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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Hi everyone. Welcome to our notekase kickstarter. We have a really cool new type of travel guitar and we think you will love it. Here in Europe the main budget airline musical instrument charge is 60 euros or to book a seat. Airline policies change all the time but one bag in an overhead locker is sure to save you a few dollars and it's just easier, better and simpler than lugging around a big awkward flight case.
You will move around busy underground stations and packed out buses and trains like a ninja musician. No more nudging old ladies onto the railway tracks with your steel reinforced twenty kilo guitar coffin.
What about that cycling holiday? Fly in, convert your luggage case to a cycle pannier, get a bicycle then busk your way around. Seriously! How cool is that? Give the bicycle back or sell it and jump on your flight home.
Other travel guitars on the market are typically designed to be as small as possible to be carried or transported along with, or perhaps even inside, a luggage case. Manufacturers make various claims about build quality or specific shapes making these guitars resonate more than you would expect. Whilst these claims have some merit amongst the more reputable brands, in truth these little guitars compare only to reasonable quality parlour size guitars at best, or, at worst, to children's beginner level instruments. Often travel guitars have terrible balance issues and are uncomfortable to play.
Like many other travel guitars, a notekase guitar has a breakdown neck joint. Our system is a patented design to be dismantled or reconnected in under twenty seconds as shown in the video.
Step two is to remove the backing plate, which is then rotated over to fit snugly below the sounding board surface [like you would with a biscuit tin lid] inside the luggage case. The neck is then placed inside the open back sounding box.
Notekase guitars are the best solution for the travelling musician. By combining sounding box and luggage case space, you now have plenty of room for all the luggage you wish to travel with. Instead of reducing the guitar body size, we have built it as large as airline restrictions allow. This means the sounding box can be a full size dreadnought or jumbo guitar.
Notekase guitars will be fully hand built at our signature series end of the spectrum or hand fashioned from factory components for our standard model. Nothing leaves our workshop unless we are completely satisfied that it is finished and set-up to the highest standard.
Perhaps the counter intuitive idea of a breakdown guitar sounding box goes against what you believe. As a lifelong musician I completely understand your reservations but be reassured here by me giving you some of my musical background...
I began playing guitar at five years of age on my father's 1948 Levin dreadnought (Swedish Martin copy). In 1982, aged ten, I could play respectable ragtime numbers like Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotton. In college back in 1992 I was playing blues, rock and folk music. At the end of that year I traded my electric guitar for a tenor banjo and abandoned rock 'n' roll for Scottish/Irish traditional music. 2002 I moved to Cork Ireland to play regular trad sessions. By 2012 my musical interest had widened when I learned classical and jazz violin. This is my story of a lifetime's connection with string instruments.
I assert with full confidence that the sounding box backing plate can be removed and then replaced without any disruption to sound quality. It should be added this is an engineering challenge not simply or easily overcome. Our patented system was developed over a two year period.
Finger-style notekase by Lynda Cullen Cork based singer songwriter.
Anyway enough about me; how are you? Who are you? Are you a business person who'd rather do Glastonbury than the motivational TED seminary? Are you a student who chose applied anthropology until your band gets famous? Are you a cycle tour buskaholic? Because ain't it the truth that three chords of pushin' broom will buy an eight by ten motel room. And you may walk right on stage of the next Hilton ballroom, you may be Savoy savvy, rucksack of mini-bar bolli, beach-party, next gig in the gig economy and you guessed it three chords of pushin' broom.
Hopefully catch you for a tune sometime, your fellow travelling musician, Iain Maclean
Founder of notekase guitars.
Risks and challenges
At notekase guitars we are offering a product that we need to build and deliver. Our workshop is set up ready for production. We need however to be aware that large orders require that we work with mass producers and distributors. To this end we have very good assurances. We have made a connection with a well known European distributor. We have received good sample specimens and have a strong and proven connection with a reputable guitar factory. Clearly for large orders we are dependent on factors which can go wrong. To this end we have decided, in the event of a large order, to have a luthier sent to interact with the design team and workers at the factory.
A separate issue is with the product itself. We have built several prototypes and conducted tests and experiments for over a year. These guitars have been broken down and reconstructed hundreds of times with perfect results. Infact, although we have done everything possible in proving concept, we just don't know how consistent these guitars are. The only way to know for sure is to get the feedback from customers good and bad. We aspire to sell at least 100 guitars, regardless of the quantity we sell, our message is of inclusion. Contact us and make us informed of any issues. In a worst case scenario you can send it back and we will replace or refund. Sometimes in this situation a direct contact is good. We will provide technical support.
At notekase guitars we have researched several past projects on kickstarter which have descended into fraudulent behaviour bringing the whole crowd funding forum into disrepute. We are determined to act ethically and diligently to bring this concept to the world and to this end we have spent two years working hard towards this moment. We want now to create a notekase community sharing experiences and learning together.
Our fully hand-built Notekase travel guitar complete with a two part protective gig bag. Built in our workshop in Cork Ireland. AAA grade spruce or cedar front guitar with a tone wood back and sides. Highlander pickup.