The $125,000 Voyage-Air Guitar

Many of us who play the guitar find that it all started with an interest and love of music. That interest can quickly lead to a passion for the guitar itself. Many of us own more than one guitar. For a few, this can lead to an obsession for the guitar as artwork.

Jeff Cohen, CEO of Voyage-Air Guitar, Inc., is one of those so obsessed. Over the years, Jeff has played and collected a number of high-end Martin and Leach guitars, each unique and known for its intricate inlay work.

The Samurai - foldedJeff wanted to show the world that there is no upper limit to the tone, sound quality and easy playability for a Voyage-Air acoustic folding guitar. For this, Jeff commissioned Harvey Leach to build the ultimate Voyage-Air guitar.

The result is a guitar named the Samurai, named for its extensive Japanese-themed inlay work. This guitar has over 500 hours of work – just on the inlays!

The back and sides are made from solid Black Ebony. The top wood? Master-Grade Carpathian Spruce. The binding is Ebony, with red purfling lines. The top, back and sides are trimmed with crushed Mother of Pearl. The soundhole rosette is solid Ebony, with kanji inlays showing the Bushido code of the Samurai.

A particular challenge was in the detail for the fretboard and the back of the guitar, as these are both slightly curved surfaces. Some of the inlay materials are as thin as the width of a human hair, and matching the curvature must be precise.

The result? This guitar was displayed at an exhibition: “The Art of Inlay” at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. The case for this museum-grade instrument? The Deluxe Voyager Case. The same as other Voyage-Air Premier series guitars.

But most important: this is a guitar that was made to be played. It has traveled the world, and has been played countless times in the VIP Lounge provided by Voyage-Air Guitar at trade shows. In spite of the lavish inlay work, it gives up nothing to tone, resonance, sustain and harmonics: a tribute to Harvey Leach’s 35+ years of experience in guitar design. Harvey Leach also designed the original Voyage-Air guitars, and his experience translated into the signature tone and projection of the current Premier Series guitars.

Finally, what does this exotic guitar have in common with all Voyage-Air guitars? Even the Voyage-Air Transit series, priced at $499? They all use the exact same patented Voyage-Air hinge that has a lifetime warranty. That's right: this museum-grade work-of-art uses the same hinge for folding the guitar.

Passion, art and craftsmanship: thanks to the unique partnership of Harvey Leach and Jeff Cohen, it’s something that you can feel and hear in every Voyage-Air guitar. Even the models that are less than $125,000.

Stories From The Road

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