09. 19. 2007
Centerfold: Foldable Electric Guitar
As a former guitar player, I know very well the pain of taking your instrument from one place to another. I still remember the days of trying to take the subway in Milan with one of those gigantic hard cases that seemed to always get in the way of some nervous passenger who would start yelling insults at me. Back then, I had welcomed the padded guitar cases with shoulder straps as one of the best inventions ever; at least that would allow me to bike to my guitar lesson or band practice and avoid the hostile subway crowd. But when it comes to traveling on a plane, even the padded shoulder strap case won’t help as, in most cases, the guitar is still too big to be allowed as carry-on luggage.
It's precisely this situation that inspired airline pilot and guitar player Fredrik Johansson to design Centerfold, the first ever foldable guitar. Johansson is also the founder of DeVillain, the Swedish guitar manufacturing company responsible for Centerfold.
The idea of a guitar that can fold its neck onto its body while keeping the strings attached will, of course, raise skepticism in every guitar player, especially when it comes to tuning. Though DeVillain claims that only minor tuning will be required once the guitar is unfolded:
If it’s in tune when you fold it, you will be really close when you unfold it. Only minor tuning is needed unless you touch the tuners.
For more information on Centerfold, consult the FAQ section on the company’s site; here you’ll find out that the foldable guitar is not available in a lefty version, that a foldable bass guitar is in the planning, and much more.
You can order Centerfold directly on the site; the hand made guitar can be yours for €2600 or $3370.