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[24 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Paul Smith And Vintage Collaboration | 4,189 views]
Paul Smith And Vintage Collaboration

That’s Paul Smith, not Paul Reed Smith.  Paul Smith, the clothing designer, collaborated with Vintage Guitars in order to produce this – the Paul Smith acoustic guitar.
It’s a 3/4-sized acoustic that Paul Smith is refers to in most of his marketing as a ‘children’s guitar’ but could really serve as a travel guitar for the discerning clothes-horse who wants to strum as fashionably as he or she dresses.
The guitar has a spruce top and mahogany body.  The neck is maple and the fingerboard, rosewood. Specifications list a mahogany bridge but the …

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[20 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Travelling Light #3: Voyage-Air Travel Guitars | 4,538 views]
Travelling Light #3: Voyage-Air Travel Guitars

The last in our look at a few of the travel guitars available to the discerning, jet-setting axe-man/axe-lady.
Simultaneously the most traditional and most unusual guitar of our series, the Voyage-Air range of travel guitars feature a ‘foldable neck’.
As you can see, the neck is hinged. You unscrew a knurled bolt to loosen it (the bolt doubles as a strap-button) and fold the neck down to the body, effectively halving the length of the instrument. When you want to play, reverse the process and tighten up the bolt.
Easy.  And pretty clever.
There is …

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[20 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Travelling Light #2: Emerald X5-Life | 5,261 views]
Travelling Light #2: Emerald X5-Life

To continue our look at a few of the, slightly more unusual, travel guitars available, we’re now considering the Emerald Guitars X5-Life.
As you can probably see, the X5, in common with the Blackbird Rider mentioned previously,  is another carbon fibre guitar. Why, it’s like the wonder material of the future.
Clocking in at 3 lbs, the X5 looks a little more ‘guitar-like’ although it certainly has some Emerald eccentricity about it.  It has a scale length of 25.5 (longer than the Blackbird) which is the same as most Fender-type guitars and …

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[20 Nov 2009 | One Comment | 3,474 views]
Travelling Light #1: Blackbird Guitars Rider

The image opposite is the Blackbird Guitars ‘Ferrari-branded’ version of their Rider Travel Guitar.
Now, if you’re like me, you’ll may be scoffing cynically on reading that. “Pffhh!” you’ll say, “a Ferarri guitar?  And it’s made from carbon-fibre. Pffhh, pffhh and, thrice, pffhh.”
However, there are a couple of things to consider.  The Ferarri thing isn’t just a cynical cash-in, tenuous thread of an excuse to sell more guitars. Blackbird’s founder and designer, Joe Luttwak actually worked for Ferarri in Maranello.  He tells us, “many ideas for Blackbird Guitar’s models were inspired …

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