So I'm about to leave on a 15 hour road trip for the Thanksgiving holiday, so my mind naturally turned towards travel guitars. As I thought about it, I decided that travel guitars suffer from at least one of the following shortcomings: 1. They are hideous 2. They don't actually get compact enough 3. You still need an amp So I decided I wanted to see if I could rectify that. This became one of those ideas that gets stuck in my head that I just have to do. So I started with some basic design requirements and got to work with no design inspiration other than the mechanical aspects of it. So some of the wacky things about this build: 1. Make it look not hideous (I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that, but let's be honest, some designs just suck) 2. Make it fold without removing neck screws, etc. As it sits right now, I should be able to get it into a 7x19 envelope all folded. 3. Build in an overdrive (with switch), cab sim, and headphone amp that feeds a separate jack from the amp out jack I also decided to make it headless and I'm going to use leftovers and scrap wood, since this could be a huge disaster. Then there are the unique mechanical aspects: 1. Have wings that fold out instead of metal or plastic shapes that are removable (don't want to keep track of a bunch of separate pieces). These will nest inside matching routes on the back of the body when not in use. 2. Folding the neck will use a fixed pivot and a separate locking pin, both in the heel of the neck 3. If needed, I have a mechanism design for an extendable forward strap "horn", but I doubt I will need it. So, without further ado, here is Quark (and not the Star Trek character, I can see that one coming a mile away). I chose the name because the quark is the subatomic particle from which protons, neutrons, and electrons are composed. I poked around my stash and found a quartersawn sycamore board that is already slotted for the 24 inch scale length, and radiused to boot! I also have a stash of quarter sawn doug fir, so that's what the neck will get. The body will also be quarter sawn doug fir. This guy is going to weigh next to nothing!