The Traveler Guitars EG-1 Mahogany is the most sophisticated travel guitar you've ever played! It includes an onboard Pocket RockIt headphone amp with distortion so you can plug your headphones direct... Read More
The Traveler Guitars EG-1 Mahogany is the most sophisticated travel guitar you've ever played! It includes an onboard Pocket RockIt headphone amp with distortion so you can plug your headphones directly into the guitar and rock out anytime, anywhere.
Co-designed by John Carruthers, the EG-1 Mahogany also boasts more traditional guitar features such as a strong, resonant African Mahogany body and neck and an ebonized rosewood fretboard. With a full-size humbucker pickup, full 25-1/2 inch scale and 22 jumbo frets, you'll forget you're playing a travel guitar!
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I've had my EG-1 about two years now and take it with me on most international trips. It's great to break up the monotony of a long trip. I even play it on the plane sometimes inclduing a few hours last week on a flight home from London. The pro's are that it's very portable; a remarkable engineering feat to get a good playing guitar in such a portable package. The built in Pockit amp is very handy, but also pretty limited. You can choose either clean or distorted (pretty heavily)with the switch. I wish I could adjust the amount of distortion with the built-in amp, but it is what it is. I often plug into a separate small amp, or iPad (Amplitude) to get a full variety of sounds, but it would be nice to have just that one more feature on the built in amp to avoid the extra gear and connections. I also agree with the other review which commented that the amp inputs/outputs would be better not on the bottom of the guitar. The cords get in the way for resting the guitar on my lap for seated playing. I also think they need to change the on/off switch so that it can't be accidentally turned on. I go through a lot of 9v batteries by accidentaly flipping the switch on. All that said, it's a lot of fun and I really enjoy it. A few more tweaks and it would be a 5 start for sure.
I have just got it and it's very nice but the sound was very thin. New strings as always, a bit of an improvement but the pickup sounds cheep as I am sure it is. The clean channel sounds good, the dirty is not very good at all. I looked at the amp to see if I might lower the drive down a bit, no way. Bottom line , very light easy to pack, clean sounds good, dirty sounds like it was made by a preschooler using a crayon. Changing strings very very hard to do. I good PU should help thing out lots..
If you are looking for a decent, light travel guitar, this is a great product. Comparing this guitar to an SG or Strat is like comparing apples to oranges, as I and many others who bought this guitar was for the purposes of traveling convenience; which is why I gave it a 5 star rating. Action on the guitar is decent and stays in tune for the most part. Lock in tuners would be an improvement though. The Pocket Rockit Built-in pre-amp is the most attractive thing about this guitar since this is a travel guitar and shouldn't require other things such as a Pandora's box or other belt amps. One thing I don't like about the guitar is the placement of the lead and Pocket Rockit. The lead or headphone plug can get in the way if you're sitting down while playing this guitar since this is a smaller guitar. Another thing you may want to invest in is some better headphones. I am sure most people have a high quality set of headphones laying around though. It doesn't come with a shoulder strap and I found that using my full size strap is a bit overkill... so I used the strap from my guitar hero controller and it works perfectly haha, I would recommend doing something like that if you need to.
The guitar is very light with lots of features ... plug into an amp or earplugs. B/c of the design, it doesn't fall out of tune. It plays well but sounds thin. The carry bag is cheap. Hopefully it's reliable. So far so good but the nobs & switches look a little suspect. Like it a lot but I can imagine someone can make this better one day ... but there really isn't too much selection in an electric travel guitar.
I travel 50 to 75% of the time for work. This is great for me. Played well right out of the box. Use it at the hotel with a Line 6 Pocket Pod, IPOD, and it screams. I was very surprised. Great for lay-overs at the airport also. Well worth the money if you travel alot. Locking Tuners would be a nice improvement since it's a bit of a trick to restring but otherwise I'm having fun with it and I'm able to keep up with practice while out of town.
Played great right out of the box with a fresh 9V battery. Will probably re-string, but that's a personal touch. The earphones are puny, but if that's all you have, they'll do. Use a good set of headphones and the distortion and clean tones are quite good. Action could be a bit better, will have a tech take a look. Overall, looks, sounds and feels good.
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