Folding travel guitar.

Discussion in 'Guitar & Gear Reviews' started by Roy Clark, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. Roy Clark

    Roy Clark Gretschie

    102
    Jun 16, 2017
    Bat cave.
    Look at this folding travel guitar thoughts?

    The Ascender is the first full-size professional guitar designed for travel. It folds in half mid-neck, which allows it to fit in any carry-on bag or backpack – perfect for air travel!

    We’re launching soon! Enter your email to be notified when it becomes available for purchase and receive an exclusive discount.

    “It’s just incredible!…It goes right back to being a guitar and with very minimal tuning!…It’s just crazy…The tone on this is amazing I love it!…They really are great instruments.”

    The Ascender™ uses a revolutionary, patented folding system that enables 50% length reduction for convenient travel, with Plek-perfect action, sustained tuning, and professional sound.

    Nashville Made and Built to Perform
    Made in Music City – Nashville, Tennessee – the Ascender™ has been created in cooperation with Glaser Instruments led by Joe Glaser, a leading innovator and authority in the guitar world!

    Beautiful Engineering & Design
    The Ascender uses a revolutionary, patented system that folds itself into the smallest travel size on the market (18” x 12” x 3.5”) – all in a beautifully finished classic body.

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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Cool engineering! Good luck with the launch.
     
  3. Roy Clark

    Roy Clark Gretschie

    102
    Jun 16, 2017
    Bat cave.
    I do not work for the company.
     
  4. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I like it ....... jack plate and case included too
     
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  5. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Wow it looks like a lot to go wrong. How about a 6 string cigar box guitar? Shoot me a PM if you're really interested. I have one for sale.
     
  6. speedicut

    speedicut Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Interesting guitar, I wouldn't have minded having one back in my travel days.
     
  7. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I used to simply unsrew the neck from my Strat for travel. Easily done.
     
  8. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    I have tried and owned practically every travel guitar out there. They all without exception were unsatisfactory inferior playing instruments. The best solution for me was to remove the neck from a tele and put it in a checked suit case. This works for me right now my removable neck travel guitar is a Godin Radiator.
     

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  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I've got a Martin Backpacker. I didn't get it for airline use, but it fit into the car when we travelled with daughter and dog. It also fit into a locker at work (anything loose and useful would grow feet and walk away).

    As I was carrying it in it's case (didn't need a jack plate---that was in the strap button) a campus cop asked me if it was a weapon.

    "You've heard me play?"
     
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  11. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Alameda Guitars has one too, don't know if they are in production. I think they look better. They also make pickups.

    http://alamedaguitars.com/
     
  12. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    What's the price on the ascender?
     
  13. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    Plus One on that. I've played the prototype and it's an excellent instrument. They have some other interesting products as well and are good folk.
     
  14. Marcc

    Marcc Electromatic

    39
    Aug 7, 2018
    England
    We did some live performance in India. The main issue was that everyone was having to use gear bought local. It was shocking bad. This could be the answer in the guitar department. Would love to see how they sound
     
  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I've played a Gipson. I needed bandages afterwards.
     
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  16. Marcc

    Marcc Electromatic

    39
    Aug 7, 2018
    England
    Lucky you. I was playing some crap I bought in Kathmandu. 2nd hand electric thin wood stat thing. Hollow body stat! Complete with electrics inside that made leo fender turn in his grave. But it worked. Sounded like crap thou!
     
  17. Ramblin' Man

    Ramblin' Man Electromatic

    14
    Jun 2, 2015
    Florida
    Hi Thunder58, thanks for the shout out! A folded Rambler has a much smaller footprint and only weighs about 5 pounds.
     
  18. Ramblin' Man

    Ramblin' Man Electromatic

    14
    Jun 2, 2015
    Florida
    Hi, Russ here from Strobel Guitars. We understand your frustration trying to find a good travel guitar, that is why we invented the Rambler. You can find out more at www.strobelguitars.com.
     
  19. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    The price point at $1699 is a killer. I am sure it is a very nice made quality instrument. That being said, it still not going to feel or play like regular guitar just because of its shape and design. I will stick to removing the neck on a tele or strat or any other bolt on neck of my choice and throwing it in a full sized checked suitcase. Here is a pic of someone else from Strat Talk showing how it's done. Also, I throw in my Blackstar Fly 3 as it fits in the checked luggage with the guitar. Easy satisfactory solution for me when the wife makes me go to Hawaii for six weeks. :)
     

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