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Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag
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- One-piece maple neck and body with natural finish
- Features a Shadow under-saddle piezo pickup and standard 1/4-inch output
- Detachable lap rest frame
- Includes deluxe gig bag, limited three-year warranty
- Full 24-3/4" scale, 22-fret acoustic/electric travel guitar fits in airline overhead bins
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From the Manufacturer
Ultra-Light Steel String Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag
The Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light is the smallest, lightest full-scale acoustic/electric travel guitar on the market. The proprietary In-Body Tuning System uses standard tuning machines relocated into the body, eliminating the need for a headstock. As a result, you’ll have the same full-scale playing experience you’re used to on an instrument that’s 31 percent shorter and 43 percent lighter than a typical full size acoustic.
You can plug the Ultra-Light into your favorite amp or recording device thanks to its Shadow acoustic piezo pickup and standard 1/4 inch output. The lap rest is detachable for easy transport, so guitar and bag fit easily in an airline overhead compartment. And, since the guitar weighs less than three pounds and is only 28 inches long, you can take it anywhere.
The Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light is the perfect solution for traveling players who want a full-scale experience in the smallest, lightest package possible.
“Full Scale” means the Ultra-Light has the same playing area as a standard guitar, preserving the full-sized playing experience in a much smaller package.
The In-Body Tuning System, minimalistic body, and detachable lap rest make the Ultra-Light extremely portable.
The under-saddle piezo pickup provides a bright acoustic sound, and a standard 1/4 inch output lets you plug into your favorite amp.
Take it anywhere
At just 30 inches long and weighing less than 3 pounds in its included gig bag, the Ultra-Light can accompany you anywhere you want to go.
- Scale Length: 24 3/4-inch
- Pickup(s): Traveler Piezo
- Body: Eastern American Hard Maple
- Neck: Eastern American Hard Maple
- Construction: Neck-though-body
- Finish: Natural Satin Finish
- Fingerboard: Ebonized Rosewood
- Fingerboard Inlays: Vintage Clay Dots
- Frets: 22 Medium
- Hardware: Chrome 14:1 Gear ratio (Closed gear)
- Neck Width at Nut: 1 3/4-inch
- Strings: D’Addario EJ15
- Overall Length: 28-inch
- Overall Depth: 2-inch
- Body Thickness: 1 1/2-inch
- Body Width: 5 1/4-inch (Lap Rest Detached)
- Gig Bag LxWxH: 30 x 6 1/2 x 3 (inch)
- Weight: 2 Pounds, 14 ounce
- Weight in Gig Bag: 3 pounds, 12 ounce
Audio Output: Standard 1/4-inch jack
Model #: ULST NAT
Q: Can I use regular guitar strings on a Traveler Guitar?
A: Yes. Feel free to use your favorite brand of guitar strings. The Ultra-Light Acoustic has D'Addario EJ15 strings factory installed.
Q: How loud is the Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic?
A: The Ultra-Light Acoustic is a solid body acoustic which sounds about as loud as an unplugged electric guitar.
Q: Can I use a strap on a Traveler Guitar?
A: Yes. All our guitars are equipped with strap pins.
Q: Does the Ultra-Light Acoustic have a truss-rod?
A: Yes. All our guitars have fully adjustable truss rods.
Q: Can I plug the Ultra-Light Acoustic into amp?
A: Yes. All of our guitars come with a standard ¼-inch output jack.
Q: Is the Ultra-Light Acoustic full scale?
A: Yes. All of our 6-string guitars are full scale.
Q: What kind of warranty does the guitar come with?
A: Traveler Guitar instruments come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Q: Can I install locking tuners on the Ultra-Light Acoustic?
A: Yes, contact Traveler Guitar for specifics on models that can easily be installed.
Q: Can I carry the Ultra-Light Acoustic on an airplane?
A: We've carried our guitars on every major airline over the past 22 years—and we've never had a customer complain that they had a problem carrying their Traveler Guitar on a commercial flight. However, airline administrators control what they allow on their jets—so it's best to check your airline's website for details, or call before you arrive at the airport.
About Traveler Guitar
Since 1992, Traveler Guitar has been the leading innovator in the design and manufacture of full-scale travel guitars. After two decades, we’re still focused on the same goal: providing high quality, portable solutions for mobile musicians. From our original Pro-Series model, to the cutting edge EG-1 Custom, to the revolutionary Traveler Acoustic Series, our guitars have traveled all over the world, from a submarine deep in the Atlantic to the peak of Mt. Everest.
Top Customer Reviews
I tried one of the Travelers that comes with both piezo and magnetic pickups at a local guitar discount chain, and I liked the feel (though not the painted finish); it was the only model they had, so I decided to do a buit more research into the range. Back home, I looked at the Traveler Guitars web site, and this model caught my eye- no electronics, piezo pickup only, but it was light, tiny, and came in an attractive natural finish. And the price was right, too. I decided to chance it.
It arrived this morning, and I've been playing with it most of the day. Fit and finish is very good, if simple, and the feel of the neck is excellent. The neck in particular shows a lot of care, with all the frets carefully hand-filed and shaped- no sharp edges here, like on so many inexpensive imports. Traveler is either doing a lot of QC on these guitars when they arrive, or they've found a really good shop to produce them.
Despite the odd shape and lack of a headstock, it's easy to play. I found that a strap was more comfortable for me than the clip-on lap support, but thanks to the light weight, even without the strap or the lap support it's easy to hold.
Plugged into a standard guitar amp- a Tech21 Trademark 30- the sound was not very good- too much of that piezo twang, and an uneven balance. But plugged into the high-impedance (10 megohm) input of my Acoustic Image Contra, the sound was surprisingly good- better than a lot of much more expensive, piezo outfitted instruments I've tried. Using my K&K Preamp with a short (6") patch cord also delivered a much improved sound.
In summary, I'm very happy with this guitar (in fact, I've got in on my lap as I type this). It's tiny enough to travel everywhere, and with the right amplification, it sounds very good. In fact, I'm thinking the Traveler bass guitar might be a nice addition to the collection, too.
I wanted something super small so I wouldn't have some excuse not to take it with me on long overseas trips. I really liked the Pro, but I wasn't thrilled about the little wooden leg support. And unlike my ultra-light which I have the option of not using, the pro-needs the wooden leg attached to work, and it seems like it would take more time to set up. The metal leg brace on the ultra pops in a second (it looks weird but it works nicely!)
And there are a few reports of the pro and the wood brace cracking as well. So I decided to stay away from it.
The ultra Light has a nice ebony fretboard, the tuning is a little odd, but you quickly get used to it. Changing strings takes a little getting used to but isn't really a problem. The Guitar seems to stay in tune very well and the neck was nice and straight with no Truss adjustments needed..
There is no volume adjustment, so you need to adjust the volume from your amp. Sounds from the Pizo pickup is good, and when I went into my VOX AC-30 with a little overdrive sounded just like an electric guitar...
My major issue was the the string action, admittedly I like really low string action on acoustics and ones that tend to play like electrics(I like taylor acoustics for this reason). But the action as shipped was usable at the low frets, but at the higher frets above about 12 made flat picking a chore.
However I simply adjusted the saddle (basically a guitar setup procedure where you file/sand down the saddle until you get to the string height). If you know how to do this aready it is pretty easy on this guitar as the saddle is removable, if not then any guitar shop/Luthor will do it for you.
Once I adjusted this, I love the feel. I have acoustic strings on it and it feels a lot like my Les Paul or my Taylors. (Note it has a 24 1/2" scale which is on the low side of what is considered a standard. Les Pauls are ~24 3/4, Strats are 25 1/2". But it is certainly normal, not short like some of the other funky travel guitars out there.
To compare, I did first buy a Washburn Rover which had glowing reviews, however I thought it was a piece of junk. Very toy like and had terrible neck feel and string action. Returned it right away. However this is a very playable guitar even for an experiance guitarist like my self. Good for travel and just practicing on the couch.
However be aware that with acoustic strings you aren't going to get much sound out of it without an amp (compared to a normal acoustic). I don't really care since I often play or practice my electrics not plugged in. So this probably isn't for you if you want to sit around the campfire and entertain. However I would recommend for an easy guitar to take with you anywhere.
In it's case it is really small and easily carried over shoulder and can be wedged into a tight space in a bag bin on an airplane. Looks kind of like a short shotgun when in it's case..