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Blackstar unveils the miniature, travel-ready Carry-on electric guitar

Blackstar Carry-on
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Blackstar has unveiled the Carry-on, a small-scale electric guitar that's been designed for unrivaled portability.

Designed by Blackstar in association with the master luthiers at Gordon Smith Guitars, the Carry-on boasts a single-piece okume body and neck, a 19-fret laurel fingerboard with a string-through design and Tune-o-matic bridge and 1:14 ratio tuners.

It ships with a heavy set of strings – 12-54 gauge, to be precise – to compensate for the tension lost by its shorter 20.7" scale length.

Electronics-wise, the Carry-on features a single mini-humbucker that can be coil-split via its volume pot, meaning both humbucker and single-coil tones can be achieved.

It's available in two finishes: Vintage White with a tortoiseshell binding and scratchplate, and Jet Black with cream binding and black scratchplate.

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Blackstar Carry-on

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Blackstar Carry-on

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Blackstar Carry-on

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Blackstar Carry-on

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The guitar is available either by itself, or with two different accessory bundle configurations. The Standard pack includes a premium travel bag (included even when the guitar is bought alone), a webbing guitar strap, three medium guitar picks, an A5 travel notebook and a mechanical pencil. The deluxe pack includes all of these, but adds a three-meter instrument cable and and a spare set of strings.

On top of these accessories, the Standard bundle includes an amPlug 2 FLY headphone amp, and the Deluxe bundle includes a FLY 3 Bluetooth mini-amp.

By itself, the Carry-on lists for £299/$349/€369, and the Standard and Deluxe packs are available for £349/$399/€419 and £419/$499/€499, respectively. For more information, head over to Blackstar.