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is evil...Evil Joe
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Hey, I just wondered if anyone could help me out?

I'm moving out to France soon and I'm planning on taking a guitar with me. I'm flying out there with a cheap airline and wondered what the best way to get my guitar across safely would be?

I've heard horror stories about guitars getting broken when checked in as baggage and wondered if there are better ways that I should consider like freight or something or whether its just a case of making sure the guitar is packed properly..?

Any advice would be great :)


Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:00 pm
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read the airline policy and see if you can get your guitar on board.
if not, read the manual that came with your guitar / guitar case, it should have instructions of flying.
make sure you have a very good case, hiscox or something like it.
get clarification on insurances.

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Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:31 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12WFZq2__0

Skip to about 1:00 (or watch the whole video). We're allowed to carry guitars onboard.

http://www.taylorguitars.com/news/NewsDetail.aspx?id=99

Personally I would attempt to carry my guitar with me to keep it safe.

EDIT: Oops didn't notice you were located in England, I don't know anything about your airport policies, so this might not work.

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Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:43 pm
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is evil...Evil Joe
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Hey again, thanks for your advice!

That taylor video was really interesting and i looked into it but the airline i'm going on only lets you take a guitar on board if you buy an extra seat!!
Looks like i'm just going to have to get a good hardcase and make sure its packed properly..


Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:00 pm
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I've heard about a couple of guys in another forum who just talked to the flight crew (a stewardess or something) and had success with that.
the crew has got extra loading space aboard and if you explain yourself and tell them about how important this instrument is to you, you might be successfull too.

other than that; I suggest taking the neck off if you play a bolt on.
the neck is what usually breaks first... ;)


Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:39 pm
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Don't fly united.

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pgm992 wrote:
Don't fly united.


+1 hah

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Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:31 am
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Haha, i think that pleading with the flight staff sounds like a good idea! :D

Cheers!


Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:06 pm
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