in this instructable, I will explain how to create a folding electric guitar out of a few pieces of hardware and an old guitar. (you could use a new one, but I don't recommend it). this instructable is not for people not willing to compromise the structure and even playability of a guitar.
UPDATE:: there are lots of better ways to do this. I just documented mine. I know this compromises pretty much everything that a good guitar should have. the thing is, my guitar didn't have those qualities. so that's why I did it. I've actually already gutted and thrown out the guitar (kept the insides for replacements, see), but it would work if you needed it to.
Step 1: Remove the strings of the guitar
you'll need to take off the strings. if you can't do this, just stop right now.
Step 2: Remove the neck
there are four screws on the back. remove them.
note- there may be some glue holding it on. mine was old and has suffered some damage, so the glue was no longer holding.
Step 3: Remove the pickguard
next, take off the pickguard. you'll generally want to just unscrew everything you see.
Step 4: Remove part of the neck
this is the point of no return. if you do this, there's no going back.
you're going to want to take off some of the end of the neck. it's hard to explain, so look at the picture.
Step 5: Attach the hinge
you're going to need the best hinge you can find. I couldn't find a good one. anyway, mark and drill your holes, then screw on the hinge.
Step 6: Mark and screw the hinge into the guitar body
now, mark where the hinge needs to go on the guitar body so that the neck swings out of place and back again. make sure you do this carefully; I did it wrong the first time. also, because my guitar is about as cheap as a turd, it's made of laminated plywood. which is not good for holding screws horizontally. so, I added a little shim on the other side to hold it.
Step 7: Put the electronics back in
um, yeah. make sure they go back where they should be. then put the pickguard back on.