Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

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Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by SleepyheadRooster » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:37 am

My family is joining a couple other local families for a trip to France and Spain this summer. I’m thinking a Yamaha Silent Guitar might be a good choice to take since we will sometimes be sharing living space. I’d like to try to play 30-60 minutes most days since we’ll be gone three weeks.

However, I note that the guitar is made with mahogany and rosewood. Is this going to cause me a problem traveling to and from the USA and Europe? Are there other silent classical guitar options.

Thanks so much!
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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by Mickmac » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:51 am

I don't think you would have anytrouble getting into the EU with a silent guitar. Make sure you bring a suitable electrical adapter though.

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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by Steve O » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:27 pm

I had no trouble travelling to Europe with mine several years ago (solo business travel).

However last summer I went on a family holiday to Spain and Portugal. Three weeks away from the guitar didn't kill me.

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Post by GerryM » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:45 pm

Sounds good for practice. I would recommend skipping on the AC adapter however and just use the 2xAA batteries. If you want you can substitute rechargeable ones (Eneloop work well) if you want to mess with a charger. I get 20 hours of so out of a set of Alkaline or rechargeables. Hardly worth worrying about for a month or two.

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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by SleepyheadRooster » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:07 pm

Thanks!

I have also considered traveling without a guitar. I took two weeks off last summer. However, to go almost a month is more that I want to do. It’s bad enough I won’t have a steel string giotar or piano on the trip.
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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by Christopher Langley » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:30 pm

Sounds like a good excuse to get one to me :)

I want one too.. Just for practicing at home. haha.
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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by hectoring » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:44 pm

I'm in a similar situation except going the other way across the pond. I've looked into the Yamaha Silent Guitar but they seem quite pricey - has anyone found any more affordable (but still reasonable quality) substitutes?

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Post by simonm » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:12 pm

What are your travel plans like Chuck? Spain or France first?

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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by SleepyheadRooster » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:42 am

simonm wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:12 pm
What are your travel plans like Chuck? Spain or France first?
France. Then maybe 5 days in Barcelona before heading back to the USA.
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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by SleepyheadRooster » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:44 am

hectoring wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:44 pm
I'm in a similar situation except going the other way across the pond. I've looked into the Yamaha Silent Guitar but they seem quite pricey - has anyone found any more affordable (but still reasonable quality) substitutes?
I agree. It seems like too much money. I will likely buy a used one and then sell it after my trip since long vacations like this are not the norm for me. But I’m curious about alternatives as well.
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Post by oski79 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:23 pm

SleepyheadRooster wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:44 am
But I’m curious about alternatives as well.
I've had a Soloette for some time. I take it with me on road trips, occasionally on plane trips. It's actually quite enjoyable to play, and it definitely keeps you from getting too rusty.
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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by Ceciltguitar » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:27 pm

I have a Soloette and a Yamaha SLG200NW. I find playing the Soloette much more similar to playing a standard classical guitar than playing the Yamaha.

Why have 2 silent guitars? I bought the Yamaha for my Dad to use playing standing up with a strap at gigs, which it is very good for.

You can sometimes find used Soloettes online at e - b a y or Reverb for about half the cost of a new Soloette.

I bought my Soloette new in 1998 and have replaced the frets twice, the second time with stainless steel frets. So, yeah it gets a lot of use. It is great for practicing at home when other family members are in close proximity.

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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by SleepyheadRooster » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:26 am

I have a Yamaha silent guitar on the way now. Hopefully it does the trick.
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Re: Yamaha Silent Guitar for travel to Europe?

Post by RJVB » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:44 pm

SleepyheadRooster wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:37 am
However, I note that the guitar is made with mahogany and rosewood.
I doubt that. T h o m a n n have a whole range of different models of these for sale, so I suppose that they're not made with non-PC woods. Take paper work about the wood provenance if you're worried (and have it), or iIf yours doesn't look brand new you can always say you bought it in Europe on a previous trip.
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