Do I take my guitar with me?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 10:53 PM Last Post By: davelliot
Oct 7, 2012 3:25 AM
Do I take my guitar with me?Hello all,
I'm travelling thailand for about 6 months from the beginning of November.
I'm debating whether or not to take my guitar with me. I would love to have it there with me but I don't want to be burdened by it.
Do you think it will make it much harder to travel? (flights, lockers etc..)
Any thoughts would be welcome,
Oct 7, 2012 3:35 AM
1Do you like your guitar? There is no way in hell I would let airport staff (WARNING: The following comment contains casual generalisations about manual workers in airports) anywhere near mine unless it was in a quality hard case, but then it would be heavy and cumbersome. I'd just pick something cheap up when you get there.
Oct 7, 2012 3:37 AM
2There's plenty of noise in Thailand. Don't add to it.
If you really want to break into song, someone will lend you theirs to do your stuff.
Besides, dragging a guitar around Thailand will just be a nuisance.
Oct 7, 2012 3:40 AM
3I saw some people travelling with guitars.
It can be a lot of fun (if you are good at it) and a great icebreaker.
I remember some nice evenings in guesthouses sitting together with people from all over the globe and someone singing to the guitar.
But its a burden and you risk getting it damaged.
I would think twice about it if was an expensive instrument.
Just make sure you don't fly United :-)
Oct 7, 2012 4:24 AM
4Of course it will make it harder to travel ... silly question.
I wouldn't check it under the plane either - they throw the luggage around like you wouldn't believe. But some people do travel with them, and they are a nice party / group addition. Especially if you know Jack Johnson's 'Banana Pancakes'.
Oct 7, 2012 4:41 AM
Oct 7, 2012 5:15 AM
Oct 7, 2012 6:24 AM
8Unless your really good , then no i'm afraid is the answer !
There is nothing worse when your trying to get some sleep or simply just chilling out with your book or plainly just watching TV and you have a neighbour who is convinced that they are the next Roy Harper or Jimi Hendrix slaughtering a guitar in the next room ..
I have seen this cause real problems in Guisthouses , i would save it for your loved ones at home ..
No disrespect intended im just been practical ...
Oct 7, 2012 6:54 AM
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Oct 7, 2012 5:13 PM
Oct 8, 2012 3:49 AM
12Haha come on folks, not all guitar owners are backward cap wearing, shirtless douchebags.
Oct 8, 2012 9:51 PM
Oct 8, 2012 10:53 PM
14This question has been asked often on TT , you should be able to find many threads about it with search engine. No its not that much a burden , in my experience i have never had a gtr in a soft cover damged by airline staff . In the region sometimes airline staff let you carry it on board.
If your guitar is a large dreadnaught steel string its not the best choice , a shallow body acoustic electric would be better if you play steel string gtr . plus there are quite a variety of travel guitars available these days inlcuding electric ones.
About 15 - 20 minutes walk from KSR area Bangkok , down Thannon Atasadang you can find a series of music shops where there are plenty of guitars for sale . When travelling with guitar always detune the strings when going out in the heat as the tension of the strings can cause the top to warp.
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