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Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar  

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With its unique modern-retro look and detachable tear-drop arm support, the Speedster represents a design revolution in travel guitars. In addition t...Read More

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Killer tone in an incredibly portable, flash package!

With its unique modern-retro look and detachable tear-drop arm support, the Speedster represents a design revolution in travel guitars. In addition to its compact size and portability, the Speedster is built for performance with a high-output dual-rail humbucker pickup, a unique roller-style bridge, and volume and tone controls. With the arm support detached for travel, the whole package fits neatly inside a high-quality gig bag (included) and is small enough to stow in airline overhead compartments. The Traveler Speedster is great for the rocker on the run.

Includes gig bag.

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FEATURES
  • Full 24-3/4" scale
  • 4-1/2 pounds light and only 28" long
  • Fits easily in airline overhead compartments
  • Dual-rail humbucker
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Upper armrest detaches for travel
  • Includes gig bag

Great for the rocker on the run. Order yours today.

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Traveler GuitarSpeedster Travel Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 46 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (7)
    • Jamming (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a *FUN* guitar!

    I had been shopping for a travel-worthy guitar after seeing my $$$ strat case take beating after beating, even in the airlines' Fragile luggage service. (I think that they give the fragile...Read complete review

    I had been shopping for a travel-worthy guitar after seeing my $$$ strat case take beating after beating, even in the airlines' Fragile luggage service. (I think that they give the fragile cases an extra toss just for fun.:-))

    The guitar is compact, and you don't even get a blink from the people at airport security, as you nonchalantly drop the tennis-racket shaped soft case onto the belt. The Traveler has a great sound, and really nice touch and response. Sustain is quite good, as well, considering the small amount of solid body the guitar has to work with.

    I use a Boss 4-track Micro-BR to practice with when I travel. I just got an iRig, and it seems to work just great with that, too.

    I've used this guitar in Open Mic events around the world, and it's a blast to see people's eyes and watch them mouth "WTFrick is that?" It's a great guitar for gigs, too, when you want to whip out a slide and do your best Robert Johnson.

    All in all, a great practice / gigging guitar. I highly recommend it for any who travel or who want something a little different.

    Caveats: You will need to clip the strings close to the tuning pegs, otherwise you will get poked.

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    Wouldn't stay in tune

    Maybe it was just mine, but my Speedster would NOT stay in tune. Any sort of string bend or heavy handed playing on my part cause the string to store some tension...Read complete review

    Maybe it was just mine, but my Speedster would NOT stay in tune. Any sort of string bend or heavy handed playing on my part cause the string to store some tension "around the bend", on the backside of the guitar near the tuners. This resulted in a very frustrating experience as a player, because I was constantly having to pull on the strings to equalize the tension. It got old very quickly.

    There's a lot to like about the size of this little guitar, beginning with the fact that it IS tiny. And a lot of the other known quirks, like the difficulty changing strings, can be overcome with by replacing the stock tuners with locking tuners, changing out the stock pickup to something more...interesting, and maybe adding series/parallel/coil tap switch, all of which I did. However, as much as I wanted to appreciate this guitar for its size, i just couldn't get past the tuning issues, which were significant and which ultimately caused me to seek out a different travel guitar.

    Bottom line: this is a clever design that gets a lot right, and its compact size is impossible to beat without sacrificing scale length, but its inability to stay in tune during play was a deal breaker for me. I wish it were otherwise.

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    1.0

    Wouldn't stay in tune

    By Not my first time to the rodeo

    from SF Bay Area

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Wouldn't Stay In Tune

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

      Maybe it was just mine, but my Speedster would NOT stay in tune. Any sort of string bend or heavy handed playing on my part cause the string to store some tension "around the bend", on the backside of the guitar near the tuners. This resulted in a very frustrating experience as a player, because I was constantly having to pull on the strings to equalize the tension. It got old very quickly.

      There's a lot to like about the size of this little guitar, beginning with the fact that it IS tiny. And a lot of the other known quirks, like the difficulty changing strings, can be overcome with by replacing the stock tuners with locking tuners, changing out the stock pickup to something more...interesting, and maybe adding series/parallel/coil tap switch, all of which I did. However, as much as I wanted to appreciate this guitar for its size, i just couldn't get past the tuning issues, which were significant and which ultimately caused me to seek out a different travel guitar.

      Bottom line: this is a clever design that gets a lot right, and its compact size is impossible to beat without sacrificing scale length, but its inability to stay in tune during play was a deal breaker for me. I wish it were otherwise.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      special needs

      By rockin chair

      from soo ontario

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

        started back jamming with the band since my accident and was having a hard time playing and balancing myself in my wheelchair as a regualar length guitar would throw me off balance,was searching on here and found this and a wireless setup(pain running over cable) and was I surprised, this thing feels great, sounds great and looks great. Couldn't be happier with this buy,I would have been happy to just have something that I could comfortably play but this thing surpassed all expectations. I would highly recommend this unit.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Gets the job done

        By Doc73

        from Clarence, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

          I picked up a Speedster as I am traveling more and didn't want to lose practice time.

          This guitar will fit into the overhead bin of an airplane, but is too long to fit under your seat. Mine has come through four flights without a scratch.

          The tone is pretty good - I pair it with a Vox Amplug and phones. The neck is quite playable with a comfortable feel. The tuners are built into the body and take some getting used to.

          Overall, the Speedster is a worthy addition to my collection serves its intended use quite well.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My new best friend.

          By fortyfourcaliber

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

            This little guy is awesome! I slapped some .14 - .68 strings on there for a challenging practice. Now I can practice everywhere - on the bus, at school, on my break at work, I feel like my time is never wasted now. It looks, feels and even sounds good. Best impulse buy I've ever made.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a *FUN* guitar!

            By Blue Ripples

            from Montreal QC Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great For Slide
            • Light-wight
            • Serious Instrument
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • A Little Too Bright
            • Tricky Re-stringing

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Open Mic
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

            I had been shopping for a travel-worthy guitar after seeing my $$$ strat case take beating after beating, even in the airlines' Fragile luggage service. (I think that they give the fragile cases an extra toss just for fun.:-))

            The guitar is compact, and you don't even get a blink from the people at airport security, as you nonchalantly drop the tennis-racket shaped soft case onto the belt. The Traveler has a great sound, and really nice touch and response. Sustain is quite good, as well, considering the small amount of solid body the guitar has to work with.

            I use a Boss 4-track Micro-BR to practice with when I travel. I just got an iRig, and it seems to work just great with that, too.

            I've used this guitar in Open Mic events around the world, and it's a blast to see people's eyes and watch them mouth "WTFrick is that?" It's a great guitar for gigs, too, when you want to whip out a slide and do your best Robert Johnson.

            All in all, a great practice / gigging guitar. I highly recommend it for any who travel or who want something a little different.

            Caveats: You will need to clip the strings close to the tuning pegs, otherwise you will get poked.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A finely crafted instrument

            By Hopfrogg

            from Las Vegas, NV

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Rear Strap Pin

            Best Uses

              Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

              I have owned about a dozen guitars over the years and at first I was a bit taken aback by the high price of this 'travel' guitar. Well, you get what you pay for!

              Out of all the guitars I have owned this is the first one I received where I was unable to detect any flaws and found it to be perfectly setup and intonated on arrival. I personally found the detachable armrest piece unnecessary once I got used to not having an anchor point for my hand/arm.

              The action was perfect! Nice and low with no fret buzz anywhere along the neck unless I just simply fretted way too far back. Surprised that with such low action I had less issue with buzz on this guitar than on my higher action guitars.

              A beautifully painted solid piece of wood (neck and body are 1 piece). The pickup puts out excellent tone and I love the style and feel of the control knobs.

              I have only 2 minor gripes, and in the grand scheme of the overall quality of this instrument, these really are minor. First one is that when you play without the optional armrest the rear strap pin is a bolt that sticks out way too far and loosens easily. It's not a big issue but I wish an extra strap pin that matches the one on the front and could be swapped out had been included. The second issue is I wish the hanging strap were detachable. It is connected to the guitar by what appears to be an industrial strength zip tie. I love hanging the guitar from a robe hook I picked up at Home Depot, but wish I was able to remove the strap for when I really want to show of the great look of this guitar.

              Overall, 5 stars, perfect travel guitar.... lol, forget that... this is my MAIN guitar now!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great guitar!

              By YodaMark

              from Avon, OH

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar because I wanted to have something to play while on travel with work. I keep it in my car and now play every day for 30 minutes at lunch time. It is perfect. I actually like playing it without a headphone amp because it actually has a nice tone to it in a very quiet setting. A great practice tool. The portability is a dream to travel with. The pickup is OK for what it is, you certainly pull off a small gig in a pinch with this guitar. My main axe is a PRS 513, so that is my reference point. It has a nicer neck and action than my Standard USA Stratocaster - true! Use this guitar to play during travel, family visits out of town, during breaks at work, whatever - it is just convenient to use any time with no hassle. I use it to learn songs with a headphone guitar trainer and it saves me a lot of time. I bought it used for a bit off the price but in hindsight clearly worth the price of entry. There is nothing I would change about this guitar, it is indeed a perfect travel electric guitar.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good travel companion

                By Johnny O

                from Minneapolis, MN

                About Me Experienced

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Small Carry On Plane

                Cons

                • Flat Sound

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Traveling Motel Rooms

                Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

                needed somethingfor when I travel on business or vacation. nThis is perfect! small enought to put in ovehead on plane. ot put in your suitcase.I use it with a VOX amPlug and it's perfect.The sound is somewhat tinny and slightly harsh. I think a set of DR Pure Blues on it will fixit up nicely.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect guitar to get better!

                By Steve McQueen

                from Sacramento CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Great for Practice
                • Portable
                • Small

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Travelling

                  Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

                  How often do you hear people ask, "What is a good guitar for a beginner?" The best answer is a Traveler guitar. If you're not a beginner and just want to get better, this is a great guitar for you.

                  What is the main thing you need to get better? Practice! And what do you need to practice? A guitar in your hands.

                  That is what this guitar give you. It is so small and compact, you can take it EVERYWHERE!! I keep mine with me in my car, take it to work, practice it on breaks, travel with it, take it on planes. By having the guitar with me at all times, it allows me to practice ALL THE TIME!

                  It's also nice when I'm sitting in a smaller space, or sitting next to someone because there is no headstock to knock things over or bump somebody with. I can even play it in bed at night without hitting my wife's head with the headstock.

                  Bottom line. It's a must have for any guitar player. Much easier than carrying a Les Paul or a Strat everywhere.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  AWESOME!

                  Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

                  My wife bought me the red one for Christmas. I travel with it every week and play it in the hotel room. I use Bose headphones and a mini-Marshall battery powered amp. It is bad to the bone right out of the box. I haven't made one adjustment to it. It really sounds good cranked. Clean sound is hard to get through this little amp, but even plugged into my Fender Super Reverb it won't get real clean. That is the only negative. I love the compact size and light weight. The neck for this small and cheap guitar is very playable. When I get home I love pulling out the Les Paul, but for travel and hotel jamming this thing is hard to be. The finish and detail work is amazingly first rate.

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