What do you use or want in a Camp/travel guitar?

Ebidis

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Jun 27, 2016
Posts
2,430
Age
55
Location
Alabama
Just a cheap old beater is fine for me. :D




Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Sells for $6 Million at Auction

920x920.jpg
 

Mr Gunny

Tele-Meister
Joined
Jan 10, 2020
Posts
202
Location
Wisconsin
I use an old First Act guitar that my wife was gifted when she was in her teens. It spent 99% of its life in a case. I only own 1 other acoustic and when it needed repairs I decided to re-string and setup the First Act guitar, it’s actually not bad after I adjusted the truss rod and cut a new nut and saddle for it. Sounds and plays incredibly well for the price and it has turned into the perfect guitar to take camping or let my kids play around with.
 

LGOberean

Doctor of Teleocity
Joined
May 31, 2008
Posts
13,363
Age
68
Location
Corpus Christi, Texas
I love the retro, "Montgomery Ward"-ish cheap looks of those. I can't remember who, but some well respected maker made something that looked similar that was endorsed by Pete Anderson.....looked really cheap, with a satin finish, but was supposedly a fine instrument. Anyone else remember?

Yeah, retro look. As I said, to me the Jim Dandy resembles a guitar my Dad had in the early '60s: a Stella by Harmony H-929.

upload_2020-6-21_19-19-18.png


So, yeah, Harmony...Monkey Wards...same era, same provenance, as in MiC (Made in Chicago).

As for what Pete Anderson endorsed, I have no idea. I've read that he had some connection to Larrivee, but I dunno if it's the same look as this.
 

nojazzhere

Doctor of Teleocity
Ad Free Member
Joined
Feb 3, 2017
Posts
18,042
Age
70
Location
Foat Wuth, Texas
Yeah, retro look. As I said, to me the Jim Dandy resembles a guitar my Dad had in the early '60s: a Stella by Harmony H-929.

View attachment 733548

So, yeah, Harmony...Monkey Wards...same era, same provenance, as in MiC (Made in Chicago).

As for what Pete Anderson endorsed, I have no idea. I've read that he had some connection to Larrivee, but I dunno if it's the same look as this.
I believe you're right about Larrivee.
I found an example on Reverb.
https://reverb.com/item/14957972-larrivee-pete-anderson-om-03m
 

Ed Driscoll

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Posts
2,112
Location
South of Dallas
How do those travel guitars take the transition of being in the heat outdoors in the summertime (note my location) and then into an air-conditioned room? Is finish checking a big issue?
 

Danjabellza

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Sep 22, 2014
Posts
2,870
Location
Tacoma, Wa
Personally I’m interested in one of those Klös carbon fiber travel guitars. I typically like to go camping in area that more arid than not. With the occasional temperate zone thrown in. So the carbon fiber would be great for stability and consistency.
 

HotRodSteve

Poster Extraordinaire
Joined
Sep 24, 2013
Posts
6,622
Location
The Shmudson Valley
For a camping guitar I would get an extremely cheap one that tunes and plays well so you don't have to worry about it. No need to bring a $5000 closet queen to a camp out. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
 

Obsessed

Telefied
Silver Supporter
Joined
Nov 21, 2012
Posts
30,219
Location
Montana
If you are going to be playing with others around a campfire, get a big loud Dreadnaught! Sound just disappears outdoors.
+1 Yup, I ended up with a 00 size just to get some volume. I bought a spruce top Epi EL-00 Pro a few years back to replace my worn out campfire guitar. This thing is so nice, that my wife bought the mahogany top version. I take it all the way to the Pacific coast almost every summer and play on the beach and back here with a very dry wood cookstove heated winter, this thing just keeps on giving. To me the parlor size will not put out enough volume when a group is singing around the campfire. As @schmee mentions, sound tends to fade away quickly outdoors and with a crackling fire, it needs to project. I have given two people Epi Caballero models which have a more dread sound than the very bluesy EL-00, but not as rich of a tone.

As a side note, the GS Mini is the sweetest dread sounding small guitar that I have ever played (my wife had one for a few years), but it is a very short scale and seems fragile for campfire playing to me. Nevertheless, if you want dread in a small package and fantastic projection and willing to chance it on the road, this is a great choice too.
 

bcorig

Friend of Leo's
Gold Supporter
Joined
Mar 11, 2018
Posts
4,068
Location
Lost in the 909 trying to find my way home
I have two cheap acoustics that are used in situations like you're asking about. When I taught Special Ed, I used a little Yamaha FGJr for "music therapy". Fun, travel-size, and if anything happened to it, it wouldn't be a great loss. The other is this Rogue acoustic that I bought years ago from Musician's Friend. It was $49.99 back then, more now, but a surprisingly good player. I still have it sitting around, and it's as good as it was when I bought it ten+ years ago. Like this. It's not a Taylor or Martin....but for camping, I wouldn't take a "good" guitar.
https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/rogue-starter-acoustic-guitar/519266000030000?rNtt=rogue acoustic guitars&index=1
Special Ed teachers are Special People.
 

LGOberean

Doctor of Teleocity
Joined
May 31, 2008
Posts
13,363
Age
68
Location
Corpus Christi, Texas
Personally I’m interested in one of those Klös carbon fiber travel guitars. I typically like to go camping in area that more arid than not. With the occasional temperate zone thrown in. So the carbon fiber would be great for stability and consistency.

If I had every other guitar I've GASed over, and money still was no object, I'd look at getting one of those carbon fiber guitars. Sigh...

How do those travel guitars take the transition of being in the heat outdoors in the summertime (note my location) and then into an air-conditioned room? Is finish checking a big issue?

Well, I bought my Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy 3 years ago, the Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend in 2017. Since then, I play it indoors and outdoors at home. I've made several trips to the beach with it, and taken it on camping trips. Take note of my location, too. Definitely heat and humidity outdoors down here. But like I said, I've taken it on camping trips, so it's been all over Texas, and I don't recall for sure, but maybe on some out of state trips as well. So this is no indoor wall hanging, no closet queen. It has not lived a sheltered life in its three years with me.

The pic I posted of it earlier was taken May 25, 2017. I'll include that pic here again, side by side with a pic I just took. You can see for yourself that finish checking isn't an issue.

upload_2020-6-22_0-32-59.png

upload_2020-6-22_0-33-57.png
 

68Telebass

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Aug 2, 2014
Posts
2,759
Location
Northern Arizona
I’d like to pickup a travel guitar, something I’ll use while camping, which I do mostly in the woods away from official campgrounds. I’ve been looking at all the cheap parlor guitar options as well as the A more expensive Taylor and Martin travel guitars. I’m leaning towards the Gretsch Jim dandy...but being that I live 4 hours from the closest guitar shop whatever I get will likely be through the internet.
^^+1 on the Jim Dandy!!!
I have had mine for about four or five years- I think that “barnwood burst” gray is no longer available, but I love that dark Heritage burst as well- looks like it stepped out of the 30s or 40s! Cheap, light sounds great- throw a set of Martin 80/20s on it-
I got a Gator parlor guitar gig bag for mine if I toss it in the car or fly with it- should fit overhead, but I check in at gate with all the strollers etc- no problems!
F6D02F61-EA2A-40F8-9C92-B24133EC1ECC.jpeg
 

Boreas

Poster Extraordinaire
Joined
Nov 3, 2019
Posts
8,429
Age
67
Location
Adirondack Coast, NY
20200622_100314.jpg
20200622_100341.jpg
How do those travel guitars take the transition of being in the heat outdoors in the summertime (note my location) and then into an air-conditioned room? Is finish checking a big issue?

Wood is wood. Laminates are tougher and very resistant to environment changes. If you need great sound, stick with wood. If you need something bulletproof, go with laminates. I have played my Little Martin in the rain with no ill effects. Even the fingerboard is synthetic. But it plays extremely well yet still sounds like a parlor guitar. It will never sound like a dreadnought.
 
Last edited:

LGOberean

Doctor of Teleocity
Joined
May 31, 2008
Posts
13,363
Age
68
Location
Corpus Christi, Texas
John, does that Martin LXM have a Richlite fretboard? I've never owned a guitar with that kind of fretboard, but I've test driven several Martins that have it. To me, it looks and plays like ebony. It feels good under my fingers.
 

studio1087

Telefied
Ad Free Member
Joined
May 10, 2003
Posts
26,064
Location
Near Milwaukee
If you're a Johnny Cash fan, Martin offers the LXM in black. I call it my mini-Cash guitar. I also have a Felix III. Chris Martin IV loved Felix the Cat cartoons when he was little and he worked with Don Oriolo to cone up with three Felix LXM's. III is a Tie Die with Grateful Dead-looing dating Felix's. This was a fun eBay score. This one stays home. It's signed and numbered inside.

20180721_140504.jpg
20180721_140525.jpg
20180721_133923.jpg
 

studio1087

Telefied
Ad Free Member
Joined
May 10, 2003
Posts
26,064
Location
Near Milwaukee
John, does that Martin LXM have a Richlite fretboard? I've never owned a guitar with that kind of fretboard, but I've test driven several Martins that have it. To me, it looks and plays like ebony. It feels good under my fingers.

Yes it does - Martin calls it Micarta. It's jet black, resists perspiration and it plays like lightening. It plays faster than ebony.
 




Top