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Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe in surf green

Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe in surf green  ·  Source: Traveler Guitar

Coming in at under 2.5 kg, Traveler’s new Travelcaster Deluxe guitar has a stunningly low weight. But one look at the official marketing snaps shows immediately which bits they have cut away. And, to my eye, the results ain’t pretty…

Cutting Away The Fat

The Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe is essentially a Stratocaster-style guitar with the correct scale length, tremolo system and all three single coil pickups intact. But it’s designed to offer a lightweight alternative and be easy to take on the road (the clue is in the name). However, this means something had to go.

Well, you can’t really get rid of much other than body mass, and that is precisely what they have done. I cannot say that it looks pleasant to me. In fact, it looks like a Photoshop project where someone got a little carried away with the ability to cut stuff away.

Aesthetically Challenged

Unlike the recently announced Ibanez PGM miKro, which is a 22.2″ scale length and looks like a regular (albeit scaled down) guitar, the Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe has been put on a no-holds-barred diet. The regular 25.5″ scale length, however, has been retained.

Each approach has its own merits, of course, but frankly, I think the Traveler Travelcaster Deluxe looks ridiculous. And it seems overpriced when compared to the PGM miKro. Also, I don’t like their solution for the tremolo system, especially the way that it overhangs the back of the guitar. It looks shoddy, not to mention a little dangerous. I can see people getting ‘beer guts’ or even fingers caught in there!

The Travelcaster Deluxe has a poplar body in either Surf Green or Gloss Black. There’s a choice between a maple neck with a maple board (Surf Green) or a rosewood one (Gloss Black). All instruments in the series come with a gig bag.

RRP $299 plus tax/shipping

Traveler Guitar site

by Jef

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Dave Snelgrove
Dave Snelgrove

I think it looks really cool.. It’s good to see a company doing some really innovative stuff.. Shame you’ve given them a bad review.. I’m guessing the reviewer must have spent some time with one?

Tom Marquardt
Tom Marquardt

I love this guitar. Looks and all.

Joseph Thompson

The reviewer obiously has his/her head where the sun aint shinin… Im waiting to buy a Strandberg but just ordered one of these until I do, only wish the headstock design had a straight string pull… I shoulda wrote the review… I’ll bet I have played for longer than the reviewer has been alive, hahaha, oh , wait, arghh


All about the looks… couldn’t you tell us about the actual guitar ?


Rookie reviewer/player with no aesthetic taste- still adjusting bridge etc as it doesn’t come fine tuned for sure. That being said I haven’t bought a new electric guitar since 1977 when I bought a new Fender Strat. Oh yeah I’ve read about the 70’s problems but mine plays and sounds dreamy, I don’t think I got lucky as I think a lot of them are great.. better than some 60’s Strat’s imho. Anyway I took a chance on this Traveler creation for a vacation we’ll be on. Honestly after reading about good vintage guitars (Genuine USA Fender products, types of… Read more »