Going to Take My Tele on a Train

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  1. fnkmstr

    fnkmstr TDPRI Member

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    Going to be heading to Florida from the DC area via train. Going to take the Tele (in a gig bag) with me for the trip. Any Amtrak travel tips?
     
  2. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

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    Tune it down a whole step.
    There is a lot of cumulative vibration that can play havoc on your Truss Rod.
    Have a safe trip.
     
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    don't be in a hurry...
     
  4. Random1643

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    Thread title is a great name for a song.

    I traveled coach from eastern Iowa to Winter Park, CO and back on an Amtrak train a few years ago. I took along a small >beater travel guitar<, a Wechter, not a Tele or any instrument I valued just to limit worries, stress. That's the way I roll. ;) The Wechter is set up to plug & play; I played a gig and an open mic while vacationing in CO.
     
  5. jvin248

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    +1 song title.

    Work on a song on your "Way down to Florida, On the Train with my Tele, Way down to Flor-ida"...

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  6. DFB1

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    Loosen the strings,and beware of Florida Man.
     
  7. toomuchfun

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    You can always take the neck off and put it in a suitcase.
     
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    But then you can't pull it out and play it "unplugged" on the trip. What are you gonna do to while away the time while you're traveling.....look out at the landscape? Highly over-rated!.....;)
     
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  9. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    gonna to take my tele on a train

    cause my truck dont run no more
     
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    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    Keep your hand on it at all times. Don't fall asleep...
     
  11. Chud

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    If you're traveling with it as carry on baggage, I don't know that you'd really need to do anything with it other than keep your eye on it in the luggage rack above your head. If it's going in checked baggage I'd go locked (and maybe taped up) hardcase and slack the strings. Train baggage handlers aren't as nefarious as the airline monsters, but still good to be cautious.
     
  12. Toto'sDad

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    When I was a kid, I worked odd jobs around town, picked up pop bottles and cashed 'em in, and saved every penny for a MacGregor baseball mitt. I bought it at the Western Auto don't know why they had mitts then, but they did. I got her broke in good, oiled her up good and proper and it fit, well like a glove. One day I stopped off at the post office, and went to get the mail out of the little p.o. box, just like momma told me to. I put my mitt on a little table right behind me, when I got the mail and turned back around my mitt was gone, never to be seen again. I never had a decent mitt again. There's a lesson in there somewhere for someone traveling with a guitar.
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I would travel with it on your lap. You can work on the rhythm part to Folsom Prison Blues the whole way there.
     
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  14. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Friend of Leo's

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    You could tie a handkerchief around the body and disguise it as a Hobo's bindle or blanket stick.

    If you smear poop all over yourself and mumble a lot during the journey no one will come near you and try steal it.

    I would take it too, you should be fine and it will give you something to do if the trip gets boring. Enjoy the ride.
     
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    I remember Western Auto stores as carrying a bunch of fun, sporting goods-related merchandise. My first "English Racer" bicycle (for which I saved up my own money....$55.00, a fortune to me!) was a beautiful red, three-speed, with a clamping rack on the back. If I'd had an odometer on that bike, I bet I'd have racked up a million miles on it......between "fun" riding, to and from school, and my paper routes. Thanks for reminding me, TD!
    Oh....BTW, sorry about your mitt. :( Somewhere I still have my first good mitt (a Rawlings I think) either from Monkey Wards or Western Auto. ;)
    EDIT....Found my ball glove.....it's a Hawthorne 60-4204. And it DOES have the Montgomery Wards logo on it! And you know it's a good one, it says "Professional Model" on it......;)
     
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  16. Random1643

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    Western Auto used to sell TrueTone guitars in the 50s and 60s. Whoops, sorry, Old Guy Thread Drift (OGTD).
     
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    Those old stores from long ago had a magical feel about them. In the small town I lived in, the Western Auto had dark wooden floors that they used some kind of fine green sawdust dampened with oil on to keep them clean and they smelled wonderful to a small boy looking at all the treasures they had there. The one or two store employees always seemed cheerful and knowledgeable, I'm glad I lived when I did. I'm glad you still have your mitt too, I wish I did! Yeah, with Professional Model written on it, I don't see how you could ever miss a catch!
     
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  18. beninma

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    I would just be careful you don't drop it. It might damage the train & they'd be mad at you.

    I mean seriously... it will be fine especially if it's in a case and it doesn't get stolen.
     
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  19. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    uh.....on a......crazy train??



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  20. ejphotos

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    Good song title.
    I have no tips.
    Lol.
     
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