What’s up Gear Mortals, Trey Xavier here. On today’s edition of Gear Gods Quality Control, we’re gonna be taking a look at the Anygig travel guitar!
As an international man of mystery, I travel a pretty good bit, and my only real lament about this aside from bad airplane food is that I don’t get to take a guitar with me, and as such I’m usually bored in a hotel somewhere wishing I had one. Most of my guitars are too big and I don’t want to risk damaging them because they’re expensive to replace. So I’ve been looking for a solution for a while now, and this one just dropped right into my lap – the Anygig travel guitar.
Really there’s not a whole lot to the Anygig. It’s pretty much a stick. It’s stripped down to the absolute basics of what makes a guitar a guitar – strings, tuners, a single pickup, and an output. No frills, not even so much as a knob on it anywhere. When it’s in the case it looks more like a gun or a flute than a guitar. But this is also its strength – it’s so compact that it is highly unlikely that you’ll encounter any problem with it on a plane, or any other mode of transport, for that matter.
I flew 4 different flights with it to my family’s cabin in New Hampshire from LAX, with a layover in Detroit. The only time anyone said anything about it was one flight attendant who kindly asked if she could put my “instrument” in the onboard closet, which I accepted. It fit in every overhead bin on two different size planes, and security didn’t even give it a second glance. It’s extremely light and comes with a soft carrying case.
The guitar itself is well made, and easily worth the $230 you’ll pay for it. It plays very well, and sounds pretty good. It’s definitely perfect for having with you in places you couldn’t otherwise have a guitar, and I can think of so many times I wish I’d had this thing with me, and so many more I’ll be extremely grateful to have it in the future. You’ve heard me bitch about guitars not having enough of a forearm contour – well, this guitar has no body at all, so the contour is pretty much as good as it’s ever gonna get, and I like that a lot. It’s a little hard to get comfortable on it since there’s also no support for your arm, which you don’t really realize helps hold the guitar where you want it normally, and it tends to want to flop this way on it’s own.
Overall, the Anygig is a great solution for anyone who wants to play guitar on the go without having to worry about your expensive axes – it’s light, it’s compact, it’s cheap, and it goes where you go.
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