#1
I'm putting my guitar in checked baggage for when I fly to Japan tomorrow morning (From the US). I have an extremely good hard case that the guitar fits in snuggly.

1. I see some people say that I should loosen my strings. Is this necessary with a hard case? Its no hassle I guess

2. Anything else I should do? I have one of those small humidifiers but I've never used one.

EDIT: Its acoustic
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#2
Contact the airline and see if it'd be a possibility that you carry the guitar onboard with you. A guitar would be an easy thing for some unscrupulous baggage handler to walk off with, and some of those guys aren't too careful with the luggage.
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#3
i think it will be all right since you have a hard case. i doubt that u can carry it on.
#4
try and carry it on, just to be on the safe side. They should let you, I've known several mates do it. If not, a hard case should be fine and you shouldn't need to loosen the strings (or at least, I can't think of a reason why you should)
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#5
Preferably you would have a flightcase. The sturdiest hard case might not be enough for the trip.
#6
lossen the strings because the alttitude will expand the wood and if your strings are tight it some times snap your fretboard and neck of your guitar in half.
#7
Really?? That surprises me to be honest.

Firstly I can't think of any reason why altitude would cause wood to expand and secondly, I would have thought you're strings would break before the neck and fretboard would snap.
#8
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Really?? That surprises me to be honest.

Firstly I can't think of any reason why altitude would cause wood to expand and secondly, I would have thought you're strings would break before the neck and fretboard would snap.

Gotta agree. Especially on the last point. No string for a guitar can be strong enough to break a neck, or any other part of the guitar, in half. If so, better use that stuff for some knunchucks or something.
#9
I've taken my guitar on several flights (although none over-seas... there and back to winnipeg twice, there and back from california, and also vancouver [from toronto]), and they've never let me carry it on. I make sure it gets one of those fragile stickers (although that almost certainly makes no differnce...), downtune the strings, and I wrap it in a few towels to keep it form moving around inside the case (a bath towel at the headstock to fill that space inside the case, and a smaller towel/pillowcase around the body). I've never had any problems.

That being said, stuff can shift during flight a lot more on an overseas flight, so a flight case would be ideal, but if not, just take regular precautions..