Posted: Jan 11, 2009 10:56 am
...get a gig bag, bring it as a carry-on. Ask the stewardess if you can store in one of the upright closets.
Only if the flight is full there may not be any room. Last couple of flights I've had that was my plan, but there wasn't any space in the crew closet - once there was a handicapped dudes' wheelchair already in there that took up all the room, once the flight was full and people with large carry-ons had filled it up before I boarded. Since they added all the new baggage fees people are trying to carry on more stuff to save $$$, so you can't count on there being enough room for a guitar to fit anymore.
I would NOT bring just a gig bag, because you can't be sure that they won't make you check it. Make sure it's a hardshell case that can take some abuse. I got a Gator case
and I've flown all over the world with it with no problem, even when it's been flung around by the baggage handlers. I think it helps that it's guitar shaped - if it was the rectangular-style case they'd probably make me check it because those look like they take up more space.
When I was going to Europe in November, I wanted to bring my Danelectro doubleneck, with the baritone and six string neck. It took me forever to find a case for it. It's only a couple inches longer than my other case, but it LOOKS much bigger. They wouldn't let me carry it on, and also said it was too big to check so I'd have to pay an oversize bag fee. With the extra bag fee and the oversize fee they were going to charge me THE COST OF ANOTHER TICKET TO EUROPE to bring that guitar with me! Almost 800 bucks! So, no doubleneck guitar on that tour...