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Voyage-Air Guitar TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar  

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    Voyage-Air Guitar

    An electric guitar that folds in half and fits in carry-on luggage compartments.

    The Voyage-Air TransAxe Belair Limited Edition captures the vibe from the earliest days of the electric guitar. This Limited Edition guitar has a stunning semi-transparent high-gloss "TV Yellow" finish, and wears a deeply-patterned tortoise pickguard.

    For the period-accurate tone, this guitar is fitted with two custom Tonerider "Vintage 90 Soap Bar" pickups, and a three-position toggle switch. The tone is warm yet articulated, and has punch and sustain that is more than surprising.

    Fitting its Limited Edition status, this guitar has deluxe features ordinarily found on much more expensive instruments: solid Alder wood body, solid Canadian Maple neck topped with a solid Rosewood fingerboard, mother-of-pearl fret position dots, and a bridge that's adjustable for individual string intonation and height.

    The revolutionary design makes traveling with a guitar a breeze. Simply loosen the strap button and easily fold the guitar in half for easy storage inside the custom backpack carrying case. When you're ready to play it, unfold-tighten the bolt and it's nearly in tune.

    Only 250 of the Voyage-Air Belair Limited Edition guitars will be produced, and each will have a special, sequential serial number to reflect this special edition. These are instant collector's items: the first full-size folding electric guitars, and the first Limited Edition guitars from Voyage-Air.

    Includes a gig bag.

    Features
    • Body Shape: HGL-Single Cutaway
    • Neck Material: Canadian Maple
    • Body Material: Alder
    • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
    • Pickup Type: Custom TONERIDER
    • Pickup Configuration: 2 P-90's, "Vintage 90 Soap Bars" Alnico II
    • Finish Color: Gloss T.V. Yellow
    • Position markers: Mother-of-pearl dots
    • Pickguard Color: Classic Red/Brown Tortoise
    • Tuners: 3 on a Side, Diecast, Small Oval Button
    • Hardware plating: Chrome
    • Strings: Daddario 10's
    • Includes a gig bag

    No more negotiating with flight attendants. Order today.

     

    TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Scale Length: 24 3/4"
    • Number of Frets: 20
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    Voyage-Air GuitarTransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar
     
    3.8

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    • Fun to play (3)
    • Good tone (3)

    Cons

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      • Practicing (3)
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      5.0

      Quite a ruprise

      By Greg

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Tremelo

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues
      • Travelling

      Comments about Voyage-Air Guitar TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar:

      I travel a lot. Both for work and for family reasons. For years, I've sought a way to bring a guitar that didn't involve storage and security nightmares. I've tried travel guitars from several different companies - always coming away feeling like it was just too much of a compromise. I just couldn't deal with their headless designs, needing special strings and limited configurations. I think with the Bel Air, I've finally solved the problem.

      Here are my criteria for a travel guitar.

      Obviously it needs to be far more portable than a standard electric. It needs to at least be able to comfortable fit in an overhead bin on a plane.

      It also needs to feel and sound like a real electric. I don't expect a travel guitar to ever be perfect. After all, compromises do have to be made. However, it can't feel like a toy or worse, like junk.

      Finally, versatility is important. I can have a variety of instruments at my disposal at home, but on the road, it's likeley to only be one, so it should make a couple of different sounds if possible.

      So after owning most of the available travel guitars, I happened on Voyage Air. They seem to be more interested in portable acoustics, but the Bel Air and the Tel Air immediately caught my eye.

      At the moment, the Tel Air can be had for significantly less at Voyage Air's website and the Bel Air isn't available at all. Both are available here at MF for the same price.

      I was just stunned by the look of the Bel Air. The TV Yellow color put me immediately in mind of a classic Les Paul Jr and the P 90s seemed like they would be a bit more versatile than the Tel Air's standard Tele pickups.

      At the current price, I was afraid that this was a lot to throw at a guitar that would see action on the road and even then only when time permitted.

      I needn't have worried. This is an outstanding instrument. In fact, if Voyage Air started making a non folding version of this guitar I would consider owning a few.

      The fit and finish on mine are perfect. Not apparent in any of the pictures I viewed is the translucency of the finish. In fact, it's more like a Fender Blonde finish than yellow paint and it's beautiful. I can find no flaws anywhere.

      While the control layout and pickups give a nod to a vintage Gibson, the construction (minus the folding neck) is Fender all the way. Alder body, maple neck. It's not the lightest guitar, nor is it particularly heavy. I haven't weighed it but it feels fine to me.

      The body shape is certainly unique but feels much like a Les Paul Jr or Special. Quite comfortable. The neck has a very Fender profile as well. Without measuring, I'd say that it's beefier than a modern c carve, but still very comfortable. I also haven't measured the radius. It feels a touch flatter than a typical Fender. Probably in the 10" - 12" range, but that's only a guess.

      Frets are a sort of medium jumboish kind of thing as has become pretty standard across the industry these days.

      The frets themse;ves were well dress, but not perfect. Running one's hand along the sides reveals a bit of a barb on each, but this seems to be also pretty standard these days till one reaches for a much more premium instrument. It's certainly no worse than a typical MIM Fender.

      The bridge is also unique. I suppose it's a somewhat more modern take on a Tele bridge. All strings are adjustable in every direction you'll need. Strings are fed from the back, again Tele style.

      Tuners are pretty standard and they do a fine job. I immediately replaced them with a set of Sperzel locking tuners, but the originals should give no one any trouble.

      Then there's the pickups. When I ordered the Bel Air I had planned to swap the P 90s for a set of P 90 sized humbuckers. There are a number available and most offer coil tapping and series/parallel configurations. As mentioned earlier, I really like travel guitars to not be one trick ponies and I'd thought this would open up the possibilities.

      I was wrong.

      These P 90s are fantastic. Offering the bite of a single coil when needed and the girth of a humbucker when desired. They sound excellent clean and handle distortion with ease. Backing off the tone on the neck reveals a lovely, jazzy sound. The only sound I feel like I'm missing is that strat in between thing but all things considered, I can make due with this. I'll be sticking with these things.

      As a previous reviewer mentioned, these come with a wound g string. I suspect that this is due to Voyage Air's heritage in the acoustic world. In fact, the strings felt like a very light set of acoustic strings to me. I swapped them for a more standard electric set immediately and only needed to tweak the intonation a touch.

      Then of course, there's that folding neck.

      The guitar arrived folded in it's case. Though I had watched a few youtube videos, I never even looked at the manual. The mechanism is very intuitive.

      I unfolded and locked it into place and was amazed to find that tuning was already in the ball park. It took only a moment to get it perfect and away I went.

      After replacing the strings, I found that folding and unfolding the neck causes more serious tuning issues, but that's to be expected with fresh strings, I'm guessing as those strings settle in, tuning will be as stable as with the set that came on the Bel Air.

      I have to confess that when it arrived, I was so intruiged by the folding mechanism, that I folded and unfolded the darned thing over and over. It's actually a fun process. The next thing I did was showed it to every guitar playing friend I have and they all marvelled much as I did.

      I had some concerns that the joint between the neck and the body would be weaker than normal. It's solid as a rock. There is ZERO flex in the neck at all.

      I had also feared that the neck might not couple as well with the body and sustain would suffer. Again, I had no reason to worry. Sustain is excellent.

      Some mention of the case needs to be made here. The folded Bel Air slides into one side and is very well protected. THe is a bit of a bulge where the headstock and neck joint lie. The material on that side of the case is very tough though and I expect no damage from being thrown around while travelling.

      The other side of the case offers a very generous laptop pocket and room for more gear.

      The case is not small. Don't think that this is breifcase sized. It's still a large bag, but is workable. It offers a handle, an over the shoulder strap and a back panel with hidden backpack straps. All three work very well.

      So, if you haven't guessed, I like this thing a lot. I do have a could of quibbles though.

      I would really like to see Voyage Air offer this guitar with more pickup options. The ones they do offer are great, but there are a lot of guys out there would want humbuckers or a strat style setup. Granted, this can be changed after the fact by the owner, but a Bel Air style pick gaurd would be hard to find and few want to route a shiny, new guitar.

      Another issue for me is the hard tail. I would love to have a trem option. I'm well aware that this would magnify tuning issues on folding and unfolding, but it would be worth it to me and no doubt others. I've been wracking my brain for an after market solution but haven't come up with anything yet.

      The only other mod I intend to make at some point is to add a Graphtech Ghost system to add some acoustic capabilities. There is a ton of room left in the control cavity so this should be pretty easy. Somehow I will have to ground the ferrules for the strings on the back, Bu I'll come up with something.

      If you're in the market for a travel electric, you really owe it to yourself to check one of these out. You will have the feel of a real, genuine guitar that fits in a convenient, portable package. I've come across no better option.

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      5.0

      Great guitar

      By Big Al

      from Norcal

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Voyage-Air Guitar TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar:

        This is not your typical travel guitar. Rather it's a high quality instrument that happens to fold up into a large briefcase. Mine came with a wound G string. Once I changed to a plain string it plays great.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Problems with availability - Part 2

        By Jerome

        from Elk Grove, California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Recieved The Guitar

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Voyage-Air Guitar TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar:

            This is a follow-up to my original posting about the Guitar's availability. Interestingly enough...the day after my post on 7/31 I was informed the Guitar would ship via UPS. I received the guitar this evening 8/6 which was the estimated delivery date. The fit and finish on the guitar are very nice no defects that I am able to observe. The case is maybe a little bigger than I expected but not a problem. It is definitely airline carry on size. I tuned the guitar and played for a while, then broke it down (which is very easy by the way). When the neck is 90 degrees to the body the hinge mechanism definitely has some play in it but this could be by design I do not know... I may contact Voyage-air just to be sure and I will post their response here. Put the guitar back into playing position and it sounded pretty close to in-tune. About a half step up when I checked the tuning. This may get better once the strings have been on for a while and the guitar has been through multiple opens and closes. Again, I will post my findings here. My immediate overall impression is that the guitar does what it says and at least I will have it for my next vacation. I am not ready to make recommendations yet... maybe I am being overly cautious, but I will definitely provide an update in the future. I am leaving my rating at 3 stars for now just due to the amount of time it took to recieve the guitar after the intial order back in April.

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Problems with availability

            By Jerome

            from Elk Grove, California

            About Me Experienced

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Voyage-Air Guitar TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar:

                  I placed an order for the Voyage-Air TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT on April 11th 2013 with a projected ship date of April 29. The order has still not been fulfilled.

                  I had had planned to take this with me on vacation for the first two weeks in July... what a dissapointment. I even called the manufacturer in the Bay area and they assured me that orders were being filled, but so far no luck and now its August 1st. Oh yeah... the projected ship date keeps being updated to a few weeks out over and over and over again.

                  Maybe someone from Voyage-Air will read this and respond, but I doubt it.

                  Sad tale but true.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar for Air Travel

                  By Sonny

                  from Greensboro, NC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Tone
                  • Perfect Travel Size
                  • Solid Feeling And Playing

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Voyage-Air Guitar TransAxe Belair VER-1 LT Electric Guitar:

                    This is a very high quality guitar. I was not dissappointed at all. When I ordered it I was worried about the stability of the neck joint where it folds, however, this is not an issue at all. It is very easy to fold, pack and travel with. The guitar has a nice finish, and sounds great. The travel case is awesome except the string holder doesnt reach the strings when packed.

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