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Old 04-30-2010, 08:47 PM
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Default My Ultimate travel guitar

Here is my 5th build - an electro-acoustic travel guitar for myself that fits into large luggage.
I got inspired by Yamaha Silent guitar and Traveller Guitar but I also wanted to push it a bit further (and use nice wood instead of plastic and metal)

Weight: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
Pickup: Piezzo
Build: Solid maple, Rosewood and Ebony
Neck: mahogany
Finish: French Polish
Fingerboard - MOP inlay on rosewood, got it from ebay
Worktime: 4 days
I am now also building attachanble arm/knee rest for better comfort - but it is not ready yet.





Complete image with armrest is in Post #6

Hope you enjoy it!
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:36 PM
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Here is my 5th build - an electro-acoustic travel guitar for myself that fits into large luggage.
I got inspired by Yamaha Silent guitar and Traveller Guitar but I also wanted to push it a bit further (and use nice wood instead of plastic and metal)

Weight: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
Pickup: Piezzo
Build: Solid maple, Rosewood and Ebony
Neck: mahogany
Finish: French Polish
Fingerboard - MOP inlay on rosewood, got it from ebay
Worktime: 4 days
I am now also building attachanble arm/knee rest for better comfort - but it is not ready yet.






Hope you enjoy it!


OC1, I sure did enjoy it! That really is something, very unique.
How does it sound?
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:02 PM
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Wow man, that is gorgeous. Slap a pickup on that and that would perfect for me.haha Thanks for posting.

What's the scale length? I ask because that looks like quite a stretch if it's a regular scale.

Thanks
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:11 PM
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What a remarkable piece of kit. Great stuff!
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:50 PM
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It is 24.9 scale length - I used this as it was close to yamaha silent guitar which I like for its shorter scale.
In the bridge is a good piezo pickup so it sounds like a very clean piezo guitar because we are not dealing with any of feedbacks or other acoustic problems. Kind of simple way of making clean sound - don't make a guitar body.

I just ordered Korg Pandora 5d to get more fun out of it on the go.

It doesn't show on the picture well, but the bending wheels for strings are made of separate ebony wheels per each string with bigger rosewood wheel spacers between them. I made them on my lathe.

I will post when my attachable armrest/kneerest is ready - it is very interesting shape, should be in few days, I am just putting it together.
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- My own build DeJonge Standard Steel String
- My own build Santos Hernandez cypress flamengo
- My own build Bubinga Tornavoz classical
- My own build Hammered Dulcimer
- My own build Travel Guitar

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Old 05-02-2010, 06:09 PM
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The detachable armrest is now complete:



I am pretty sattisfied with the ergonomics.
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- My own build Santos Hernandez cypress flamengo
- My own build Bubinga Tornavoz classical
- My own build Hammered Dulcimer
- My own build Travel Guitar
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:36 AM
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That is really neat! I like the upper section of the arm/knee rest. Are you thinking about making these to sell?
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:27 PM
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Thanks, I am not sure about selling... but I improved the armrest, I build a laminated rosewood "sport" version, that is lighter yet still very sturdy.
Its measurement is also same as on normal accustic steel string body while the previous armrest was a bit smaller body, like on electric guitar.
I am going to build next a Korg Pandora holder for it.

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-LaPatrie Presentation, factory rejected
-Takamine AN10
- My own build DeJonge Standard Steel String
- My own build Santos Hernandez cypress flamengo
- My own build Bubinga Tornavoz classical
- My own build Hammered Dulcimer
- My own build Travel Guitar

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Old 05-19-2010, 07:48 PM
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Your guitars and dulcimer are really amazing.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:17 PM
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That's the first travel guitar I'd actually consider buying. I hope you do decide to sell them.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:34 PM
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Wow man! That looks incredible with the arm/leg rests. I think you could have a business selling those babies.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:55 PM
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Thanks for all the nice comments. It means a lot to me.
I created a simple holder for Pandora that attaches to the guitar so it is all self contained. It was made from plexiglass - after some brainstorming about materials - and it is made such way that pandora simply snaps to it and hold very securely.
If I continue in this fashion, soon I will have a cigar and a coffee holder there as well :-)

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-LaPatrie Presentation, factory rejected
-Takamine AN10
- My own build DeJonge Standard Steel String
- My own build Santos Hernandez cypress flamengo
- My own build Bubinga Tornavoz classical
- My own build Hammered Dulcimer
- My own build Travel Guitar
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:35 PM
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Your travel guitar is amazing. Time to put it into production.

BK
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:53 PM
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Sign me up for one
It's really beautiful...and if it feels as good as it looks.....
I have a Soloette but would LOVE to have a radius fretboard and something less than 2".
Congratulations on a great design and seriously beautiful work!
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:12 AM
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What an amazing looking guitar - I hope you decide to upload some sound samples of it. Any chance to buy it as a DIY kit? If not, I might have to try to make something similar :P ..That looks exactly what I need as I travel a lot.
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