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Thread #62479   Message #1667122
Posted By: GUEST,charlie
12-Feb-06 - 07:31 PM
Thread Name: Travel guitars
Subject: RE: Travel guitars
I think I'm with McGrath of Harlow - (16/11/04) -

I needed something to take on canoe trips up in Canada - so the Taylor 912 was out of the picture. A week out in the woods - with portaging. I picked up a very cheap used child-size nylon string old japanese plywood guitar that someone painted brown - and it certainly doesn't compare to a quality guitar (I think the fretboard is formica?) - but when you are in the woods, all alone, and quietly picking, it sounds like heaven. I keep it in a very light non-padded gig-bag (and stuff some clothes or a towel in it - so they double as padding). And I don't care when the guitar rubs against a tree or rock, or if it gets a bit dirty or caught in a little rain. And I'll be upset one day when I accidentally step on it, or something like that - but then I'll replace it for about $30 . . . and like I said - when not doing a direct comparison, it sounds fine and satisfies the "jones" - (and my camping buddies think it's an expensive guitar) -

Now, sometimes I even pick it up at home - where I have lots more expensive alternatives - but the tone draws me back to the woods . . .