Those with hearts full of wonder will spend their days wandering the world and finding things that are wondrous and strange. These people will end up looking strange to those who have never left the normal and the routine behind, even for a day. To make this feeling of strangeness especially strong, you might want to pick up the Johnson JG-TR6 Travel Guitar (it comes with a bag!). This unique-looking instrument is a wonderful option for those who spend no more than a day in one place. Let’s take a closer look and figure out why.
When people mention travel guitars, we all tend to think of pretty much the same thing: a normal guitar with a body scaled down to a ¾ of the size of a normal guitar. What we don’t realize is that there are other options to0 for guitar design that would make it portable. The JG-TR6 manufacturers realized this, and now we have a very unique body style. The body is tiny – almost the size of a ukulele, making the guitar extremely lightweight. It also requires the player to hold it in a slightly different manner from the normal guitar. The sound remains strong enough though, as the shape is quite capable of strong projection. Nothing like a dreadnought, or even a grand concert, but quite powerful in its own right.
The top of the guitar is made of spruce. The choice of this hardwood allows the higher and mid tones of the guitar to be very well expressed, giving the sound more body and character. The back and sides of the guitar are mahogany, which is a good way to increase the bass response of the guitar, as it might be a little lacking because of the size of the body.
The neck is also made of mahogany, resulting in a guitar that, while it might look flimsy, is as sturdy as the most well-made cheap guitars. The neck may seem comparatively thick to the body, but it is actually quite slim, permitting any level of player easy access to the smooth, rosewood fretboard.
The bridge of the guitar is made of rosewood. This handsome material creates a beautiful contrast with the light background of the spruce it sits on. It also further amplifies the bass of the guitar, giving it a more mature sound.
The nut and saddle of the guitar are made of plastic. The synthetic material is not the best available on the market, and yet on this guitar, it works adequately, giving us a nice harmony, as well as not allowing the strings to buzz too much while playing.
The tuners are die-cast chrome and just as unstable as my ex-girlfriend. While not the worst, you might end up having to tune the guitar every few days, or if you are on the road, every time you decide to play.
Johnson Travel Guitar Sound
The sound of the guitar is surprising. While many people might find the guitar’s body style laughable, in terms of projection, they are all pleasantly surprised when the guitar turns out to be much fuller and more projecting than they thought it would be. The bass response on the guitar is surprisingly good, with the mid and high tones having a very expressive nature. Overall the guitar is very warm and mellow, relaxing audiences with ease.
This unique guitar has a very nice feeling to it, being as lightweight as it is. You will find a place to store it with ease and you won’t even feel like you have anything hanging off your shoulder when you walk around with it. The special bag that comes with the guitar is a nice addition. Overall a nice, unique-looking guitar that some people will find more useful than others.