The folding guitar if you travel a lot it is a great idea but the concept has never really gained a wide audience amongst guitar players. However, is that all now set to change delivery, with this latest development from record producer Robin Millar and engineer Gerry Dale. The Snap Dragon Tripper folding guitar, from Snap Dragon Guitars, it is claimed, does not need tuning when put back together.
Folding guitars have a long history; Les Paul even designed a folding guitar. However as the guitar anoraks amongst us will know the most famous folding guitar was the Foldaxe. The Foldaxe was created by Roger C Field in 1975 whilst he was designing passenger seats for Airbus. Field thought it would be a great idea to create a guitar that could be taken onto a plane as hand luggage and stowed under your seat. Chet Atkins inspired Field to design the guitar such that when it was folded and then unfolded the string tension would be maintained and so the guitar would not go out of tune. The resulting Foldaxe guitar was well received by guitarists with some very famous names, such as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin and Albert Lee all being photographed playing one.
If we jump forward nearly 40 years the latest folding guitar aims to build on that legacy. The Snap Dragon Tripper folding guitar features a timboo body, which is an ecologically sustainable alternative to the normal tone woods used in guitar construction. It is fitted with two mini humbucker pick-ups, a bespoke neck with 20 frets and uses the patented Evertune bridge to maintain tunning stability when the guitar is unfolded. The design is fairly minimalist, as you would expect from such a guitar, but we think it looks pretty good. However the proof of the pudding is in the eating, or in this case the playing. So are the claims valid, can you really fold the guitar up, unfold it and not have to tune it, well the video below looks pretty good to us. The Snap Dragon Tripper Folding Guitar can be ordered directly from Snap Dragon Guitars or through Amazon and usually retails for around £325, excellent value for a very innovative guitar.
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