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Journey Instruments “Overhead” travel guitar intro at NAMM

December 8, 2019


Hi, I m Rob Bailey with Journey Instruments,
and we re debuting the Overhead collapsible travel guitar. This product started about
two years ago when I was frustrated with every travel guitar on the market. Either I couldn
t take it on the plane, or it had a small sound. So what we did is we started with the
overhead dimensions: twenty-two, by fourteen, by nine (inches). We built a gig bag and a
guitar to fit there. And the goal was to maximize the volume, tone, and feel and build the best
guitar we possibly could. And what we came up with was this. So other guitars, like I
said, are too small they sound like a toy, or it may collapse but it may still be too
big, and sometimes there s the risk of still having to check it in because it exceeds the
required overhead dimensions. We have all high-end appointments on this guitar. When
you look at it, it looks small, but when you play it, it sounds big. So the main features
are the classic neck with carbon fiber reinforcement here. We have a radiused soundb on here as
well. The neck shape is a little bit of a chunky C part of that was for the reinforcement,
but part of it is that a lot of guys who play smaller guitars prefer a bigger neck. We have
Grover 18:1 precision tuners. We have a solid sitka top, and fully-scalloped forward-shifted
X-bracing on the top. Basically we designed this for guys who are used to nice guitars,
who travel. And you don t want to travel and play a guitar you don t enjoy. So this guitar
basically gives you the best feel and the best sound you can get and nobody will jack
with you when you take it on the overhead bin and go on an airline. We designed the
bag and the guitar together to be all you need to do any gig. So it comes with an under-bridge
passive piezo pickup system – and the bag and the guitar and you re ready go for any
gig. Thanks for visiting us at our NAMM 2013 show. For more updates and news, just follow
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6 Comments

  • Reply easyvivo March 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Do you have a cut away model similar to your carbon fiber model? How would it work with the Fishman Triple Play midi synth? tnx Ed

  • Reply Rob B July 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Ed, for now we don't have cutaway models. The carbon model is a cutaway that should be in dealers early September. Check out our website under products.

    As for the midi Synth, if you can use it with acoustics it should work. , if it means attaching the wireless transmitter unit to the top of the soundboard, I'd be weary – that would go for any acoustic, I'd think. I'd ask Fishman. I use iRig with garage band or a quality USB mic and I love it.

  • Reply Paul Va February 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Looks amazing!

  • Reply David Bruce March 19, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Looks like a good design, but again the guitar is out of tune, especially at the end.  🙁

  • Reply Daniel Prentice December 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Do you guys make it in left handed

  • Reply MacaroniRanger July 27, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Yo where can I get one of these and for how much?

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