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post Jun 23 2009, 03:34 PM
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Hey GMC'ers
I got really bad news today. I am going to go to the US for an exchange year and today the airlie told me that it will overall cost about 450€ to take my guitar there and back again and now I'm looking for a cheap lefthand guitar.
I don't want to spend more than 150-200USD.

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post Jun 23 2009, 03:39 PM
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QUOTE (helo92 @ Jun 23 2009, 04:34 PM) *
Hey GMC'ers
I got really bad news today. I am going to go to the US for an exchange year and today the airlie told me that it will overall cost about 450€ to take my guitar there and back again and now I'm looking for a cheap lefthand guitar.
I don't want to spend more than 150-200USD.


I don't get this 450€ amount, is that shipping or?
I mean, if you are going to US then why don't you carry it with you ON the plane,
like personal stuff? smile.gif


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post Jun 23 2009, 03:43 PM
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Yes if it's yours (not an import or export item) then you shouldn't pay a cent for it. With a case or a gigbag you should be allowed to take it up to the seats!


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post Jun 23 2009, 03:43 PM
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Ich glaube Muris meint du kannst deine Gitarre als Handgepäckstück mitnehmen (in nem Case oder Gigbag). Das kostet dich dann überhaupt nix, aber dafür kannst du halt keinen Rucksack oder so mitnehmen...


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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Jun 23 2009, 04:43 PM) *
Ich glaube Muris meint du kannst deine Gitarre als Handgepäckstück mitnehmen (in nem Case oder Gigbag). Das kostet dich dann überhaupt nix, aber dafür kannst du halt keinen Rucksack oder so mitnehmen...

"I think Muris means that you can take your guitar with you as handlugage (in it's case or gigbag). That shouldn't cost anything, but then you can't take another backpack with you..."

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QUOTE (kaznie_NL @ Jun 23 2009, 04:45 PM) *
"I think Muris means that you can take your guitar with you as handlugage (in it's case or gigbag). That shouldn't cost anything, but then you can't take another backpack with you..."

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QUOTE (kaznie_NL @ Jun 23 2009, 04:45 PM) *
"I think Muris means that you can take your guitar with you as handlugage (in it's case or gigbag). That shouldn't cost anything, but then you can't take another backpack with you..."

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You can take your guitar and one or two extra backpack with you on the plane
IF those backpacks are not too big!
You can have per example your guitar, a laptop and a smaller backpack carrying on your back,
all that might go in but you have to be nice with airport stuff. smile.gif


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I guess it depends on the company. There are some that won't allow you to carry more than 1 piece of luggage in the plane, no matter what. They even have this place were it needs to fit, so that it's not too big.

Then again, others seem to allow guitars and lots of packs on board.

Whenever I fly on vacation I have the same doubt... do I risk bringing a guitar with me? I never dare...


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post Jun 23 2009, 05:49 PM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Jun 23 2009, 04:39 PM) *
I don't get this 450€ amount, is that shipping or?
I mean, if you are going to US then why don't you carry it with you ON the plane,
like personal stuff? smile.gif


they said it isn't possible.

it has to be paid extra 150 for each flight


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post Jun 23 2009, 06:28 PM
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QUOTE (helo92 @ Jun 23 2009, 12:49 PM) *
they said it isn't possible.

it has to be paid extra 150 for each flight



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post Jun 23 2009, 06:54 PM
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I agree 100%. Rondo Music is your best bet. Plently of leties.


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post Jun 23 2009, 08:21 PM
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QUOTE (GuitarMonkey @ Jun 23 2009, 10:54 AM) *
I agree 100%. Rondo Music is your best bet. Plently of leties.


I would also take a look at Kraemer Focus - It was my first guitar - Strat copy but with a fast thin neck.I believe they had leftys of it. They used to sell them online at MusicYo.com(Which is owned by Gibson) but now they are being sold through retailers only. The guitars are under $99 as well.

Along these same lines, I just pulled out my Washburn(Oscar Schmited) OE-30 Delta King which is a semihollow body(ES-335 type) and used it at church this weekend, and I swear it sounds better to me then my Gibson Les Paul Standard or my American Strat Plus these days.

I paid $150 for the guitar - new, and many on Harmonycentral think its the best deal out there - It comes with Grover tuners(which is about half the cost of the guitar)- To original opp - I don't think they make a lefty of this one.

I love the sound and sustain of a hollowbody - I just can't afford to buy a real Gibson ES-335


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QUOTE (helo92 @ Jun 23 2009, 06:49 PM) *
they said it isn't possible.

it has to be paid extra 150 for each flight

You do like this. Never bother to check it in, bring it a hand luggage. Be sure to be the LAST to board the plane at the last call. If they make a fuzz at the gate tell them you then need to enter is as special luggage since it's very valuable.

That will cost them a lot of time, and it'll cost them money to hold the plane and become late because of one troublesome passenger with an extra. The easy way out will be to let you board with it.

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post Jun 24 2009, 10:52 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jun 23 2009, 09:54 PM) *
You do like this. Never bother to check it in, bring it a hand luggage. Be sure to be the LAST to board the plane at the last call. If they make a fuzz at the gate tell them you then need to enter is as special luggage since it's very valuable.

That will cost them a lot of time, and it'll cost them money to hold the plane and become late because of one troublesome passenger with an extra. The easy way out will be to let you board with it.

Key is. Don't ask, just do. wink.gif


Another way, yeah.
At the end it IS valuable for you and putting guitar in cargo is always dangerous!!


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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jun 23 2009, 09:54 PM) *
You do like this. Never bother to check it in, bring it a hand luggage. Be sure to be the LAST to board the plane at the last call. If they make a fuzz at the gate tell them you then need to enter is as special luggage since it's very valuable.

That will cost them a lot of time, and it'll cost them money to hold the plane and become late because of one troublesome passenger with an extra. The easy way out will be to let you board with it.

Key is. Don't ask, just do. wink.gif

Great way. biggrin.gif I'd go for this, as well. wink.gif
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yeah.....IF ANYTHING they usually have a special closet for luggage that is a little too big for carry on that made it on to the plane so that is better than cargo,


but a guitar IS a carry on, it meets the carry on standards, and can easily be stowed over head. on a plane you are allowed 1 carry on for the storage over head, and a backpack for under your feet


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AFAIK airlines have been under pressure to tighten up on carry on baggage over the last few years.

They are now expected to use standards wrt size and weight for carry on. Max size of carry on is 45 inches (that's the sum of h,w,d) and a weight of between 22kg (but largely depends on airline). It's why at international airport terminals they all now have those little metal cages where you can check that your carry on its this size.

I have btw seen one passenger frog marched to one of those cages by airline staff and made to check his carry on fitted. It didn't and they insisted that he checked it in.

With a guitar - whilst most airlines used to let you bring them on board they may are more restrictive now. Some may insist that you check it in whilst some may insist that you now pay for a seat for it. A very few may let you bring it on and put it in the staff locker at their discretion but it looks like your carrier is insisting that you buy a seat. It would almost certainly be cheaper for you to flightcase it and check it in as special baggage.

Turning up late... Hmm maybe but I've seen people who've tried this get the run around and their 'carry on' consigned to the hold and on one occasion when a guy refused he was kicked.

Alternatively you could always air courier/freight it to yourself or, if you can, switch to a more accommodating airline.


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I hope my comment is useful somehow... tongue.gif I've noticed that Ibanez have some extremely cheap electric guitars, and the quality shouldn't be too horrible either ! smile.gif Some Epiphone guitars are also very cheap, but I don't really have any experience playing these guitars...


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hey.. just wondering, did you go yet? did you get your guitar on? what airline is it?
I've done the just turn up at the gate with it thing a few times, and I've been lucky.

Yesterday I tried out an ibanez GRX20 left hander. It was fine, and certainly cheap. Mainly good reviews for it round the net, but a couple of people hated it. You didn't say if you were looking for an electric or acoustic.

Once I unbolted the neck off my crafter and put it in a suitcase. ohmy.gif
it still plays fine, but not something I'd want to do on a regular basis.

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QUOTE (macseamus @ Jul 16 2009, 08:21 PM) *
hey.. just wondering, did you go yet? did you get your guitar on? what airline is it?
I've done the just turn up at the gate with it thing a few times, and I've been lucky.

Yesterday I tried out an ibanez GRX20 left hander. It was fine, and certainly cheap. Mainly good reviews for it round the net, but a couple of people hated it. You didn't say if you were looking for an electric or acoustic.

Once I unbolted the neck off my crafter and put it in a suitcase. ohmy.gif
it still plays fine, but not something I'd want to do on a regular basis.



I will go at august 4th...
I have a cheap gio Ibanez and thought about unbolting it ..


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