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Flying to another state for some family time, do I take a guitar or find one there?!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by metalosophy, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. metalosophy

    metalosophy Tele-Meister

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    What do you guys like to do?

    In the past i've always had someone I could borrow one from but not this time. I'd like to take an acoustic so I don't need to take my BIG practice amp (THR30) and be able to entertain the toddler I am going to visit (niece).

    Should I find a cheap small one on CL I can leave there for her?

    Should I rent one from a local store?

    Should I go on a guitar safari and find something fun?

    Happy Monday ladies and gentlemen.
     
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    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    I vote for find another one!
     
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    More gear... ALWAYS more gear...

    Who trained you?
     
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    When I bring a guitar travelling I take the neck off a tele so it fits in my suitcase. I no longer bring an amp and just play it unplugged.
     
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    Check the destination craigslist and get something. When you leave, put the guitar on consignment at a local store.

    The airlines had been charging $100 each way for extra bags like guitars which buys you a $200 guitar there that you just donate to some kid.

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    I've started to leave acoustic guitars at places I visit regularly. That way when I go back I can pack more socks.
     
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    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Are you going for more than a month? If not, it'll be ok. Forget about guitar for awhile and enjoy it again when you return.
     
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    They are now required to allow you to carry one in the cabin last I heard. They usually put it in the coat closet so it's pretty safe.
     
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    Why not just buy a cheap Glarry electric and have it shipped there? It will be cheaper than the airline fees. You don't need an acoustic guitar to play unplugged if you are only practicing. I play my electric guitars unplugged more than through an amp.
     
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    Buy a ukulele and leave it there.

    If you get a Bari uke, it is tuned like the 4 treble strings of a guitar (DGBE). A Tenor can be tuned to the same relationship (mine is)...and may fit your niece better.
     
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    No, it's just a week, but I'd like to take the opportunity to impress my young niece, at least for a few fleeting moments. And practicing guitar is much more social than playing Loop Hero on the laptop!

    I won't FRET if I can't find anything to suit my needs. I also just wanted to say Guitar Safari.
     
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    I like the idea of buying your niece a decent beginner guitar or ukelele as a gift and using it while you're there.
     
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    A cheap uke is a nice idea.. then leave it with your niece with a video of you playing it with her.. you never know.
     
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    Perhaps family time.
     
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    i agree. give yourself time away from it. chances are your niece doesn't really even care about guitar. and she can live a fine, good life without ever caring about it.
     
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    I'm not looking to turn her into a guitarist, just make sounds and noises she hasn't heard. Get that brain cookin!
     
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    When we bought this house in 2014, I knew it would be a vacation home (after renovation) so I hit the nearest music dealer and bought a $50 uke...stashed it in a closet.

    Once the reno was done I brought a banjo and guitar and left them too. Many pleasant evenings on the porch...even with the semi-nieces (not really related).

    When I travelled a lot, I bought a travel guitar. Very convenient, has a headphone jack. Fits in the overhead bin.

    https://reverb.com/item/11630377-wright-guitars-soloette-silent-guitar
     
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    This. And get a Mustang Micro to carry with you. I’m very impressed with mine.
     
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    If I could, I would buy something cheap on arrival.

    Bringing just a couple of cables and a Looper would be double fun for the audience.

    Edit: Sorry, I forgot the Amp. How about an Amp-Pedal?
     
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    Check your airlines carry-on policy. If you can bring one for the overhead that's up to you. I like buying one when I get there. But in today's climate that might take you away from your family and I don't like that idea. If you have time I would consider buying one online with free shipping and getting it drop shipped to your location. Leave it as a gift. Just a thought. I can't stand being some where without a musical instrument. Have fun on your visit.
     
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