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    Traveler Guitar

    A fully-loaded axe for the serious traveler.

    The Traveler Guitars EG-1 Mahogany is the most sophisticated travel guitar you've ever played! It includes an onboard Pocket RockIt headphone amp with distortion so you can plug your headphones directly into the guitar and rock out anytime, anywhere.

    Co-designed by John Carruthers, the EG-1 Mahogany also boasts more traditional guitar features such as a strong, resonant African Mahogany body and neck and an ebonized rosewood fretboard. With a full-size humbucker pickup, full 25-1/2 inch scale and 22 jumbo frets, you'll forget you're playing a travel guitar!

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Full 25 1/2" scale
    • 4 pounds light and only 29 1/4" long
    • Built-in Pocket RockIt headphone amp with distortion & clean tones
    • Fits in airline overhead compartments
    • African mahogany body and neck

    Truly road-ready. Call or click today to order yours.

     
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    Traveler GuitarEG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar
     
    4.3

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    4.0

    Good little travel guitar

    By pswann

    from Searcy, Arkansas

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Awkward To Tune

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    I enjoyed playing this little guitar. The sound was just fine for me. I play only for me, nothing professional. The only thing that bothered me was the awkwardness of the tuning. I like to use alternate tunings and the placement of the tuner makes that more difficult. Not impossible - just tougher. Not having a place to securely fasted a clip-on tuner is also problematic. I'd like to see them add a built in tuner. However, overall, I liked this guitar and certainly recommend it.

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    5.0

    Mr.Butler

    By Phil Butler

    from planet earth

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    If you travel and want to play this is your instrument. Along with a TASCAM GT-R1 you are set to hone your skills and keep a running memory of your playing. Now you can leave that bulky full size instrument at home and not worry over airport baggage handling, You know the instrument will arrive with you and in excellent condition ready to play. Also the guitar sounds offered in the TASCAM truly fill out the performance range of this little beauty and you'll going to love it.
    This guitar is small, light, with a very fast neck and true tune on all fret positions, prefect to the task. The electronics work very well with a distortion feature that is impressive. Would like to see a little deeper tone however the instrument is solid excellent and sounds great with blues, RR and and all other kinds of agressive playing. It's a perfect match for my TASCAM GT-R1. Now I can practice and record on the road into the headphones---what a blast.
    The finish on the wood is very smooth shows attention to detail but would like a little thicker paint coating. The hardware is all first rate and metal parts fit to wood very clean.. The factory travel bag is good. The neck is excellent. Holds tune well no issues with the hardware and the strings arn't so difficult to change just do it one at a time. The variable gain electronics knobs and selector switch have solid smooth and quiet electronic action, switch hardware, connector and switchplate are set well. The plastic tape wrapped around the pickups by the pickup vendor is a little loose and is the only asthetic ouch on the axe maybe that's why this instrument was listed used but doesn't put me off delivering a high quality rating.
    I purchased a used instrument so my bang for the buck is trully excellent. I can't find anything about this axe that says it's used. It came in the Traveler factory case and box and space bag but without the paperwork that's all. Don't be put off looking at this instrument used. If this is an indicator of what Musician's Friend offers for used then it's first rate.

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    5.0

    Best in class IMHO

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    When people see a rave review they think the writer may have no experience or a stake in the company. No to both. I am lucky to own a number of excellent guitars, mainly Reverends. I've been playing for four decades, and some people think I sound good. I have no hesitation in recommending this instrument to any serious amateur player who needs an electric for travel, but finds a full size guitar too cumbersome. At the price I paid (here, good service) it's a great deal; even at full price, I'd have no regrets.
    I bought the natural mahogany on sale for a little less. For that price the features are astonishing -- not just because they'r'e nice features, but because everything works. Fits easily in an overhead flight compartment, light enough to walk with easily. Well designed solid body. Looks tiny, yet feels like a real guitar when you pick it up. Good neck, good sound from the HB and the pocket rockit onboard amp (improved over the standalone, which I own and don't like); only two sounds, clean and dirty, and no reverb, but good tone and no static when used with phones. What I bought it for. If you want to carry a preamp or modeler there's a regular 1/4" jack to connect. I will experiment with some pocket preamps, but they're not really needed to enjoy this instrument. Have not used the aux in jack yet, might be nice for recording. Recessed tuners (good idea) work fine; haven't had to change strings yet after two trips, will see how that goes.
    The strings go around the body to the tuners on a plastic roller; it's the only part of the construction that concerns me for possible breakage. The rest is very solid; I actually dropped it once, no issues. No finish flaws, neck pocket is tight. Compared to my previous travel guitar, a Hofner Shorty wiith neck issues, this is another universe. You need to watch the onboard amp to make sure it's switched off when you pack up the instrument, and I carry a spare 9v battery in the bag. Quality practical padded bag with solid pockets. BTW, came wrapped in a thermal bag to protect from temperature and humidity changes. Sweet touch.
    I spend 1/3 of every year traveling for work and need a guitar to keep up my chops and stay happy in strange places. I own three travel guitars; one is a Tokai Talbo Junior, amazing oboard sound, but has become a collector piece and weighs noticeably more than the Traveler; one is a Hofner that is really unuseable, bought online cheap and feels like it. This guitar can be replaced, feels like a feather in its bag on my shoulder, and is rewarding to play. It needs no mods, useable out of the box. I actually feel confident that I can take it on stage; I will be using it with a Pignose on my next long trip. For the price I paid, it's an exceptional value.

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    4.0

    Nice little guitar - excellent value

    By JR Emmett

    from Texas (smile when ya say that)!

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    Am a tough on handing out 10 ratings. That being said - this is a fantastic product for the travel needs of any guitar player. I have no complaints about this product, just reserve my 10 ratings for those things that really blow my socks off.

    Don't let the small size fool you - it's no toy and the neck feels just perfect in my hands. Solidly built, well designed and a perfect solution for travel. I've been looking at these since Traveller entered the market and the EG series is the first that felt right to me. Am looking forward to many miles on the road with this little guy.

    If someone steals it or it is damaged beyond repair - I will buy another one.
    Very compact travel guitar with full size fretboard. On board amp, MP3 input and standard 1/4" jack are nice features. Just wish it had an on-board tuner (may add a pickup ring type in the future). Kind of a pain to string and wish the tail piece bar had a retainer. If you change one string at a time, this isn't a problem.

    Feared that friction would make tuning a problem but the roller tail piece design helps a lot. Stays in tune very well once the strings are stretched. Didn't have to stretch them any more than I do on my full size working guitars.

    Like the body shape much better than the acoustics or replaceable armrest models I've tried in the stores. Tend to play it sitting on my left knee to get a better left hand position.
    Sealed tuners, aluminum fitting at the top of the neck are high quality. Setup from factory with 0.010's a bit heavy for my tastes. I put on a set of 0.009's, adjusted intonation, neck relief and bridge height and it plays very well indeed. Firt and finish very good for a guitar in this price range.

    Looked under the control plate and found a well executed installation and soldering - neatly done and much better than factory average job. No issues here.

    Fit and finish are very good - again well done for the price range. Frets were level, well shaped, polished and no sharp ends. Not a buzz anywhere on the neck - even with my normal string height setup..
    Excellent value for the money. Suggest sticking with the gig bag that comes with it. Ordered a hard shell case but suspect I'll never use it. The case is nice - just makes the guitar a bit large for carry on - too much as I usually carry a heavy laptop backpack when on business.

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    5.0

    The Quality Shows

    By zapkat

    from Arizona deserts

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    The EG-1 Mahogany Travel Guitar is a player. the neck was set perfict. I lowered the bridge a little.
    Tuning and intonation are easy to set up. the tuning machines hold realy well. The pickup sounds good through both tube and solid state amps. You can play this neck with your eyes closed, I did.
    I almost forgot the Case is one of the best made cases I have ever seen. Main pocket padded with metal zippers and pull. Two front pockets one is the size of a three pack of strings, loos fit.Room for extra battery, picks, etc. the other pocket is about the size of a music book, about one inch thick. Great for head phones, patch chords, etc. All the metal zippers have these realy kool looking zipper pulls. I am verry supprised and happy with the EG-1 Mahogany Travel Guitar. Also for those of you who have lower back ishues, like me. You won;t find a lighter guitar, unless you buy the cardbord ones. lol,lol.
    I just unpacked a new EG-1 Mahogany Travel Guitar. After a close inspection I realized this Guitar is jam packed with great features. The pictures don't do the EG-1 justice.
    The finish on the EG-1 Mahogany Travel Guitar is flawless. I have only seen this quality of fret board on guitars in the $$$$ dollar range. WOW! Great work Traveler Guitar.
    I have always wanted a headless guitar. This last year I watched the price of the EG-1 Travel Guitar, it didn't change mutch. So when I saw this guitar on sale I knew if I didn't buy it now, I never would. I have never found a better price, on a nicer Guiter, and its only 4 lbs.

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    1.0

    Great travel guitar

    By David Brumley

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    I think there is a difference in the components for the natural vs. red version (at another store I saw the red one, and it had fancier inlays). I ordered the natural one.

    Guitar fits in overhead bin space in a plane. Great sound, easy to play. I have the traveler ultra-lite as well, and that thing is so neck heavy it is impossible to play. This one doesn't have that problem. There is a little noise in the pickups, but still a great deal for the price. The action is OK.
    Great value. Plays like a guitar that cost nearly twice the price.

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    5.0

    Review

    By Mark-12X4d

    from California

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    Compared to a full size guitar it's not bad at all. Chinese made, the neck is satin, and on the thinner side. Sounds pretty decent. It's kind of difficult to string up, not too bad though. I like how the tuners are buried in the body. You can set it down any way or wrap it up in the soft case and the tuners won't get bumped and knock it out of tune. It's small but easy to play. Nice and light and very compact. Kind of fun to play, actually. It's comfortable to play sitting or standing with a strap.The on board amp is cool, you can plug headphones right into it and it has clean or distortion sounds. Not great tone of course, but what can you expect from a micro solid state amp? I plugged it in to my G-DEC and it's a little on board pre-amp. Aside from travelling, I could see having this next to me while I watch TV, sometimes I get the urge to play a little while I'm sitting with the wife watching the boob tube. A full size can be a bit bulky in that situation. I might even bring it to the office and play during lunch. Like I said before, a Pocket POD or something like that would be perfect for a little headphone modeling amp to bring along.I like it. For a compact travel guitar, I think this is as good as it gets.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    unbeleivable tone from this thing!

    By seth-O8lUn

    from currently central Iraq

    Comments about Traveler Guitar EG-1 Mahogany Travel Electric Guitar:

    maybe it's the mahogany body and neck, maybe it's the fact that it's got so little wood mass that the strings make it resonate more than a full size, but whatever it is this thing has FANTASTIC tone. the single pickup sounds rich and full, and the strat-scale feels great. my only gripe is that they placed the volume knob after the internal amp, so when you turn down the volume while using the built in distortion, all you get is db decrease, it doesn't roll off the gain. i am currently deployed to iraq, and i have recorded quite a lot of metal with it using guitar rig 3. as far as tone goes, i think i would use this for all future recordings. it's that much better tone compared to my viper 400. one thing to watch out for is the way that it's made, it takes a LOT of string to reach from the end of the nut to the tuners. i got some BlueSteel strings to replace the dean markleys it came with and they almost didn't make it far enough. the D string had to be wound with only the core through the tuner, which made for REALLY bad tuning stability, along with the G string, which barely made it as well, and we all know how fickle G strings are. the factory strings stayed in tune all day long. you will love this guitar!

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