|Backpack soft case|
It came in just under a week, shipped by FedEx in a huge box surrounded by lots of padding; it arrived in perfect condition.
Inside the box was the advertised backpack softcase containing the folded guitar.
- First surprise: it is light weight!
- Second surprise: A quality backpack
|Looks weird, doesn't it?|
|Nearly invisible hinge joint|
|Strings are captive at the nut|
Keeping in mind that this is intended for use on our boat, I bought the VAOM-02. This is a little smaller than a full dreadnought (it's an orchestra model), but it has a full sized 1-3/4" bridge and 25 1/2" neck. What this means to me is that I won't bang it into things as much while moving around the boat.
- Next surprise: It is easy to play
And it sounds good. No, it sounds really good. Of course it would sound even better if played by somebody who knows what they are doing, but then we can't have everything, can we?
Final assessment (now based on actual physical appraisal):
This is the ideal boat guitar.