About Journey Instruments

James and Rob at 2018 Winter NAMM Booth

Journey Instruments is an Austin, Texas company specializing in travel guitars and instruments that are engineered for the best overall travel experience possible for artists and musicians on the go. Our instruments, cases, and accessories are developed after hundreds of hours of research and testing to meet the real-life needs of traveling and touring musicians. We aim to empower artists to create and perform with instruments and gear perfectly designed for their travel and performance needs.

This means we strive for the perfect balance of ergonomics, playability, tone, and travel size. Our instruments employ patented and proprietary technology, and are made with premium materials such as premium grade woods, Grover® tuners, Elixir® strings, and premium grade carbon fiber materials. Our cases are ergonomic and functional, comprising quality fabrics, foams and YKK zippers that are tested and environmentally friendly. And our proprietary electronics are balanced and designed for the most natural tone possible. The end result is an overall instrument experience that’s a joy to play and a dream to travel with. Once you get a Journey, you won’t want any other instrument for your travels!

Journey Instruments began back in 2011 by Rob Bailey who ran a supply chain management company called Convergent Sourcing. At that time he was practicing guitar daily, but had to travel frequently for consulting. Turns out traveling with a full-sized guitar on consulting trips got old fast.  After spending 300+ hours of market research on guitar forums, Rob worked with his team of in-house mechanical and carbon fiber engineers to design and patent the Overhead collapsible travel guitar system. James Brawner, his good friend and former colleague, joined the project as a partner in late 2012 and they brought the product to market at NAMM in 2013.

Journey now has a team of 3 stellar staff headed by James Brawner in our Austin,TX location. Rob manages a team of 9 in our own in-house assembly and inspection line in Asia. We’re a small team, but passionate about bringing fellow musicians the best travel instrument solutions possible. Over the years, we’ve created collapsible steel string guitars in wood and all carbon, collapsible classical wood guitars, collapsible bass guitars, ergonomic small body guitars, and great instrument cases.

  • Solid Sitka / African Mahogany – OF410

    $599.99

    The OF410 Overhead® features a solid sitka top with layered African mahogany sides/back and collapses to carry-on size of 22*14*9 inches! It assembles in 20 seconds with our patented detachable neck system that’s guaranteed for life. A full 24.5 inch scale, a versatile 1 3/4 nut width best-in-class components, and a wedged ergonomic design make this the most enjoyable guitar you’ll ever play! Tri-piezo pickup and a full-featured TSA compliant carry-on backpack included.

    Add to cart
  • Solid Sitka / Pau Ferro – OF420

    $629.99

    The OF420 Overhead® features a solid sitka top with layerd Pau Ferro RW sides/back and collapses to carry-on size of 22*14*9 inches! It assembles in 20 seconds with our patented detachable neck system that’s guaranteed for life. A full 24.5 inch scale, a versatile 1 3/4 nut width, best-in-class components, and a wedged ergonomic design make this the most enjoyable guitar you’ll ever play! Tri-piezo pickup and a full-featured TSA compliant carry-on backpack included.

    Add to cart
  • Carbon Black Top Gloss – OF660

    $1,219.99

    The black gloss carbon fiber overhead collapses to carry-on size of 22*14*9 inches! It assembles in 20 seconds with our patented detachable neck system, and our patented soundboard technology and all-carbon construction create a durable instrument with massive tone. A full 24.5 inch scale, a versatile 1 3/4 nut width, best-in-class components, and a wedged ergonomic design make this the most enjoyable guitar you’ll ever play! Tri-piezo pickup and a full-featured TSA compliant carry-on backpack included.

    Add to cart
  • Overhead Series Custom Backpack BG001

    $109.99

    This custom travel guitar backpack is specially designed for use with the Journey Instruments Overhead collapsible travel guitar series.

    Now you can pack not only your guitar, but also your iPad®, laptop pedals, and whatever cords you need to be ready to plug and play immediately upon unpacking.  All this in one travel guitar backpack that fits in the Overhead Bin! Comes with hideaway backpack straps, TSA Compliant computer compartment, and fits your Overhead guitar perfectly.

    Add to cart

Start typing and press Enter to search

Shopping Cart

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. View our Privacy Policy.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close