Les Backshall wrote:Not a problem in the cabin, it's pressurised and climate controlled.
A more likely issue is whether you can actually take it on board as hand luggage, despite what you have been told. I know John Zaradin, who plays on cruise ships and flies all over the place to meet up with them, had a shorter bodied guitar/case made especially, because the standard size wouldn't fit in many of the overhead lockers. So I would check this out; you wouldn't want to get to the airport and be told your guitar has to go in the hold.
Mickey85 wrote: I've checked with the airline and they are cool with me bringing it onboard just as long as it's my carry on luggage.
TanamĂˇ wrote: ...The problem there is the cargo handlers ....
TanamĂˇ wrote:I do travel a lot. Normally, the guitar should fit in the overhead compartments or in the coat racks. The main problem during the flight is the humidity, or the lack of it. As such a humidor will help. Try to have a wet sponge inside a plastic bag in the case; now if you can put the bag inside the soundhole better. Normally, the rougher cheaper guitars (those with laminate sides) will be more tolerant of the sudden temperature and humidity changes associated to air travel.
I've also had to check the guitar with the luggage. The problem there is the cargo handlers and the fact the temperature in the cargo compartments is not well controlled. In this case make sure the agent labels the case with some "Fragile" stickers. I've never had a problem with either option. Traveling with a beater guitar is the way to go.
If you travel from warm temperatures to a wintery weather, certainly the thermal/hygroscopic shock upon landing, could create more damage to the instrument than the commercial travel event. Crazed finish, bent neck, protuding fret ends, and swells in the soundboard are some possible consequences of not protecting the instrument.
TanamĂˇ wrote:Mickey, I am an airline pilot, not a guitar player. I travel all over the world with my guitar, therefore I do have plenty of experience in this airline travel endeavor. First, as LVR also mentioned use a travel guitar. The high quality guitars are very feeble to the extremes of temperature and humidity changes, as compared to the more rugged laminated/beater types, trust me on this one. Second, upon landing try to protect your guitar case from any thermal shocks, there is nothing you can do about humidity shocks. For example, stay in an air conditioned area as opposed to venturing outside to wait for your ride. Third, in the hotel/house you are going to stay make sure it has a good temperature. Fourth, keep a good hydration source close to the guitar in a cold climate. I use a plastic bag with holes on the top and a wet sponge inside which I place in the soundhole. In the hotels, I also keep a moist towel close to the guitar and fill the tub with hot water from the shower. Follow these practices and you should have no major problems.
Enjoy your trip,
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