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« on: May 31, 2012, 04:34:34 PM »

I've been teaching myself electric guitar for a few months and I'm needing to take it on a flight in a couple weeks.

For those experienced, do you use a case and check it or what's the best way to travel with it. I'm concerned I check it and when I pick it up at baggage claim its damaged.

I don't have a case yet either so I'll take advice on that too. Its a BC Rich warlock, rather inexpensive, paid $200 for it a few months ago. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2012, 04:49:21 PM »

I recommend this way....
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012, 05:03:06 PM »

Quote from: Xmann on May 31, 2012, 04:34:34 PM

I've been teaching myself electric guitar for a few months and I'm needing to take it on a flight in a couple weeks.

For those experienced, do you use a case and check it or what's the best way to travel with it. I'm concerned I check it and when I pick it up at baggage claim its damaged.

I don't have a case yet either so I'll take advice on that too. Its a BC Rich warlock, rather inexpensive, paid $200 for it a few months ago. 

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You will have to check it based on size. You'll definitely need a hard case. Just assume it's being thrown and kicked around when you're buying your case. slywink

If it were a seriously expensive guitar, I'd ship it UPS/FedEx to your destination instead.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012, 05:10:18 PM »

If you take it on a plane, make sure to loosen the strings because they react to the change in pressure.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 06:02:15 PM »

You might be able to get the airline to let you stow it in the coat closet... call your airline and check.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2012, 06:34:39 PM »

I'm wondering if it would be better to take it to my local shop and have them box it up securely and have them ship it for me?
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012, 07:01:41 PM »

Is this just a one time thing or do you see yourself flying with your guitar more times in the coming years?
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2012, 07:34:23 PM »

Get a window seat and start writing lyrics.  Because you never know.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2012, 04:11:57 AM »

Yeah, just don't fly United slywink
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2012, 04:45:27 AM »

Quote from: Rumpy on June 01, 2012, 04:11:57 AM

Yeah, just don't fly United slywink

I'd say that's a given, guitar or otherwise. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2012, 03:49:19 PM »

More flying. The deal is that I'm taking a 3 month work assignment in Hawaii that might turn into a year on different islands in Hawaii so potentially numerous flights.

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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2012, 04:01:30 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2012, 04:05:38 PM »

Quote from: Xmann on June 01, 2012, 03:49:19 PM

More flying. The deal is that I'm taking a 3 month work assignment in Hawaii that might turn into a year on different islands in Hawaii so potentially numerous flights.

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I'd say buy a good hard case, then.
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2012, 10:57:03 PM »

Quote from: Laner on May 31, 2012, 06:02:15 PM

You might be able to get the airline to let you stow it in the coat closet... call your airline and check.

I don't believe this is possible any longer due to TSA regulations.  Hooray.

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Quote from: Rumpy on June 01, 2012, 04:11:57 AM

Yeah, just don't fly United slywink

I'd say that's a given, guitar or otherwise. 

United loves me, and I love them.  I don't understand why you peasants have issues. slywink
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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2012, 02:05:48 AM »

Shit, someone already made a flying V joke/ reference..and I thought I was gonna be clever! paranoid
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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2012, 11:40:06 PM »

If it's a bolt on neck (2 bills, it should be), take the neck off, box it up and you should be able to carry it on the plane and stow it in the overhead bin.
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