Ciari Guitars Ascender Standard review – a foldable travel guitar that unfolds into a fully fledged pro-level instrument

Developed with acclaimed luthier Joe Glaser, the Ascender Standard is a foldaway travel guitar with a difference – you'll want to play it all the time

Ciari Guitars Ascender Standard
(Image: © Ciari Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

With folding technology that’s precisely engineered, the foldable Ciari Guitars Ascender Standard is a professional guitar that’s ideal for traveling guitarists.


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    When folded, it meets airline qualifications as a personal item.

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    Seymour Duncan ’59 humbuckers.

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    Unfolds in tune and ready.


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    Everyone asking you to demonstrate the folding process.

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The sad fate of a travel guitar is it can never be more than just that – an occasional travel companion that gets played out of sight in a hotel room or lazily strummed on a beach. Such clichéd views have often made it seem frivolous to own one since it’ll be less likely that you’ll ever use it except when on vacation. 

But that notion will dramatically change once you unfold the Ciari Guitars Ascender Standard – a full-sized professional electric guitar with pioneering foldable tech that neatly folds the guitar in half, allowing it to be easily stowed in an overhead bin or tucked under an airline seat when you travel. Best of all, there’s nothing gimmicky about it, because it’s not your run-of-the-mill travel guitar. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.