Taking a Guitar -- Carry On or Check In?

Jun 21st, 2003, 06:15 PM
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Taking a Guitar -- Carry On or Check In?

Does anyone know if you must check your guitar in with your other luggage, or if you can take it as a carry on? Also, if anyone has taken a guitar and checked it in, were there any issues regarding theft or damage? Thanks for your help.
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Jun 21st, 2003, 06:20 PM
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Call the airline to find out their rules. If you do check, make sure to get a receipt for the guitar in case it "disappears" in transit.
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Jun 21st, 2003, 07:01 PM
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If you can take guitar as carry on will you play it on plane?
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Jun 21st, 2003, 08:25 PM
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My son always had his checked, it was in a metal case.
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Jun 21st, 2003, 10:44 PM
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Hirochei, I could, but I wouldn't want to ruin everyone's vacation before it even got started!
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Jun 21st, 2003, 10:47 PM
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If you play it on the plane I can't help but think of the scene in Animal House where Buluchi grabs the guitar and smashes it.
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Jun 21st, 2003, 11:04 PM
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That was good, but try doing it with a Fender Telecaster. Even Peter Townsend would have had trouble with that!
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 02:09 AM
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My brother always travels with a guitar (acoustic; sometimes full size, sometimes 'travel size') and always carries it on. Never more than a slight bit of trouble. When eyebrows are raised, he says he has a concert the day after he is arriving (sometimes true) and can't afford to have it lost in transit or damaged. Always works. He is, by the way, always charming and persuasive, and never loses his temper at check-in.
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 07:25 AM
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INtersting thread. I suspect it's allowed (carry on) on a case by case basis only. One of my fave instrumental guitarists Adrian Legg plays a custom electric guitar in his touring shows. He often plays small venues and takes questions/requests from the audience. When asked about his guitar (which is shorter than a normal guitsar like a Fender or Gibson), he advised that it was custom built to fit into airline overhead carry on bins. I'm guessing that there must be flights on which it simply isn't allowed of he went to this length to be sure he could carry it on.
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 07:32 AM
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Hi,

I'm curious as to why you want to bring a guitar with you.
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 08:30 AM
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Ira,
American made guitars (i.e. Gibson and some Fenders) cost quite a bit more in England than they do in the States. Not that they're all that cheap here! It's a birthday present for a friend, although I do intend to play it at his home.
Years ago, I took an acoustic over when I was moving there, and it was destroyed in the belly of the plane.
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Jun 22nd, 2003, 08:49 AM
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Thanks surfergirl,

I guess jenviolin has the right idea.
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