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1. Posted by rwright (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

has anyone done any travelling taking an acoustic guitar with them? i really want to take mine with me, but dont know if itd cause too many problems or not! any suggestions/advice please...

2. Posted by theusual (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My friend that I was touring on bike with had one attached to the side of the bike. Amazingly enough through bumps, trails and accidents it made it out without a scratch.

The question is how weighted down are you? If you just have the backpack the guitar won't be a problem.

Take your chances or else take one that you could afford to lose, not the one that signed by so and so and was give to you by.... you get the point.

If we do end up travelling together... I request some song and dance.

Till then...

3. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I travelled with his Maton Acoustic around Europe - he simply can't live without it! It was a pain at times, but he wouldn't have been himself if he couldn't play most evenings, plus I got the benefit of listening

I think it really comes down to how often you plan on moving locations and how desperate you get without having a guitar on hand.... If you're planning on stopping and working for long periods along the way, then take it. Just make sure you invest in a good, lockable, case or take a guitar that you don't mind getting a few nicks and bumps in. it agian sam!

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I travelled with a guitar for about a year in NZ and Asia. I didn't find it a problem, but ditched it before I headed to India because I just got sick of lugging it around.
What I had was a cheap pawn shop 3/4 classical that I bought for about 40 bucks in Christchurch. I didn't care if it got distroyed and it was small enough to lug around. I didn't have a case but strapped it to the back of my backback with a bungy cord. I was really glad I had it most of the time. I often got to entertain myself while I was hitchiking in NZ or sitting on a beach in Thailand, and it was a great way to meet people in hostels. So when I was travelling by myself, the benifits of having it definelty outweight the inconvenience of carrying it. At the same time, I'm pretty glad that I didn't have to lug it around in India when I was trying to fit into crowded public buses and trains.

5. Posted by rwright (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thanks for all the feedback :)
i think buying a cheap one is a good idea so if it does become too annoying then its not a big deal to ditch it.
One more question..... has anyone had problems with the wood warping in hot countries? and would humidity mess up the pickup in an electric/acoustic?

6. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, definelty buy a cheap ass guitar that you don't mind leaving behind or losing if it's stolen or distroyed. Again, like I said before, if you can, go with a 3/4 size. They are easier to carry around, and really, they sound good enough for your purposes when on the road and work well for entertaining small groups at a hostel or campfire or whatever.
I wouldn't bother with gettting an electric one. How often do you really think you'll have the opportunity to plug it in? If you are into playing at pubs or something, then I'm sure there will be a guitar and amp that you can borrow.
I've never had a problem with warping wood, but as I said, I had a cheap guitar that I didn't really care about. Those little 3/4 are not good quality, but they are built pretty solid and after over a year of it being strapped to my backpack it sounded fine and hardly had a scratch on it. I'm guessing that a larger, higher quality guitar that is built with more precision will feel the effects of warping more.

Another thing - if you happen to be heading to Thailand as a first stop on your trip, there are tons of cheap guitars on offer for good prices on Kao San Road. Many of them are small since their target market is travellers.

7. Posted by rwright (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thanks Degolasse, the guitar ive already got is an acoustic/electric which is why i asked about that :)
Thailand is my first stop so thats a really good idea to get one there!How cheap is cheap for a guitar there?...
I used to have a 3/4 size guitar and actually prefer that size so will definitly try to get hold of one of those.

8. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was having the same thoughts the last time I travelled and I decided against it. I guess the things you have to way up are how long you are travelling for, how you will be getting around and what accommodation you will be staying in. (And of course how addicted you are to your guitar).

The reason I decided against it was because I was going to be on the road for at least 3 months and couldn't think of anything worse than lugging a guitar around on buses and trains for that long. (I've had experience with my surfboard).

The other reason was because I stayed in hostels most of the time and didn't really have the opportunity to play - I knew from previous experience that coming back to my hostel and having to listen to someone else strum their guitar for an hour really put me off. One of the things you have to remember is that most other people don't actually enjoy listening to you play your guitar - which means if you are staying in hostels, you are probably going to have very little time to use it.

Hope that wasn't too negative, as I said at the beginning it depends on a few different reasons - if I was travelling around in my own car or van for example, then I would definitely bring it along as a car brings security, privacy and makes it easy to transport.

9. Posted by rwright (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

well i'll be travelling for at least a year, but don't really know what kind of accommodation i'll be in. totally understand what you mean about playing in hostels though! im going through stheast asia and india so will be using public transport which could make things abit difficult i guess. ahh decisions decisions...

10. Posted by spank18 (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey there,

I definetly think you should should just buy and sell them as you go. They are dead cheap and you will not have to worry about luging them. You will be able to pick one up anywhere you go! Happy travelling!