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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. Blrfl

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    I'm "this close" to pulling the trigger on a Stewart Stowaway and installing a custom pickguard with P-Rails, a lot of switching and some other goodies.

    The aforementioned Mustang Micro will the amp of choice (love mine, too). So far I have that, a set of earbuds, a cable and a decent Bluetooth speaker. The whole mess fits in my hand.
     
  2. chris m.

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    If you visit your niece and her family once a year for a week at a time, having a semi-decent guitar that lives there might make sense if they don't mind it taking up space, whether you niece ever takes it up or not. One of my best friends, pro guitar player, has stashed old beater guitars at all of the homes he regularly visits-- his parents', his brothers/sisters, etc.

    I've stayed at a few B&Bs in my time and a lot of them keep a few instruments laying around along with board games, cards, etc. Back in the day most people would have a piano in their house even if they didn't really play. Nowadays seems like having a guitar in the house is more viable.
     
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    Do you really want to spend the time hunting down and buying a guitar when you get there? Maybe it needs new strings too (which means a trip to a music store too), or a mild fret dressing, or truss rod adjusting (got any wrenches with you?) , or whatever...suddenly you would have cut a lot of time out of your trip there.

    I have thrown guitars (both acoustic and electric), in their cases, in the overheads on Southwest. Or as previously mentioned, I have taken an electric and unbolted the neck, putting both neck and body into a suitcase. Either way, I vote for carrying one with you—or forgetting about it for a week.
     
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  4. 985plowboy

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    Guitar center has 30 day return policy.
    Have one delivered to where you’re going to be.
    Return it on your way out of town.
     
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    What I have done several times - most recently for a week in Texas: Remove the neck of a guitar you actually like (nothing too precious), and take the disassembled neck and body, plus a set of strings and a #2 phillips screwdriver in your checked bag, assuming you check bags. I have even done it in a carry on situation but that doesn't leave a lot of room for extra undies.

    That way your cost is just a pack of strings and 15 minutes of basic guitar assembly. For an "amp" all you really need for travel is an ipad (which I would bring anyhow, it's great for airplanes) and a little dongle thingy plus the free Garageband software (or Amplitube if you prefer).

    That way you don't need to think about buying and selling guitars, covid restrictons, spending money, owning more junk that is not even in the state you live in, and so on. Someday I will get up the nerve to do the permanent neck bolt inserts, and then will only have to bring an allen key, and I won't be wondering how many more removals and reattachments I should be doing with a guitar.

    For car trips I have taken the THR10, that works great too, but our road trip vehicle is a minivan so I could take an AC30 with me and be fine.
     
  6. tfarny

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    Man, this is pretty poor behavior. I'm sure OP could get away with it, but it's unethical and just lame, wasting other people's time and a bit of some companies money.
     
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    I won't be doing that. I had a friend growing up who would return his computer to costco every year for a new one at no cost -- he's the reason we can't have nice things.
     
  8. 985plowboy

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    Oh, I agree with you completely.
    But I still put it out there.
     
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    Is the place you're going likely to be good for guitar safari action?
     
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    What ethics are being violated?

    Case 1. Joe buys a guitar from GC. Ends up not liking it enough and returns it.

    Fine! We're all happy. Joe might not even have taken a shot, buying that guitar, if GC didn't have that return policy.

    Case 2. Fred buys a guitar from GC while on holiday intending to return it but likes it so much he keeps it.

    Fine!

    Case 3. Phil buys a guitar from GC while on holiday intending to return it but likes it so much he keeps it... But at the last minute decides he doesn't like it enough and returns it.

    So, hero or villain? Is he more like Joe or more like Fred? Where is the ethical line, if at all?
     
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    I’ve rented an acoustic guitar from Bounty Music while on Maui. It was a good condition Yamaha set up for strumming. I’m not a strummer. BC, Before COVID, I’d stop in GC, or The Folk Center in Claremont when visiting grandkids. I can still play when I get home after 2 weeks. It probably makes more sense to drop in to play. I never fail to buy something when I do that and I’ve never had someone act put off by my dropping in to play.
     
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  13. Ed Storer

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    Wife and I used make annual visits to Vidalia, Georgia. I went to the local music store (there was only one) and found a used Ibanez Concert acoustic for $85. Bought a set of strings (it only had 5 ugly strings on it). Practiced while I was there and left it with a sister-in-law who had a granddaughter that wanted to play.

    I haven't been back to Georgia in a few years now and have no idea what has become of the guitar - it would be nice if it was in a closet or unused bedroom, when I return for a funeral or something, but I really don't worry about it.

    But it was nice to have a practice guitar for a couple of years without having to transport one. I had golf clubs that were enough hassle as checked luggage.

    For those making regular visits to family, I recommend getting a cheap guitar and storing it with a family member. If it disappears in the mist, you won't really miss it.
     
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    I’d lend a guitar to any TDPRI member who asked. If you’re in Branson, hit me up.
     
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  15. tfarny

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    Why concoct clever little puzzles to justify d(*^&$^% behavior? Treat the people around you and the companies you do business with with respect because it's the right thing to do. It's not complicated, it's just grown up behavior.
     
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    Go there empty-handed.

    Find a local pawn shop and pick up something interesting.

    I have done this many times in my travels.
    It's fun.

    And you can always sell it before you leave, or give it away.
    :)
     
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    I do the same thing.
     
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    I wouldn’t put a guitar on a plane unless I had to.
     
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    If you need to be told in context of what was suggested, you don't have one.
     
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    I have a spare guitar stashed not far from you.
     
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