How it Works

What's a Captive Nut?

 One of the questions we receive at Voyage-Air Guitar is:Captive Nut web

"How can this work? Folding the guitar? Won't the strings fly off the nut (at the headstock), and make it hard to fold the guitar back into playing position? - K. Yamaguchi, Tokyo"

That's a great question, and it involves several factors that affect the sound of the guitar. During the course of engineering the revolutionary Voyage-Air folding travel guitar, this issue about the nut was high on the list of issues that we solved with our unique technology.

The solution is Voyage-Air Guitar's patented Captive Nut, used in conjunction with the proven zero-fret design for the guitar. With this Captive Nut, made of durable Corian, the strings are guided through precision-centered holes in the nut. This precisely locates the spacing for each string, and it holds the strings "captive" – so they can't come away from their position with respect to the precision tuning machines on the headstock.

Okay, so what is the "zero-fret" and how does this work? Another great question. Antique guitar designs, dating back to before the 1700s, used a "nut", cut with a slot, to position the end of the resonant string at the headstock. Surprisingly, this design is still used on most guitars today. Through the centuries, many different materials have been used for the nut: ivory, ebony, brass, natural animal bone, and more recently: synthetic materials.

With this antiquated nut design, when you strum an "open chord", the nut transmits the string vibrations through the neck of the guitar. The exact material used for the nut can therefore profoundly color the sound of the instrument. Simple physics at work.

But this results in epic discussions among guitar enthusiasts as to: "what is the best material for the nut?" As well it should.

With the Voyage-Air Guitar zero-fret solution, an actual fret is placed in the position where the nut would usually reside. This fret is the same material as all the other frets on the guitar. The result? The sound with open strings is exactly the same as when you position your fingers to play individual notes or chords on the guitar!

This zero-fret design is clearly superior for the overall tone of the guitar. And it's used for all Voyage-Air Guitar models: from the rugged and affordable Transit Series, up through the studio and stage-ready Premier Series guitars.

Owner Testimonials

  • This is a beautiful sounding instrument. It has a distinct sound of its own and that in and of itself is extremely attractive. The finish and construction of the instrument is of a high standard. 

    Gerry G - VAD-04LH with a LR BAGGS Element VTC pickup

  • I have been a pro guitar tech for over 40 years now. I have a vaom-04 in my personal arsenal that I’ve had about 4 years. I absolutely love it. It’s been on several airlines in the overhead and on many trips by car. The gig bag is great too as it holds all the 04’s gear (soundhole pup, tuner, strings, picks, etc.) And also clothes and some suitcase items for an overnight. It’s like a piece of luggage that happens to have a guitar in it as well. Very cool! 

    Dean - VAOM-04

  • The action is the same as my Taylor 514 CE, so my practice is undisturbed on the road. The sound is also very good for the price. I think I have one of your less expensive models, but it sounds quite good. Thanks for making such a great guitar. 

    Jim N. - VAOM-02

  • I am extremely happy with the guitar. I can’t believe how good it sounds and its overall playability. The pick up you installed  is incredible . Amplified it sounds way better than my Takamine which was considerably more expensive.

    Phil C. - VAD-04 w/ Stage Pro Anthem

  • Unzip the case, unfold his Voyage-Air guitar, lock the neck in place...and then play the guitar without even retuning -- all in the matter of about two minutes! The guitar played in nearly perfect tuning and the tone was stunning. In that instant I was hooked. The timing of my discovery of the Voyage-Air guitar could not have been better. 

    Karl D. - VAOM-04LH

  • My first impressions are this is an excellent instrument, even compared to my Martin, with a good tone across the range. I have capo’d to the 7th fret and found the tuning remains accurate. I am amazed at how light it is, which will be a bonus when taking on plane trips.

     Brad C. - VAD-04

    FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - The Grand Total is for the product and shipping only. This total does not reflect any additional import duties or taxes that may apply. Any import duties are paid upon delivery/pickup of the guitar and is the responsibility of the purchaser. Please refer to your country’s customs and import offices for the correct amounts and pertinent information. Note: Left handed guitars can take 5-7 days to ship. Pickup options can take 3-5 days to ship. Rush shipments are available, additional expedited shipping charges and handling fees will apply.