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    Packing your Musicmans to Fly

    Going to be in UK for 4 months next week, looking for advice to pack 2 of my musicmans to be checked in.. Any help/suggestions would be great! Thank you!! to be specific its a Silo and a JP
    JP15 in Sahara Burst DOB 10/May/2016
    JPXI in Onyx Black DOB 30/October/2013
    JP7 2007LE in Blue Dawn DOB 03/July/2007
    JP6 in Lava Pearl DOB 06/October/2009
    Silhouette in Blue Pearl DOB 05/April/2011
    JP7 in Red Pearl Burst DOB 12/August/2003
    BFR JP6 in Trans Black DOB 05/May/2011

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    Hi there !
    Some companies allow you to bring an instrument on board, if it does not exceed certain sizes, I was able to bring a guitar with its gigbag on board with KLM and Lufthansa.

    If you already have a hand baggage you can't take the guitar on board. I traveled a couple of times with my MusicMan as a "normal" baggage. I just put it inside the case, loosed the strings a little bit to ensure the neck didn't suffer much tension, put some of that plastic with funny airball and I was done. Everything arrived at destination with no issues!

    Be sure the flight company don't make pay extra cost to bring the instrument with you.
    Ciao!
    Marcello

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    Mate there are a few things I always do before flying...

    1) Back off the strings slightly so there isn't too much pressure on the neck.
    2) Pad the case well, in particular the headstock and heal so they don't rub.
    3) Make sure you mark it fragile.

    If possible you may be able to carry it on the plane but it's unlikely you'll get two onboard without checking them. Use hard cases if you have them.

    4) Cross fingers.
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    im thinking, having the case in a shipping box would be safer yes? only bulkier..
    JP15 in Sahara Burst DOB 10/May/2016
    JPXI in Onyx Black DOB 30/October/2013
    JP7 2007LE in Blue Dawn DOB 03/July/2007
    JP6 in Lava Pearl DOB 06/October/2009
    Silhouette in Blue Pearl DOB 05/April/2011
    JP7 in Red Pearl Burst DOB 12/August/2003
    BFR JP6 in Trans Black DOB 05/May/2011

    www.youtube.com/dhalif

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    I've checked a couple of guitars through to the UK in their MM HS cases in the past few years with no issues (whew!), and will be doing the same next month with one of my SR5s. I didn't lock the cases as "they" want to be able to open them up and take a look, at will. The thought of busted latches on the case was, frankly, scarier than the alternative.

    It's a bit like going through one of those airport "farewells" with an old friend, but the cases do the job extremely well and you should have no problem meeting your amigo at the other end......
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    I have flown domestically and internationally with many different guitars. I have one rule:

    #1 - Never, ever, ever let the guitar out of my sight.

    I will never ever check a guitar. There is always room in the cabin to put guitars (especially on larger aircraft which fly internationally). A standard EBMM case will always fit in an overhead bin on larger aircraft, if other storage areas are taken. Check with your airline, but every airline I've ever flown has some kind of "oversize" or "musical instrument" baggage exceptions which allows you to bring it on board.

    To me, it is not worth the risk of having the guitar damaged. Airlines are notorious for not covering damages like these.

    Case and point:
    ‪United Breaks Guitars‬‏ - YouTube
    Last edited by the24thfret; 08-02-2011 at 11:32 AM.
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    When Slav shipped my SS to me it was in it's standard MM case, padded with couple of T-shirts, in a cardboard box the same size as the hard case (i.e. no other padding). The guitar arrived not only intact but in-tune. So here's my question...

    Do we really think that the shipping guys treat stuff any better than the baggage handlers?

    Remember, I've worked in a warehouse shipping guitars, I've seen UPS guys throw packages (with guitars in!) and put 4x12 speaker cabs on top of packages (with guitars in!) marked FRAGILE in BIG RED LETTERS.

    Whatever you do, if you can't get your guitar in the cabin with you, get it insured and make sure you comply with whatever regulations are needed for you to make the claim. But really, would it not be OK just checking the guitar in it's standard MM case?
    Last edited by DrKev; 08-02-2011 at 12:11 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbake1 View Post
    All manufacturer's I am aware of ship their axes in the case under normal string tension.
    True!
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    yeah ive been stopped many times about having it as carry ons.. pretty nervous to check the babies in... gahh killing me inside.. lol
    JP15 in Sahara Burst DOB 10/May/2016
    JPXI in Onyx Black DOB 30/October/2013
    JP7 2007LE in Blue Dawn DOB 03/July/2007
    JP6 in Lava Pearl DOB 06/October/2009
    Silhouette in Blue Pearl DOB 05/April/2011
    JP7 in Red Pearl Burst DOB 12/August/2003
    BFR JP6 in Trans Black DOB 05/May/2011

    www.youtube.com/dhalif

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    They've never stopped me from bringing it on a plane. I insist. Usually I have to argue. But I always get my way.
    JP Dargie Delight Too G39071 born 9.25.09
    JP10 G49552 born on youtube? 3.24.10

    My dream EBMM: a Dargie JPX with unfinished RW neck, oversized martini inlays, and Gamechanger

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