By Jean Excell - March 29, 2019
Whenever I travel for work, I always bring a guitar with me for something to do in the evenings after a long day. However, in this case, the travel guitar I’m accustomed to traveling with is all solid wood, and I knew that would never hold up to the harsh environment of below freezing temperatures and zero percent humidity.
Enter in the quest to find a new travel guitar that could stand up to the conditions of 90 degrees South! After watching an in-depth review of the KLOS Carbon Fiber Travel guitar by my friend, Tony Polecastro, the decision was easy and I had one on order in no time. I had high expectations based on Tony’s review, and after the guitar arrived I put it to the test of taking it apart and back together several times, and was blown away by the tone and playability of such a small instrument. It still felt like a regular guitar because of the almost full-size scale length, but I could fit it in my carry-on expandable backpack with no issues.
My travel took me via commercial aircraft from Denver to LA to Auckland, NZ to Christchurch NZ. After finally making it to Christchurch we boarded a C-17 down to “The Ice” at McMurdo. Up until this point I had hand-carried my KLOS, but with added cold-weather gear now in tow, I had to put my KLOS in a checked bag. It survived the flight on the C-17 jammed in with other cargo into McMurdo with no issues. When I made it to my dorm room, I put it back together and tuned it up with no issues!
The next day was my quick trip up to the South Pole Station. Again, I had to check it in a carry-on, this time on an LC-130. When I arrived at Pole, it was -32.2 degrees, and -62.1 with wind chill. When I got squared away in my quarters I again assembled my KLOS with no issues. The Pole Station has its own band room and I was able to get together with a few other people and play some songs together. They were all amazed at the sound, and even more amazed when I plugged it into a Fender amp!
I made it back “up” to McMurdo (everything from the South Pole is up!) and was very happy to have my travel companion with me for the next two weeks. I was supposed to play in an Open Mic the last night I was there, but they decided to fly us out a day early because of impending winter weather that was setting it.
All in all, I can’t say enough good things about my new KLOS, and I’m sure it will continue to travel with me for years to come and on many more adventures!!
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