Summary: First off, kudos to Amazon for an amazing turn-around time in getting the guitar to me - from Illinois to Toronto in 24hrs. It arrive literally 15 mins before I left for the airport, so the little guitar made its inaugural to France. The guitar is *perfect* as a travel guitar. You definitely need to use to strap to play it comfortably, as the full size neck is heavier than the body and makes it a bit imbalanced if you try to play like a regular acoustic.
Summary: Backpacker guitars will never sound as amazing as their full-sized counterparts. However, this one certainly suffices for a decent enough tone and portability. Yes, there's a slight odor (petroleum) when you open the case. Just leave the case open and it'll go away after a bit. The guitar is exceedingly tinny when played with the factory supplied strings. Do yourself a favor, if you order this guitar, and immediately order silk/steel-wound strings.
Summary: 30 minutes into my experience with the Blue Baby, and I have to say I am pleased. I am an experienced player, who owns high quality, full sized electrics/acoustics, so I know a thing or two about sound quality one should expect from a guitar. Reasonably full sound for a mini; I've owned two Martin Backbackers and sold them because I couldn't stand the sound.
Summary: This guitar is a beautiful instrument with a sound that really surprised me. I really like the natural top. I am very impressed with the quality of the sound given the small size of the body. I like the full-sized neck, but due to the small body size, the neck seems much heavier, and the guitar is awkward to balance on my lap. Using the strap only mitigates this slightly. It can be a little challenging to hold the guitar steady while fretting the neck.
Summary: I found several faults on the guitar as shipped to me - but they were all set-up related and easily fixed. The neck adjustment rod worked as advertised but using my tools rather than the supplied Allen wrench saved me a lot of frustration since theirs didn't quite fit. This is by far the least expensive stringed instrument I have ever purchased so after grumbling about the crappy setup for a time I finally laughed at myself, thanked the designers, and moved on.
Summary: For the price, you can't beat this small, lightweight, good sounding travel guitar. It takes a few minutes to get used to the odd proportions (hint - use the strap always) but sure beats lugging a full size guitar all over the world. As other reviewers have noted, the case and strap have a funky odor. I left the open case on the front porch for an entire day and it didn't help. I left the strap hanging on the back porch for days prior to my trip - didn't help.
Summary: Picked this up to take along when we travel. Arrived quickly and was just as advertised. There was an odor coming from the straps so I just removed them and put outside. I've left the case open to help eliminate the odor they left behind. The guitar arrived with D'Addario strings that needed to be tuned up, expected. Like with any new strings you need to tune frequently until they're done stretching. The case is a nice size. The sound is louder than expected.
Summary: This is a great guitar for practicing on the road. It has great action, a fretboard comparable to a full-size acoustic guitar and good fit and finish. It's not too loud for a hotel room and the case is light and strong with good storage. I appreciate the backpack straps. The sound, with provided strings, sounds like a blend of banjo and mandolin - definitely not appropriate for jamming. It's easy to play with the strap, but hard to hold without the strap.
Summary: For the price, I don't think you can beat this little guy. The action is good, despite a bit of an intonation issue, but the neck is adjustable. The sound quality is about what you'd expect, but the level is perfect for not disturbing your neighbors, in a hotel, etc. Considering the size, portablity, & playability, it's well worth the price.
Summary: As a Navy Chaplain Deployed to Afghanistan this is the best guitar for traveling. I have a full size guitar and to travel on Chinooks the full sized guitar is just a little too bulky, but this travel guitar is perfect due to its smaller size and less weight. The case is hard enough that I dont have to worry about the guitar getting smashed with other bags thrown on top of it and the weight and size are not bulky to carry and get on and off of aircraft.