Bob Smith Update: 31 Countries, 4 years On The Road
Picture of me and my guitar in Northern Queensland Australia on our 7,500 km road trip July-August 2017. My Voyage-Air Guitar is a Premier Series VAOM-1C, which I bought in Hilo Hawaii in April 2013 when I was there for the 50th anniversary Merry Monarch festival.
In the first 11 months I used it in Australia, California, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Holland, France, Greece, Switzerland, California, Hawaii, Australia, Hawaii, California, Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Peru, California, Louisiana, New York, California, Hawaii, and now back to Australia. A whirlwind, 18 countries on 4 continents.
Travelling a lot, sometime as much as 6 months a year, my Voyage-Air Guitar is my go-to guitar for being on the road and away from other guitars.
In the 2 ½ years since I first wrote to Voyage-Air it has been back to Hawaii 3 times, to French Polynesia (Moorea, Bora Bora and Papeete) and New Zealand and Australia. It has crossed the entire Pacific Ocean including crossing the equator. It voyaged from Australia to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
In the past few months we covered the Western US (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada) playing with family and friends, then to Moscow, Russia, Dubai UAE, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, through the Suez Canal to Israel, then Greece, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Macau. While a few countries have been visited many times this is now 31 unique countries!
My Voyage-Air is set up in a flash for playing opportunities and sharing with others and is sounding better and better. It is especially hard to find a travel solution to stay in practice as a fingerstyle player where balance and action are important. It is not only playable but I feel it has a sweet sound which has merit on its own, not just a 'travel guitar'.
Picture of the guitar last August in Queensland with my Grandson, Castle.
Picture in May in Macau hotel…
I have started to look for another Voyage-Air ‘just in case’ – can’t even imagine being without one! Great guitar - outstanding value - true to its name!