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irtrogdor 11-07-2006 05:27 PM

guitars on planes?
 
hey, i'm goin up to the states at new years to buy a new guitar. i'll be flying, so i'm going to have to buy a hard case to bring it back with me. any suggestions on a good hardshell case that will survive the journey? i really don't want to buy a new guitar and find it damaged 3 days later with no chance of replacing it any time soon, if at all.

i was lookin at this, and it looked like a good deal. i want to keep it around or below $100. again, i won't be needing it till early january, but if i'm going to order it i'll need a little time for shipping and such.

guitarjockey111 11-07-2006 06:16 PM

i got an skb case and tehre warranted as long as you own it and the guitar is in the case if it gets damaged tehy will buy you a new guitar.

also rember before you fly to loosen the strings so not to warp your guitar or break the strings in your case.

Soap 11-07-2006 06:30 PM

Wow, never thought of that. I'll keep the string thing in mind.

Beyer413 11-07-2006 06:35 PM

Loosening your strings completely could lead to bad results also(I suggest tuning it down to Baritone tuning - B). My suggestion? Most airlines allow musical intruments to be carry-ons. This is your best bet. If not carry-on, they allow instruments to go in special parts of the plane, NOT the regular storage area.

Rainer. 11-07-2006 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guitarjockey111 (Post 2671996)
i got an skb case and tehre warranted as long as you own it and the guitar is in the case if it gets damaged tehy will buy you a new guitar.

also rember before you fly to loosen the strings so not to warp your guitar or break the strings in your case.

Hmm, I'm having a hard time imagining how leaving an electric guitar in it's case without loosening the strings could warp the neck.

Jimbob773 11-07-2006 06:49 PM

If you leave it in the case long enough it will. The tension, especially if the strings are heavy, will eventually bend the neck. It may be slight, but it will still affect (or effect, I forget) the intonation of the guitar.

Rainer. 11-07-2006 06:52 PM

The key there is long enough. A simple plane ride won't be long enough to warp much.

BillSPrestonEsq 11-07-2006 06:54 PM

its a common belief that the decreased pressure in the baggage compartment will somehow warp the neck if the strings are fully tight. Ican see the decreased temperature breaking a string at full tension as the metal will contract... I have thus always loosened or removed the strings. (removal allows for easier access to dissassembly without damage in some guitars)

However, Post september 11th, carrying a guitar has gotten trickier. Most of the times it is forbidden to take it as a carry on. In one instance, I had to go so far as removing the electronics plate because my shielding was blocking the x-ray. Security was kind enough to let me dissassemble the instrument that time so they could swab it for explosives.

International rules will probably be even more stringent.

Rainer. 11-07-2006 06:57 PM

Last time I traveled with a guitar was with my Strat... I actually just took the neck off the body and put it in my luggage. :lol:

BillSPrestonEsq 11-07-2006 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Rainer. (Post 2672075)
Last time I traveled with a guitar was with my Strat... I actually just took the neck off the body and put it in my luggage. :lol:

actually, thats pretty smart. I would definitely remove the electronics cover and tremolo cover before flying with a guitar to enable nervous security guards to peer in without having them mess around my guitar with tools.

Then again, my name raises flags as being Iranian, (which I am not) so I tend to get a rather harsh deal with security guards.

ibanez_dude 11-07-2006 08:30 PM

I think one of the keys is to check with the particular airline about their policy, cause a lot of airlines do things differently.

gtrdave 11-07-2006 08:31 PM

Allow me to share my experiences...
I've flown well over a dozen times with a guitar.
Most times they've allowed me to take it as a carry-on.
Only a few times did they take it from me as I was on the jetway while boarding and each of those times they also unloaded it first so I could receive it as I exited the plane (much as they do with child strollers and wheelchairs).
NEVER have I loosened the strings. Never have I experienced any damage.
I've traveled with my acoustic in a hard case or my electric in a hard case and a few times been allowed to place it in the overhead compartment or the upright closet near first-class.
The most recent time was a month ago when I flew from Philly to CO and took my Godin A6 in it's gig bag.
There and back with no issues and it fit nicely in the overhead with my other carry-on bag.

irtrogdor 11-07-2006 10:52 PM

sweet, i'd love to be able to take it carry on, i hadn't really considerd that they would let me. sounds much better than cargo,i really don't trust those baggage handlers :shifty: (we've all seen the movies)
but even if i couldn't carry it on i figure i could just pack the case tight with bubble wrap or something of the sort and have them the thing they do with the wheel chairs (if they have that sort of service on a mexican airline :P).

guitarjockey111 11-08-2006 01:14 AM

when i went to slovokia with my guitar i did what i said also you cant lock your case or youll show up with a busted case and maybe guitar cause they will open it.

they actually swabbed my guitar for bomb residue in vienna

jclardy 11-08-2006 09:02 AM

You should really check with the airline first, because when I went to Florida on United they had very strict carry on rules (it had to fit into their little rectangular frame). You could probably get by with it if one of the flight attendants doesn't see it, but that is kind of risky.

Although this summer on my youth groups missions trip to Ecuador we had 3 acoustic guitars, 1 in a gig bag that was put in the cargo area. It made it there and back fine.

I guess the consensus is that it depends. If you put it in cargo with a cheap case and get a lazy baggage handler (or one in a hurry) then your guitar may come back in a few pieces...


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