Review: The Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar

Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar. A unibody, carbon fiber, acoustic electric travel guitar with built-in reverb, delay and chorus. 

I was recently contacted by a new guitar company called Lava. They are a Hong Kong-based company that is looking to introduce its travel guitars into the US.  After a brief email exchange, they agreed to send me one of their second-generation guitars in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The guitar arrived very quickly. Upon unboxing I found a hybrid case containing a matte black Lava Me2 guitar and a micro USB cable. The guitar comes with Elixir strings, which I like using, so that is a plus.

First impressions

The guitar is super lightweight. I didn’t know what the cable was for, but I figured out where to plug it in.  I saw a little charge indicator light come on, then waited. It turns out that what I was charging was a built-in acoustic effects control. It is probably the coolest unique feature I have found on an acoustic guitar, maybe ever! I will discuss this more in-depth later in the review.

Review: The Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar

The molding for the guitar back

Another first impression: it does take some time to get used to the carbon fiber neck. Like most guitarists, I am used to my hand sliding across the wood, and that does have a significantly different feel. The neck – and the feel of the strings against it especially – is very different from what I am accustomed to. It will unquestionably take a lot of time to get used to.

Review: The Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar

Lava also includes three guitar picks of varying weights. They call these ‘perfect picks’ but I didn’t notice a substantial difference compared to my other picks (generally tortex). But, one of them was a large triangular, medium-light pick and I liked that. Overall, they made for a nice addition.

Review: The Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar

Lava also includes a carrying case which I really like.

It’s nicer than your average gig-bag as it provides some protection. I still would not advise flying with the included case. It’s a soft-shell case and it does have an adjustable backpack style strap system, but the issue with plane travel has less to do with the case and more to do with how much flying sucks. You are totally at the mercy of the airline and if they want to make you check your guitar, you’re kinda stuck either waiting for another flight or risking it. And while the case feels somewhat protective, I would still worry about it getting tossed around or other baggage falling on it because it’s not a flight-case. That said, I think the case is perfectly fine for pretty much every other situation.

Review: The Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar

Sound quality

The guitar sounds exceptional! I was extremely impressed by both the fullness of the sound and the volume at which it played. I have been a longtime advocate of parlor acoustic guitars and a longtime hater of guitars like the Martin Backpacker. I just feel like mini guitars like the Martin never produce appealing sound. But, this guitar somehow achieves more of a full/dreadnought sound. My one complaint here is that while the sound is extremely full, with twinkling highs and booming lows, there is a lack of depth. I attribute this to the unnatural materials used, but I could be wrong about that.

Effects

Review: The Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar

One of the main features of this guitar is its built-in effects. These do not require you to plug into an amp to enjoy and are a really innovative addition. If you are playing at low-to-moderate volumes, the effects are clear and noticeable. You don’t get a ton of control with the three nobs, but you get enough to play around and have a little fun. These features are not likely to be a huge game-changer beyond just having something cool to show off or integrate into a few songs.  Beyond that, they lack the versatility to really manipulate the effects on a broad scale.

The effects you get are delay and chorus, but you can dial down the delay to act as more of a reverb. The reverb is a bit of a mixed bag; I noticed a little bit of a chirpy noise that accompanies harder strokes against the strings. It sounds like there is an echo that is rushing to get out.

Comparisons

In order to provide an idea of how the guitar sounds, I recorded some samples using the Lava Me2, my Fender acoustic parlor guitar and my Takamine G series acoustic, which is full-sized with a cutaway. Please bear in mind, I’m not the best guitar player, this is just an attempt to try giving some audio examples to potential customers.

Lava Me2, clean, strumming open chords

Full Size Acoustic, strumming open chords

Parlor guitar, strumming open chords


Full Sized Acoustic, single notes

Parlor guitar, single notes

Lava Me2, clean, single notes


Parlor Guitar, strumming, bar chords

Lava Me2, clean, strumming, bar chords


Lava Me2, chorus strumming, bar chords

Lava Me2, chorus, single notes

Lava Me2, delay, single notes

Lava Me2, delay, strumming

Lava Me2, chorus strumming, open chords


Overall

I think this is a great travel sized guitar. I vastly prefer it to pretty much any other travel sized option I have tried. I still really like my parlor guitar, so this would not be a replacement, but it offers a far fuller sound that is more comparable to a full sized acoustic than what the parlor guitar is able to achieve. If you are in the market for a travel sized acoustic and you want a sound that is more akin to a full size, I do not think a better option exists.

Review: The Lava Me2 Travel Sized Acoustic Guitar

Choice of colors

 

Playboi Carti After Iggy Azalea Cops Him New Lambo: "She Treat Me Like A Bad B*tch"

Regardless what his A$AP Mob buddies suppose, Playboi Carti is having fun with the time he is spending with Iggy Azalea. The two have been critiqued at size for his or her romantic relationship however they’re letting the haters speak whereas they depend up their cash. At the onset their coupledom, Iggy was dragged for allegedly utilizing Playboi Carti as a result of  his money. However, it seems to be like she’s the one who’s extra comfy spending her racks. On her Instagram story, the Aussie rapper confirmed f her Christmas present to her boyfriend: a model new Lamborghini.

While everyone (with cash) appears to be copping the Lambo truck, Carti wasn’t solely feeling the cumbersome car. He’s high quality in his new whip, courtesy Iggy Azalea. Both Carti and Iggy confirmed f the brand new automobile on their respective Instagram tales with the Die Lit artist feeling beloved on the finish the day. After revving up the engine somewhat bit whereas chilling within the parking zone, Carti wrote, “She deal with me like a foul bitch lmao.” That’s details.

The two have spent the higher half this yr coupled up on the low, sharing pictures themselves on Iggy’s social media pages. With Christmas exchanges like this one, you’ll be able to inform that either side are investing much more than simply love of their relationship. 

Playboi Carti After Iggy Azalea Cops Him New Lambo: "She Treat Me Like A Bad B*tch"

Offset's Purse Splurge For Cardi B Reportedly Cost $106Okay

Offset gifted Cardi B with some insane items this vacation as one other bid to win again her love, or so it appears. We beforehand posted a clip all of the presents Cardi acquired from Offset that was 9 new pairs heels, two new Chanel baggage, 4 new Birkin baggage in addition to 5 new items glamorous jewellery. New experiences from Page Six say three the Birkin baggage alone price a whopping $160,000.

“Offset is bending overbackwards to win her again,” Michelle Berk, who runs Privé Porter, the world’s largest reseller uncommon Birkin baggage instructed the publication. “He referred to as me out the blue. He stated, ‘You’ve acquired to assist me out. I’m in serious trouble.’ I stated, ‘If you need to win her again, it’s acquired to be an alligator Birkin.’ ”

Offset's Purse Splurge For Cardi B Reportedly Cost $106K

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Offset and Michelle have been each in several cities however discovered they might each be in New York on Christmas Eve. They met up and the “Ric Flair Drip” rapper picked up purses for Cardi and paid for the steep invoice. 

Apparently Offset is becoming a member of Cardi B in Hawaii as she’s set to carry out on the Alho Stadium at the moment (December 27th) becoming a member of Snoop Dogg and Bruno Mars. We’ll see if Offset tries to crash her stage once more…we expect this time round will likely be slightly harder. 

Cardi B Shows All The Extravagant Christmas Gifts Offset Got Her

After following Cardi B and Offset’s marriage for the previous few weeks, the dynamic their relationship has managed to confuse so many us. Perhaps probably the most unsettling second their “break-up” occurred throughout Bardi’s Rolling Loud set as she was reduce f by her estranged husband who rolled out an over-the-top association flowers that spelt out “Take Me Back Cardi.” The famous person’s response was lower than excellent however, just some days later, the 2 reunited on a jet ski in Puerto Rico. A brand new layer was added to their supposed divorce. Now, the 2 appear to be again collectively as they spent Christmas along with child Kulture. Cardi was impressed with the work her Migos companion put in, displaying f the items he copped her. 

To be fully trustworthy, I am somewhat stunned that Offset did not go much more all-out this vacation season. After all that occurred between the 2 them, you’ll assume that he would money out in an try to win again his lady. However, it seems as if that is already occurred. Perhaps the Louboutins and Chanel luggage have been sufficient for her love. Bardi flexed all the things that her man purchased her, displaying f a range new Christian Louboutin heels, a couple of eccentric Chanel luggage, some jewellery, and extra. 

Offset is certainly lacking Cardi as he clearly realizes the error in his methods. Will he change in the long term although? That’s but to be seen.

Cardi B Shows All The Extravagant Christmas Gifts Offset Got Her
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Tristan Thompson Gifts Baby True With A Stack Of Fresh Nikes

True Thompson is not even one-year-old and she or he already has extra pairs Nikes than most individuals, with out even strolling but. Khloe Kardashian was current at her mom’s annual Christmas occasion, that was held at The West’s this 12 months, however she made her again to Cleveland to spend the tip the weekend as a full household with Tristan Thompson and their daughter. 

The actuality star shared a picture True’s present from her dad that got here in type 4 new pairs Nikes for True to stomp round in as soon as she takes her first steps. “Thank you daddy,” Khloe captioned a pic the kicks, Daily Mail.

Speaking infants, stories beforehand steered that Khloe and her sister Kylie Jenner have been considering getting pregnant once more collectively. 

“Kylie and Khloe would like to be pregnant collectively once more. And it looks like the timing may work out that approach,” a supply detailed. “It was an actual bonding expertise for them, however extra importantly, it’s been superb for his or her daughters to be so shut in age. There are so many children/grandkids in that household, that is actually the place the household’s consideration is. It’s all concerning the subsequent era.”

Maybe the Kardashian/Jenner household will develop much more within the new 12 months. 

Meek Mill Plays Santa: Gives Kid A New XBox After His Was Stolen

Meek Mill has been in social justice warrior mode, so you may assure that at Christmas his spirit was in full kind. Right earlier than Christmas hit, on Monday, December 23, the rapper hosted a toy giveaway in his hometown Philadelphia. He had over $100,000 price toys to present out, and in the end this benefited no less than three,000 youngsters. 

The toys ranged from sneakers, to bikes, boardgames and collectible figurines, to digital gadgets like Xboxes. Meek even introduced his personal son, Rahmeek, alongside to the occasion, who evidently had fairly the merchandise on his Christmas wishlist. Meek spoke to CBS Philly in regards to the motivation behind the giveaway, saying, “I acquired the platform to assist out my group so why not do it, it’s actually a simple factor to do …] I really come round right here rather a lot. I can’t hold on the nook no extra or nothing however you understand I do know the folks round right here. I do know these faces.”

It was positively a profitable occasion, however there was one little one particularly who, though he left with a present, was in a short time empty-handed. Right after leaving with an Xbox in tow, the Philly child was robbed. 

The little one returned in tears, rightly so, however Meek made all of it proper once more by giving him one other model new Xbox. 

Check out the clip beneath from the giveaway. It’s solely proper to share one thing like this on at this time all days.

Meek Mill Gifts Fan With Second X-Box After Getting Robbed Following Toy Giveaway

Meek Mill rounded up a critical quantity clothes, sneakers, toys, electronics and extra at Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center so three,000 children may get a particular present this vacation season. According to The Blast, Meek gave away “over 500 bicycles and helmets, over 400 sneakers and a bunch different toys like Xbox, board video games, superhero figures, and an array different toys to children from faculties and organizations throughout the Philadelphia space.”

One child who obtained an X-Box, sadly, acquired robbed as soon as leaving the recreation middle however Meek made certain the little homie was reimbursed with one other recreation console. “They robbed him for his X-box quickly as he left once they may got here and acquired one free of charge…he good now tho,” Meek captioned a photograph the child.

“I acquired the platform to assist out my neighborhood so why not do it, it’s actually a straightforward factor to do,” Meek advised CBS. “I didn’t neglect about the place I got here from,” mentioned Mill. “I really come round right here loads. I can’t cling on the nook no extra or nothing however you recognize I do know the individuals round right here. I do know these faces.”

Kodak Black Channels Santa Claus With Generous Christmas Donation

Kodak Black is enjoying Santa Claus for teenagers in Florida this 12 months after he donated some presents to a neighborhood charity.

The Florida rapper went to Paradise Childcare in Broward County, Florida and delivered the presents to the non-prit group that helps mother and father with childcare, based on TMZ. Kodak’s donation was large enough to provide presents to 150 youngsters within the space. In addition to the presents, Kodak gave the group $5,000 for his or her annual Christmas occasion.

This is not the primary time Kodak has been within the giving temper with regards to charities. Earlier this 12 months in October the rapper gave $10,000 to the Jack & Jill Children’s Center which is a non-prit group that helps to coach youth, based on Hollywood Unlocked. Ever since getting out jail, it is clear that the rapper is trying to give again to his group and ensure his persons are taken care .

Kodak Black Channels Santa Claus With Generous Christmas Donation

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Kodak is contemporary f the discharge his new album Dying To Live which is an emotional and introspective have a look at the rapper’s life and has been praised by the numerous within the hip-hop group, together with the likes  Drake.

Regardless what you assume the artist, these donations are a beautiful gesture that can make sure to put smiles on the faces various Florida youngsters.

DJ Khaled & Nicole Tuck Throw Joint Birthday Party; Gifted $100Okay Watches

DJ Khaled’s companion Nicole Tuck celebrated her 43rd birthday on Friday however the true get together happened on Saturday. The eventful evening was in celebration each Nicole and Khaled since they’re born simply days aside – Khaled on November 26th. According toTMZ, the joyful couple held an intimate dinner for round 60 household and mates on the Perez Art Museum in Miami.

The spotlight dinner was their crafted and boujee presents insane watches. The publication says Khaled was given a Roger Dubuis Excalibur computerized skeleton pave watch value $106Okay whereas Nicole acquired a Roger Dubuis Velvet Car watch value $53Okay. 

As the evening went on they relocated to the famed E11EVEN nightclub the place get together company included Swizz Beatz, Meek Mill, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy, Fabolous and extra.

“Love you a lot you might be my finest pal and an a wonderful mom! What I like about our journey it’s actual love with an actual journey,” Khaled wrote his spouse in a loving birthday message. “I THANK GOD I THANK YOU EVERYDAY FOR OUR BIGGEST BLESSING! Our son @asahdkhaled !!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE OUR FAMLIY! HAPPY BDAY !!!!!!! since I’m being so sincere let me add day by day is your BDAY !!!! MAMA ASAHD ! HONEY! HONEY ! I LOVE YOU!”

Peep some the get together pics under.

Drake Gifts Chris Brown With OVO Gear After Officially Squashing Beef

Drake and Chris Brown have had their ups and downs through the years, however they ficially squashed their beef publicly this fall throughout the Aubrey & The Three Migos tour. Drake introduced out Chris Brown throughout his L.A. cease, dubbing the R&B singer as “one essentially the most gifted human beings on the planet.” Safe to say, the 2 artists buried the hatchet and will presumably work on new music collectively sooner or later. Chris Brown took to Instagram and proved that their relationship is strong by flexing a brand new OVO jacket gifted from the 6 God.

Chris Brown took to Instagram to disclose a recent new present he obtained from Drake. The Toronto rapper attached the singer with a beige OVO Letterman jacket. Brown vowed to return the favor to Drizzy with some Black Pyramid gear, captioning the picture, “@champagnepapithanks for lacing me I GOT THAT🔥 @blackpyramidficial FOR YA.” 

It appeared like the 2 made amends earlier than confirming their friendship to the general public. Back in June, Chris Brown surprisingly confirmed Drake love for the discharge  Scorpion. The two adopted one another on Instagram in early September which additional sparked speculations that that they had already patched issues up. Most not too long ago, the 2 have been noticed out collectively for Drake’s early 2000’s themed party.

Aside from Chris Brown, Drake additionally ficially squashed his feud with Meek Mill throughout his latest tour, bringing the Philadelphia spitter out on two separate dates. In a latest interview, Meek Mill revealed that he and Drake have been talking for over a yr, previous to his incarceration for probation violation.

Rihanna Shares Lingerie Photo: "NAUGHTY-Not-NICE"

Everyone’s favourite dangerous gal has been specializing in her way of life manufacturers for a lot this 12 months. While she claims to be spending time within the studio, her consideration has gone to rising her magnificence empire and her lingerie line, placing on a serious vogue present for Savage x Fenty just a few months in the past. As she will get greater within the lingerie world, she’s ensuring that everyone spends their hard-earned on her gear this vacation season. 

First, she wanted to get everybody’s consideration as they scrolled down their Instagram feeds. A lingerie picture will all the time do the trick and contemplating that is what she’s promoting, it additionally makes full sense. She shared a photograph herself within the “Naughty” underwear being fered throughout the vacation season, going shirtless for the event. “We getting NAUGHTY-not-NICE this season,” she proclaimed. She knowledgeable all people that Savage x Fenty simply dropped an “final” reward information to assist out consumers in want as Christmas, Hanukkah, and all the opposite holidays come nearer. To incentivize people to drop some bread, she’s giving 50% f offers for a restricted time.

The fortunate girl in your life would positively be proud of a lingerie set designed by Rihanna. Maybe it will enable you to rating some factors. Check out the gathering right here.

Rihanna Shares Lingerie Photo: "NAUGHTY-Not-NICE"

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Future & Joie Chavis Pose Like Lovers After Custom Pink Diamond Ring Order

Future has lastly claimed his unborn child nestled in Joie Chavis’ womb over the weekend. The rapper attended her for lover’s child bathe, a lot to the shock his followers. Their reactions are actually heightened by new images for the pair circulating on-line. They present Future and Joie on the child bathe, embracing and smiling at one another as if there was nonetheless a romantic connection flowing between them.

Intense feelings are anticipated when a pair awaits the beginning their little one, nonetheless, there’s a layer complexity added to this case by Future’s present girlfriend who additionally occurs to be his child mama. After the lovable images have been posted, social media customers have been commenting on the photographs. There are requests for somebody to check out Brittni to verify she is okay.

Mealy’s relationship with Future appeared fairly “safe” contemplating his declaration her being the “love my life” and copping her what gave the impression to be an engagement ring. These gestures are positioned into query since Future acquired a brand new customized ring designed and it bears no similarities to the one he gave Mealy as if it have been created primarily based on the style a totally totally different girl.

Peep the posh piece under. 

Kanye West Gives "Keynote" Speech At Apple Store, Trump Wore Altered "MAG" Hat

Hours after touching down within the Oval Office, Kanye West turned his consideration to the Washington, D.C Apple Store, the place he continued his sermon from atop a protracted rectangular desk. Inevitable, Kanye did not simply present as much as get his iPhone XS serviced. Without a lot warning, Kanye jumped on the desk and proceeded to offer his viewers a “keynote” speech recapping his encounter Donald within the Oval Office.

According to a reporter for RNS named Jack Jenkins, Kanye informed the Apple crowd that one thing magical occurred f-camera throughout his White House go to. Apparently, Kanye made an altered model the MAGA hat with out the unneeded adverb: “Make America Great.” Kanye says he introduced Donald Trump with the altered “MAG” hat, and he even wore it atop his fledgling haircut lengthy sufficient for flash images to doc the historic accord. Kanye even confirmed anybody that might pander to his ego, the photograph proof contained in his iPhone XS. How’s that for a rabble-rouser within the flesh?

According to TMZ, Kanye West fered Donald Trump a pair Yeezy 12s as a parting reward, in addition to modified MAGA hats for daughter Ivanka and her partner Jared Kushner. Their hats learn “Make Earth Great Again” and “Travel Space Again.” 

There’s additionally this response to Kanye West’s undesirable inquisition. Lewd and crude, you recognize the motto.

Young Dolph Gifts Longtime Friend With New Mercedes-Benz

As in case you didn’t know already, Young Dolph is out right here getting paper & he is spending it too. From dropping half 1,000,000 a 12 months at Dolce & Gabbana to purchasing a camo Rolls Royce, the Memphis rapper is exhibiting us that cash is not a difficulty for him regardless of turning down a $22 million greenback deal both this 12 months. In truth, Dolph has been fairly frivolous along with his cash currently that he’s now out right here shopping for new whips for his buddies. On Tuesday evening the Memphis rapper shared a clip on his IG him giving his childhood good friend a model new Mercedes-Benz.

“Happy birthday Sleepy Cuzz…♥️‼️#PaperRouteBusiness #amgSleepyCuzz #ThatsMAJOR” he shared because the caption. The clip finds Dolph & his homie strolling out a constructing and proper by the decked out Mercedes as they admire it. While each circling the whip and saying how laborious it’s, Dolph finally ends up pulling out the keys and tossing them to his good friend, gifting him with the whip as a shock.

It’s unclear if the reward was for a birthday or only a celebration their success on their journey by way of life, however regardless of the purpose this shit baller.

Check out the clip (under).Role Model out now. 

Travis Scott Gifts Jimmy Fallon A Pair Of Cactus Jack Air Jordan four’s

Before he takes the stage on SNL this weekend, Travis Scott goes to function a particular visitor on Jimmy Fallon Friday night time, the place he wont carry out however sit down for a little bit chat. However, previous to his sit down, La Flame determined to point out his appreciation for the late night time host and reward him with a model new pair his unique Cactus Jack Air Jordan four’s.

The footwear are arguably one the most well-liked sneakers to drop this Summer, at present going for higher lots of and even 1000’s a pair proper now. Ironically, only a couple weeks in the past, the footwear had been by some means made out there at an outlet retailer in Florida for a reduced worth, inflicting a frenzy for sneaker heads to get their palms on.

It’s unclear if Jimmy Fallon himself is a sneaker fan and appreciates the reward he simply acquired, however he positively acted prefer it within the footage that’s surfaced on-line.

“Dude what? You didn’t have to do that for me man,” Fallon instructed Travis. “Im gonna rock these out. Dude that is the most effective. Thank you a lot. Im going to put on them this weekend,” Jimmy added.

Check out the clip (beneath) and you should definitely tune to observe Travis on Fallon tonight.