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Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar  Candy Apple Red

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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!

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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
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Traveler GuitarSpeedster Travel Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (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

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (4)
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    • 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(6 of 6 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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Survived the Iraq Desert

By TBaker

from New Jersey

Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

Many of the reviews listed here deal with the technical qualities and playability of these great guitars. I agree and won't repeat all of the same comments. What I can report on is the sturdiness of this rig and why a person on the move can't go wrong with this guitar. I took mine to Iraq on deployment and the poor thing had to survive heat over 120 degrees in a tent, dust storms that block out the sun for days and more than a few knock overs and it still works as well as when I left. It stays in tune through wide temperature changes and the finish is surprisingly durable considering the rough treatment it got. Here's the amazing part, in an environment that chews up army equipment quickly, the electronics of the guitar work perfectly after all those dust storms. Not one crackle or pop in either of the pots and I can't even say that about my other guitars that have been in my bedroom here in New Jersey! If you need a guitar of smaller dimensions, check out one of these and work it out through a good amp. You will be pleased with the tone, thrilled with the feel of the neck, and I can promise you that you won't be disappointed in the durability of this great guitar.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gig bag is terrible

By Pascal_h

from Virginia

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Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

I live traveling. I'm on the road sometimes one week per month, sometimes more or less, and I just bought this guitar about 2 months ago. It's a great guitar for what it is, but what is really frustrating is: THE GIG BAG SUCKS!!!!! Come on, guys...does anybody who built this thing actually travel? The shoulder strap always loosens as you're walking, and wants to fall off your shoulder all the time. It's unusable. Also, the bag doesn't have protection in the key areas (like at the ends, or along the neck) and the guitar takes a lot of dings that it shouldn't. The bag should be more rigid, and able to stand on its end, and have plastic shin-guard-like protectors along the neck. The bag strap should have some rubber and padding and not slip off your body. Oh yeah: AND I don't want to pay a huge amount extra for that. If you have any pride at all in your product, you'll call the REI guys and figure out how to make a bag that someone who travels a lot can actually use.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Wouldn't stay in tune

By Not my first time to the rodeo

from SF Bay Area

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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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great portability

    By JSustain

    from Dallas, Texas

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    Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

    My Traveler Speedster guitar has great low action and decent tone. I have had it for a year. It has allowed me to steal countless hours of practice time, without exposing one of my expensive full-size guitars to the rigors of traveling. I use it with a Toneworks Pandora effects unit (which a little bigger that a standard IPOD) and headphones.Thus far it has been pretty solid, although I would think that if you always lean on the detachable armrest, it will eventually get loose.I play it every day and it stays in tune well despite all my bending and vibrato.It is a pricey little sucker, but I seem when I traveled more, it really came in handy. I hate to think how many days of practice I would have lost (I swtiched to guitar a year and a half ago).They had very responsive customer service when I had to order a replacement post after I lost mine. I had it in five days.I think having a guitar that you can transport easily is a must for those that are seriouis about learning to play the guitar. For a price, the Traveler Speedster fits the bill. It should give years of service.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Travel/Anywhere axe!

    By Steve-FyKMT

    from AZ

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    Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar because my Steiberger Synapse is a pain to adjust the intonation. I like the LP style bridge. The string spacing is adjustable with little rollers on the bridge-very clever. The neck feels great. The action was a little high for me and I took out almost all of the relief in the neck. Electronics were dead silent. The only thing I didn't like was the placement of the lower strap button-I'll reposition that. The pickup sounds very much like the P90 in my LP Junior. I am pleased with this purchase.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really great guitar.

    By Josh-xld-z

    from Centerville, LA. U.S.A.

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    Comments about Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar:

    I bought mine from here a little over a year ago, and I have to say this is one very well built guitar. It's solid maple neck through body design makes it very solid. The first night I got it, it slipped off the strap and fell on a concrete floor. After I finished freaking out, I picked it up and it was still in perfect tune, honestly. It did leave a scuff mark on the back of the metal string retainer at the nut end of the neck and on the removable arm rest but that's it. I love this guitar. Plays way better than expected, and I love the sound. The pickup is pretty hot but focused, it's quiet even with a lot of distortion, and it cleanes up nicely. I take it everywhere, leave it in the hot car, no problem. I keep a Korg Pandora PX4, headphones, strap and cable in the gig bag so I'm set. If I can, I bring my Vox DA5 or Roland Micro Cube too. Even at home I find myself playing this guitar more than my other guitars. If you need a really good playing and sounding guitar that is built tough enough to travel with, this is the one to get.

    (3 of 3 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.

      (3 of 3 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!

        (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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