Hi, how much does it cost?Monteverde wrote: ↑Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:39 pmHas anyone had experience with an EO Folding Travel Classical Guitar, made by Ken Hattersley of Hertfordshire, UK? The basic idea is similar to a SoloEtte, but Mr. Hattersley has developed and patented a mechanism for folding the neck between the 12th and 13th frets for travel, thereby reducing the length of the instrument to 42 cm when folded. The website for EO Guitars is easily found by a search.
Here is a photo, emailed to me by Mr. Hattersley, of a recent EO guitar. The capo-like device at the middle of the fretboard is a string retainer, which maintains tension on the strings when the neck is folded, so that retuning is quicker upon setting up the guitar for play.
EO Folding Travel Classical Guitar.jpg
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and comments.
Hi Scott and Whiteagle --
I look forward to your post,Monteverde wrote: ↑Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:59 pmHi Scott and Whiteagle --
The price quoted to me by Ken Hattersley in an email earlier this week was 459 GBP (about 600 US dollars), with 4-day insured and tracked shipping to the US costing about 67 GBP (about 100 US dollars). In the US, at least, this means the cost is roughly on a par with the retail price of the new Yamaha SLG 200NW. The EO guitar is an interesting idea; what I don't know -- and I don't mean to be impolite about it, it is simply a reflection of my ignorance and of my never having seen or played an EO guitar -- is how well-executed it is. I was hoping that one or more of our UK members might have had a chance to try one.
In his email, Mr. Hattersley stated that he offers a 7 day full refund, minus return shipping charges and repair cost of any damage incurred. From what I can tell by internet search, Mr. Hattersley is an engineer. I may email him and ask about his experience and training in guitar-making; if I do, I will post a follow-up note with what I learn.
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