When the new guitars arrived at my door I had trouble believing that an acoustic instrument could actually fit in such a small box. Journey Instruments had agreed to send me two guitars to test – one solid-top wood guitar and one carbon fiber guitar – and I honestly had no idea what to expect.
I decided I didn’t like either option. So I just went out and bought a new 3/4-size travel guitar.
That was only a week ago and there hasn’t been a moment where I’ve regretted purchasing the mini-guitar. Sure, it doesn’t have the same volume as a full-size guitar but it feels great in my hands and it’s going to travel nicely in the overhead bins.
I did quite a bit of research before buying this guitar (I know, it sounded like an impulse buy but it wasn’t). I thought it might be useful to share with you what I found when it comes to travel guitars. My goal was to find a travel guitar that didn’t suck.
But I cut my teeth for almost 10 years on that Yamaha guitar. I’ve since moved on and am currently the proud owner of my Taylor 310ce, but I still have that Yamaha acoustic guitar sitting in a closet, waiting for the time I can perhaps hand it down to my own son.
You see, the Yamaha FG700S isn’t a visually exciting guitar – it sports one of the most basic guitar designs on the market. However, it is a great value guitar that delivers where it matters – sound and quality.
This style of guitar, often referred to as a “travel guitar” or a “parlor guitar“, won’t replace your full-size guitar any time soon, but it does have its advantages. Best of all, if you choose your Little Martin wisely, you don’t really have to trade sound for size.
In this complete guide to the Little Martin Series of acoustic guitars I want to not only introduce you to what makes each model unique, you’ll also hear my review of how these guitars compare to their bigger brothers in terms of sound and durability.