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Meet the Battery-Powered, Backpack-Friendly Jammy Travel Guitar

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Have you ever found yourself yearning for a travel-size guitar that was a bit more, well, travel-size? If so, a new guitar called the Jammy might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Developed by RnD64, and funded to the tune of well over $170,000 by an Indiegogo campaign, the Jammy is a 17-inch long, portable, digital travel guitar that features 15 standard-sized frets and a detachable neck. Purportedly, the guitar can fit into most backpacks and is small enough to comply with most airlines’ carry-on regulations.

RnD64 CEO Dmitry Shemet says the idea for the guitar came from a chance interaction at the office.

“RnD64 had been developing IoT electronic devices for seven years already, and it just so happens that most of our team members were guitarists, or at least passionate about music,” he says. “One day, out of the blue, our friend — a professional musician and frequent traveller — showed up at our office and shared his troubles. He just couldn’t stand the hassle of carrying around his full-scale six-stringer during trips. It was way too large to play on the go. We really felt for the guy. In the back of our minds we all wished our own guitars were much more portable, so we could strike a chord during the commute, at the office or literally anywhere. That’s how the idea of the backpack-sized guitar, with a realistic playing experience, came to be.”

The Jammy originally featured a sliding neck, but — when the company found that the neck sacrificed playability for the sake of portability — this was replaced by its current, detachable neck. All of the guitar’s previously fitted electronics remained intact. The fully autonomous, battery-powered axe features two audio outputs: 1/8- and 1/4-inch jacks, allowing guitarists to stick in regular earphones or plug straight into an amp. The guitar’s sound is generated and processed on board, so different effects can be used without the need of a mobile app.

That said, the Jammy does have an accompanying mobile app, featuring an auto-recording feature that captures everything users play, allowing them to retrieve their sessions. It also features a metronome, different tunings and guitar types — electric, acoustic and classical — plus set backing tracks in a number of different genres.

The Jammy will be available later this year for $349. For more information, visit playjammy.com.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.