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1. Posted by T.J. (Full Member 85 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

has anyone travelled with a guitar before? any points / negative a bout luggage etc

2. Posted by Linger (Full Member 59 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Unless you can confirm with the airlines that they allow you to carry the guitar as hand lugagge or your guitar comes with a hard case - don't do it.

I was on flight back from London to Kuala Lumpur when I saw a very angry passenger with a guitar broken in two even though there was a 'fragile' sticker on its bag.

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If its a good expensive one, or has sentimental value, I wouldn't.

Its lovely when someone has a guitar (if they can play!) but you've got to carry the wretched thing somehow!

4. Posted by Brance (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I did some traveling in africa with a guitar, it was nice to have but often drew unnecessary attention, especially when i was in a rush and someone either wanted me to play it or they themselves wanted to. Also most of the small local transports would charge me extra because of the size. I've seen "Backpackers" guitars which have good sound quality and are easier to carry, that might be an option if you're not willing to go to long without strumming some strings.
good luck

5. Posted by T.J. (Full Member 85 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

yer i defo need a guitar to play -its gona be a light electric bowl acoustic so it isnt very heavy ive just got to lug it round with me everywhere - thanks for your advise but i think im gona enquire with the airlines as i am flying to califnornia / fiji / nz / oz / singapore / bangkok then bak to london so im gona have to sortthat out seen as tho itl be lodsa diff companies - im worried about the whole 'lemme have a go thing' and taking it around with me but in all fairness the tours i am on will sort accom before doin nething neway - or so ive bin told - has neone had any nightmare experiences?
(btw i cant wait to play my acoustic on some beach in fiji or sumit plus wots a group campfire without a guitar eh? )
cheers neway!!!!

6. Posted by adamshane (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm starting to think about getting one of those backpacker guitars for a year+ RTW backpacking trip. I'm gonna try to pack light, but I think the extra weight/size may be worth writing music in an isolated paradise, or making friends and communicating w ppl who can't speak English. Does anybody have any experience with them?

Although they have one of my favorite acoustic brands, Martin: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/home/navigation?q=backpacker+guitar ... I've seen other brands on ebay including soft cases for less than $25.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ive met a whole heap of backpackers travelling with their guitars. I gravitate to them light a bee to a honeyjar. Its so nice when you happen to be stuck in a bus station or something and someone starts strumming away beside you. Most of them guarded them like babies, slept with them in their arms on busses for fear of having them robbed...so I suppose they can be a bit cumbersome..but totally worth it, id say.

I miss my piano severely since leaving home. :(