The new Blackstar Carry-on travel guitar is a mini, 20.7″ scale electric guitar available as three different package options. You can choose to have it either with or without an accompanying Blackstar amp. But was 2020 really the best year to release a travel guitar?
Blackstar Carry-on travel guitar
The new Carry-on travel guitar is a collaboration between amp maker Blackstar and UK guitar company Gordon Smith. This portable electric six-string has a 20.7″ scale length, and features an Okoume body and neck, and a set-neck construction. The neck has a laurel fretboard with 19 frets. Hardware consists of a Tune-o-matic style bridge and 1:14 ratio tuners, which should do the job nicely. The guitar comes loaded with a coil-splittable mini-humbucker which is wired via a volume (push-pull) and tone control. The Carry-on is available in either jet black with a black pickguard or vintage white with a tortoiseshell pickguard.
The three package options include the Carry-on travel guitar by itself, bundled with an amPlug 2 FLY headphone amp, or bundled with the FLY 3 Bluetooth mini amp. You can choose what option works best for you depending on how you intend on traveling with your mini rig. The Standard Pack costs £349 and includes the amPlug 2 FLY, a strap, 3 x picks, an A5 travel notebook and a mechanical pencil. The Carry-on Deluxe Pack will set you back £419 and includes the FLY 3, a cable, a spare set of 12-54 guitar strings, as well as the accessories included in the Standard Pack.
2020: the year of the lockdown
The guitar on its own is £299 and comes with a gig bag, so if you already own a mini travel amp then this could be a better option for you. I do think that, considering nobody could really travel in 2020, it is a bit of an odd decision to release a travel guitar this year. But hopefully in 2021 things will improve and we can all start moving again.
You can check out the new Carry-on guitar in the official video below or click the link below for detailed specifications.
RRP – Carry-on GBP 299, Standard Pack GBP 349, Deluxe Pack GBP 419