We get a lot of interest in our products, here at Snap Dragon. But some of the most common questions we have to answer are: What is a folding guitar? And, how does it work? The problem is that when you say the words ‘folding guitar’ or ‘travel guitar’, the majority of people harbour the image of the instrument’s novelty predecessors. Travel guitar conjures up the picture of a scaled-down instrument, compact enough to carry-on, but too compact for the over 12s to comfortably play. Folding guitar invokes a pointless plaything of less than dubious quality that people of a certain age would break out at parties. What Snap Dragon produces is neither of those things. So, let’s tell you a bit about what our folding and travel guitars actually are and do.
What is a Folding Guitar?
Snap Dragon folding guitars are full-sized instruments. They are designed to look, sound and perform just like any other well-made guitar… If not a little better (we might be biased!). When in playing mode, you’d be hard-pressed to identify a Snap Dragon folding guitar from its traditionally designed contemporaries. Our inimitable quality and style aside, of course. The difference comes when the instrument is packed away for storage or travel. Then, the neck of the guitar is folded down over its body, the strings are tucked safely away, and the size is reduced by at least half. That is a folding guitar. Available as acoustic, electric and bass, with all the usual variables – Evertune, Silent etc., – a folding guitar is completely interchangeable with any other kind of guitar… Unless you want to travel, in which case a folding guitar is better.
So that’s what they are, let’s have a look at how they do what they do.
How do Folding Guitars Work?
There are only two things about a folding guitar that differ from traditional instruments: a pivot, and in some models, wings.
The pivot, as you might imagine, is situated at the base of the instrument’s neck. When straightened for playing, string tension holds the neck in place. It doesn’t wobble around, it doesn’t unexpectedly collapse. You need to exert a little pressure, but when you’re ready to pack up, you can simply reposition the guitar’s neck, swivelling it round and down for storage. On models like the Mini TraXe, this reduces the carry size to just 54 x 31 x 8 cm. The benefits of this are obvious.
As for the wings, well, they’re there for when size really does matter. If you need your guitar to take up as little space as possible, an instrument like the SnapaXe E will deliver. In playing form, it looks like a very stylish yet nonetheless regular guitar. However, for packing away, the wide, curvy hips of the body can be removed. When combined with the neck pivot, this leaves a total carry size of 54 x 8 x 10 cm. Made of polymer, the wings are light weight and durable. And they click straight back into place without ceremony as soon as you’re ready to play.
You can see how both mechanisms work here:
So that, in a nutshell, is your guide to folding guitars. Simple, straightforward, and yet also a little bit clever – rather like us!
If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please feel free to give us a call +44 (0) 1277 321163