Top 14 Best Mini & Travel Acoustic Guitars (2020 Review)

Top 14 Best Mini & Travel Acoustic Guitars (2021 Review)

LAVA ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar with Effects 36 Inch Acoustic Electric Travel Guitar with Bag Picks and Charging Cable (Freeboost-Black)
Yamaha JR2TBS 3/4 Scale Guitar Tobacco Sunburst
Little Martin LX1R Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag, Sitka Spruce and Rosewood Pattern HPL Construction, Modified 0-14 Fret, Modified Low Oval Neck Shape
Luna HEN PA SPR Henna Paradise Select Spruce A/E Guitar, Stand Bundle
Luna Aurora Borealis 3/4 Acoustic Guitar, Black Pearl
MSRP
$799.00
$179.99
$399.00
Price not available
$179.00
Our Rating
95
92
89
88
87
Dimensions
37 x 13 x 5 inches
36 x 16 x 6 inches
17 x 8 x 45 inches
41 x 4 x 15 in
36 x 4 x 17 in
Weight
3.7 pounds
5.5 pounds
7 pounds
6 Pounds
4 Pounds
Number of Strings
6
6
6
6
6
Hand Orientation
Right
Right
Right
Right
Right
Bag Included
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
LAVA ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar with Effects 36 Inch Acoustic Electric Travel Guitar with Bag Picks and Charging Cable (Freeboost-Black)
MSRP
$799.00
Our Rating
95
Dimensions
37 x 13 x 5 inches
Weight
3.7 pounds
Number of Strings
6
Hand Orientation
Right
Bag Included
Yes
More Information
Yamaha JR2TBS 3/4 Scale Guitar Tobacco Sunburst
MSRP
$179.99
Our Rating
92
Dimensions
36 x 16 x 6 inches
Weight
5.5 pounds
Number of Strings
6
Hand Orientation
Right
Bag Included
Yes
More Information
Little Martin LX1R Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag, Sitka Spruce and Rosewood Pattern HPL Construction, Modified 0-14 Fret, Modified Low Oval Neck Shape
MSRP
$399.00
Our Rating
89
Dimensions
17 x 8 x 45 inches
Weight
7 pounds
Number of Strings
6
Hand Orientation
Right
Bag Included
Yes
More Information
Luna HEN PA SPR Henna Paradise Select Spruce A/E Guitar, Stand Bundle
MSRP
Price not available
Our Rating
88
Dimensions
41 x 4 x 15 in
Weight
6 Pounds
Number of Strings
6
Hand Orientation
Right
Bag Included
Yes
More Information
Luna Aurora Borealis 3/4 Acoustic Guitar, Black Pearl
MSRP
$179.00
Our Rating
87
Dimensions
36 x 4 x 17 in
Weight
4 Pounds
Number of Strings
6
Hand Orientation
Right
Bag Included
No
More Information

In this article we’re going to be discussing what the 14 best travel and mini acoustic guitars are, that exist in 2021.

Before we go straight into talking about each product featured in the list, we’re firstly going to address what a travel acoustic guitar is, and the different types of mini acoustic guitars on the market.

So without further ado, let’s talk travel acoustic guitars.

What is a Travel Acoustic Guitar

A travel acoustic guitar is simply an acoustic guitar that is smaller in size than a standard-sized acoustic guitar, usually around 3/4 or 1/2 of the size. Because of its smaller size, it is more suited for portability, especially for those who are looking to transport it on long trips.

What are the different types of travel acoustic guitars?

There are many different terms that people use to describe the same type of ‘travel acoustic guitar’, as we call it. Some would prefer to call it a ‘travel size acoustic guitar’, others use the term ‘mini acoustic guitar’.

None-the-less, all of these terms describe the same item.

However, as previously mentioned, travel acoustic guitars can come in a range of different sizes. Therefore, knowing the ideal size that suits you, whether or not that be a 1/2 size guitar or a 3/4 size guitar, will be very important in finding the perfect mini travel guitar for you.

I’ve explained the general size measurements that are associated with both 1/2 size, 3/4 size and full-size acoustic guitars below, so feel free to get your measuring tape out!

Again, these will differ from company to company, but we’ve done the research and are certain that the following products featured fall into the specified category, even if the Amazon listing has fleetingly used the term 1/2 size when the guitar actually falls into the 3/4 size category.

  • 1/2 Size Travel Acoustic Guitar Size (86 x 30 cm) or (34inch x 12inch)
  • 3/4 Size Travel Acoustic Guitar Size (92 x 34 cm) (36inch x 13inch)
  • Full-Size Acoustic Guitar Size (100 x 38 cm) (39inch x 15inch)

Below we’ve featured a list of the best travel sized & mini acoustic guitars; The list has been organized based on two main criteria, the primary being the size of the guitar, and secondary based on price.


Best Budget Travel Guitars

Oscar Schmidt OG5 3/4-Size Acoustic Guitar Bundle

Technical features

  • Oscar Schmidt Acoustic Guitar created by Washburn
  • Includes gig bag, tuner, strap, picks, instructional book, DVD, and polishing cloth
  • Maple Top
  • Catalpa sides and back
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • 36″ long
  • Gloss finish
  • 4 colors available

Summary

The Oscar Schmidt OG5 3/4 acoustic guitar bundle comes in natural, sunburst, blue, and pink colors.

Being priced at just under $130 this really is a budget-priced acoustic guitar bundle, so don’t expect the world. However, for this price, you’re getting a well-constructed guitar, built by none other than Oscar Schmidt in collaboration with the extremely reputable guitar-maker Washburn Guitars.

The maple top with gloss finish gives it a beautiful look.

The guitar also has Catalpa sides and back, this wood is known for being a relatively soft, deciduous wood that is native to North America. It is known for giving an acoustic guitar the balance of warmth and midrange tone for strumming while also providing a rich sound for lead playing and fingerpicking.

The Oscar Schmidt OG5 bundle  has a 4.5/5* rating from over 80 customer reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • Great price for a bundle that includes so many accessories
  • Aesthetically appealing acoustic guitar
  • Selection of fourdifferent colors
  • Created by Oscar Schmidt/Washburn (Reputable brands)
  • Great for beginners

Drawbacks

  • For the price and accessories included, there aren’t many drawbacks
  • Although this is a great guitar for beginners, if you are an advanced player, you may want to look at a higher end guitar

Although I couldn’t find a video demonstration specifically of the OG5, here is a video demonstration of an unnamed Oscar Schmidt Acoustic Guitar, which should give you a good idea of the sound quality of Oscar Schmidt guitars:


Fender FA-15 3/4 Scale Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Technical features

  • Created by Fender, an iconic company with a great reputation
  • Includes gig bag
  • Agathis Top
  • Sapele sides and back
  • Nato wood neck
  • Chrome Tuners
  • 3/4 body size
  • Ambidextrous design
  • Comes in 6 different colors

Summary

The Fender Alternative Series are Fender’s beginner guitar line, but, being a Fender, you are still going to get great playability and sound quality.

The FA-15 has 6 different color options, including natural, black, blue, red, moonlight burst, and green.

Being priced at just under $170 this really is a budget-priced acoustic guitar bundle. However, for this price, you’re getting a well-constructed guitar, built by none other than Fender, the legendary company that brought you the Fender Stratocaster and Fender Telecaster ( you can read our article about best pickups for Telecasters here).

This guitar has an agathis top, which is a type of wood that has been compared to mahogany, although it is cheaper than mahogany, and may not compare to the great tonal qualities of mahogany.

The FA-15, however, also has sapele sides and back. Sapele has also been compared to mahogany, and more favorably so than agathis. As a result, you can expect a warm, neutral tone that is balanced enough to sound good for both rhythm and lead playing.

The all-laminate construction makes it both strong and resistant to cracking from humidity changes.

Overall, the Fender FA-15 is a terrific choice for a beginner 3/4 size guitar.

The Oscar Schmidt OG5 bundle has a 4.7/5* rating from over 25 customer reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • Great price for a well-built guitar with great sound
  • Aesthetically appealing acoustic guitar
  • Selection of sixdifferent colors
  • Created by Fender (Reputable Brand)
  • Great for beginners

Drawbacks

  • Only includes a gig bag, so you will have to buy other accessories separately
  • Although this is a great guitar for beginners, if you are an advanced player, you may want to look at a higher end guitar

To learn more about the FA-15 and how it sounds, take a look at the review and demonstration video below:


Yamaha JR1 Steel String Acoustic

Yamaha JR1 3/4 Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag, Strap, Strings, Winder and Picks

Technical features

  • JR1 Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Yamaha
  • Spruce Top
  • Meranti back and sides
  • Nato Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes a Gig bag, Martin Guitar Strings, Strap, Picks and String Winder

Summary

The Yamaha JR1 is their attempt to replicate the premier sound of the Yamaha FG series within an acoustic travel guitar. As for if they were successful, well you only need to look below at the reviews, as they speak for themselves.

The Yamaha JR1 has a 4.8/5* rating from 29 customer reviews on Amazon.

This mini acoustic guitar comes with a multitude of items and so you don’t need to purchase any additional items before your travels. This includes a gig bag, another set of strings, a guitar strap, guitar picks and a string winder. Although it must be said, some of the reviews say that the guitar case that comes with this guitar is very soft, and so if you are indeed travelling for a long period of time, and plan to take this guitar with you, we advise upgrading the case.

Similarly to previous guitars mentioned, the JR1 has a spruce top, known to be very soft to the touch but maintains a good overall density for strength. This spruce top enables the guitar to produce a lot of resonance, maintaining low, mid-range and high frequencies with plenty of attack.

The guitar also has Meranti back and sides; This wood is generally quite inexpensive to buy, but considerably helps to preserve tonal qualities.

The neck is made from Nato wood, which is usually an inexpensive replacement for Mahogany. None-the-less, it too is also commonly used for making guitars within this price-range and helps keep a pronounced mid-range to the guitar’s tone; Which is highly important for acoustic instruments.

Benefits

  • Fantastic price (considering the bundle)
  • Comes with plenty of accessories (Case, Martin Guitar Strings, Strap, Guitar Picks & String Winder)

Drawbacks

  • Almost none
  • The case may be too soft for those who are looking at travelling for a long period of time
    • We advise that you get a case (especially since you’re most likely travelling). We’ve linked to our recommended soft case here – Link to Amazon

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Yamaha JR-1 in action directly below:


Yamaha JR2 Acoustic Guitar

Technical features

  • JR2 Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Yamaha
  • Natural
  • Spruce Top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Nato Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes a Gig bag, Guitar Strings, Plectrums, String Winder, Instructional Video, Polishing Cloth and Guitar Tuner

Summary

The Yamaha JR2 in Natural is the replacement for the older JR1. Yamaha’s aim is to attempt to replicate the premier sound of the Yamaha FG series within an acoustic travel guitar. Now from customer reviews alone, they clearly got it right with the JR1, but did they succeed with the JR2? As for if they were successful, well you only need to look below at the reviews, as they speak for themselves.

The Yamaha JR2 has a 4.3/5* rating from 65 customer reviews on Amazon.

This mini acoustic guitar comes with a multitude of items and so you don’t need to purchase any additional items before your travels. This includes a gig bag, a set of guitar strings, guitar picks, a string winder and a guitar tuner.

This is a really good selection of accessories supplied! We’re particularly impressed with the inclusion of a guitar tuner, as guitar tuner pedals alone can cost between $20 – $100.

Similarly to the JR1, the JR2 has a spruce top, known to be very soft to the touch but maintains a good overall density for strength. This spruce top enables the guitar to produce a lot of resonance, maintaining low, mid-range and high frequencies with plenty of attack.

The JR2 really distinguishes itself from the former JR1 in its upgraded ‘Mahogany’ back and sides. With Mahogany being more expensive because of its ability to provide more presence and a better sound for acoustic guitars.

The neck is made from Nato wood, which is usually an inexpensive replacement for Mahogany. None-the-less, it too is also commonly used for making guitars within this price-range and helps keep a pronounced mid-range to the guitar’s tone; Which is highly important for acoustic instruments.

Benefits

  • Fantastic price (considering the bundle)
  • Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Comes with plenty of accessories (Case, Martin Guitar Strings, Strap, Guitar Picks & Guitar Tuner)
  • Decent quality guitar case

Drawbacks

  • Does not include a guitar strap
    • Don’t worry, we’ve linked to Amazon’s best selling acoustic guitar straps here – Acoustic Guitar Straps

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Yamaha JR-2 in action directly below:


Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Technical features

  • 3/4 Mini Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Built by Ibanez
  • Mahogany, Top Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes a Gig bag

Summary

Although you may know Ibanez for its impressive lineup of electric guitars, Ibanez also does a good job of building low and mid priced acoustic guitars. The Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought is Ibanez’ entry into the beginner guitar market, competing with the likes of the Fender FA-15 and the Yamaha JR1 and JR2.

The 3/4 Mini Dreadnought has a full mahogany body, with the premium wood making up the top, back, sides, and neck. Mahogany is known to give a rich, warm sound that provides a good balance of rhythm and lead capability. Like many other guitars in this price range, don’t expect to get full body sound in a miniature body.

However, in terms of quality of sound for the value, this is a good guitar if you are a beginner and want to get your first acoustic. Personally, I love Ibanez’ electric guitars and I have only ever owned Ibanez electrics. However, I would likely look at the Yamaha beginner acoustic lineup as my recommended choice, but you should certainly look into this, as everyone has different tastes!

The Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought has a 4.5/5* rating from 29 customer reviews on Amazon.

One thing I will say that is a strong positive feature is that the Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought manages to provide an all-mahogany body in a price range that it is rare to see it in.

Benefits

  • Great price for a mahogany body guitar
  • High quality sound in this price range

Drawbacks

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Ibanez 3/4 Mini Dreadnought Acoustic in action directly below:


Luna Safari Series ‘Muse’ Acoustic Guitar

Luna Safari Series Muse Mahogany 3/4-Size Travel Acoustic Guitar - Natural

Technical features

  • ‘Safari Series Muse’ model –  Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Luna
  • Designed by Alex Morgan
  • Mahogany Top, Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Satin Finish
  • Celtic Laser Etching Design around the sound hole
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners

Summary

Luna is a guitar manufacturer renowned for it’s incredibly unique and genuine acoustic guitar designs. Not only this, but they have created a trustworthy brand image for themselves not only for their guitar designs, but for the incredible sound too.

The Luna Safari Muse acoustic travel guitar is another one of Luna’s unique designed guitars.

Designed by Alex Morgan, the guitar has a wonderfully warm looking Mahogany front, back and sides and a laser etched henna design around the sound hole. This henna design is subtle enough to not distract your audience whilst you’re playing, but certainly, it will make them appreciate your lovely looking guitar.

As for how the Luna Safari Muse acoustic guitar sounds? As we’ve mentioned, we know that Luna usually knock the ball out of the park when it comes to sound; And although we can talk all day about how good their products sound, we’d much rather you see for yourself…

Therefore we’ve featured a demonstration video below, and a link to all of the customer reviews.

The Luna Safari Muse  has a 4.2/5* rating from over 90 customer reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • Beautiful design with bespoke features
  • Wonderful sounding acoustic guitar
  • Mahogany Top, Back and Sides
Drawbacks

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Safari Muse’ in action directly below.


Luna Aurora ‘Borealis’ Acoustic Guitar

Luna Aurora Borealis 3/4 Acoustic Guitar Black Pearl

Technical features

  • ‘Aurora Borealis’ model –  Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Luna
  • Available in Black, Pink, Teal and White
  • Basswood Top, Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Black Walnut Bridge
  • Black Pearl Finish
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners

Summary

Luna is a guitar manufacturer renowned for it’s incredibly unique and genuine acoustic guitar designs. Not only this, but they have created a trustworthy brand image for themselves not only for their guitar designs, but for the incredible sound too.

The Luna Aurora Borealis acoustic travel guitar is one of the brand’s more minimalistically designed guitars; And for some this may certainly be an attractive feature.

The guitar is mainly made up of Basswood, with the Body and Top being made up of this. The Neck is made from Mahogany, and the fret board and Bridge are made from Black Walnut. Finally, the Aurora Borealis has a Black Pearl finish, really setting it apart from other acoustic guitars.

As for how the Luna Aurora Borealis acoustic guitar sounds? We could talk about the sound all day, but the best way in which we can communicate this is in demonstrating! Hence we’ve featured  a demonstration video below, and a link to all of the customer reviews.

The Luna Aurora Borealis  has a 4.7/5* rating from over 70 customer reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • More minimalistic design for Luna, may be appealing for some!
  • 4 different colors to choose from
  • Great sounding (refer to demonstration video)

Drawbacks

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Aurora Borealis’ in action directly below.


Luna Safari ‘Bamboo’ Acoustic Guitar

Luna Safari Bamboo Travel Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag

Technical features

  • ‘Safari Bamboo’ Model –  Travel Acoustic Guitar Built by Luna
  • Available in Bamboo and Vintage Design
  • Bamboo Leaf Laser Etching Design Around the Sound Hole
  • Bamboo Top, Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Walnut Fretboard & Bridge
  • Natural Satin Finish
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Comes with Clip-on Chromatic Tuner, Gigging Bag, Guitar Strings, Instructional DVD, Polishing Cloth, Guitar Picks and a Guitar Strap.

Summary

Luna is a guitar manufacturer renowned for it’s incredibly unique and genuine acoustic guitar designs. Not only this, but they have created a trustworthy brand image for themselves not only for their guitar designs, but for the incredible sound too.

The Luna Safari Bamboo is a very unique travel acoustic guitar; Mainly because, as the name suggests, it’s made from Bamboo… Or at least the Guitar’s Top, Back and Sides are. As you can see and hear from the video demonstration below, it gives the guitar a beautiful aesthetic appearance, and a lovely sound quality.

The front of the guitar also has a Bamboo leaf etching, which has been laser etched around the sound hole of the guitar, really giving it a unique look.

As for how the Luna Safari Muse acoustic guitar sounds? As we’ve mentioned, we know that Luna usually knock the ball out of the park when it comes to sound; And although we can talk all day about how good their products sound, we’d much rather you see for yourself…

Therefore we’ve featured a demonstration video below, and a link to all of the customer reviews (although there aren’t may reviews, the video demonstration really displays how good this guitar sounds)

The Luna Safari Muse  has a 4.0/5* rating from 1 customer reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • Unique visual appearance
  • Fantastic sounding
  • Bamboo Top, Back and Sides
  • Nice price considering it’s uniqueness

Drawbacks

  • Nothing

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Safari Muse’ in action directly below.


Best Mid-Range Travel Acoustic Guitars

Luna Guitars Henna Paradise Acoustic/Electric Guitar

Technical features

  • ‘Henna Paradise’ model – Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar built by Luna
  • Designed by UK henna artist Alex Morganthe
  • Includes Built-In Pickup With Tuner
  • Bundle Includes Guitar Stand, Clip-on Tuner, Guitar Strap, Extra Set of Strings, Total Music Source Polishing Cloth
  • Can Plug Into Amp Or Guitar Audio Interface
  • Spruce Top
  • Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Mahogany Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Gorgeous Henna Design
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners

Summary

Luna is a guitar manufacturer renowned for it’s incredibly unique and genuine acoustic guitar designs. Not only this, but they have created a trustworthy brand image for themselves not only for their guitar designs, but for the incredible sound too.

The Luna Henna Paradise acoustic-electric guitar is certainly a spectacle from both a visual and tonal point of view. This guitar boasts a beautiful and unique henna design, and is sure to turn heads and start conversations.

This bundle includes pretty much everything you need to get started, including a guitar stand, clip-on tuner, guitar strap, extra set of strings, and total music source polishing cloth.

As for how it sounds, we know that Luna usually knock the ball out of the park when it comes to sound; And quite simply, although there aren’t many reviews for this specific model, over the years, Luna has built a strong reputation in the travel guitar category.

The Luna Safari Tribal has a 4.4/5* rating from 10 customer reviews on Amazon.

Additionally, the Luna Henna Paradise comes with a built-in preamp, so that you can plug it into an amp or into a guitar audio interface. It also has a built-in tuner, so you don’t need to worry about keeping in tune!

Benefits

  • Beautiful design with stunning features
  • Wonderful sounding acoustic guitar
  • Comes with a built-in preamp and tuner
  • Comes with plenty of accessories

Drawbacks

  • Nothing major, except the unique design might not be to everyone’s taste (I find it to be beautiful, though)

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Henna Paradise’ in action directly below. This video demonstrates the sound quality for both playing it using an external acoustic mic and using the built in preamp.


Martin Guitars Little Martin LX1R Acoustic Guitar

Technical features

  • LX1R Natural ‘Little Martin’ Model by Martin
  • Natural Color
  • Features a Sitka Spruce Top
  • High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Back And Sides
  • Spruce Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes a Gig Bag

Summary

Martin is definitely one of the the Creme-de-la-Creme of Acoustic Guitar manufacturing. They simply know what works and how to make their acoustic guitars sound incredible! This is why they can charge a premium price.

The LX1R ‘Little Martin’ is an impressive travel acoustic guitar, with an HPL back and sides, alongside a premium-quality, hand-finished Sitka Spruce Top for both high-quality sound quality and a lovely visual appearance.

The fretboard/fingerboard is created from rosewood, helping provide that well-known, Martin-associated warm sounding tone.

How does the LX1R ‘Little Martin’ sound? Well, due to the solid spruce top, the LX1R is one of the best-sounding travel acoustic guitars on this list… But don’t just take our opinion on it, have a look at the customer reviews below, and then take a look at the demo video below.

The LX1R Natural ‘Little Martin’ has a 4.5/5* rating from 25 customer reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • World-Class Engineering from Martin
  • Absolutely one of the best sounding travel acoustic guitars on this list due to the Sitka Spruce Top
  • Really Positive Customer Reviews
  • Comes with a Gig Bag

Drawbacks

  • $399+ is rather costly, but you’re paying for high-quality construction and Martin’s engineering finesse
  • Does not include some accessories that you may require

Also, check out the video demonstration of the LX1R ‘Little Martin’ in action directly below.


Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

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Technical features

  • BT2 “Baby Taylor” Acoustic Guitar By Taylor Guitars
  • 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
  • Natural Mahogany Color
  • Features a Troptical Mahogany Hardwood Top
  • Layered Sapele Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes a High Quality Padded Gig Bag

Summary

In the same stratosphere as Martin, Taylor is also considered to be the Creme-de-la-Creme of Acoustic Guitar manufacturing. They have been building high quality guitars since 1974 and they know a thing or ten about making great sounding, great playing guitars! Of course, this will also come with a higher price tag than the average travel or beginner guitar.

The “Baby Taylor” was created by Taylor Guitars as a travel or beginner guitar that combines the portability of a travel-size acoustic guitar, with the engineering and quality craftsmanship that Martin uses to create their superior sound quality.

All-in-all, this is certainly a guitar that you’ll love to play everywhere you go, but, like the Martin guitars, also one which you’ll want to look after carefully.

We’ve talked up Taylor guitars quite a bit, but how do you know it lives up to the hype? Well, take a look at the reviews and you’ll see confirmation from customers. Then, take a look at the demo video and you’ll see why this is one of our favorite guitars on this list.

The BT2 “Baby Taylor” Acoustic Guitar has a 4.7/5* rating from 181 customer reviews on Amazon.

In addition this awesome guitar, you also receive a high quality padded gig bag, so that you can keep your Baby Taylor protected throughout your traveling journey.

Benefits

  • World-Class Engineering from Taylor
  • Awesome Sound Quality
  • Really Positive Customer Reviews
  • Comes with a Padded Guitar Case

Drawbacks

Also, check out the video demonstration of the “Baby Taylor” in action directly below:


Luna Guitars Safari Koa Supreme 6 String Acoustic/Electric Guitar

Technical features

  • ‘Safari Series Koa Supreme’ model – Travel Acoustic Guitar built by Luna
  • Koa “A” Grade Top and Back
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Morado Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Built-in preamp
  • Pearl Moon Phase inlays
  • Natural Finish
  • Laser Etching Design around the Soundhole
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes a Gig Bag

Summary

Luna is a guitar manufacturer renowned for it’s incredibly unique and genuine acoustic guitar designs. Not only this, but they have created a trustworthy brand image for themselves not only for their guitar designs, but for the incredible sound too.

The Luna Safari Koa Supreme acoustic-electric travel guitar is another one of Luna’s fantastic travel guitars.

The Koa Supreme is a mid-range priced guitar that looks and plays really nice for its price. This guitar features Koa “A” grade top and back, mahogany neck, and morado fingerboard. This gives it a rich, high quality sound for a small guitar.

The built-in preamp means that you can perform for all your fans by plugging this travel guitar into an amp if you so desire.

This specific model doesn’t have any reviews yet, but the regular Luna Safari Supreme Model get good reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • Extremely ‘full-body’ sounding
  • Beautiful design with bespoke features
  • Wonderful sounding acoustic guitar
  • Koa “A Grade Top, Back and Sides

Drawbacks

To get a good idea of how this guitar sounds, check out the video demonstration of the Luna ‘Safari Koa Supreme” in action directly below.


Best Premium Travel Acoustic Guitars

Yamaha APXT2 3/4 Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Technical features

  • APXT2 3/4 Acoustic-Electric Guitar built by Yamaha
  • Built in pickups
  • Spruce Top
  • Meranti back and sides
  • Nato Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Pearl Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes gig bag

Summary

The Yamaha APTXT2 is an upscale acoustic-electric guitar built by Yamaha. Yamaha’s aim is to attempt to replicate the premier sound of the full-size Yamaha APX500II series within a 3/4 size acoustic travel guitar.

Judging by how it sounds and by customer reviews, they certainly seemed to have gotten it right with the APXT2.

The Yamaha APXT2 has a 4.5/5* rating from over 470 customer reviews on Amazon.

Similarly to another popular and well-reviewed travel guitar, the Yamaha JR2 (which is also on our top travel guitar list), the APXT2 has a spruce top, known to be very soft to the touch while still maintaining a good overall density for strength. This spruce top enables the guitar to produce a lot of resonance, maintaining low, mid-range and high frequencies with plenty of attack.

One difference between the APXT2 and the JR2 is the APXT2 has meranti back and sides versus the higher quality mahogany back and sides of the JR2. However, this disadvantage is offset by the fact that the APXT2 has built-in pickups, allowing you to plug the guitar into your amplifier or guitar audio interface.

The neck is made from a combination of nato wood and mahogany.

Unfortunately, one other difference between the APXT2 and the JR2 is the price. Currently, the APXT2 is priced even higher than the Taylor and Martin beginner guitars. However, I personally do love the sound and playability of the APXT2.

Benefits

  • Beautiful design
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Great sound for a budget guitar
  • Built-in pickups to plug the guitar into an amp

Drawbacks

  • Meranti back and sides are a bit of a downgrade from mahogany on the Yamaha JR1 and JR2
  • Does not include a guitar strap
    • Don’t worry, we’ve linked to Amazon’s best selling acoustic guitar straps here – Acoustic Guitar Straps

Also, check out the video demonstration of the Yamaha APXT2 in action directly below:


LAVA ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar with Effects 36 Inch Acoustic Electric Travel Guitar

Technical features

  • “LAVA ME 2” by LAVA Guitars
  • Unique Unibody Design With Super Airsonic (Carbon Fiber Composite) Top, Back, and Sides
  • High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Neck And Fretboard
  • Built In Pickups
  • Built In Speaker With Reverb, Delay, Chorus Effects!
  • Ultra-light, weighing just 3.7 lb (1.7 kg)
  • Weather Resistant To Play In A Variety Of Weather Conditions
  • Black Finish
  • Steel Strings
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
  • Includes Sturdy Gig Bag

Summary

We saved the most unique travel acoustic guitar on our list for last. The LAVA ME 2 is truly a different take on what a travel guitar should be. Everything from its weight, design, materials used, and technology sets it apart from the traditional travel acoustic guitar.

It is very light, weighing in at 3.7 lb (1.7 kg), which is lighter than many laptops.

It is also weather resistant, adaptable to temperatures between -4°F to 176°F and humidity from 10% to 90%.

How does it manage to be this light, but also this weather resistant? That would be due to the carbon fiber unibody design that makes up most of this guitar. This is very different than the traditional wood or laminate materials you see most acoustic guitars are made of.

Like a few other guitars on this list, the LAVA ME 2 has a built in pickup so you can plug it into an external amplifier.

Unlike any guitar on our list, however, this guitar also has a built in speaker, with reverb, chorus, and delay effects to boot! That means you can play this for a small audience without having to plug it into an external amp!

The LAVA ME 2, not surprisingly, is the most expensive travel acoustic guitar that we’ve featured on this list, but that’s no why we’re featuring it. We are giving this the attention it deserves because of its truly unique nature. There simply is no other guitar on our list that is like this.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out the reviews on Amazon, and also take time to check out the video demonstration below.

The LAVA ME 2 has a 4.4/5* rating from 412 customer reviews on Amazon.

Benefits

  • Unique unibody carbon fiber design
  • Extremely light, but highly durable in most weather conditions
  • Built in pickup to plug into an external amp
  • Truly unique built in speaker to play loudly without plugging into an amp

Drawbacks

  • Significantly more expensive than other models
  • The unique design might not be pleasing to traditionalists
  • Does not include some accessories that you may require

Also, check out the in depth review and demonstration of the LAVA ME 2 directly below.


In Conclusion, What is the best travel acoustic guitar?

Ok, so before making our recommendations, we’d just like to clear something up,  if you have average to large sized hands, you may want to choose a model from one of the 3/4 sized acoustic travel guitars that we’ve featured.

Only we would imagine you’d struggle to handle the 1/2 size guitars.

With that being said, we’ve segmented our recommendations based on numerous factors that we think would be important to our readers, i.e Price, Features, Size, Value for Money, etc.

Therefore, we sincerely hope that you feel confident in knowing which is the right guitar for you, once you read our recommendations.

Although quite honestly, from all of the guitars that we’ve featured in this list. They’re all the top 1% when it comes to customer review satisfaction, so you really cannot go wrong with any.

However, we also know personal preference plays a part here, so don’t just take our opinion, look at all of the video demonstrations.

Value for money

Yamaha JR2 Acoustic Guitar – $$ – Budget Priced

Luna Aurora Borealis Acoustic Electric Guitar -$$ – Budget Priced

Uniqueness

Luna Henna Paradise Acoustic Electric Guitar – $$$ – Mid Range Priced

Lava ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar With Effects $$$$ – Premium Priced

Premium Sound Quality

Martin LX1R Little Martin – $$$ – Mid Range Priced

Lava ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar With Effects $$$$ – Premium Priced

Unique Material

Luna Safari ‘Bamboo’ Acoustic Guitar – $$$ – Mid-Range Priced

Lava ME 2 Carbon Fiber Guitar With Effects $$$$ – Premium Priced

Color

Luna Aurora ‘Borealis’ Acoustic Guitar – $$$ – Mid-Range Priced

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