The PH Stage/Travel Guitar
The PH Stage/Travel Guitar

In 2006, I needed to take regular flights to help with my Dad's care.  I owned another maker's travel instrument, but  even with a new nut, saddle, tuners, & adding a pickup it still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This body style is "worn"  inside your right thigh like a flying vee.  Your wrist rests on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument. The size is like headless guitars without the odd feel they can have. The hollow bodies are very resonant for their size.  This guitar has a maple core with Honduran Mahogany top and back. Everything else is full scale.  The 3 piece bird's eye maple neck is 25" scale with 12" radius. The tuners and hardware are top quality.  These Pickups are coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me play everything from jazz to hard rock ON STAGE.  A well padded gig bag lets everything meet the strict overhead compartment limits now enforced by the airlines.

Sold but can be recreated.   $1300.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Red Twang Machine
Little Red Twang Machine

In 2006, I owned another maker's travel guitar, but even with new tuners, nut, saddle, & adding a pickup it felt, and sounded like a toy to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This body style is "worn"  inside your right thigh like a flying vee.  Your wrist rests on the body and bridge to steady the guitar. The size is like headless guitars without the odd feel they can have. The hollow bodies are very resonant for their size.  This guitar has a spruce/mahogany top, with a figured maple back. Everything else is full scale. The Satin oiled, figured maple neck is 25" scale and a 12" radius. The tuners and hardware are top quality.  This guitar has a t-style bridge with Seymour Duncan stacked hot rails for tele, and a Stew Mac '59 Parson Street P-90 that creates the classic twang we expect from a "t style" ON STAGE with a rock punch from the P-90! These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the strict new overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Amber '59-ish
Little Amber '59-ish

In 2006, I owned another maker's travel guitar, but even with new tuners, nut, saddle, & adding a pickup it felt, and sounded like a toy to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This guitar is "worn" inside your right thigh like a flying vee.  Your wrist on the body and bridge steadies the guitar. The size is like headless guitars with a better feel. With a spruce/mahogany top and figured maple back, the hollow body is very resonant for its size.  The rest of the instrument is full scale.  The satin oiled, figured maple neck is 25" scale with a 12" radius.  The tuners and all hardware are top shelf.  The pickups are a set of Stew Mac Parson's Street '59 PAFs (Al 2 bridge, Al 5 Neck), using the "50s circuit" for all the classic tones ON STAGE that we expect from this combination. The bridge is a Gotoh wrap around with TOM style saddles.

A padded gig bag lets these fit the strict new overhead compartment limits set by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

A Little Bloodwood, Please
A Little Bloodwood, Please

In 2006, I owned another maker's travel guitar, but even with new tuners, nut, saddle, & adding a pickup it felt, and sounded like a toy to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This guitar is "worn" like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument. There's a headless guitar size to these with a better feel. The chambered body has surprising resonance.  This instrument uses a figured maple core with bloodwood top and back caps.  The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The flamed and figured laminated neck is 25" scale with a 12" radius. The tuners and all hardware are top quality.  These pickups are a set of coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me go from warm jazz through the hardest rock ON STAGE. 

A gig bag lets these stay within the airlines' strict new overhead compartment limits.

Sold, but can be reproduced for you. $1400.00 with fitted gig bag

Details Details!
Details Details!

This photo shows how the controls are accessible in standard fashion.  The neck end strap button is on the upper bout neck bolt.

Like all my neck to body joints, there is a constant regard for a smooth tactile ease that lets you play without rethinking your grip on the neck.

The bolt on process has let me "swap out" neck and body combinations for several customers who found that what they thought they wanted at first didn't quite work for them. They kept what they wanted, and I rebuilt new for what needed to be changed. 

You also get a nice view of the color core ply I use for many of my bodies.

A Busker's Dream
A Busker's Dream

  Sometimes You just Can't Make It Up! In 2016, my wife was an exhibitor at the Artist's Craft Show in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Dance Museum.  I got the gig as background music for the show.  Sitting in front of the Firebird costume display got some raised eyebrows, but you can see my busker's rig.  I put a 6" speaker in my Roland Cube and can add on an 8" extension cab I'd built.  At conversational volume levels, the sound is warm and rich.  Ass you can see, supporting these like mini Vee body guitars keeps them stable and comfortable.   I've used a Vox Amplug with headphones while riding  Amtrak from Rochester to Rhinecliff, NY for even lighter travel.

The point of these guitars is to have a small version of YOUR guitar.  The instrument in this photo is the mini version of my mahogany "understated perfection" guitar in the electrics gallery, including the same full feature neck profile and electronics, the average listener would be hard pressed to tell the difference in sound between the two guitars.

The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini
The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini

This is the travel guitar body that had been Tom's "Italian" guitar. It got a new neck and is now a full featured mini guitar with a body of natural finished Jotoba (Brazilian Cherry) that's "worn" inside your right thigh like a vee shaped guitar. Your wrist rests on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument.  These are small without the headless "something's missing" feel. The body is totally chambered and resonates like a much larger body. 

Everything else is full scale.  The laminated flame maple neck with ebony fingerboard is 25" scale, 12" radius. All hardware is top quality.  Pickups are coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that cover everything from jazz to hard rock.  This guitar has a Schaller TOM wrap around bridge.

To comply with the new strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines, these instruments now come with a gig bag.  $1400.00 with fitted gig bag

The PH Stage/Travel Guitar
Little Red Twang Machine
Little Amber '59-ish
A Little Bloodwood, Please
Details Details!
A Busker's Dream
The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini
The PH Stage/Travel Guitar

In 2006, I needed to take regular flights to help with my Dad's care.  I owned another maker's travel instrument, but  even with a new nut, saddle, tuners, & adding a pickup it still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This body style is "worn"  inside your right thigh like a flying vee.  Your wrist rests on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument. The size is like headless guitars without the odd feel they can have. The hollow bodies are very resonant for their size.  This guitar has a maple core with Honduran Mahogany top and back. Everything else is full scale.  The 3 piece bird's eye maple neck is 25" scale with 12" radius. The tuners and hardware are top quality.  These Pickups are coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me play everything from jazz to hard rock ON STAGE.  A well padded gig bag lets everything meet the strict overhead compartment limits now enforced by the airlines.

Sold but can be recreated.   $1300.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Red Twang Machine

In 2006, I owned another maker's travel guitar, but even with new tuners, nut, saddle, & adding a pickup it felt, and sounded like a toy to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This body style is "worn"  inside your right thigh like a flying vee.  Your wrist rests on the body and bridge to steady the guitar. The size is like headless guitars without the odd feel they can have. The hollow bodies are very resonant for their size.  This guitar has a spruce/mahogany top, with a figured maple back. Everything else is full scale. The Satin oiled, figured maple neck is 25" scale and a 12" radius. The tuners and hardware are top quality.  This guitar has a t-style bridge with Seymour Duncan stacked hot rails for tele, and a Stew Mac '59 Parson Street P-90 that creates the classic twang we expect from a "t style" ON STAGE with a rock punch from the P-90! These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the strict new overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Amber '59-ish

In 2006, I owned another maker's travel guitar, but even with new tuners, nut, saddle, & adding a pickup it felt, and sounded like a toy to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This guitar is "worn" inside your right thigh like a flying vee.  Your wrist on the body and bridge steadies the guitar. The size is like headless guitars with a better feel. With a spruce/mahogany top and figured maple back, the hollow body is very resonant for its size.  The rest of the instrument is full scale.  The satin oiled, figured maple neck is 25" scale with a 12" radius.  The tuners and all hardware are top shelf.  The pickups are a set of Stew Mac Parson's Street '59 PAFs (Al 2 bridge, Al 5 Neck), using the "50s circuit" for all the classic tones ON STAGE that we expect from this combination. The bridge is a Gotoh wrap around with TOM style saddles.

A padded gig bag lets these fit the strict new overhead compartment limits set by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

A Little Bloodwood, Please

In 2006, I owned another maker's travel guitar, but even with new tuners, nut, saddle, & adding a pickup it felt, and sounded like a toy to me. I needed to make a real guitar small enough to fly with.

This guitar is "worn" like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument. There's a headless guitar size to these with a better feel. The chambered body has surprising resonance.  This instrument uses a figured maple core with bloodwood top and back caps.  The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The flamed and figured laminated neck is 25" scale with a 12" radius. The tuners and all hardware are top quality.  These pickups are a set of coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me go from warm jazz through the hardest rock ON STAGE. 

A gig bag lets these stay within the airlines' strict new overhead compartment limits.

Sold, but can be reproduced for you. $1400.00 with fitted gig bag

Details Details!

This photo shows how the controls are accessible in standard fashion.  The neck end strap button is on the upper bout neck bolt.

Like all my neck to body joints, there is a constant regard for a smooth tactile ease that lets you play without rethinking your grip on the neck.

The bolt on process has let me "swap out" neck and body combinations for several customers who found that what they thought they wanted at first didn't quite work for them. They kept what they wanted, and I rebuilt new for what needed to be changed. 

You also get a nice view of the color core ply I use for many of my bodies.

A Busker's Dream

  Sometimes You just Can't Make It Up! In 2016, my wife was an exhibitor at the Artist's Craft Show in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Dance Museum.  I got the gig as background music for the show.  Sitting in front of the Firebird costume display got some raised eyebrows, but you can see my busker's rig.  I put a 6" speaker in my Roland Cube and can add on an 8" extension cab I'd built.  At conversational volume levels, the sound is warm and rich.  Ass you can see, supporting these like mini Vee body guitars keeps them stable and comfortable.   I've used a Vox Amplug with headphones while riding  Amtrak from Rochester to Rhinecliff, NY for even lighter travel.

The point of these guitars is to have a small version of YOUR guitar.  The instrument in this photo is the mini version of my mahogany "understated perfection" guitar in the electrics gallery, including the same full feature neck profile and electronics, the average listener would be hard pressed to tell the difference in sound between the two guitars.

The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini

This is the travel guitar body that had been Tom's "Italian" guitar. It got a new neck and is now a full featured mini guitar with a body of natural finished Jotoba (Brazilian Cherry) that's "worn" inside your right thigh like a vee shaped guitar. Your wrist rests on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument.  These are small without the headless "something's missing" feel. The body is totally chambered and resonates like a much larger body. 

Everything else is full scale.  The laminated flame maple neck with ebony fingerboard is 25" scale, 12" radius. All hardware is top quality.  Pickups are coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that cover everything from jazz to hard rock.  This guitar has a Schaller TOM wrap around bridge.

To comply with the new strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines, these instruments now come with a gig bag.  $1400.00 with fitted gig bag

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