How it Works
The information below gives an overview on unpacking and assembling, then disassembling and packing the Voyage-Air Guitar acoustic and electric models. Get your own Voyage-Air Guitar and go anywhere your music takes you! Click a title below to view.
Does it stay in tune?
One of the most commonly asked questions at Voyage-Air Guitar is, does it stay in tune? Watch this video clip, courtesy of our friend in the UK John Gold. It has been edited for time constraints, however, you can watch the full length video here, https://youtu.be/K_D2RMBUn8U
What is a Zero Fret?
A zero fret is simply another fret positioned where a standard nut would be situated. It allows much better control of intonation and string action. The zero fret takes care of the intonation and, more importantly, establishes the correct and minimal string height. There’s no better height than being identical to those other frets. So, our string passes over a zero fret before it goes through the captured nut.
Because of the zero fret, it keeps the Voyage-Air Guitar tone more consistent. Open strings sound just like a fretted note. They're usually found on expensive guitars because there is more work involved with slotting for the zero fret and setting it up correctly.
What's a Captive Nut?
"How can this work? Folding the guitar? Won't the strings fly off the nut (at the headstock), and make it hard to fold the guitar back into playing position? - K. Yamaguchi, Tokyo"
That's a great question, and it involves several factors that affect the sound of the guitar. During the course of engineering the revolutionary Voyage-Air folding travel guitar, this issue about the nut was high on the list of issues that we solved with our unique technology.
The solution is Voyage-Air Guitar's patented Captive Nut, used in conjunction with the proven zero-fret design for the guitar. With this Captive Nut, made of durable Corian, the strings are guided through precision-centered holes in the nut. This precisely locates the spacing for each string, and it holds the strings "captive" – so they can't come away from their position with respect to the precision tuning machines on the headstock.
Okay, so what is the "zero-fret" and how does this work? Another great question. Antique guitar designs, dating back to before the 1700s, used a "nut", cut with a slot, to position the end of the resonant string at the headstock. Surprisingly, this design is still used on most guitars today. Through the centuries, many different materials have been used for the nut: ivory, ebony, brass, natural animal bone, and more recently: synthetic materials.
With this antiquated nut design, when you strum an "open chord", the nut transmits the string vibrations through the neck of the guitar. The exact material used for the nut can therefore profoundly color the sound of the instrument. Simple physics at work.
But this results in epic discussions among guitar enthusiasts as to: "what is the best material for the nut?" As well it should.
With the Voyage-Air Guitar zero-fret solution, an actual fret is placed in the position where the nut would usually reside. This fret is the same material as all the other frets on the guitar. The result? The sound with open strings is exactly the same as when you position your fingers to play individual notes or chords on the guitar!
This zero-fret design is clearly superior for the overall tone of the guitar. And it's used for all Voyage-Air Guitar models: from the rugged and affordable Transit Series, up through the studio and stage-ready Premier Series guitars.
How to Acoustics
How to Electrics
The Voyage-Air TransAxe Series Electric Guitars are shown in this video describing the case, the procedure on unpacking and assembling the guitar then properly folding and returning to the DuraTrans case.
Case as a Backpack
I Will Travel with My Guitar
Voyage-Air Guitar has solved the problems facing both today’s amateur and professional musicians that would like to travel with their guitar.
No other guitar on the market today can do what Voyage-Air Guitar does, because no existing guitar possesses the ability to fold and be placed into a backpack, then opened and be ready to play in seconds. The key is in the Company’s highly engineered and patented hinge that enables smooth, rapid folding without removing either the neck or strings. Once folded, the guitar fits in a small custom backpack. Because the strings and neck are never removed, opening the guitar (as with folding) is a cinch for a child or adult. Simply unzip the backpack, remove the guitar, unfold the neck and hand tighten the strap bolt. Only fine-tuning is typically necessary. Whether to play a gig, go on vacation, or carry to school, camp or guitar lessons, Voyage-Air Guitars are the “Ultimate Travel Guitar”.
Your Future is Unfolding!