Much as I love self-propelled backpacking with all my kit in a light pack I am also an avid motorhome (RV) owner. When I do a motorhome trip I will be away for a week or more so I need a good, small guitar to keep my practice up. Anyone who has used a motorhome or campervan knows space is at a premium hence the need for a small guitar.
Enter the Lindo Voyager Traveller Guitar! It’s a British made electro-acoustic travel guitar which is a bit of a rarity to start with. Apart from the small body the first thing that struck is how visually appealing it is. The hardware is gold, the inlays on the frets and the decoration around the sound hole and body just look really good. The colour of the soundboard wood matches the decorative elements perfectly.
Not the best photos I’ve ever taken but hopefully they are good enough for you to see how pretty the thing is and the quality of the luthier’s work. The build quality is very good in every area with no visible flaws. The intonation is very good, the nut, bridge and tuners do their job perfectly well and, out the box, the action was very playable.
Physically, the small body makes the guitar light and comfortable to play for a long time. It feels balanced. Whether it’s played sitting down or with a strap fitted and played standing up it’s fun to play. Although the body is small the neck is full size so there’s no adapting your playing style to the neck.
So, it looks good and plays well but does the Lindo Voyager deliver in terms of tone and sound? Because it’s an electro-acoustic it’s somewhat like having two guitars in one.
As a straightforward acoustic guitar the sound is bright and loud when played with a plectrum. Because of the small body the bass response is nowhere near as prominent as with, say, a dreadnought but that’s to be expected. The brightness and volume do make it ideal for singalongs, busking and ad-hoc acoustic playing as well as noodling on the sofa. It’s a nice acoustic sound.
When the Voyager is plugged into an amplifier it reveals hidden depths. The electronics are made by a company called Acme (I kid not) and have the standard volume and EQ controls along with an in-board tuner, a notch filter, a phase and mix controls. The mix control allows the blending of the piezo pickup with a microphone that’s hidden inside the body of the guitar. That’s right – a £300ish British travel guitar has a sophisticated electronic sound management system.
And it works! It’s possible to boost the bass tones and fiddle with the mid and high frequencies to obtain a very creditable acoustic sound that fits in a band mix very nicely. It also complements a solo singer.
As it’s a travel guitar the guitar comes with a good quality gig bag that’s well padded and has an internal Velcro strap to hold the neck in place. Externally there is a pocket large enough to hold spare strings, plectrums, capos and leads. There is a carrying handle and two shoulder straps so it’s easy to transport.
I’ve used my Lindo solo, in rehearsal and live and my conclusion is that it’s a capable little guitar that fits in to almost any situation with little or no drama. It’s not a concert acoustic by any means but it has a pleasant, bright voice acoustically and some very different ones when amplified. It’s light, portable, very playable and it’s fun to use. I find guitars have a personality which is unique to the instrument and I’d describe the Lindo Voyager as being a happy, jolly little guy. Well worth investigating if you’re in the market for a travel guitar, want a back-up guitar or sit at home writing your own songs. Recommended.