Traveling with guitar?

Northern Lights

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I know that people bring thier guitars as carry on all the time, but I've never paid any attention to what they do with it once on board. Do they fit in the overhead? Do you have to strap it into a seat?

I have an acoustic in a soft sided case that I would like to take with me, but I'm not sure what the routine is.

I'm in the process of slowly moving into domicile... One bag at a time.

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N.L.
 

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hard case, not the gig bag and check it thru, it's how I carry mine and I insure it too
 
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you better hard case it or the rampies will break it

almost guaranteed, and if they don't, the baggage smashing machines will
 

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Carry it on........ put it in the overhead. I do it all the time with Les Pauls and my SG (in HSC) on SWA. I wouldn't check a good guitar unless it was in an ATA road case.
 

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I have an Ovation that fits into the overheads with the soft side case. Just watch for the putz who decides to cram their backpack or 21" travel suitcase by wedging it around your guitar! Aircraft with a hang-up closet work well also.
 

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I had mine in a hard case on an America West flight once...checked it...got it back with a huge dent in the case. PTL the guitar was okay. But hey, I came out ahead... I got a coupon for a free headset rental the next time I fly. :rolleyes: Whoop-de-freakin'-doo! Thank you America West.
 

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Northern Lights said:
I know that people bring thier guitars as carry on all the time, but I've never paid any attention to what they do with it once on board.
I fly with my Baby Taylor in a soft-case unless I'm scheduled to dead-head. I keep it in the coat closet up front.

I usually detune it a whole step to keep the string tension from changing too much with altitude (don't know how much good it does, but I got the advice many years ago).
 

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I wouldn't check a good guitar unless it was in an ATA road case.
And in a good road case, too. Not one of those $99 Ebay specials, which, as friend carrying a 1963 hardtail (no trem) Strat found out, will not hold up to rampie abuse. :(


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If you fly Southwest, get in group A. Pick your seat and then pick your guitar (and maybe your nose) and sing. You will have the whole row to yourself.

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After trying about 8 models and brands, I settled on The Alvarez MF80c. It is the best sounding of all that I looked at (all under $1500) and with a gig bag it fits in a CRJ overhead. It is a 15/16 cutaway. Great action.

As far as detuning goes, I've spoken with several luthier/pilots and they all say the same thing. De-tune if you're going to check it (with a really good hard case please) because of the rough handling. The altitude thing is a myth. the other time to de-tune is when you go from warm to cold very fast. Strings contract and you get warping or worse. Let the guitar gradually adjust temp.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I decided not to take it on this trip for fear of damage. As a former rampie, I know what happens to baggage. I once watched "Survivor's" (Eye of the Tiger) guitars miss their connection on their way to play some casino gig.
 

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My daughters just went on a trip to HNL and previously to Romania, they took the quitar with them and put it in the overhead. No problem. If you are a pilot and take it with you on a trip quess you could do it, would be interesting.
 

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TurboS7 said:
My daughters just went on a trip to HNL and previously to Romania, they took the quitar with them and put it in the overhead. No problem. If you are a pilot and take it with you on a trip quess you could do it, would be interesting.
I bring mine along on almost every trip. There's always someone who asks "Are you going to serenade us"?

Like I never heard that one before. :)
 

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joe_pilot said:
I bring mine along on almost every trip. There's always someone who asks "Are you going to serenade us"?

Like I never heard that one before. :)
I usually have my Steinberger if I have long overnights....... I get the same thing, right after they ascertain that it's not what it looks like (the gig bag looks like a rifle case.....)
 

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When I started playing a year ago, going a week at a time without playing was killing any chance I had at being the next Clapton (as if). I decided on the Yamaha steel string travel model in a soft gig bag.

The closer to the deal was when the Guitar Center salesman produced a letter from the TSA stating that musical instruments DO NOT count against your "one carry-on and one personal item" limit when passing through the security checkpoint. The airline, however, is under no obligation to allow you on board with three items. Since I airline up to six times a month (!!??!!), I go through security with roll-aboard, chart case, and guitar (whether in uniform or not) and then gate check the large roll-aboard if the gate agent asks me to (about 60%). I WILL NEVER check the guitar and it fits in every overhead bin flying including EMB and Canadair RJ's and fits perfectly in the forward lav of the G-IV.

The other nice thing about the Yamaha, it is a solid body guitar designed for travel and would take a crowbar to warp and I don't worry about the guy in the room next door hearing me butcher "Lyin' Eyes" again.

Now, If I could only figure out how to play a barre chord......
 

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gutshotdraw said:
When I started playing a year ago, going a week at a time without playing was killing any chance I had at being the next Clapton (as if). I decided on the Yamaha steel string travel model in a soft gig bag.

The closer to the deal was when the Guitar Center salesman produced a letter from the TSA stating that musical instruments DO NOT count against your "one carry-on and one personal item" limit when passing through the security checkpoint. The airline, however, is under no obligation to allow you on board with three items. Since I airline up to six times a month (!!??!!), I go through security with roll-aboard, chart case, and guitar (whether in uniform or not) and then gate check the large roll-aboard if the gate agent asks me to (about 60%). I WILL NEVER check the guitar and it fits in every overhead bin flying including EMB and Canadair RJ's and fits perfectly in the forward lav of the G-IV.

The other nice thing about the Yamaha, it is a solid body guitar designed for travel and would take a crowbar to warp and I don't worry about the guy in the room next door hearing me butcher "Lyin' Eyes" again.

Now, If I could only figure out how to play a barre chord......
The Steinberger is very similar...... Built like a tank and not too bad to play. Mine took a spill off the jumpseat at V1, and landed on the top of the neck!!!! I thought for sure that it'd have a crack somewhere, but when I got to the hotel, it was not only in perfect condition, it was still in tune...... It is the only guitar I own that will ever travel in a gig bag......
 
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