Vintage Viator Travel Guitar Review

By: Merv Young

While it is ideal to be able to jam on our favorite guitar at home, sometimes we find ourselves on the road for work or pleasure, and want to get some time in on the guitar.

For those players looking to take a guitar on the road with them to practice with and play on, a travel guitar is a secure choice.

In this review, Merv Young breaks down the Vintage Viator travel guitar, providing insights into this handy guitar for those players who find themselves away from home, but want to keep their fingers on the fretboard.

 

Vintage Viator Looks

The initial impression of the Vintage Viator is its small size, measuring approximately 85cm from the top of the headstock to the base of the body, this is a small guitar indeed.

Any thoughts of this instrument being somehow inferior to a full-sized guitar, however, are quickly dispelled when you look at the build quality and finish.

A spruce-topped soundboard is presented with a lovely rope-patterned border running alongside the maple and rosewood binding.

The same rope pattern features around the soundhole as an attractive finishing touch.

The 12 fret to body fingerboard and bridge are rosewood with Grover tuners being fitted in the headstock.

The neck itself has quite an obvious V profile which might take a little getting used to, but the designer, Paul Brett, considers this profile to be very user-friendly, especially for beginners and children.

JHS Vintage Viator

 

Vintage Viator Playability

As mentioned above, the V-neck might take a little getting used to for some players, but overall this is a very easy guitar to get a range of different sounds and techniques out of and a lot of fun can be had playing fingerstyle or just strumming chords.

 

Vintage Viator Sound

The overall sound of this guitar is certainly far more pleasing than you’d initially expect considering its size.

Whilst there isn’t loads of bass response, there is a lively and rather sweet sound that does pick up the treble and mid frequencies effectively.

It’s also surprisingly loud and will easily find its place as part of an ensemble or as an accompaniment instrument.

Although the guitar arrived in standard tuning, I personally found the tone and intonation to really come alive when tuned to the notes of the third fret, i.e. as if a capo was placed at fret three.

 

Vintage Viator Value

With a retail price of £229 this certainly represents good value for money.

It does exactly what it sets out to do by providing you with a well-constructed, good quality guitar that you can travel with far more easily than a standard-sized instrument.

No excuses for not practising when you’re away now!

 

Vintage Viator Overall Ratings

 

Looks:          10/10

Playability:     9/10

Sound:           8/10

Value:             9/10

Overall:          90%

R.R.P. UK:     £229

 

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One thought on “Vintage Viator Travel Guitar Review

  1. I recently spent approx. 6 weeks in Australia. The prospect of spending that amount of time without a guitar wasn’t too appealing. Every so called ‘travel’ guitar exceeded the limit in terms of length for overhead storage on a plane (and no, I’d never consider leaving an instrument to the mercy of baggage handlers who’d no doubt fling it in the cargo hold along with passengers’ cases, each of which usually weighs a lot more than an acoustic guitar).
    By chance I called into my local guitar shop and was shown an instrument called an Overhead travel guitar. Ok, it will cost you approx. £450-£500 but it’s forever more solved the aforementioned problem of having to spend time abroad minus a guitar.
    Anyone interested can check out these instruments on youtube (journeyinstruments).

    David Evans

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