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The Voyage-Air VAOM-06 Orchestra Model is a foldable guitar that's constructed with the utmost attention to detail and equipped with select grade tonewoods, bringing you an incredible travel guitar at an unbelievable new price. The solid spruce top uses a forward-shifted, scalloped X-brace for superior tone and resonance, complemented with distinctive Voyage-Air black pickguard, hand-inlaid 2-ring rosette, and 6-ply top binding. African mahogany back and sides are matched with an African mahogany neck with rosewood heelcap, and select East Indian rosewood fretboard and bridge.
The patented Voyage-Air Guitar folding technology allows you to fold your VAOM-06 acoustic guitar in half, and fit it into a custom backpack-style carrying case. The Deluxe Voyager custom case is included with every Voyage-Air Guitar. Perfect for every traveling musician.
Songwriter-Series VAOM-06 Full-Size Orchestra Model Folding Acoustic Guitar
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If you have to travel a good bit and want to have your instrument with you, this or one of its pricier brothers might be just the ticket.
But if you just want a beat-around guitar to take out on the boat while your Martin relaxes at home, you could do a lot better, and find a much more satisfying guitar, than this, and for about the same money. This one folds in half, and it does a good job of that, but if you tried to come up with the top ten qualities of a good guitar, folding in half might not make the list. My sport jacket folds in half, but it ain't much fun musically.
These days, Made in China can mean great instruments and unbelievable prices. Not this one.
The idea here is great. For travel, for taking on a picnic or boat-trip--where space and weight are issues--yup, this is compact and light and ingenuous as hell. I briefly had a Little Martin, but it sounded like a cigar box, then later a Taylor Mini GS, which always sounded out of tune, probably because of the very short scale and the thinness of the sound, and now this, which certainly beats the Martin and the Taylor on both fullness of tone and portability. But that's not really saying too much, tonewise.
This, in my view, is all about the idea of folding a guitar right in half and slinging it over your shoulder like a backpack. It does a great job of that.
The fit and finish are poor, even at this price range. The neck joint meets unevenly and never quite closes all the way, the back of the neck is rough and porous, the body binding is sharp as glass, and the spruce top is a fairly poor grade, with obvious blemishes and discolorations. It's a tossup whether it has more vertical grain lines or dark horizontal lines. I have never seen spruce that looks like this. The only point I can imagine to putting a solid top on an instrument in this price range is Sound, Sound, and Sound. So all the little dark horizontal flecks don't trouble me too much, except that the instrument generates a tone that is pretty much what you'd expect from such an ugly piece of wood.
Hard to put a value on it. Yes, it's cheap, but there are a bunch of fairly cheap Chinese instruments out there these days that put this one to shame.
On the other hand, this baby folds in half, and that's worth a lot. So, all in all, I guess it's a wash.
I shouldn't be disappointed at this price point, and probably wouldn't be if I hadn't just played a little Recording King that said Beep Beep and zoomed away, which this sucker stood there with an anvil. It's all relative, sure. But geez, just a little attention to detail would have gone a long way.
I first saw this guitar when my friend/colleague/NERFA roommate had one; it sounded terrific miked at a folk festival and in jams and song circles, and I had no idea it was a folding guitar until it was time to pack up at conference's end. She is an endorser, and if a performer of her caliber and fame recommends it, who am I to disagree? Bought mine a month ago on vacation when I was tired of worrying whether airlines would let me bring onboard my parlour guitar in a gigbag, or whether my Martins in flight cases would get stolen or pierced by forklifts. I was so blown away by the sound, playability, appearance, portability and ease of folding it up and down that I had my hotel ship my other guitar home and I flew home with this one. Haven't gigged with it yet, but I have a couple of flights to gigs coming up and there's room in the case for a pop-in soundhole pickup. Pros: RIch, full tone; easy playability; quality of trim comparable to most makers' solid-wood models; portability (for smaller planes' overheads and under-seat spaces, zipping off the computer/accessory section allows the guitar to fit in-cabin storage space). The generous accessory/laptop section makes a separate computer case unnecessary, so all I need onboard is my purse and the guitar.Cons: Synthetic saddle, no optional pickup offered (only "features" that kept it from a 5.0 in that category); plastic bridge pins are flimsy--one broke during a string change (again, the only flaw in the "quality" department). But all of these deficiencies can be remedied aftermarket, even DIY, without compromising the guitar.Bottom line: it has challenged all my assumptions about laminated back & sides guitars; and it's been my go-to guitar at home for songwriting and practicing ever since I got it.
I purchased the Voyage-Air VAOM-06 acoustic guitar five months ago and have been playing it everyday since. I have a Taylor 412 Grand Concert and an Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RVS and this guitar has become my main instrument. It?s that good!I originally bought it as a travel guitar because my Baby Taylor was just too small for fingerstyle playing. It?s so great to avoid the airport check in hassles and pass through security with no questions asked and walk on to the plane and just slide it into the overhead. No extra baggage fees or worrying if your guitar will arrive in one piece! And, when you do arrive you have a great sounding and very playable guitar that you can enjoy.For me the 1 width neck at the nut makes it very suitable for fingerstyle, but I also can get a great strumming sound too. Flat-picking is sweet and I also use this guitar for slide work! It?s pretty much an all in one guitar for me. Sonically I would place this guitar right between my Taylor and the Epiphone. It?s darker and has a little more bass than the Taylor but not quite as loud and full as the Epiphone (which is a deeper bodied instrument). The sound of the VAOM-06 is amazing. I use drop tunings and it handles them fine even when tuned down a whole step with very good projection and sustain. I did try out three different VAOM-06 guitars and the one I bought stood out in sound and projection above the others.The only draw back I can find is that once you have unfolded the guitar it?s an extra step to put it away. Which, is what I do if I?m not playing the guitar. Sometimes I?ll just leave it set up and slip it into a standard soft case if I know I?ll be back playing it soon. That way I don?t have to unfold it and tune it again. And finally about tuning, I have had no problems there! Sometimes I will unfold the guitar and it is almost in tune! I know that may be hard to believe but it is true. Great instrument, great concept and engineering, and excellent quality! I only gave it a 4.5 in the Features category because it doesn?t have a cut away!
Nothing too fancy here?unless you find the hinge that folds the guitar in half to be fancy, hence the five star rating for features. Giving it 5 as a travel guitar. It has a FULL SIZED body, FULL SIZED neck (no squishing your fingers to make chords) and a FULL SIZED sound. The sound you get from this thing is actually pretty good, it?s not twangy or empty sounding. The hinging neck is no problem at all once it?s screwed in place and it feels quite sturdy. However, I suggest you think about the purchase before you make it, as 600 bucks seems like a lot to shell out for a guitar that is being bought to travel (ie, probably be banged around a bit) with. If this doesn?t bother you, you aren?t going to find anything better to travel with. If you?re looking to get a guitar that won?t be moving around much, you should keep in mind that you can get two pretty decent Taylors (The big baby, which is close enough to a full sized guitar, and the 110) or and Epi Masterbuilt for the same amount of dough. I bought mine for traveling, and am quite pleased with the result. Is it perfect? No, but it is a good guitar. And it folds in half, which is freaking awesome.
Nothing too fancy here?unless you find the hinge that folds the guitar in half to be fancy, hence the five star rating for features. Giving it 5 as a travel guitar. It has a FULL SIZED body, FULL SIZED neck (no squishing your fingers to make chords) and a FULL SIZED sound. The sound you get from this thing is actually pretty good, it?s not twangy or empty sounding. The hinging neck is no problem at all once it?s screwed in place and it feels quite sturdy. However, I suggest you think about the purchase before you make it, as the price seems like a lot to shell out for a guitar that is being bought to travel (ie, probably be banged around a bit) with. If this doesn?t bother you, you aren?t going to find anything better to travel with. If you?re looking to get a guitar that won?t be moving around much, you should keep in mind that you can get two pretty decent Taylors (The big baby, which is close enough to a full sized guitar, and the 110) or and Epi Masterbuilt for the same amount of dough. I bought mine for traveling, and am quite pleased with the result. Is it perfect? No, but it is a good guitar. And it folds in half, which is freaking awesome.
I was very happy when I pulled this guitar out of it's case. It sounds like a dream better than most high end six strings I have played. I would tell anyone who asked "Do it you will love this instrument...."