Left Handed Travel Guitars and Basses

Travel Guitars For Left Handed Players

Travel guitars are ideal for when you’re on the road, or even just for when you need something compact in the office for a quick lunchtime jam session.  There are plenty of great left handed travel guitar options, and I’ve compiled a quick list of some of the best models currently available.

As you’d expect from a guitar likely to be thrown around a lot, none of these models are desperately expensive, and so should be accessible to most.  Designs range from models which are simply reduced in size, to clever guitars that save space through removable parts or other similarly innovative features.

Before we look at the choices, here are a few key points to consider before shopping for a travel guitar.

  • It should feature as close to a full scale length as possible so that you are not forced to compromise your playing style.
  • It must be able to hold tuning and achieve good intonation.
  • As it may be subjected to differing climates, it must have a truss-rod to allow for neck adjustments to be made.
  • It should accept regular ball-end guitar strings.
  • It should preferably come supplied with a custom carry solution for safe transport.

All of the guitars featured below will satisfy these criteria. Each of the models features a link where you can find out more and even purchase the guitar.

Left Handed Travel Guitars

1. Traveler Ultra-Light Acoustic

Traveler Ultra-Light Acoustic Left Handed Travel Guitar

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The Ultra-Light is Traveler’s electro-acoustic option for southpaw players, and is the smallest and lightest full-scale length acoustic-electric guitar ever made!

The guitar features a one-piece hard maple neck-through-body design with an in-body tuning system. It also includes an acoustic pizeo pickup for when you need a little extra volume. The lap-rest is detachable to give an even smaller footprint. As with all Traveler guitars, it will easily fit into airline overhead bins. Includes gigbag. Overall length is 28 inches and weight is just 2 lbs. 14 oz.
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2. Traveler Ultra-Light Electric

Traveler Ultra-Light Electric Left Handed Travel Guitar

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The newly introduced Ultra Light Electric from Traveler is the world’s smallest, most lightweight full-scale electric guitar. According to Traveler, it is 28% shorter and 68% lighter than a regular electric guitar.

It features a one-piece American hard maple neck-through body design, in-body tuning system, a powerful dual-rail humbucker and a detachable lap-rest. Overall length is 28 inches and weight is just 3 lbs. 2 oz. Click for video demo.

3. Martin Backpacker Acoustic

Martin Backpacker Left Handed Travel Guitar

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Unlike the more ‘out-there’ designs found on the Travelers, the 24″ scale-length Backpacker more closely resembles a traditional acoustic guitar. It is specifically designed to withstand the rough and tumble of outdoor life! There’s also a nylon string version!

It is made with all-solid tonewoods including a solid sitka spruce top for superior tone, and as it’s a Martin you can be assured of a high quality instrument. Comes complete with a quality, padded gigbag and Martin branded woven strap. Overall length is 33 inches and weight is just 2.5 lbs. Click for video demo.

4. Johnson JG-TR3 Trailblazer Acoustic

Johnson JG-TR3 Trailblazer Left Handed Travel Acoustic

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The Trailblazer is essentially a full sized neck with a scaled down acoustic body tacked on! Fancy appointments such as body and neck binding give it the appearance of being much more expensive than its modest price tag.

A 24.75″ scale length and 33.75″ overall length makes it ideal for taking on the road. Comes with its own custom gigbag.

5. SX Trav 1 Acoustic

Left Handed SX Trav 1 Travel Guitar

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The Trav 1 from SX is the most affordable option on this list, but certainly doesn’t skimp on features!

It includes a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard, a carry bag, quality D’Addario strings, and a Graphtech nut. The Trav 1 has an overall length of just 33 1/4 inches.

6. Journey OF420L Overhead Acoustic

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The OF420L from Journey stands out from the rest of the guitars on this list thanks to its innovative design. It will pack away to an even smaller size than the guitars above thanks to its removable neck! This video will show you how easy it is to assemble and disassemble the guitar.

Main features include a solid sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, grover tuners, 24.5″ scale length, and an under-bridge pickup system. It also comes with a specially designed carry bag to enable it to easily fit in any aircraft overhead storage.

7. Stewart Stowaway Electric

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The Stewart Stowaway is a last minute addition to this list as I’ve literally just found out about it! The images above are just for illustration – the left handed model is available in sunburst only.

It features a similar design to the Journey Overhead above, but in an electric guitar package. Main features include an alder body, maple neck with amaranthus fretboard, full 25.5″ scale length and a custom carry bag. As recessed slot in the back of the body allows the neck to be stored when not in use – very cool!

Other Options

Headless Guitars
If you find that your current guitar is just that little bit too tall to take on the road then a guitar with a headless design may just be what you need.  For example Steinberger guitars are famed for their headless neck and smaller body size. Whilst not technically ‘travel guitars’ they could just save that extra couple of inches that your main guitar would take up.  Something like this Steinberger Spirit could be just the ticket! A bass version is also available.

Steinberger Left Handed Spirit GT Pro

Short Scale Left Handed Guitars
Shorter scale guitars are not just for kids – they can make a perfect travel guitar for anyone!  Many guitars will come in all shapes and sizes all the way down to a 1/4 size.  Obviously smaller sized guitars come with their trade-offs, but these issues can probably be overlooked in place of their portability.

Take a look at my previous articles on short scale left handed guitars for ideas…

Or for the ultimate compact guitar – why not try a ukulele? I have a guide for that too!

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