Some people, when they want to say they want to go traveling, say they want to go on an adventure, or they go wandering, or they are going on a safari. Whichever their choice word for traveling for pleasure is, if they like guitars, they want to have a travel guitar by their side. While most full size guitars are not suitable for easy travel, there are others made specifically for this purpose. The Luna Safari Supreme model is one affordable model crafter specifically for this very purpose. Let’s take a closer look and see if its the one for you.
The body shape of the safari supreme is unique, and referred to by the manufacturer as “safari”. It is a scaled down version of a body that bears the qualities of a dreadnought guitar. The resulting design is something in between a folk and grand concert style guitar. This means the lower tones might not benefit from the same level of enhancement as received from a dreadnought guitar. Still, the strong points of this shape are the mid and high tones, which feel a lot more well expressed because of it. The projection of the shape is not the most powerful, but it definitely delivers a fullness of sound.
The top of the guitar is made of solid spruce. This further assists in the nuanced expression of the high and mid tones of the guitar. Spruce is a tried and proven top wood, meaning you will not find your guitar sounding flat at any point in its existence. The laminate might dull it a little, but the spruce remains resonant as ever. The back and sides of the guitar are mahogany, a great choice for an affordable guitar looking to enhance the lower tones in its sound. The mahogany on this guitar does just that, resulting in a more balanced sound.
The neck of the guitar is slender, made of mahogany as well. It is sturdy and lightweight, bound to serve the owner well and for a long time. The sturdiness of mahogany is especially fortunate, judging by how this guitar will end up traveling throughout its lifetime. The fretboard of the guitar is smooth and pleasant to look at walnut. A good choice as any.
The bridge of the guitar is made of walnut, a rather exotic material in the world of guitars. While not used often, it has a beautiful, dark tone that might feel overbearing sometimes. In the case of being used in the bridge it adds just the little bit resonance to the lower end of the tonal range that this guitar needed.
The nut and saddle of the guitar are sealed graph tech, a synthetic material sure, but one that provides a great support for the strings, allowing for full symphonic expression and mitigating the buzz associated with steel strings.
The tuners of the guitar are not as trustworthy as the rest of the guitar, unfortunately. Just like so many affordable guitars, this one suffers from tuning instability, with the musician needing to retune every few days at worst. Though this is easy to get out of by changing the die cast tuners on this guitar.
The sound of the guitar is very pleasant. While the small size of the guitar almost guarantees a not as powerful projection, the player will find themselves surprised by the actual power of the sound. The guitar sound very strong, with the mid and high tones being very expressive and nuanced. The bass tones of the guitar are comparatively flatter than the higher tones, though cheap as the guitar is, it is surprising it sounds as good as it does. Very good pick for fingerstyle players.
The beautiful, henna inspired design on the top of the guitar tells the story of an exotic inspiration. While I am not aware of the full history of the instrument, I know for sure that it is one of the best affordable travel guitars out there, definitely one of the more beautiful ones. Definitely recommended for all beginners and those looking for a travel guitar. Though beware, this guitar is not stellar, mostly just adequate, especially for its price.