Travel guitar’s popularity is rising.
The popular travel guitar is used by many, with some going as far as to name it the guitar of the future.
But, how long will it be before someone actually uses one?
A new report, from the UK-based Travel Guitar Report, says that travel guitar sales are set to increase by 30% this year.
The report, which looks at sales data from the industry, notes that the trend will continue to grow as the global market continues to grow.
The majority of travel guitars currently sold in the UK are imported guitars, with the US, Canada and Mexico dominating the market.
The UK market, however, is seeing a huge increase in demand.
“The UK’s travel guitar market has experienced a dramatic increase in the last five years,” said Tim Haggarty, chief executive of the UK Guitar Trade Association.
“It has seen an unprecedented amount of growth over the past five years.
It is now the UK’s most popular touring guitar, with sales increasing by over 60% from 2016 to 2017.”
The report also notes that some travel guitar players use their guitars to practice and write music.
“Some travel guitarists travel extensively, but some travel alone and for private practice sessions,” Haggady said.
“A travel guitar can be an excellent alternative to expensive studio gear.”
According to the report, travel guitar’s growth has been fuelled by two factors: the popularity of guitar technology, and the demand for guitars in the growing middle class.
“There are now over 500 guitar manufacturers in the world, which makes travel guitars particularly popular for guitarists and players who are keen to take on new techniques and styles,” said the report.
The travel guitar industry has also seen an increase in interest from international players.
In 2017, the UK and US saw a whopping 90% of global guitar market share, which was up from 71% a year earlier.
“This growth in the industry is the result of the growing demand from international guitar players, with new players increasingly coming to the UK for the first time,” said Haggies.
“We believe this growth will continue and will provide further momentum for the industry.”