Aloha mis Amigos, as I will have to travel for work during the week, and currently neither see nor want this to end (... given that I'll get a Covid-vaccine and stuff will be back to normal, kind of normal...), as it has some advantages to it ... I get to get used to a lot of different CAD-systems, companies, types of machinery - guess my specialization in internal combustion engines won't serve me any well, economically, anymore ... although I still see a point in making them more efficient, ... anyway - a lot of towns and different people and stuff, and taking care of myself at least can reduce the risk of exposure ... you get the point. Anyway... ... anyway: Therefore, I developed the demand for a very small, short, light guitar to have with me then without carrying half a household. Purely meant for practice, nothing else is important. If she sounds good on top, that's a bonus, but required is only that the instrument will sound like ... uh, like a guitar does... Inbuilt amplifier isn't required, as I have a little Vox Amplug, but having one in her doesn't knock any out of the race. I never looked into that kind of guitar before, as, usually, I'm set with Teles and Hollows and don't see myself needing or wanting anything else ... but, this time it's different - I just want a practicing instrument that is as small as a fully functional guitar can possibly be. So, as I know this place as a place full of men of wealth and taste, I guess asking here will lead to the most reasonable answers without a ton of tara'ish blabla, ... and so I do. While researching this, I came across a few possible ones: First of all, the name just seemed right: Traveler guitars. They build these ones: https://www.thomann.de/de/traveler_guitar_travelcaster_deluxe_blue.htm ... strats with a body not exceeding the p ickguard. Ok, I'm not much of a strat guy. But that company offers different models, another one I found is this: https://www.thomann.de/de/traveler_guitars_traveler_pro_series_ma_b_stock.htm which is a bit more to my liking, due to not having the full strat electronics but just one angled pickup - seems a bit righter for a Tele-guy. Looking into different brands, I also found a few more ... Strandberg for example - but that exceeds my current budget a bit, I don't wanna be in the four figures here - this guitar will be meant for practice before any else, so my preferenes regarding pickups and so forth aren't totally irrelevant, but being smaller, fitting in a smaller case even, weighing less and being robust are the key features I'm after here. I find it pretty pointless to not practice Monday to Thursday and, when getting that problem fixed, my lack of practice during work weeks, ... well, anything is beyond, after, less important than being travel-fit. ... and, of course - the Höfner Shorty crossed my eyes, too. I've seen Lou Reed play one on stage in his last years (on youtube - not knowing he'd die, I delayed visiting one of his concerts in 2012 ... and learned my lesson - if someone you wanna see play plays, go and see them, they might very well be finished with living before there even is a next chance), which contributes to it being cool, of course: https://www.thomann.de/de/hoefner_shorty_bl.htm ... so, this leads to the questions that I wanna ask: Does anybody around here play a guitar of that species? Any experiences? Have you suffered from - or enjoyed - any surprises with any specific model? Is there anything you can recommend - or warn about? And, as a side note - the cat is very well taken care of while I'm elsewhere. She loves my Dad, too, and he loves cats since he loves any at all ... actually, interacting with her revived something in him that I totally love to see still being around. Anyway, enjoy your weekends, have a nice day - and thank you in advance!