hinges/pin wear out? Can the action be adjusted to be lowered?

Reply From: Tanque Verde, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I haven't owned one long enough to speak to your longevity concern, but I can say as one who owns a VA, the guitar feels really well built. I don't expect it to fall apart within a timeframe that would make me begrudge the cost. Action lowers at the saddle, piece of cake.

Reply From: Blueser100, via Acoustic Guitar Forum::
"I am very pleased with my VAOM-02. I ignored the brand for a long time, as it was not on my radar and i had not taken the time to try one. The guitar is as well built as any comparable guitar in same price range - maybe even better.

Reply From: Glennwillow, via Acoustic Guitar Forum::
"I have not had any issues with the neck hinge on my VAOM-06 Voyage-Air and I have owned mine for about 3 years now. I had my concerns, too, before I owned one, but I kept hearing such good things, I decided to take a chance. I am really glad I did.

Really, I don't think you are going to have any issues with the folding neck.

Reply From: Ed422, via Acoustic Guitar Forum::
"The hinge is very robust. I don't think the neck is any more or less susceptible to warpage or twisting than any other neck. I expect years of service out of it. I have had mine (VAMD-04BK) about a year and nothing has moved. It can be adjusted just like any other guitar... neck relief, and saddle height. Given the choice, I would (in fact I did) take it over a Mini Martin, Baby Taylor, or GS Mini. Try to find a local dealer and give one a try."

Reply From: MrBJones, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"As others have said, the hinge is nothing to worry about; in fact, it's covered by a lifetime warranty. When the neck is unfolded, you'd be hard-pressed to notice anything about it that's different from any other guitar. Although I've only had mine for a few months, I probably open and fold the neck more frequently than most, having taken it on several business trips already, some with more than one destination. Definitely a non-issue."

Reply From: Martz911, via Acoustic Guitar Forum::
"Another vote for Voyage Air and the strength and ingenuity of its folding neck hinge. I have a Dread model, and it's the first travel guitar I've ever owned with actual bass response (and I've owned three other travel guitars before this one)."

Reply From: Dogberry415, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"It's easy to think, at fist look, that because Voyage Airs are a novelty their construction must be cheap-o. I assure you that, as an owner myself, they are real acoustic guitars in every sense. Want to put a pick-up in it? Go right ahead. Upgrade to bone saddle? Sure. Their sound blows away any of the miniature travel-size guitars."

Reply From: StuartB, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"The way it is designed, I don't think there is even any stress on the hinge. There is no comparison between the other possible travel guitars and the voyage air, not any that I have tried, including the Martin and the baby taylor. They don't come close to the Voyage Air. I have an 06. Nice guitar. If it breaks, just get it repaired. Mine works well."

Reply From: BigMamaJ40, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Everytime you fold the guitar, you take the tension off the saddle. The saddle stays in place, but I wouldn't put in an under saddle pickup. A soundboard transducer would work, though. IMO, the hinge is an engineering marvel."

Reply From: jgmaute, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I'm on the road with my Voyage Air right now. I'm not on a motorcycle but it's doing quite well on the back seat floor behind the passenger's seat with the drop top down driving through the south in 90+ weather. No problem installing a pickup, just don't go for one that goes in the sound hole. I'm in Atlanta today and found a brand new one that a local marine got (special Richie Samboa run) on CL for $250. I'm heading out of town tomorrow otherwise I'd be getting it to donate to Guitars 4 Vets (richie bought 100 and donated them for soldiers). Prior to getting my VA in Dec '10 I'd had a little Martin and a Washburn Rover, neither met my needs. My VA sure does. Best wishes as you find the right guitar for your use."

Reply From: petelor, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Had my vaom-06 for years, don't worry about the hinge, it's quite robust.

Reply From: donh, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I have had a prototype Voyageair for almost exactly 6 years now and it is flawless except for the dings I put there. The production hinges are far far better than mine and mine still plays beautifully and I expect it to long after I am gone.

I also have a VAOM06 and I show it no mercy at all :-) No fears, just get one!.

Reply From: leftybanjo, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I bought one for my grand-daughter last year, she has carried it all over eastern Canada on a music mission. Open and closing several times a day, no problems, she loves it."

Reply From: ljguitar, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"8 alternating plates comprise the (Voyage-Air) hinge, plus two solid pins (metal seated in metal) and a bolt in a threaded housing... Solid."

Reply From: TacomaDR20, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"No worries on the neck joint. I'm not a luthier but I am an engineer; mine is solid as a rock. No comparison tonewise with the smaller guitars like the little Martin, etc., or in the feel of the guitar as you play it. For that price, just grab it - you won't be disappointed."

Reply From: handers, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"There is no concern for the hinge or neck on this guitar. Extremely high quality and the tension is no diff than any other neck once it is strung. My VAOM-2c is a high quality guitar. No concerns at all. have you seen one?.

Reply From: bbrown, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I just acquired a VAOM-06 on AGF Classifieds. All I can say is "Wow, I love this guitar". I've been playing a Collings dreadnaught (DH2G) over the past 1 1/2 years since I started playing solo fingerstyle but I wanted a travel guitar.

It's been 2 weeks now and the VAOM is all I'm playing. I love the size, the feel, and the sound is spectacular. It came with a JBB soundboard transducer. I put my Baggs M1 passive magnetic soundhole transducer in (just barely fit in the soundhole), and I get a really rich sound, deep base, fantastic treble and balance all the way up the fingerboard.

The fold-up mechanism is solid and really quite ingenious. This is a wonderful guitar and for this price I cannot recommend it highly enough."

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Forum Question:
I need to buy a guitar that I can take on a plane for a sailing trip in a couple of months. The Baby Taylor is a contender, of course, but what are the others that I should consider?

Reply From: ljguitar (Larry), via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Hi ELK...
Voyage-Air. My VAOM-06 goes everywhere in it's backpack, and then unfolds into a full sized OM with a full scale neck.

The amazing thing is how great it sounds."

Reply From: BBWW, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I have to second Larry on his choice, Voyage-Air. It's not a travel guitar, It's a guitar you can travel with."

Reply From: Glennwillow, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Yes, I will 3rd Larry's comments about the folding neck Voyage-Air. I own a VAOM-06, solid spruce top, laminated mahogany back and sides, and it sounds quite good considering its very modest cost. I improved the sound a little by putting a bone saddle in it.

It's great to have a travel guitar that really is a full size guitar that fits in its backpack into the overhead of an airplane or under the seat in front of you on a commuter plane."

Reply From: ac, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Just how much of your time is on the plane and how much sailing? A short spell of high humidity should not bother a wood too much. But a lengthy spell would steer me for sure towards a small carbon fiber like the Cargo, Blackbird Rider, or Emerald X5-OS or X7-OS, both super. They are all more expensive than Voyage-Air, but they offer additional real advantages. You may not need those advantages and you can save money with the Voyage-Air or Taylor. Completely depends on your budget and needs."

Reply From: Ed422, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I've always found the Baby Taylor's to be on the flimsy side. That's why I sold the one I had. The VA (mine is a -04) has been just fine through everything I've done with it. My Go Grande has also done well... camping, boating, hiking, etc. with the full sized body, the VA (obviously) sounds better than the Go and it is easier to hold. The Go takes less space which makes it more "stowable".

I've never played a plastic (carbon fiber) guitar I'd want to own... even for travel."

Reply From: harvl, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"On the Voyage Air website there are three stories in the "Owners Club" section that are about using them on boats.
http://www.voyageairguitar.com/owners-club/on-the-road
specifically:
Jimmy Davis
Resistance (was) futile
Voyage Air in the Cayman Islands."

Reply From: darylcrisp, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"One more thumbs up for the voyageair-just a great all around guitar that plays so much better than it should for what it costs, and just happens to fold for easy travel."

Reply From: ELK, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"In appreciation of your help I thought I'd post a review of the guitar I bought for the trip, the Voyage Air VAOM-02 model.

It is an OM size, non-cutaway laminated body that meets the neck at the 14th fret and folds there.

The folding neck works beautifully, just unscrew the strap nut to release it. You can tuck the strings into the sound hole when it is folded. You keep the strings at normal tension so when you fold the neck back up, it sort of "snaps" into place. It does require a little retuning each time you do this, but not a lot. I got a little headstock tuner and kept it clipped on.

In its back pack, which is larger than a typical daypack but stil comfortable, the guitar just barely fits into the overhead compartment of a plane. The pack has protrusions for the heel and headstock that can interfere with putting it in a compartment. Depending on what type of plane, it can be a very tight fit. On one short connection flight they made me gate check it because it would have been too large for the small compartments of the commuter plane.

The backpack has a separate section where you can store items that are relatively flat, such as a laptop computer or a book of chord sheets. Inside this section is a small pocket where you can put picks, strings, capos, etc.

The action is more than satisfactory for a folding guitar, or for any guitar, really. It is not as low as my Taylor, but I didn't expect it to be. It is comfortably playable.

The sound is what you would expect from any OM size guitar. This is a small body and thus does not deliver a lot of bass, but it is a full sound with plenty of resonance. The laminated wood does not seem to hurt the sound quality much, if at all. The sound is consistent with any guitar of that body size.

It is sturdily built and stood up to the hard knocks of sailing in some rough weather, as well as being shoved into compartments and generally jostled around.

We sat on deck several nights anchored off St. Martin and St Barts and played for several hours. The guitar was not affected by the humidity. It also stood up well to the very hard strumming of one of the other guys in our party.

I was generally pleased with it and am considering adding a pickup so I can use it as a back up at gigs if my Taylor were to have any problems.

Thanks to all for your recommendations."

Reply From: Ed422, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Nice. Gotta love it when it works out."

Reply From: Catwoman, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Five years ago I lived aboard a sailboat in Northern Washington, and at the time, I had a Gibson Hummingbird. But I only had space for one guitar onboard. Everyone knows the Hummingbird in its case is a big thing.

The question of humidity when living aboard a sailboat is overblown I think. Yes, the boat is on the water, but also the wind blows most of the time. I would frequently leave the guitar out of the case just thrown into the V-Berth cabin (on blankets and pillows) and it was always fine. I seldom had to tune the guitar. And I never had to tweak the truss rod during that time. But the Gibson was big, bulky and heavy to carry around the docks for cocktail hour - to play it on other boats and jam sessions in the marina.

Now that a job change has moved me off the boat, I live in a regular house and I have 2 Voyage-Air guitars. I wish they had been available when I was living on the boat.

I'm not an expert but from my experience, I think humidity is more of an issue for guitars if you live in the southeast USA like Florida, with 90% humidity for long periods of time. Voyage-Air gets my vote, I play my VAD-2 most of the time."

Reply From: seannx, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Unless you get the real wood topped model, the Little Martins are made from hpl - high pressure laminate - which is basically the same material as a plastic laminate kitchen countertop, commonly referred to as Formica. It is completely different from the laminated wood used in some guitars.

I had a Little Martin before I got my Voyage Air. I think that for the $$ it has a nice Martin-like sound, but if you are used to a full size guitar playing it is an adjustment, and my hand would start to cramp after 45 minutes. I sold it to friends in Brazil for their daughter.

My Voyage Air is my favorite go-to guitar. If I had to get down to one acoustic, it would be the one to keep, and not because it can travel. That's a bonus."

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Quotes from Acoustic Guitar Forum – April, 2012

Forum Question:
I'm considering buying a Voyage Air OM-4 for about $500. What regular guitar (non-folding guitar) would you compare it to in sound and quality?
Would I be better off buying a couple of $200 guitars (maybe a Yamaha F series?) and just storing them at the two places I travel to the most? I guess I'm sort of asking how much of the folding aspect adds to the total cost?

Reply From: Ilovetaylors,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Voyage air is probably the best travel guitar in the market. It sounds much better than a $500 dollar guitar for sure. Even if it wasn't portable, it should cost around that much, the portability makes it all that much more impressive."

Reply From: actaylor,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Agreed. It sounds better than most $500 guitars and will certainly be better than either of the $200 guitars you could buy

Reply From: TokyoNeko,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"A few weeks ago, I traded in a Simon & Patrick Songsmith Folk (plus $) for that exact model. As you may know, tone is subjective and different people will like different sounds. But I felt that the VAOM-04 was on par with the Songsmith. Different sounds, but similar quality.

"I would certainly rate the VAOM-04 above the Yamaha F series or most other non-Godin sub-$500 guitars in the market."

Reply From: Glenwillow,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"For my money, the Voyage-Air VAOM-04 at $500 is a bargain. Before the Voyage-Air guitars came out, I bought a Guild GAD-30R, which I thought was decent and which I keep at one of my daughter's houses on the other side of the country. I paid about $740 for the Guild GAD-30R. The Voyage-Air VAOM-06 (about the same as the -04) sounds as good as the Guild for 1/3 less and I can take the VA guitar anywhere, any time I want.

"There is no $200 guitar anywhere close to the Voyage-Air VAOM-04 in my opinion. And if I had to sprinkle them around the country for trips, I would need a half dozen of them, at least. The VAOM-04 is a better way to go from my viewpoint."

Reply From: paulzoom,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Wow, that is impressive. I think it might be time to sell the Yamaha and put it towards the Voyage-Air. That can be my travel/beater guitar to go along with my Eastman."

Reply From: John F,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I have a Voyage-Air VAOM-06. It had a really nice sound and plays really well. It's a really good guitar for the money, regardless of whether it folds. I bought it for a travel/flight guitar, and it's just a great travel guitar. If anything happened to this one, I'd buy another immediately."

Reply From: HudsDad,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I played a VAOM-04 back to back with a Martin OM-1 and I thought the VAOM sounded better than the Martin. Much better setup right out of the box, too. Throw portability in the mix and the Voyage-Air is an easy choice."

Reply From: kendallhadden,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I have owned some very high-end guitars that have been sold or traded in the past few years. The one constant has been my Voyage-Air VAOM-06. It is by far one of the best sounding and playing guitars I have ever owned for less than $1200. I installed a JJB 330 pickup and it is one of the best sounding plugged in guitar I have owned until I recently picked up a Gwaltney with an Anthem installed in it. Do yourself a favor and buy one. You won't be disappointed.

I'm sure ljguitar will comment soon. He owns some of the best guitars out there and he keeps a VAOM-06 for travel and different venues. He even put in a dual source pickup, which cost just about as much as the guitar . If you do a search on Youtube you will see him playing his VA. He is pretty awesome and one of the reasons I purchased a VA."

Reply From: ljguitar,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I own the predecessor to the VAOM-04 (mine is a VAOM-06), and would say it is more in the same category as the $700 to $900 guitars including some of the lower end all solids.

"For instance, I owned a Recording King 000-12 and the Voyage-Air is superior (and the Recording King is a great guitar). Add the foldup capability and I now have a real guitar which can travel better than any guitar I've tried for travel guitars (and I tried em all except for the ''Go'' and ''Blackbird'')

"It is more Taylor-esque than Martin-esque in tone, with more sustain, a wider fingerboard, and highly responsive string attack. Interestingly my low E and A growl sometimes when I lean into them like some Martins.

"I like Yamaha, but if you gave me the choice of your Yamaha versus my Voyage-Air with the limitation I have to glue the neck open, I'll still take the Voyage-Air. It is a superior guitar."

Reply From: AZLiberty,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I borrowed a Voyage-air from Harv a while back. Definitely better than a couple of $200 plywood guitars, but not as good as my Larrivee OM. If I traveled more I would have kept it. I'd rate it similar to one of the solid top Korean Import Breedloves."

Reply From: Misifus,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I had the privilege of using one of the early mass-produced Voyage-Air guitars for a couple of weeks. I don't recall the model number, but they've changed since then. This was a solid wood OM in spruce over mahogany. It was very like, and possibly superior to, my Martin OM-16GT in both sound and playability. I paid more than $800 for the Martin."

Reply From: Glennwillow,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"The hinge for me has been no big deal. I am careful, but not obsessive. Sometimes the guitars makes some stretching noises when I fold it out and stress up the top with the strings. I tune the guitar tuners down a couple of twists before I fold it up. I asked about the little bit of noise and was told it's normal; so far, no issues at all. I have had mine for a couple of years.

"The transit case I have provides all the protection the guitar needs as far as I can tell. I have travelled with mine an airplanes at least 6-8 times with no issues.

"Most people don't seem to be able to tell much difference between the VAOM-06 and the VAOM-04. If you can find a used one, that might save you some money. If buying new, most people have reported being very happy with the VAOM-04. I think that has replaced the VAOM-06. I have a nephew with the VAD-06 dreadnought and he loves his; he's a college student."

Reply From: revive,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"VAOM-04 vs VAOM-06: For $100 extra, you'll get
- solid sitka spruce top (instead of solid spruce top -- maybe from somewhere in Asia)
- deluxe bag
- dark binding instead of white.
- The back veneer is also higher grade (although the difference is not noticeable).

"So are those upgrades worth $100? That's subjective. But to me personally I think it's worth it."

Reply From: donh,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"A few things: The 04 and 06 are identical except for the 04 having chinese sitka and the 06 having north american sitka

"The hinge is the last thing you ever need to worry about on these guitars. Really. Really-really. It will never be a problem, it Just Works. I have a VAOM-06 and it is absolutely wonderful. It is a better slide guitar than some of my handbuilts. It is my campfire/festival guitar and hangs in there all night :-)."

Reply From: rwalkerphl,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I know this is a late post, but I had an VAOM-04 for about a year, and just upgraded to a VAOM-2c (had a chance to visit Ted at LA Guitar Sales, an awesome guy to do business with!). I also have a BelAir too.

"I travel almost every week, and alternate the acoustic and electric. They are both solid guitars, playing well. I will say the case that comes with the 2c is better than with the 04. It fits better in the overhead lockers, and protects the guitar better."

Reply From: Steely Glen,
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"My VAOM-04 outranks the all-solid Silver Creek T-170 I used to own....hands down."

Reply From: pandaroo (in Australia),
via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I am quite surprised to be playing my VAD-01 most of the time now. I thought to have a dread in the mix for a change, i now realize that i have discovered a newfound love for dreadnoughts. All thanks to Voyage-Air. I preferred the tone of my Vad-01 over a Martin D-16 which i tried just last week."

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Quotes from Acoustic Guitar Forum – Feb, 2012

Forum Question:
Travel Guitar… I’m going to Germany on a business trip for about three weeks… I’ve been considering the Martin Backpacker, are there any others I should consider?


Reply From: ljguitar, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“May I suggest a Voyage-Air? I own/use a VOAM-06 which is a full sized, full scale travel guitar with an amazing neck hinge which allows it to fold into a back pack which has room for a computer or change of clothes or two, and it fits into the overhead bin of an airliner. A friend took his to India this year and loved having a full sized guitar for his entire trip! That is why I love mine... Oh yeah - it sounds great too! And it's great in the RV…and it goes on vacation in my wife's Saturn easily… and it's great to gig with for times I'm only playing a couple songs. And here’s a quick video that I put together – check it out here.

Reply From: Roadbiker, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Thanks for the suggestions. What do you think about the Taylor GS Mini?

Reply From: ljguitar, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Hi Roadbiker...
I was looking for a travel guitar which was full-scale, full width neck, and full body size that I could travel with, and having played a GS Mini - it is undersized and underpowered compared to a conventional full sized guitar.”

Reply From: Glenwillow, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“Opinions are going to vary on what is the best travel guitar, as you can see from the responses to your thread. I would echo ljguitar’s comments about the Voyage-Air guitar. I have owned a VAOM-06 for a couple of years (I bought mine from Tarpman), and I am very happy with it. I did put a bone saddle in place of the original Tusq and I feel it improved the guitar.

I feel that the VA guitar is a good compromise between cost and portability with excellent tone and playability. I wanted a full-size guitar and yet something I knew that I could carry onto any airplane. I have travelled a fair amount with my VAOM-06 and it has worked out extremely well. I also use the guitar for other things (campouts, camp fires, taking it to work to play at lunch on occasion), so I get my money's worth out of this guitar.”

Reply From: jgmaute, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“As you can read already, there are a lot of options, you just have to find the one that fits your needs and budget. I can say that before I got my Voyage Air I had a Little Martin and a Washburn Rover, neither one of them had the full guitar sound I wanted. For me, my Voyage Air is the best of both worlds, I can put it in the overhead storage of an airplane and when I'm driving it doesn't take up much space but when I'm playing it it's got that great full guitar sound.”

Reply From: ljguitar, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
“I owned a Recording King ROS-626 for about a year and can tell you as a Voyage-Air owner, the ROS was far bigger...or perhaps a better way to say it is the Voyage-Air takes up a fraction of the space in the RV or plane when we are traveling (and goes into an overhead bin or small spaces).
Of course the Recording King is full scale, but it is not a travel guitar any more than any other full sized guitar.
After the third time I folded up the Voyage-Air, I had it to the point that it is away in the backpack as fast as my Olson goes into it's case. 'Folding' is a feature not a handicap.”

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Forum Question:
Which travel guitar carries on the best?

Reply From: Sachi, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Yes. Yes, do spend the extra money for the Voyage-Air. It's a great guitar, and even the all-laminate one has good sound. I'd recommend you spring for the solid top model (the -04 version.) ... I've taken my VAOM-06 to Seattle a few times and I will be taking it to Paris in November for a long trip. It's perfect!"

Reply From: dkoloff, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"Another vote for the Voyage Air.....I have the all wood version which i love but have played the solid top version and sounds great as well. The GS mini is nice but runs second IMHO......and I am not letting the fact that i was just at the Taylor factory yesterday sway me..."

Reply From: kerbie, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"If good sound is your primary concern, I'd vote for the Voyage Air... no question."

Reply From: seannx, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"As long as the laptop part is zipped off, I haven't had a problem fitting my Voyage Air in an overhead bin, even on domestic flights within Brazil. One thing about the GS Mini, Little Martin, and other smaller, shorter scale guitars, is that they are still relatively long. While you can usually fit them in an overhead bin lengthwise, if you don't constantly monitor what the other travelers do, you will invariably have some last minute arriving passenger attempt to stuff their briefcase or carry-on right on top of the guitar. Because the Voyage Air case is more compact, and somewhat thicker, it actually works better for travel, and best of all, you have a full size guitar."

Reply From: Glennwillow, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"For my preferences, yes, I would spend the money for a VAOM-04. Only $500, put a $20 bone saddle in it, and it sounds quite good -- good enough for a travel guitar for sure. I bought the predecessor, the VAOM-06."

Reply From: Ed422, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"The question was "carry on-able". I have never heard of anyone not being able to carry on a Voyage Air. Many of the other (brands), I have... I agree the plastic (carbon fiber) guitars are more robust, but I've never played one that sounds like something I'd want to own."

Reply From: donter, via Acoustic Guitar Forum:
"I have a voyage air VAD-04 never had a problem on airlines. I am a guy who likes dreads and the sound is great for the price even though I use light strings."