Ergonomic Touring and Student Guitars

Ergonomic Touring and Student Guitars

Big Tone in a Small Bodied Guitar

Our RoadTrip and Journey Junior non-collapsible guitars are engineered for maximum tone in a comfortable, compact package. These small-bodied ergonomic acoustic guitars feature our thicker wedged asymmetrical body design. This wedged design makes them an excellent choice for singer-songwriters, touring artists, or students looking for a smaller guitar that packs a punch in volume and tone relative to their size. Instead of reducing thickness on the top side of the guitar to create a wedged design, we increased the thickness at the bottom of the guitar side – the result is a louder, fuller-sounding thick-wedged guitar that’s ultra comfortable.

RoadTrip & Journey Junior Models – What’s the difference?

Both of these ergonomic guitar designs employ a thicker Manzer© Wedge design, feature a 24.5 inch (622 mm) scale, and come with scalloped forward shifted x-bracing. The RoadTrip™ series was designed more as a touring guitar for singer songwriters and is available in wood AND CARBON! It has a tone and volume similar to an all-solid Orchestra Model, but with a travel-sized 13.5-inch wide lower bout. It has solid top and back tone woods, premium tuners, and transparent passive pickups. The Journey Junior has a smaller lower bout at around 12 inches and comes with a solid top. Both guitars are equipped with a premium JourneyTek™ gig bag that can fit all your gear – including laptop, tablet, cables, pedals and stands. So whether you’re looking for a touring guitar for your next gig, or a student or beginner guitar with a case that can fit all your gear – look no further! For more details on the ergonomics and features, read on below.

Filter
  • Solid Mahogany Vintage Burst – RT312B

    $489.99

    The RT312B sunburst RoadTrip is a killer fixed-neck touring guitar with solid Mahogany top and solid African Mahogany back tone woods, and layered sides that give it the rich tone of a larger all-solid guitar, but considerably more stable for varying environments. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge © design on a smaller 36” body along with a 24.5 inch scale & scalloped X-bracing makes barre chords a breeze and is super comfortable on the shoulder and wrist. Basically we’ve put the tone and volume of an Orchestra Model into a comfy smaller 36” guitar! Our patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is ideal for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Add to cart
  • Classical Journey Junior JC520N

    $359.99

    The Journey Junior JC520N is a sweet little fixed-neck nylon string parlor-sized guitar with solid top and layered back & sides. It’s super ergonomic – making it ideal for artists looking for a smaller body guitar with a larger tone that’s super easy to play and refreshingly comfortable. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge design on a smaller body along with a 48mm nut and 650mm scale with Torres bracing and sound port makes this guitar sound amazing to the player. Barre chords are easy, and the body shape makes for hours of playing without shoulder fatigue. Our patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is great for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing classical guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Add to cart
  • Mahogany Vintage Burst – RT312BN

    $489.99

    The RT312BN sunburst RoadTrip is a killer fixed-neck touring guitar with solid Mahogany burst top and solid African Mahogany back tone woods, and layered sides that give it the rich tone of a larger all-solid guitar, but considerably more stable for varying environments. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge © design on a smaller 36” body along with a 24.5 inch scale & scalloped X-bracing makes barre chords a breeze and is super comfortable on the shoulder and wrist. Basically we’ve put the tone and volume of an Orchestra Model into a comfy smaller 36” guitar! Our patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is ideal for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Read more
  • Sitka Sitka / Solid African Mahogany – RT412N

    $489.99

    The RT412N RoadTrip is a killer fixed-neck touring guitar with solid sitka top and solid African Mahogany back tone woods, and layered sides that give it the rich tone of a larger all-solid guitar, but considerably more stable for varying environments. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge © design on a smaller 36” body along with a 24.5 inch scale & scalloped X-bracing makes barre chords a breeze and is super comfortable on the shoulder and wrist. Basically we’ve put the tone and volume of an Orchestra Model into a comfy smaller 36” guitar! Our patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is ideal for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Add to cart
  • Journey Junior JF410N

    $299.99

    The Journey Junior JF410N is a sweet little fixed-neck parlor-sized guitar with solid top and layered back & sides. It’s super ergonomic – making it ideal for artists looking for a smaller body guitar with a nice parlor tone that’s super easy to play and refreshingly comfortable. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge design on a smaller 36” body along with a longer 24.5 inch scale with forward-shifted scalloped X-bracing makes this guitar easy to play barre chords and very comfortable on the shoulder under long periods of playing. Our patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is great for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Add to cart
  • Solid Sitka / Solid African Mahogany – RT412

    $489.99

    The RT412 RoadTrip is a killer fixed-neck touring guitar with solid sitka top and solid African Mahogany back tone woods, and layered sides that give it the rich tone of a larger all-solid guitar, but considerably more stable for varying environments. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge © design on a smaller 36” body along with a 24.5 inch scale & scalloped X-bracing makes barre chords a breeze and is super comfortable on the shoulder and wrist. Basically we’ve put the tone and volume of an Orchestra Model into a comfy smaller 36” guitar! Our patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is ideal for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Add to cart
  • Solid Sitka / African Mahogany – RT410

    $449.99

    The RT410 RoadTrip is a killer fixed-neck touring guitar with solid sitka top and layered African Mahogany back tone woods, and layered sides that give it the rich tone of a larger all-solid guitar, but considerably more stable for varying environments. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge © design on a smaller 36” body along with a 24.5 inch scale & scalloped X-bracing makes barre chords a breeze and is super comfortable on the shoulder and wrist. Basically we’ve put the tone and volume of an Orchestra Model into a comfy smaller 36” guitar! Our patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is ideal for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Add to cart
  • Road Trip Carbon Fiber – RT660

    $1,219.99

    The RoadTrip Carbon RT660 is a killer touring guitar with a removable bolt-on neck and all carbon structure with premium components. The asymmetrical larger Manzer Wedge ™ design on a smaller 36” body along with a 24.5 inch scale & our patented soundboard give this smaller guitar a huge tone with deep bass. Barre chords are a cinch to play and it’s lightweight asymmetrical design with armwrest, rib bevels and scoop away make this the most comfortable guitar you’ll play with great access to upper frets! Comes with our transparent passive pickup and patented bag design has more than enough room for all your gear with amazing protection. This guitar is ideal for guitarists looking for a comfortable easy-playing guitar, or those looking to minimize stress on their shoulders and joints.

    Add to cart

Ultra Ergonomic Guitars

If you find traditional acoustic guitars uncomfortable, the RoadTrip and Journey Junior models will put a smile on your face for sure!

Easier to Fret: The smaller guitar body and shorter 24.5 inch scale, combined with the asymmetrical wedge result in an ergonomic angle on the neck and soundboard for optimal playing efficiency. The angled neck leverages the natural weight of your arm to add pressure against the fingerboard when you make chords – this requires less pressure from your fretting hand and is particularly helpful for barre chords. For beginner and student guitarists, this makes it considerably easier to learn barre and complex chords up the neck. For experienced guitarists who need to play or practice for hours, this may reduce stress in your fretting hand and can help offer relief for guitarists muscle or joint discomfort or injuries.

Easier to Strum or Pick: By angling the guitar body more naturally against the guitar player, reduces the tendency of a guitarist to “crouch” over the guitar when strumming or picking – making it more natural to play with better posture and promoting a more efficient strumming. If you’re just learning guitar it encourages proper posture to enhance and prolong your playing or practice time. And if you’re an experienced guitarist, it may help alleviate pain or unnecessary stress to your shoulder, neck, and joints as well. For guitarists with injuries or pain in the neck, wrist, or shoulder – such as arthritis, tendonitis, micro-tears, carpal tunnel, or other injuries that affect your muscles or joints – the shorter scale and wedge design of these small-bodied ergonomic guitars are a welcome improvement over traditional guitar designs. (Disclaimer: this article is NOT medical advice and is NOT a replacement for diagnosis, therapy, or treatment by a qualified medical professional.)

Great For Petit and Smaller Guitarists

The integrated shorter 24.5 inch scale, smaller guitar body, and Manzer Wedge© of these guitars are perfect for smaller and petite guitarists as well. If you’re a guitarist with a smaller frame that finds larger guitars uncomfortable and you’re tired of playing weak-sounding ¾ sized gitars, look no further. By adding a wedge to the body, our ergonomic guitars are able to achieve an ease of play found in most shorter 21-23 inch scale student guitars, yet maintain a bit longer scale for an increase in tone and volume.

Electronics

We install our exclusive JourneyTek™ proprietary passive piezo pickups in most of our ergonomic touring and student guitars. Engineered to be maintenance-free with high-output German made piezo elements, these are balanced and battery-free, and create a transparent representation of these super comfortable and great sounding guitars.

The JourneyTek™ Gig Bag

Our patented JourneyTek™ gig bags feature full neck support and a retainer strap, and also have tons of cargo space including hidden neck pockets, a large expandable body pocket and an expandable body net with clip-on straps. This means you can literally fit pedals, stands, and all your gear in your gig bag with ease! We use all premium materials and YKK zippers, and we even add daisy chains to clip on other accessories, smaller bags or cases. The JourneyTek™ travel gig bag quickly integrates with other JourneyTek™ ukulele travel gig bags as well. Also, our travel gig bags have optional reflective rain covers for ultimate protection from the elements when you’re on your musical journey.

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