Voyage Air Guitar!

16 May

I am, as my roommates will readily testify…addicted to things with strings. I will happily pluck around on a mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, ukulele, whatever…without actually knowing much about it. (It is on my goal list to acquire a good working knowledge of at least two of these sooner than later).

My first and only true love, however, is guitar. And I have a great one…I bought a Martin OM-15 when I graduated from high school and it has been my brilliant-sounding steadfast companion ever since. I had a Taylor for a while but sold it last year and bought an Art and Lutherie parlor guitar, which I keep out by my desk and use as a writing guitar.

I don’t usually need much of a reason to blow some cash on an instrument, though no acoustics have called me name lately because my Martin is, as I said, THE BEST GUITAR EVER FOR ME. However, traveling is hard on instruments and I do a lot of it.

Voyage Air Guitar

Enter Voyage Air Guitars, who officially endorse Susan as one of their artists. She’s had a Voyage Air for a couple of years now and it’s a really great instrument, and it folds up so you can take in on board a plane and not have to check it. Yep, a folding guitar…and this guitar snob is cool with it. I reject lots of things in guitars, but there’s not a thing wrong with how Voyage Air rolls. I got a VAOM-04 model…a smaller bodied guitar like my Martin.

Voyage Air Guitar

Voyage Air Guitar

I’ve had it for 12 hours now…I was staring out the window for the FedEx truck to come all morning. So far so good. I even folded it up and popped it back open and it was pretty much still in tune. Very cool.

It gets road-tested on May 30th when I fly to Seattle. Watch out, TSA! I’ve got music and it’s coming with me.

4 Responses to Voyage Air Guitar!



May 16th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Musicians get all the ‘breaks’ even in travel. Everything I make art with is a no-no traveling/on board any airplane that either I do not own myself, or is owned by some fabulous wealthy collector who jets around and has deigned to allow my co-flying.

In the Public Air thoroughfares; No Markers, especially oil markers, No Paints, no Paint Brushes -because Lord knows I could take down a slew of people by (?) poking them repeatedly with the blunt wooden ends; or I suppose tickling them into submission of control of the flying vehicle, with the brushy ends, it could happen?

No Pallet knives for my non-existent paints because the name just doesn’t pass tsa-roll-call. AND Certainly aerosol cans never go anywhere by air; even checking them is NO-forgetaboutit! Ground-transport only you stupid artist.

Possibly the ONLY thing that can fly is (and I have flown without saying a single word to anyone-just shoved it through the Ray-Box) graphite pencil sets. . I just ain’t all that excited by pencils, at this stage in my career.

So even being able to “break them in half for travel” doesn’t make pencils the ideal travel art tool. Especially since once you do break them down they just stay smaller. So they DO modify but that is seriously not the coolest modification.

And sculpture tools? hahahaha “heavy-metal” ain’t welcome via airBus, is all I am gonna say to that.

So: you win, minstrel. Your ‘toy for flying’ with your art is better than anything I have outside of my camera… but you have that too.

It’s Just Not Fair that Songbirds get all the preferential travel niceness. But I do seriously love the gadgetry of this guitar. The tool-maker-user in me wants one just for the msGadget of it.



May 16th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Dang I never thought about it! And how on earth are paintbrushes on the no fly list? Sssshhhh we live in a police state.



June 14th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Dude, I must try it next time we’re co-located for at least 5 minutes. I’ll be running a series of posts soon on a Squier tele I acquired for travel purposes (fits in my suitcase with the neck unbolted). By acquired, of course, I mean stripped of everything and rebuilt to Ben Bonin specs 😉


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