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The Mogabi is a smart travel guitar with a built-in recorder and Bluetooth speaker

Mogabi travel guitar
(Image credit: Mogabi)

The Korean-made Mogabi 200 is a smart guitar that’s pitched as a truly portable travel instrument with some tech-y additions.

The guitar can be folded and has removable wings or rests, which allow it to condense to a more carry-on-friendly size. There’s a mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, piezo pickup and, at the tail-end, you’ll find a built-in Bluetooth speaker. 

Compared to traditional travel instruments, it seems players are offered a lot of choice with the Mogabi. There are a range of color options for the wings, a choice of circular or traditional headstocks, steel or nylon string options – and that’s before you get to the tech.

The built-in eight-watt speaker can function as a guitar amp and be paired with your phone, allowing for playback of external music, or you can mix both sources. There’s also a built-in recorder, with a 32GB memory and a reverb effect. 

It’s all powered via a 2600mA lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which offers six hours playback time, albeit on a three-hour charge.

Mogabi travel guitar

(Image credit: Mogabi)

Finally, there’s a useful array of connections, including an 1/8” input for a vocal mic, headphone output, 1/8” line out and USB-C, which can be used to transfer recordings for editing (though this can also be done via the accompanying Mogabi app/cloud server).

The Mogabi 200 travel guitar is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter, with pledge options from $599. It passed its initial $200,000 target on the first day, suggesting the demand is certainly out there.

The campaign will run until Friday April 8 (1am ET). Head to the Mogabi Kickstarter page (opens in new tab) to learn more. 

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Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.