Reviews & Testimonials

Sueddeutsche Zeitung Review

Sueddeutsche-Zeitung-Review*Editor's Note: This article is from the weekend section of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung ( Munich ), a very respected daily paper in Germany.

The Folding Guitar

 What’s a campfire without a guitar? You are hot in front and cold in back. There are charred potatoes and the burnt smell hangs in the clothing as do burs in woolen socks. And with a guitar? It’s exactly the same thing. Only that you don’t notice those things as much. The guitar magically produces an incomparable atmosphere even when most strummers master only a few chords.

But first a guitar has to get to the camp. It is a bit unwieldy, this instrument, and even though its neck is not exactly made out of glass, when something heavy falls on it, it sometimes can crack. If you carry the instrument in a knapsack, the neck sticks out—taller guitarists have to always think about ducking if they want to slide through somewhere without having an accident.

Enter the Voyage-Air guitar. Even though it is possible to break the body of the guitar with brute force, it’s unlikely to do that to the neck because that is already folded at the place where on ordinary guitars the neck is glued to the body. At that point the Air-Guitar has a very solid, stable neck that is held together with a screw hinge which can be tightened and loosened without a tool.

If you loosen the screw—carefully, please because the instrument is under tension because of the strings—the neck folds away and comes to rest over the sound hole. The strings hang loose without in a disorganized fashion, but because they are fastened below and above, they cannot get tangled. Besides they are too stiff for that to happen. To keep the neck from hitting the wood during transport, the well-padded bag, which is included, contains a sewed-in cushion that secures it.

What is the advantage of such a guitar? The guitar is no longer 1.2m long but instead together with bag a comparably handy package of about 70cm. The instrument the California manufacturer offers for $500.- plus shipping costs ( the cost of sending a guitar to Germany is substantial)differs from an ordinary guitar only in its hinge, which, by the way, cannot be seen from the outside because it is worked into the wood very precisely, I am happy to say.

For that amount of money, you expect considerable quality, and that is being achieved, not just for the folding mechanism. The strings run pleasingly close to the neck, the sound is good for an instrument of this intermediate price, and—what’s the most surprising—the patented hinge of the folding guitar functions so precisely that you don’t even have to retune all the strings from scratch.

Even if $500. - is not a bargain pick-me-up, the quality is alright, and you can hardly get a smaller acoustic guitar if it is supposed to sound like anything. With electric guitars it’s a little different. There you can find a model that fits into a flute case and you can still play it well—only what will you do with it at a camp-fire.

HELMUT MARTIN-JUNG

*Editor's Note: This article is from the weekend section of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung ( Munich ), a very respected daily paper in Germany - Read the German version of the article below.

Owner Testimonials

  • This is a beautiful sounding instrument. It has a distinct sound of its own and that in and of itself is extremely attractive. The finish and construction of the instrument is of a high standard. 

    Gerry G - VAD-04LH with a LR BAGGS Element VTC pickup

  • I have been a pro guitar tech for over 40 years now. I have a vaom-04 in my personal arsenal that I’ve had about 4 years. I absolutely love it. It’s been on several airlines in the overhead and on many trips by car. The gig bag is great too as it holds all the 04’s gear (soundhole pup, tuner, strings, picks, etc.) And also clothes and some suitcase items for an overnight. It’s like a piece of luggage that happens to have a guitar in it as well. Very cool! 

    Dean - VAOM-04

  • The action is the same as my Taylor 514 CE, so my practice is undisturbed on the road. The sound is also very good for the price. I think I have one of your less expensive models, but it sounds quite good. Thanks for making such a great guitar. 

    Jim N. - VAOM-02

  • I am extremely happy with the guitar. I can’t believe how good it sounds and its overall playability. The pick up you installed  is incredible . Amplified it sounds way better than my Takamine which was considerably more expensive.

    Phil C. - VAD-04 w/ Stage Pro Anthem

  • Unzip the case, unfold his Voyage-Air guitar, lock the neck in place...and then play the guitar without even retuning -- all in the matter of about two minutes! The guitar played in nearly perfect tuning and the tone was stunning. In that instant I was hooked. The timing of my discovery of the Voyage-Air guitar could not have been better. 

    Karl D. - VAOM-04LH

  • My first impressions are this is an excellent instrument, even compared to my Martin, with a good tone across the range. I have capo’d to the 7th fret and found the tuning remains accurate. I am amazed at how light it is, which will be a bonus when taking on plane trips.

     Brad C. - VAD-04

    FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - The Grand Total is for the product and shipping only. This total does not reflect any additional import duties or taxes that may apply. Any import duties are paid upon delivery/pickup of the guitar and is the responsibility of the purchaser. Please refer to your country’s customs and import offices for the correct amounts and pertinent information. Note: Left handed guitars can take 5-7 days to ship. Pickup options can take 3-5 days to ship. Rush shipments are available, additional expedited shipping charges and handling fees will apply.