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I don't expect to get a response, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Does anyone have any advice with regards to taking an electric guitar with you overseas?
Specifically in between Germany and the UK, but also possibly including Japan.
Naturally, I expect I'll need a hard case, but I'd be happy with a gig bag provided I could take it into the cabin with me.
It's expensive, and it's annoying we have to suffer. I've been told that it's not the space but the weight that I need to pay for. To me this is just insult to injury considering that I could take on board three Les Pauls and still weigh less than many passengers.
Anyhow, and advice would be gratefully received.
Naturally, I'm well aware of google.
Goodness knows how many times google has aided me with a translation
However, there's report off the internet, and there's report from people that I vaguely know. Hence, I'm not jumping into this blind, but with the people from the internet, I've little idea if they actually exist or are pathalogical liars or what not.
All the same - thanks a lot buddy ^_^
I think I'll get a hard case and take my clothes as hand luggage.
Last edited by Karmoon; December 1st, 2008 at 14:00.
Well transporting a guitar is just like transporting other fragile things, it's really dependent on who's throwing it into the plane. So yes, a hard case is a must.
But the biggest thing to worry about is not whether or not it will break, it's whether or not it will be picked off. From what I've heard, guitar cases (and their cargo) are some of the most stolen things at a baggage carousel, mostly because it's so obvious what's in it. As long as you're at the carrier the moment they start unloading you should be alright.
And you probably couldn't take it on the cabin. Unless it was a ukulele.
Right, first of all, get a big crate, and lots of bubble wrap. Oh, and sawdust.
Now, wrap up the guitar, and nest it in the box on top of a nice layer of sawdust. Then, warp yourself in bubblewrap and lay next to your guitar, clutching it. Fill in the box with sawdust and get someone to nail the lid on. Be sure to stick a destination address on before getting in, and then just get someone to carry you around the corner and leave you outside the post office. This way youll be able to keep an eye on your guitar all the way
Another amazing idea from the mind of Phoenix!
PS, you may want to include a tank of air or similar...
Air is for losers.Originally Posted by newbie
Seriously though, this is starting to sound like more hassle than it's worth.
To all intents and purposes, I think I'll just go home, sell my old guitar and BUY a vaguely decent guitar while I'm there.
I'm pretty enraged that they make it so difficult for us though. Just because the shape is slightly odd, suddenely everyone wants your money or wants to steal your gear.
Still, that's the way of the world.
The only time I took a guitar on a plane was flying from bangkok! and they allowed me to take it as hand luggage so if you get it in a small soft case (wrapped in a sheet or such they might let you)
As for hard cases perhaps get a really good one. I have a soft lined case with brass corners which is good but I would suggest wrapping the guitar in something soft such as bubble wrap as well.
Hard cases are cool too but do remember that they weigh a fair amount if they are to be sturdy!
I've carried my bass on transatlantic flights numerous times and never had any problems.
I simply put it in the hard case, lock it and check it. It's arrived just fine in every instance.
If you're not comfortable with that but you are comfortable with a little attempted social engineering, try to carry it on with you. Obviously, they'll tell you "no" and ask you to check it planeside, but that lessens the number of people handling your precious instrument.. I've also talked a few flight attendants into storing my bass in the tall closet that they have for their personal items. It fits in there very well.
The last option would be to get an address and FedEx it to yourself. I've known a few people who have done that and it usually works out fine, provided you're not moving around to much and changing hotels on a daily basis.
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