What About that Captive Nut?

One of the questions we receive at Voyage-Air Guitar is:

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"During the course of engineering the revolutionary Voyage-Air folding travel guitar, the issue about how to keep the strings from flying off the nut when folding the instrument came up.

The solution is Voyage-Air's patented Captive Nut, used in conjunction with a proven zero-fret design. With this Captive Nut, made of durable Corian, the strings are guided through precision-centered holes in the nut. This exactly locates the spacing for each string while holding the strings "captive" – so they can't come away from their position with respect to the precision tuning machines on the headstock.

What is the "zero-fret" and how does this work? Dating back to before the 1700s, luthiers used a "nut", cut with a slot, to position the end of the resonant string at the headstock. It worked so well that this design is still used on many guitars today. With this design, when you strum an "open chord" it will have the same tonality of a fretted chord. Additionally a zero fret allows the guitar to have a more accurate intonation, because an actual fret is placed in the position where the nut would usually reside. This zero-fret design is clearly superior for the overall tone and tuning of the guitar. And it's used for all Voyage-Air models: from the rugged and affordable Transit Series, up through hand built Premier Series guitars.

A Folding Guitar

A Folding Guitar

How It Works - Innovation and engineering has made the folding guitar possible. Here, we give you an overview on unpacking and assembling the Voyage-Air Guitar acoustic and electric models.

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Patented Hinge

Patented Hinge

The Patented Voyage-Air Folding Neck-Hinge System is the key to how our instruments fold in half and fit into a backpack-style case for easy stowage and traveling!

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What is a Captive Nut?

What is a Captive Nut?

The Captive Nut, made of durable Corian, the strings are guided through precision-centered holes in the nut. This precisely locates...

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What is a Zero Fret?

What is a Zero Fret?

A zero fret is simply another fret positioned where a standard nut would be situated. It allows much better control of ...

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Shop Acoustics

Shop Acoustics

Voyage-Air Guitar acoustics are now available with an optional pickup system.  Are you a left-handed guitarist?  We now offer all Transit and Songwriter series with a left-handed option.

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Shop Electrics

Shop Electrics

Voyage-Air TransAxe Series guitars include the Dura-Trans carry case that is slim, lightweight, and features a zippered pocket for accessories. 

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Owner Stories

Owner Stories

 A Voyage-Air Guitar enables anyone to take their music anywhere you go. This section features photos, stories, and videos from real owners.

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Read Reviews

Read Reviews

See what people are saying about the Travel Guitar that folds in half! Actual Voyage-Air Guitar owner testimonials from those who know the value and quality of the guitar. 

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