I'm moving to England in July for at least 6 months. All of my guitars are too big to fit in my luggage and don't want the hassle of guitars on planes. So I figured I might be able to fit a 3/4 guitar in there. Maybe 1/2, but I don't know if that's something an adult could play. Being completely new to these "child guitars", does anyone know more about these? Because it's more a gimmick than a serious addition to the arsenal, I want to keep it as cheap as possible without losing quality too much. Other options (foldable guitars?) are also welcome. Was thinking about taking strings of one of my stratocasters and take the neck off, but that's a hassle as well, since I have to bring a screw driver with me to put the thing back together (I'm lazy).

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If you're going to buy a new guitar, don't buy e small enough to pack. Save your space and buy one in England. That way, you could find setting you wouldn't normally find here in the USA- a really cool souvenir.

And ship it home or sell it at trip' end.
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I personally would want to bring one of my own guitars, so I would probably take the neck off and set it back up in England; however, if you are looking to buy a new guitar, I could see buying in England being the cheapest route.

For what it's worth, I bought a Taylor GS mini, and that thing sounds and plays very well.
England has guitars too?

Get something second hand when you're over here, expect to sell it and take a 20-30% hit on value; that's still cheaper than getting a (probably terrible) mini guitar.

You can also have a go with something totally different. Normally play metal - try a hollowbody? Jazz fan - pick up a cheap V?
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Yeah, you're lazy. A screwdriver is a lot cheaper than a special-purpose guitar. I would go the take-down route. It takes me less than 5 minutes to put a neck back on. Why buy a guitar you don't particularly want?

The Voyage Air is a folding guitar designed to be cabin-friendly.
3/4 guitars are pretty awful. Just take a Tele in a soft case and carry on. Done this many times with no issues.
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Reinforcing my suggestion- since trashedlostfdup agreed- there really are some nice companies over there that simply don't ship here.

In 2013, I imported a Fret-King from London to Dallas, and I don't regret it. I want more but they're hard to find in the USA, for obvious reasons.

Burns Guitars are a prominent English brand as well. Patrick Eggle is British. Then there is Brian May (though they're easy enough to buy over the Internet).

Then there's all the luthiers over there...and all the brands that get imported to the UK that haven't cracked the US market.

God only knows what is in the used guitar sections of their stores.

I could go on, but the point is, if you MUST buy a new guitar to play in England, do it in England, and get yourself a serious instrument.
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Voyage-Air makes folding guitars. I've tried a couple of them (briefly) at the NAMM show, and they come back up pretty much in tune (and these were display guitars that had been through the mill) after having been folded and carted around. Generally a high quality setup for traveling. http://www.voyageairguitar.com/

They come in both acoustic and electric versions.

But you could also get a "real" guitar that will work as a travel guitar. A standard guitar will run about 41-42" in length, but a headless guitar will manage a full 24-fret 25.5" scale in just 31" (with a corresponding compression of case length). Carvin is building the Holdsworth Headless and the newer Vader series Kiesel guitars in headless, and they're doing so in 6, 7 and 8-string versions, with the latter two available with 27" scales as well. Serious guitars. If you're buying one of these, you're not buying it solely as a travel guitar, and you'll likely want to supplant one of your current guitars given its cost. But they're spectacular guitars in both sound and execution, and worth a look. A bonus is that the weight ranges from about 5 to 6.5 lbs. www.carvinguitars.com

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Personally, I would just scout eBay and Gumtree for a used guitar. I'm sure you could find a Yamaha Pacifica for £50 or less.
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Or, again, every airline has carry on checking. For Delta, it's free. You just drop it off at plane-side and pick it up when you land.
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Or, again, every airline has carry on checking. For Delta, it's free. You just drop it off at plane-side and pick it up when you land.

But then you can't play Kumbaya for all the passengers mid-flight. Or accompany a Singing Nun.

Carry-on checking is pretty much the same as checking your bags in terms of handling and potential breakage. The good news is that it's less likely to be routed to Boston when you're headed for Brunei.