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I thought about playing someone else's. That would make my tone talk more interesting if I could get great tone on an instrument that was new to my fingers.
The other option is to pack it in a shipping box with peanuts & check it in the standard case. It's a pain to carry in the airport, but it may be my best option.
You know Tom there might still be time but anytime we had someone come in the store and wanted to take his guitar on vacation we suggested shipping it Fed-X. That is how every store in the country gets them. Fed-X was more reliable then UPS. If you have a gig before you leave that might not be an option. You would have to this probably today.
Yeah, I've done that before.
If you end up packing it in a box be sure to read these notes from Larrivee about protecting the neck by supporting the headstock and about why peanuts won't help.
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I know the trick about padding the headstock. I used to get a lot of guitars on approval.
I actually use a box that suspends the guitar case on heavy plastic sheets in the middle of the box. If I use peanuts it will be to discourage the TSA folks from taking the guitar out & looking it over. I've never traveled where I didn't have the "We opened your case" note in my guitar case from the TSA.
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And since I'm sleeping in the same A-frame, that will mean I'll be awake as well...and I am SO not a morning person! And I don't drink coffee!!
Just fair warning...
I’d bet that my Variax would be a challenge.
I know the Variax would be a challenge. I'd like to play it if you have it there though.
I hooked up the Collings that goes in the good Calton flight case again & decided it would do. I'd rather have the good case & check it than hassle with a box or trying to sweet talk the attendants.
I just found out that Delta is charging $25 to check a second bag starting May 5th. Looks like I'll have to pay $25 to bring my guitar back with me.
Unless there has been a change since January, Delta has no problem with guitar as a second carry on.
One under the seat bag and the guitar is welcome.
If you ask nicely (Is it possible??) sometimes they will let you seat early so you can find an overhead that is empty. I always try to do the asking discreetly because I don't want to be turned down because someone else is listening.
Arrive early, smile, be humble, no problem.
Edit for clarity:
Is it possible to board early so I can store my guitar? Please?
If you are a seven and can board with the three or fours there are always open bins.
If you go first class they will put it in the closet up front for you.
I'm going beggin' on this trip. So many people have said that there would be instruments available to play, and then Neil showed us what he is bringing, I'm just going to travel light.
I've certainly thought about it, but I wouldn't want to be giving a presentation on tone & not be comfortable with the tone I was getting. It would be a great challenge, but I'd better be prepared as the Boy Scouts say.
On one hand that defeats the purpose. I am truely not trying to be confrontational, but watching the presentation, I felt it was more about technique, than a specific piece of equipment (to a point). Looking at the Takamine, Ovations and such that Bose is bringing, along with the vast array of Taylors, one should be able to get great tone and technique out of at least one, if not most of them.
Another point is microphones, all of us, myself included have our favorites, but most of us have had to do the best we can with whatever is provided in some venues and learning those tricks and techniques are also very important. In watching you with the SM58 (your non fav), you as a pro are able to make it work for that moment.
That might be an interesting side expansion of your discussion, "How to make what you are given, sound decent".
Just a thought and trying to save you packing troubles.
I'm packin' by Martin HD28V in the van in the morning for the trip. It would be a tone challenge for you since I have NO electronics in it. It's just a plain old guitar.
Yeah, I know. I agonized over this way too much & I have to catch a flight at 6:45 am, so it's a done deal. I'd still love to play any of the other guitars folks are bringing, & I'd even like to incorporate at least one of them into my tone talk. I like the idea of "How to make what you are given, sound decent". My inner boy Scout just won't let me go in unprepared.
6:00 am CDT right now. Departure in one hour. Driving straight through to Virginia - just southeast of Roanoke; Smith Mountain Lake area - then to L'il Switz Saturday. Hope to be there by around 2.
See you all soon!
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