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    I'm going to be flying from Southern California to Minnesota and Wisconsin at the end of March to gig at two casinos. Amp and PA are provided, so I only need to bring my mic, guitar, multi-effects pedal and appropriate cables.

    I'm concerned about how to get a guitar on the plane. I've seen passengers with guitar gig bags wandering through the airports, but never have actually seen a gig bag on a plane.

    I was thinking of removing a bolt-on neck and putting the neck and body in a carry-on bag, then reassembling when I get to the other end. I figured out that a neck that is less than 25" from top of headstock to bottom of fingerboard wii fit in a 22" case if angled from corner to corner.

    Has anybody ever done this? Any other suggestions for air travel with a guitar by those who have successfully done so?
    Michael D. www.mdlmusic.webs.com "I'm tired of rock-and-rolling Let's get married, Honey, let's go bowling" --Martin Mull

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    MDLMUSIC wrote:
    I'm going to be flying from Southern California to Minnesota and Wisconsin at the end of March to gig at two casinos. Amp and PA are provided, so I only need to bring my mic, guitar, multi-effects pedal and appropriate cables.

    I'm concerned about how to get a guitar on the plane. I've seen passengers with guitar gig bags wandering through the airports, but never have actually seen a gig bag on a plane.

    I was thinking of removing a bolt-on neck and putting the neck and body in a carry-on bag, then reassembling when I get to the other end. I figured out that a neck that is less than 25" from top of headstock to bottom of fingerboard wii fit in a 22" case if angled from corner to corner.

    Has anybody ever done this? Any other suggestions for air travel with a guitar by those who have successfully done so?

    we do it all the time.   walk on with the guitar and put it in the overhead baggage compartment.  We fly southwest.   My ata keyboard case goes as baggage.   I assume you can do it on other airlines as well.

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    • daddymack
      daddymack commented
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      Check with the airline ahead of time. I have been able to walk on with a guitar, and have had to check it as well. Sometimes they may make you 'gate check' it, and sometimes thay have a tall closet near the flight deck for hanging 1st class passengers suits/coats.


      Plus the recent debacle about the vintage 335 getting munched by Delta's gorillas [http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Cool-Jam/another-guitar-torn-up/m-p/34608954#U34608954 ], and of course the classic 'United breaks guitars' video are enough to say prepare ahead!

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