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 Post subject: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:12 am 

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Insurance? Flight case? I've personally never had to take a guitar on a flight so any experience and or advice would be helpful

I've seen those assholes throw luggage around so I'm spooked.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:32 pm 
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Zero wrote:
Insurance? Flight case? I've personally never had to take a guitar on a flight so any experience and or advice would be helpful

I've seen those assholes throw luggage around so I'm spooked.



I bought a pretty indestructible flight case but even still I would recommend insurance. Your best bet is to soft-case it and carry it on....works about 80% of time.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:01 pm 
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But then 20% of the time they're making you check an instrument in a soft case.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:42 pm 
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Best advice: Don't fly Gibsons or any guitar with a pitched headstock.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:10 pm 

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sorry, just now saw the post.

for future reference I found that Southwest Airlines to be quite carry-on guitar friendly whether it is in a gig bag or ohsc. I never had an ATA case but if you got that it will be fine in the hold, thus the "ATA" grade of case. I have shipped heads in an ATA case with no prob.

do not check a guitar in a gig bag. ever. dont gamble.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:47 pm 
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Always have your gear insured. I recommend MusicPro.

1. Detune the strings.
2. Have your name/contact info painted/inscribed on the case somewhere. Those tags can and will fall off.
3. The only time I've ever gate-checked a case, they lost it. Also learned about advice #2 cause the only reason I got it back was the single Eric Tessmer Band sticker on the case. They tracked him down online (I was on a tour with another band). Had the case been covered in stickers, I never would have seen it again.

Also when gate-checking, they confiscated my $25 Leatherman multi-tool. I was planning on leaving it with my luggage, but the lady at the gate insisted I wouldn't have any problems.

Boy was she wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:18 am 

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Most guitars are not that aerodynamic, Flying V don't fly as well as the name implies.
My advice....an air plane is still a better way to fly unless copious amounts of drugs are involved.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice for flying with a guitar
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:19 pm 
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Neighbor664 wrote:
Most guitars are not that aerodynamic, Flying V don't fly as well as the name implies.
My advice....an air plane is still a better way to fly unless copious amounts of drugs are involved.


Ditto.
You can still fly without a guitar

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