When my wife and I originally played one, we were not familiar with it. We just picked it up (a solid wood one), we played it, and liked it. I thought the guitar seemed like a well made instrument and a good buy, and then we found out about the portability. Since it’s for travel, I wanted a laminate one. My impression of this guitar is pretty much the same as the first one I played… it’s a good guitar for the money even without the portability. I find it comparable in most every way to the laminate Taylors. Throw in the portability factor and it’s a steal. I figured there would be some who watch the video who are not familiar with it, so I wanted to give them the same kind of experience I had… just evaluate the guitar as an instrument first without the “special” feature. I think at 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of the OM, it holds up quite well without factoring in it’s special features.
I previously mentioned I cut the video down thinking it needed to be 10 minutes or under for uTube (which is incorrect, it can be 15). I have video that I edited out that shows it going back together. It takes about the same amount of time as breaking it down (not much). The strings stay in place because the nut has holes instead of slots. This can be done as the nut is there only to guide the string position, the zero fret sets the string height. On the headstock, the strings stay neatly ordered when untensioned. I also cut most of my positive comments about the sound… I didn’t really realize until I watched it after whittling it down. In a way, there is enough sound clips there for anyone to make up their own mind, but I’ll probably redo the end of the video and include that information and footage. I also need to relate how I got at least $50 worth of enjoyment from the reaction when my wife and I were leaving the jam and we “broke” her guitar.
The big thing was, I am thrilled with the guitar. Compared to anything else with remotely the same portability, it’s a game changer. I wanted to do a vid to share it with the forum folks. I know the video is probably too long as well, but if someone is considering buying one, I wanted to give them a bunch of A/B clips so they could make up their own mind on how it sounds.