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#2
Put it in a hardcase?
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#3
Solid case, and check with your airline if you can take it in the cabin, some airlines have a thing for musicians where you pay a bit more for a seat and you get one seat next to the other so you can put your instrument there. Not every airline does this though. If not, I would get the best hard case, that you can afford, and hope the baggage handlers aren't pricks.
#4
Put it in a properly fitted hard case and hope the baggage guys don't throw it around too much. Also cases like that are often subject to inspection so it's quite likely airport security/customs will open the case and check out what's inside. If they happen to knock the guitar against a table or something when they do that there's nothing you can do, they're not considered liable.
#5
Quote by DarkWaysLight
simple:
how do i take my guitar on an airplane without it breaking.

Don't!
Take it to a UPS Store have them pack it, and ship it to where ever you're going...

I've seen guitars broken in half packed in Airline approved flight cases... Handlers see that coming down the conveyer, and it's like a challenge to them... (I'm speculating of course...)

If you must.. then get a Airline approved flight case, tape it shut, lock it, and pray...
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#6
Don't tape it shut. That will just give customs/security more reason to be suspicious and get in your case.
#7
I used to travel with a guitar as a carry on all the time. I'd usually put it in a gig bag and store it in the overhead compartment. It usually fit just fine along with other carry on bags, and the flight attendants usually don't give you too much shit.

The only worry you have is some mindless cranky bitch trying to ram her suitcase into it thinking she can somehow alter the laws of matter and fit her suitcase into the already full overhead compartment, and won't accept the fact that it won't fit even if you tell her that it won't (true story, guitar wasn't damaged thankfully).

Of course, it also depends on airline policies.
#8
My church's music minister is a prominent Christian rock performer, and has to travel with his guitar quite frequently, including out of the country. Even though I help out in the ministry, I'm not the nosy type, but we have crossed paths in airports a couple of times.

So I know he always takes his in the cabin. I don't know if he's buying extra seats or if airlines have special deals, but he absolutely does not take chances with it going in the plane's hold.

And that's with the $1000 "beater" he bought so he wouldn't risk his good guitars.
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#9
Either bring it on as a carry on, or buy a TSA case. No other options for a plane.

This is a good case http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/gator-ata-polyethylene-electric-guitar-case
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#10
depends a les paul hard case is very small (ie - not a huge rectangle case like a fender) and can fit in sa lot of overheads.

i have taken my les paul on 4-5 small regional airplanes and it fit overhead. sometimes i would write the airplane model number down so if i every took that flight again i knew exactly if the aircraft could hold my guitar overhead.

that way you can look the flight attendant in the ee and say "my guitar fit on THIS EXACT PLANE before"
#11
Quote by grohl1987
Don't tape it shut. That will just give customs/security more reason to be suspicious and get in your case.


Yea..I stand corrected... I agree.. times change fast.. they will want to open it..
just hope they close it back up properly..
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#12
i actually took my guitar through security many times and they never opened it.

trust me, TSA wont do anything bad to your guitar. its the baggage handlers that will have a field day throwing your shit down those conveyor belts or unknowingly put the heaviest trunk on the plane on top of your guitar when it rides up the tram into the cargo hold.

ship or carry on. i carry on. i paid 86 bucks for shipping once. the box came to me looking like a piece of tinfoil. thank god my hard case did all the work.

you can trust anybody but yourself. if its not in your hands, your at risk.
#13
I have traveled 3 times with guitars now, and each time i've done so i always carry it onboard with me as a carry-on, if a flight attendant or someone tells me anything i just tell them that i called that same day the airline phone number and they told me it was ok, of course i did call the airline number to prove it if they want to see the call on my phone, but still i just talk about nonsense when i do and just tell the flight attendant to it in their closet and you pick it up as you leave the flight.

No problem whatsoever with it and through security nobody tells you nothing about it, actually i have fun with them when they ask "Is it a Gibson?" and i go "It's not a Gibson but it's my good ol' trusty Les Paul i got in there" hehehe.
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#14
Put in in a flight care and stick a starter pistol in the case. Declare the pistol as a checked handgun. Then it has to be checked and treated as a firearm by the airlines and TSA. That means it gets kid-gloves treatment and careful escorting to and from the plane. Obviously check on gun regulations in your destination city first—start pistols that look like regular handguns cannot be carried everywhere. This is a trick photographers use to keep their gear from being damaged/stolen.
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Put in in a flight care and stick a starter pistol in the case. Declare the pistol as a checked handgun. Then it has to be checked and treated as a firearm by the airlines and TSA. That means it gets kid-gloves treatment and careful escorting to and from the plane. Obviously check on gun regulations in your destination city first—start pistols that look like regular handguns cannot be carried everywhere. This is a trick photographers use to keep their gear from being damaged/stolen.


Yea...... not sure I'd do this... Just me...
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#16
Not sure about the US but in Canada carry on luggage sizes are restricted and a standard electric won't pass. If you tried to get on board with it here, it's be checked in as overiszed baggage at the gate which is hand carried by crew to a forward luggage compartment below deck vs the normal system of checking on baggage. WHile I've heard stories that WestJet has allowed guitars on as carry on, it's really at the Flight Crews discretion since it is over sized and I wouldn't take the chance in case I'd forced to check it in without a road case.
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#17
this is a problem thats been bothering me, I live in the UK, my girlfriends parents live in greece where her father is from and her mothers sides german, my sister lives in the states and I also have a lot of family in australia.

I have seen some very strong looking flight cases (think they must be called that for a reason to be honest) but its still got to go through all the conveyors and possibly get thrown around by the handlers so its not guaranteed to keep any of my nice guitars safe. What I have resolved to do next time I go is take the neck off my very cheap (were talking £50) strat which was the first guitar my parents bought me, pack it in my suitcase among all my clothes and put up with something awful that is still better than nothing for the 2 weeks I'm there. OR, get rich enough that I can just buy guitars and have them left all over the world where I'm likely to be staying...
#18
A couple of suggestions.

1. What you should do:
- Buy a FLIGHT case. Not a normal hard shell case, but a FLIGHT CASE.
- Stuff the inside with bubble wrap.
- Write your destination address and home address all over the exterior.

2. What I did:
- Bought the cheapest gig bag from Guitar Center.
- Stuffed the inside with bubble wrap.
- Carried it as hand luggage [Virgin Atlantic allowed this for me. This was in 2009.]
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#19
Many planes have a sort of "storage closet" on-board and if you make arrangements at check-in there's a good chance they'll let you stow it there. I recently flew from Detroit to London, England and this was an option for me. In the end, I actually packed two guitars in a large rolling duffel. They were both bolt-ons so I broke them down and arranged them in the bag, carefully padding them with heavy clothing. Got them all the way to England without a scratch! Good luck!
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#20
Quote by grohl1987
Put it in a properly fitted hard case and hope the baggage guys don't throw it around too much. Also cases like that are often subject to inspection so it's quite likely airport security/customs will open the case and check out what's inside. If they happen to knock the guitar against a table or something when they do that there's nothing you can do, they're not considered liable.

make hell at airports, you'll get it payed for.
#21
Quote by Papabear505
Yea...... not sure I'd do this... Just me...

i put handguns in ALL of my luggage.

just don't load the firearms, have tsa inspect it. they wrap it all up with tape, and have to have certain handlers touch it, because there is a gun in there.


i did this when i was playing paintball nationwide.
#22
Quote by Ashe_Mc
i put handguns in ALL of my luggage.
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#23
Quote by grohl1987
I'm so glad I don't like in America...

and? guns don't kill people. people kill people.
#24
Quote by Ashe_Mc
and? guns don't kill people. people kill people.


QFT

Anyway TS, hope you're getting all the real suggestions out of this. TSA approved case like the one I linked, or a flight case like someone else suggested. Those are safe, responsible options. They can take a beating you wouldn't imagine. Any other type of case, hard or soft, will get destroyed in the cargo hold.
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#25
In '07 I travelled across the U.S. I called the airline, and they suggested the carry on thing. The plane had a closet they kept it in. I had the guitar in a TKL hard case, much like the Gator flight cases.

My daughter also transported her violin the same way a few years back.

Call the airline. You'd be surprised. I've travelled with guitars, guns, and a 5 gallon cooler full of shark meat on ice. The guns and shark meat had to be checked, tho.
#26
Get a good hard plastic flight case with plenty of padding on the inside and bubble wrap the outside a few times.Bubble wrap is the strongest stuff ever invented.
#27
Quote by Ashe_Mc
and? guns don't kill people. people kill people.

Hey.. I'm not a "Take the guns away" freak.. I own guns... have a carry permit.. when I was in law enforcement I carried a gun on a plane... (long time ago) it's just that guns and airlines don't mix these days... IMHO
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#28
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friend you need some good flight/airplane hard cases .

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#29
Just carry it with you. You won't even need a hardcase. If even with hardcase, on plane it will out of tune, and you'll need neck adjustment, and etc. I generally carry my classical guitar on plane everywhere with just a worthless guitar bag, and it didn't even get a single damage.

Btw: If you must, tell while loading your lugages to staff to put a sticker saying it is breakable, so that they make attention to it.
#30
Quote by Papabear505
Hey.. I'm not a "Take the guns away" freak.. I own guns... have a carry permit.. when I was in law enforcement I carried a gun on a plane... (long time ago) it's just that guns and airlines don't mix these days... IMHO

you can't take planes into the cabin dimwit, you put them in the cargo hold and they can't be armed. they have to have managers touch your shit though if there are firearms in the cases.
#31
Quote by cemges
Just carry it with you. You won't even need a hardcase. If even with hardcase, on plane it will out of tune, and you'll need neck adjustment, and etc. I generally carry my classical guitar on plane everywhere with just a worthless guitar bag, and it didn't even get a single damage.

Btw: If you must, tell while loading your lugages to staff to put a sticker saying it is breakable, so that they make attention to it.

i guess you don't know that your supposed to slacken your strings, noob. as in go down a whole octave for no tension.
#33
Quote by Ashe_Mc
i guess you don't know that your supposed to slacken your strings, noob. as in go down a whole octave for no tension.


I've said it before and I'll say it again: no.

I can see absolutely no reason for loosening string tension before you fly, especially if you don't also loosen the truss rod. Also, I've never heard of a single manufacturer or major retailer doing this to their guitars prior to shipping.

I've taken quite a few guitars on planes, both as carry on luggage and in the cargo hold; all were fine (and in tune) after the flight. The only precaution I take when flying is to use something along the lines of a t-shirt or other soft fabric to stuff the case a bit. This is to prevent the guitar from moving around in the case during the flight.
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#34
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and? guns don't kill people. people kill people.

Guns don't kill people. Stupid mother****ers with guns do.
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#35
You know, I always just bring my guitars on board with me. If I bring the Traveler, then it's a no brainer -- it goes in the overhead. But if I bring anything else I simply ask a flight attendant if they could put it in a closet for me. Even on totally packed flights they've been nothing but nice to me and put it in the coat closet...
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#36
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i guess you don't know that your supposed to slacken your strings, noob. as in go down a whole octave for no tension.



Well, dear noob, thanks to meet you. I have never experienced my guitar getting any damage or even getting out of tune , during my world wide visits. Maybe because I have experiences about it?
#37
So what's the deal here? All of a sudden guitars are the same consistency of shampoo bottles and will expand/contract in the cargo hold? Weird -- I didn't know dried wood did that sort of thing. And not only that, but such a massive degree of expansion/contraction that it'll actually damage something if the tension of strings isn't relieved.

It's also remarkable that after this massive metamorphis I never notice anything like cracks, finish checking, de-lamination, glue seperation, inlays displaced, etc.

<------ Noob.
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#38
mmk, take your acoustic guitar, and put it in a cargo hold lets see how it spans out for you.
#40
Not sure if anyone mentioned this already, but loosen the strings for the high altitude if the guitar goes in the air. It'll keep from warping the neck or possibly cracking/breaking the neck. Some guy once told me that when a guitar goes in such high altitudes, it "freezes" in a way and will eventually go downhill from there. How true it is, I don't know. I sent a Jackson RR1 USA overseas to the UK to a guy who added it to his RR collection. It had a nice place in his collection. The guy was cool, too. He used to email me pics of his guitars including the one he bought from me. Haven't heard from him in years, though.

Anyway, just loosen the strings if it's going in the air. Also, I've always heard UPS can be rough with packages, so if you consider UPS or whoever, see about insuring the package so that if they do damage it, you won't be kicking yourself in the ass over a busted up guitar. Either way you go, good luck.
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