Best Travel Guitar Roundup

Here are the best travel guitars to keep you company wherever you go, these are acoustic and electric travel guitars that are known for portability and reliability.


The best Travel Guitars have full or almost full scale length, allowing for real guitar playability in places where you normally can't bring your main guitar. Silent guitars, which we have already featured, are also travel guitars, but for the purpose of this list, we will only be including acoustic travel guitars and electric travel guitars.

Acoustic Travel Guitars:

These are travel guitars that maintain their true acoustic guitar qualities, which means you can play them unplugged anywhere. They are more popular because of their convenience, but they tend to be bulkier compared to their electric counterparts because they need to have a body to create their acoustic sounds.

Black Bird Rider

The Blackbird Rider is arguably the ultimate non-conventional travel guitar. Its design prioritizes resonance, sporting a unique hollow neck and head, which gives it a balanced sound. The Rider also has a one-piece carbon fiber construction, making it lightweight, virtually indestructible and unaffected by humidity. There was even an ultra rare Ferrari Rider that was sold at Ferrari shops with even better features. Manufacturer: Blackbird | Retail Price: $1600.00

Martin Backpacker Travel Acoustic Guitar

For a very affordable price, this acoustic travel guitar comes with surprisingly top quality features. It has a solid tonewood spruce top which is braced, and it also has solid mahogany neck, back and sides. The Martin Backpacker's topnotch built will simply exceed your expectations in terms of sound and reliability. This guitar is meant to easily withstand the rigors of hiking, camping or off-road traveling. Manufacturer: Martin | Retail Price: $207 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Washburn Rover Travel Guitar

The Washburn Rover is an easy favorite because of its unmatched affordability while maintaining quality. It is a full fledged acoustic guitar with 24" scale. It comes with solid spruce, mahogany back and neck and best of all, a beautiful rosewood fingerboard. You also get extras like quality geared tuners and professional binding and inlay. The size of the guitar and the case is designed to fit the typical airline overhead storage. Manufacturer: Washburn | Retail Price: $169.00 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Electric Travel Guitars:

Electric Travel Guitars are exactly what their name implies, electric guitars that are designed for travelling. This usually means having smaller sizes and weird shapes. Most of these guitars have all the essential features of standard electric guitars, and some even adds and goes beyond the travel guitar requirements. Some players are so impressed with these travel guitars that they ended up using them as their main guitars.

Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Deluxe

Steinberger guitars are travel guitars that have long exceeded their travel purpose and have been popular for its unique and versatile sound. The Spirit GT-Pro utilizes the same distinctive headless neck and body shape, and combines it with traditional maple neck material neck through construction. Other features include Double-Ball tuning system, locking R-Trem and a very practical folding leg rest for comfortable playing. Manufacturer: Steinberger | Retail Price: $399.00 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Traveler Guitar Speedster Travel Electric Guitar

Traveler Guitars specialize in guitars for traveling, so its not surprising to find some great electric guitars on their stable. The Speedster is one of their best gems, sporting a modern style with a hint of retro. It is designed for portability while not neglecting performance with its high output dual rail humbuckers. It also features a reliable and resonant neck through body design, and for comfort it comes with a folding arm support. Manufacturer: Traveler Guitar | Retail Price: $379.99 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Fernandes Nomad Standard

Fernandes took the concept of travel guitars to a new high with the Nomad, a stylish travel guitar with amp and speakers built in. The built in 5W amplifier and 4" speakers are powered by a 9 volt battery, making it ultra portable. This is as good as it gets in terms of convenience, just take the guitar out of its case and play. You also get a clean and overdrive switch for flexibility. The Nomad is a serious head turner and comes with a variety of cool looking finishes. Manufacturer: Fernandes | Retail Price: $410 | Get the latest price & reviews at

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Lap axe travel guitars

There is a new electric travel guitar called Lap axe that you should definitely check out. Small enough to carry on and actually play in your seat. Mike Stern has reviewed it and speaks highly of it. They come in a variety of finishes and also in exotic wood tops and fretboards. The web site is cool and there are some good videos of the Lap axe in action.

Washburn Rover

Having traveled with a washburn rover, I can say that it is very handy for stowing in an aircraft overhead stowage bin. That said, the sound is thin compared to some of the others, and the action isn't dialed. I was forced to play on this guitar for 4 months straight living abroad, and it is not acceptable for that. For a couple weeks it's fine, as it will keep you in the game, but for longer trips I wouldn't recommend.

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