#1
My mum and sister are going to America at the end of this year, and i've always wanted a Gibson Les Paul Custom. As guitars are cheaper in the U.S.... Is it worth me giving them the money and asking them to bring it back in their luggage?

Assuming they wont have to pay the import tax. (Will they?)

Would a long flight (U.S to UK) damage it at all in flight case?
#3
They will have to pay customs unless they can get past claiming they took it out with them.

And yes it will get damaged in a specialised case.... /sarcasm
#4
I just flew from the U.S. to France with my guitar in a flight case, and it was fine. I don't know anything about taxes though.
#6
I think that if you take it with you and say you got it used you won't need to pay tax. As much as i've done travelling with a guitar, i've always taken mine up into the plane and given it to a stewardess who usually stores it in this cupboard where business class people put their suits and coats.
#7
my bass made it from Leipzig to russia fine...

no taxe that i know uf...

but you knoew those sneaky USer bastards
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#8
Hmm... Do they weigh yr baggage and check its the same weight on the way back? Was thinking they could check in a flight case i buy here, then bring the guitar back in it.
#9
Remember take the strings off, the cabin pressure can warp the neck if the strings are on.
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Remember take the strings off, the cabin pressure can warp the neck if the strings are on.


Excellent piece of info.

And if the guitar is a carry on it's pretty much safe. If you cant fit it in the compartment on top of everyon else's stuff, they will usually put it in the in cabin stand up closet. It is possible to, in the USA anyway, refuse to let it be checked at the gate. Usually if you are polite they will be understanding.
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#11
i once flew from melbourne to perth in australia and when i got to perth (my guitar was in an ibanez HARDCASE) my guitar had NO headstock and one of my single coils didnt work, F*** Quantas haha
#12
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i once flew from melbourne to perth in australia and when i got to perth (my guitar was in an ibanez HARDCASE) my guitar had NO headstock and one of my single coils didnt work, F*** Quantas haha



It's not Qantas' fault, all baggage basically gets scanned in one huge underground area and sometimes you're just unlucky enough to get one of your pickups killed by the bomb scanning machines, I've taken my guitar through countless times overseas and nothing bad has ever happened.
#13
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They will have to pay customs unless they can get past claiming they took it out with them.

And yes it will get damaged in a specialised case.... /sarcasm



They can't claim this.

When you go on a flight you're luggage is weighted and is saved on a digital document. When you fly back (i'm not sure whether the same airline matters) their will be a message pop-up that the weight is different from when they came into the country, and they might be checking ur stuff.

also the number of bags, an guitar would require an extra bag case, which would also pop up on the digital document.

The reason why you get through sometimes, is because they work in a profit way. If the time it costs to check ur stuff costs more then the tax being paid over, they let you through.

So you just have to be lucky your parents fly back when there are other people with more weight difference flying.

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#15
Yes. I took a guitar back with me as hand luggage on Air India. Didn't have to pay import tax because the people weren't there when we got back. Less than half price.

Had a guitar sent over from my uncle in New Jersey. Paid import tax. Half price, exactly.
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#16
for a gibson which will probably be 1000 dollars plus, you'll have to pay import taxes yes...not sure how much though...I bought an epiphone les paul in the US because the Dollar was so week compared to the euro...I saved almost 200 euros...they pulled us out at the customs but they couldn't prove that we bought it in the US...so I got off lucky...mainly because my bro had his expensive bass with him and my mom could prove that we bought that one in Germany...I wouldn't risk it, the consequences can be harsh.
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