A Journey Home For The Holidays

Imagine you’re a long way from home this holiday season. Perhaps you’re in the military serving over seas, away at college, or backpacking across Europe. Whatever the reason may be, it’s always difficult to be separated from our friends and family. 

Journey instruments has developed a line of ingeniously designed travel guitars. Whether on a plane heading to your next deployment, in a park with your study group, or wherever life leads, you can now bring a part of home with you.

As musicians our guitars are very important to us. With this in mind, Journey Instruments set out to offer the highest quality travel guitars possible, while remaining affordable. Their goal was to create a guitar that offered everything including, the convenience of a patented collapsible neck, quality woods and materials, a rugged backpack for your guitar and accessories, and most importantly, outstanding playability and tone.

Having the opportunity to play a Journey guitar myself, I can tell you first hand that the look, feel, tone, and playability, are as good or better than any other acoustic I’ve played. In fact the first time I played the guitar I was blown away. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. It’s loud enough to be played with other instruments in front of several people, while offering wonderful tones and bass response. It’s a small but mighty guitar I’d be happy to play and record with whether I’m traveling or not.

As the result of an accident I was in years ago I am disabled. I bring this up for no other reason than to express my appreciation for how easy this guitar is to travel with. Every year my family sings carols at Christmas, and every year I have to lug around my old full size acoustic that plays like crap, and sounds like crap. This year however, traveling to my daughters house will be much easier for me, and our caroling will sound significantly better with the Journey guitar.


What Else Does Journey Have To Offer?

The guitar I was given to check out was the Journey Junoir. It has a Sitka top, Mahogany sides, back, and neck, and a Pau Ferro fingerboard. It has a set neck rather than collapsible, and did not include the passive transducer pickup. The Journey Junior is designed to give the player all of the quality and playability of the Journey OF420B that Phil reviewed, but at half the price.

Journey instruments offers several other models such as classical style guitars and ukuleles. However, if you’re in the market for something truly unique, check out their carbon fiber acoustic guitars and basses. They also offer different top wood choices such as Cedar and Mahogany. They even have an option for the left handed guitarist. 


In Closing

Journey Instruments has created a line of guitars that offer the weary traveler an opportunity to carry with them a constant companion and a reminder of home and family.

I’d like to offer a special thank you to all of the men and woman serving in the military. It is my Christmas wish that you and all of your fellow travelers make it home safely for the holidays. Hopefully, upon your return you’ll find a Journey guitar under the tree on Christmas morning.

Since I received the Journey Junior I have been playing the heck out of it. Sometimes getting new gear is exciting and inspires me to write songs, or discover new techniques. Below is a video of a short instrumental I was inspired to record after playing the new Journey guitar. Check it out!

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As always, thank you for your time, and know your gear.

Contributed by: M. Sawyer