Tim White, a local luthier and inventor spoke about his portable guitar design at the Whipple Free Libary in New Boston, NH.
The idea of a different design came to him when he received a guitar which someone had stepped on. He replaced the front with a grill inspired by the shape of a dragonfly wing. A mylar balloon was inflated behind the grill and remarkably it sounded like a guitar instead of a balloon in a box (he demonstrated for us).
He taught himself CAD-CAM and finally came up with a modular design that will fit into a carry-on size bag and yet opens to a full size instrument.
Tim introduced the talk with this video featuring Harvey Reid playing the guitar.
My video of Tim demonstrating putting “underwear” on the guitar.
He ended the evening but demonstrating the latest edition to the design, a built in light show.
The guitar is not in production yet but Tim is hoping to produce a version for the military that soldiers can use in combat zones. He even has a camoflaged bag to hold it.