Come July I'm going to be doing some backpacking in Europe. I'll be staying in hostels and probably not going to be able to lock stuff up most of the time. BUT, I couldn't imagine going a month with nothing to play music with. So, anyone have any recommendations for a mini or traveler guitar?
I know those mini Martins and baby Taylors are, IMO, terrific smaller scale guitars. However, I have to take into consideration that ...1.)I can't afford to spend alot of $ on a guitar right now, and 2.) While some places may provide a locker of some sort, some also won't , so I have to assume that there is a possibility it may be lost, stolen, banged around, etc.
I have a baby Taylor that is the bomb, that being said, I'd be pretty bummed if someone stole it. Maybe not the best option if you don't trust the places at which you'll be staying, or the people that stay there.
There are only two mantras. Yum and yuk. Mine's yum.
If you leave your guitar unattended in a European youth hostel you can count on having it stolen. It's a drag, but that's the reality of international travel. On the bright side this would be an excellent time to take up the harmonica.
Hey there... You probably want an acoustic, but...
I just got Ministar Castar for $149.00 at amazon. It is a standard size neck with the pickup arrangements of a Strat (they have other models too), and it fits in a carry case that will go in the overhead of an airplane. It has these two rods that attach and detach to make a sort of body for a strap and a leg rest. You can get a little headphone amp for cheap and you are good to go. It takes a little getting used to but I think for the problem it solves for travel it is pretty cool. I did a lot of looking into travel guitars and for the money it was my choice. That Martin backpacker is cool too, but I thought I would throw in this electric.