I need an inexpensive GJ guitar to take to Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois. Anyone willing to part with one? I don't want to take my Craig Bumbarner and risk damage to it. From posts I've read, my impression is that an inexpensive GJ guitar could be difficult to come by while there. I'll be flying Canada Air. Also- anyone have experience with their guitars on this airline?
Thanks Denis for the tip on Air Canada. I plan on getting to the gate desk early. I heard that helps. I was just in Toronto, Canada, and stopped and asked a couple of folks who were carrying soft guitar cases in the airport. Both said they had no problems carrying them on their airlines.
The truth is , it s very rare that there s no space for a guitar. in all my flighs, i ve always seen a possibilty to fit a guitar in one way or another... Unfortunately that decision is left to the descretion of the employees... And it can be a nightmare.. The worst airport has consistently been vancouver, where their policy apparently does not allow u to bring a guitar on board... For international flights , i ve never had problems.
Ultimately u are taking a risk, the odds are low that they would refuse u entry with a soft case but the possibility is still there (and it has consistently happened in vancouver)...
If u travel w a hard case, chances are that it will be safe checking it in but ur odds of boarding a plane w it are drastically Reduced.. As someone who travels frequnlently w guitars, hard shell cases are a drag if ur trips involve lots of walking and carrying other things///
Btw if u fly in from toronto , we ll most likely be on the same flight to samois
No problem except when we landed in Paris, the guitar got taken off the plane and separated from all the other luggage and left in a separate place... and naturally nobody told me about this fact.
So I wasted about 45 minutes waiting beside the luggage carrousel and then frantically looking for it thinking it was lost.
When I finally found somebody to tell me where to find it, it was just sitting out in a place where anybody walking by could have taken it.
"Stupid French!" I thought to myself.
But then the exact same thing happened again when we landed in Toronto!
So at least you know what to expect.
PS Hope to see you at Samois, I'll be staying at the Country Club Hotel.
I'm hoping to have access a Castellucia or similar guitar on behalf of another djangobooks.com member who may want me to bring it back from Europe for him.
But if that doesn't pan out, I may just send my airline-proof Asian metal resonator guitar to the hotel via USPS, since my wife and I will be travelling around Europe prior to Samois.
(Yes, I'd rather just take the guitar with us wherever we go, but for some strange reason, my wife thinks it ain't really a vacation if I am still able to practise guitar!)
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There is one on eBay that's currently just under $300.
For some strange reason my wife thinks when I take vacations I should take a break from guitar too?! I made a compromise by taking a uke.
Yeah but I would've never started playing ukulele if she didn't complain about extra clutter when traveling. Compromise is golden my friend.
Just need to get that "el cheapo" GJ guitar before June. I'm looking for something under $300. There used to be some off brands on ebay for around $200, but I haven't seen those for a while.