01-23-2013 12:12 PM
01-23-2013 12:17 PM
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.
01-23-2013 12:32 PM - edited 01-23-2013 12:34 PM
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-
01-23-2013 05:24 PM
my LP case was short enough to carry on and put overheard.
04-25-2013 03:47 PM
I've done the neck removal trick... seems someone ought to get smart with some sort of special bolts rather than screws to turn teles into travel guitars.
Back to subject... I fly back and forth from Asia at least once a year, so can only speak to that. Eva air told me once they prefered me to carry on my guitar, to avoid responsibility if it got banged/broken in baggage. I always get at least one guitar to haul back. This trip will be a Yamaha AC3R acoustic. Only one time did I get a slight hassle about carrying it from security. Always go in the closets (747s may have more closet space?). Just don't forget it after a long haul when all rummy dummy.
HarmonyCentral.com is the leading Internet resource for musicians, supplying valuable information from news and product reviews, to classified ads and chat rooms.