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Taking a guitar on a plane.
mattfink
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From: Detroit
Posted: 2004-03-23 12:56 pm   Permalink

Ok, I know there are quite a few musicians hiding out at T.C.. What are you recommendations for taking a guitar on a plane trip. I've got a Gibson J-150 and an Epiphone J-200 (both about the same size). I'm weighing the risk and I'm leaning towards taking the Epiphone, but was curious to hear if anyone had any tips. I've already spoken to the airline and they have advised me they will require me to sign a waiver.

 
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Tiki Chris
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From: London
Posted: 2004-03-23 1:27 pm   Permalink

i used to travel w/ my guitar a lot. i'd check it into special handling: take it to gate & check it at the jetway at boarding, just like what passengers w/ strollers etc. do.

i never had any problems.

probably wouldn't be a bad idea to loosen the strings a great deal or just de-string it all together.

if it means a lot to you, get it insured.
if it means a whole to you, buy it a seat.


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Lars
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Posted: 2004-03-23 3:40 pm   Permalink

Carry on.

 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2004-03-23 4:00 pm   Permalink

If you want to carry it on, you'll probably have to prove to the airline that it will fit in overhead stowage or they'll want you to buy a seat for it (which a friend of mine actually did one time). Of course if you have a full scale electric bass & are on a tight budget (like me), I would suggest an Anvil case & insurance. I haven't flown in about 3 1/2 years now, so this advice might be obsolete considering all the new post 9/11 restrictions.

 
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cynfulcynner
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2004-03-23 4:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-03-23 16:00, Shipwreckjoey wrote:
If you want to carry it on, you'll probably have to prove to the airline that it will fit in overhead stowage or they'll want you to buy a seat for it (which a friend of mine actually did one time).



Yo-Yo Ma always travels with his cello in its own seat. I guess being a Stradivarius has its privileges.

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mattfink
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From: Detroit
Posted: 2004-03-24 06:25 am   Permalink

...too big to carry on....I also got the suggestion to send it to the hotel by UPS....about $25 bucks each way....much cheaper than a plane ticket, but takes about 4 days each trip....

 
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Cultjam
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Posted: 2004-03-24 08:34 am   Permalink

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On 2004-03-24 06:25, mattfink wrote:
I also got the suggestion to send it to the hotel by UPS.



Don't do it. Search the forum for UPS and you'll see why.
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mattfink
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From: Detroit
Posted: 2004-03-24 09:10 am   Permalink

Sounds like I'm screwed either way...lost on UPS or damaged by some knuckle dragging baggage handler...OH GOD, why didn't I pick the harmonica!!!

 
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Tiki_Bong
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Posted: 2004-03-24 09:45 am   Permalink

Mattfink,

I've got a Martin Backpacker guitar that comes in a gig bag. It's only about 30" long and 8" wide (don't go there Baxdog).

I never take it anywhere though, when I'm on vacation I'm usully too drunk to play anything...
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mattfink
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From: Detroit
Posted: 2004-03-24 11:15 am   Permalink

Bong,

I'm talking the big daddy super jumbo accoustic...it looks normal sized in my pic, but I'm 6'4"! I haven't been able to even find a gig bag for it and they don't sell and SKB case for it either.

Matt

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On 2004-03-24 09:45, Tiki_Bong wrote:
Mattfink,

I've got a Martin Backpacker guitar that comes in a gig bag. It's only about 30" long and 8" wide (don't go there Baxdog).

I never take it anywhere though, when I'm on vacation I'm usully too drunk to play anything...




 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-03-24 11:47 am   Permalink

Matt

If you're talking about VLV, maybe there's someone from another band who can loan you a guit for your gig? I know there's nothing like playing your own axe, but...


 
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mattfink
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From: Detroit
Posted: 2004-03-24 12:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks James, thats another possibility too...actually, I think I'm supposed to be loaning mine out too...lol!!!

 
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Klas
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2004-03-27 07:32 am   Permalink

When we toured California we actually dismounted the guitars for the flight and hid them in our suitcases since we didn't have any work permission

And no, our drummer didn't have to put his drumkit in his suitcase

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