Now having seen fold-up guitars in briefcases, here’s another approach to what to put in your portable guitar rig, from our friend Kevin Johnsrude of The Nettles. Kevin plays both bass and guitar, but he has a more portable rig so he can play music everywhere. Kevin writes:

In the photo:

The diagonal headless guitar is an old-school Traveler headless guitar minus
the knee rest.

The purple box is a Korg Pandora with tuner, multiple effects, crummy
sampler/looper and drum tracks. I have a modified jazz guitar dialled-in for
most of my practice and I use the drum tracks for my metronome when I’m not
playing with recordings.

The headphones are Radio Shack folding headphones.

The small black box is a 1 GB Creative Nano which holds all the repertory that
I’m currently practicing plus an audiobook.

Missing from photo:

Shubb capo (which fits on the head of the headless guitar)

iRiver ifp-799T which I keep with my gigging guitar for recording gigs for
future practice. Theoretically, I should be able to hookup a mic to the Nano
but I haven’t bothered with that yet.

~50 double-sided xerox pages of practice tunes.

The nylon carry case which is about the length of a pool cue case but a bit

There you have it. Wherever I go, it goes. Life is too short not to play music.

Got a portable guitar/bass rig (or otherwise) you’re proud of? Let me know.

  • Ah yes…the travel guitar.

    Although I am no big fan of their regular-sized guitars, I use a Wasburn Rover RO-10 (see link below) which is cheap but, with a 24 scale, feels like a guitar (I have played some with shorter scales that feel too much like a mandolin for my taste).

    It comes in a great case with is definitely better than a gig bag, but not quite as damage resistant as a hard-shell (hey, that’s why I don’t like to spend too much money on a travel guitar!).

    In addition I drilled out the strap pin hole and added a quick n’ dirty acoustic pick-up (the Artist Transducer) with a ¼ inch endpin jack to plug-in to.

    The output goes to a Korg Pandora PX4A, which is the acoustic version of Kevin’s (with similar features except for distortion/amp modeling etc…but hey, if you need that, just buy one of the other Korg models). Korg’s Acoustic Modeling compensates quite well for the thin (but not unpleasant) sound of this guitar.…

    Other than that, portable headphones (don’t go so small that you lose Bass response), slide capo, e-bow, Mp3 player (to plug-into the Korg to compose against my background tracks), picks, guitar humidifier, etc. (As you can see, the Washburn case has ample room…)

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  • Alon


    How much it cost