When backpacking with a guitar the greatest issue for the traveler to handle is its size. First of all he most likely needs to take it aboard a commercial air plane. Depending on the airline this can be a piece of cake or a major bump in the road. Especiall low-fare airlines have created additional services and fares for transporting instruments inside the cabin. And an airline personnel's willigness to be a little flexible on this matter can unfortunately only be tested when already standing in front of their check-in counter. To help traveling musicians like me avoid this problem several manufacturers have invented various ways in which a player can fold or temporarily remove the neck of his guitar. Applying these approaches to an instrument with a significantly smaller body size brings down the size of the bagged guitar to that of a regular hand luggage item.
Two companies catering to the needs of travelers are Voyageairguitar and Journey Instruments. Both seem to be producing various beautiful models with either a folding or removable neck. However, if you are located in Germany (or in most parts of Mainland Europe) availability is a major issue. I got in touch with the people at Voyageairguitar and learned that they only sell their intsruments directly to the customer. Having one of their instruments shipped from California would have added more than 200$ to its price (not including any additional import taxes and duties). In the same vein, Journey Instruments only had dealers in the UK and Switzerland. Again, adding shipping to the slightly higher-priced models would have exceeded my maximum budget.
One travel guitar that I did find in several shops (online and offline) was the Furch LJ-10 Little Jane Travel Guitar. If you have the money and if you are not traveling low-budget I advise you to go for this one. It is a beautiful instrument with an amazing tone and you just have to appreciate the many hours it must have taken the people at Furch to figure out their removable neck system. However, at 900€ retail price the Little Jane seems to be better suited for travelers that have more control over the transportation of their luggage than the average backpacker. The luggage compartment of a rusty bus or the dormitoriy of a hostel are no places for such a high-value item. Still, your own car or VW Bus, the cabin of a higher-priced airline, your room in a boutique hotel or a private hut on the beach might very well be!
Reading this you may have guessed it and you guessed correctly: I didn't get a travel guitar with a folding or removable neck. Looking at my bank account and the money I had saved for traveling I set the maximum budget at 350€. I probably would have exceeded this number and spent up to 500€ if it had been on a very suitable solution. However, I was not just worrying about my financial situation. More importantly I didn't want to bring a valuable instrument on a low-budget backpacking trip. After all the dangers of losing such an item to theft, lousy transport conditions, careless travel companions and poor weather conditions seemed very real. Therefore I decided to look at some cheaper instruments that were better suited for the experience I was planning on having.