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Old 12-13-2012, 01:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As a professional guitarist, I do a fair amount of traveling to and from gigs, lessons, and other things of the sort. When I need to bring my guitar though, I'm stuck driving my cage around to lug it to and from my destinations. It often bums me out that I have to give up a perfectly good day of riding to transport my guitar. I was wondering if there were any guitarists out there with the same problem and if any one has come up with a solution to the problem of transporting a guitar on their bike.

I've thought about backpack style cases, but i'm afraid to try it for fear that wind resistance might damage the neck of my guitar. If anybody has any suggestions as to how I might be able to combine my two passions, music and riding, it'd be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here is a site that might be of some help?

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Hey everyone!

As a professional guitarist, I do a fair amount of traveling to and from gigs, lessons, and other things of the sort. When I need to bring my guitar though, I'm stuck driving my cage around to lug it to and from my destinations. It often bums me out that I have to give up a perfectly good day of riding to transport my guitar. I was wondering if there were any guitarists out there with the same problem and if any one has come up with a solution to the problem of transporting a guitar on their bike.

I've thought about backpack style cases, but i'm afraid to try it for fear that wind resistance might damage the neck of my guitar. If anybody has any suggestions as to how I might be able to combine my two passions, music and riding, it'd be greatly appreciated!
Tell You what.......if it's a treasured acoustic, I'd keep that axe out of the breeze, regardless if it's cased.
Moisture laden air, rammed into that wood at highway speeds on a motorcycle, is not at all beneficial.
An electric, especially if a wooden hollow body, will also suffer from the effects of overly moist air.

I suppose the important determining factor here is, what is the actual quality & monetary value of the axe?

Is it a USA produced Martin, Guild, Taylor, Gibson, or product from a Custom builder; ie, Applegate, Godin, Gallagher, Huss & Dalton...yadda-yadda?
Those axes are usually worth at least a couple thousand bucks.......probably a lot more $$$$.

If the axe is only worth per se, $300 or less, then don'y worry about it.

btw: There are some axes built expressly for moist weather conditions, such as Rain Song graphite guitars.
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Hey everyone!

As a professional guitarist, I do a fair amount of traveling to and from gigs, lessons, and other things of the sort. When I need to bring my guitar though, I'm stuck driving my cage around to lug it to and from my destinations. It often bums me out that I have to give up a perfectly good day of riding to transport my guitar. I was wondering if there were any guitarists out there with the same problem and if any one has come up with a solution to the problem of transporting a guitar on their bike.

I've thought about backpack style cases, but i'm afraid to try it for fear that wind resistance might damage the neck of my guitar. If anybody has any suggestions as to how I might be able to combine my two passions, music and riding, it'd be greatly appreciated!
Nah! I frequently carry instruments on my bike...I recommend a tall sissybar.
Between my basses, guitars, and cello The only one i worry about is the cello as transporting them upright is just begging or either the bridge to collapse or the sound post to fall out of position. The bridge is easy enough to get back to upright, but the sound post
requires a special tool and a lot of fishing through the " f " hole to get back into position.

As long as you have a good case I wouldn't worry...and a garbage bag or three in the case make for security should very damp conditions or rain be expected.
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WOW! That's f***in AWESOME!!! I always wanted a pair of cases like that!
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^^ that is cool

I too have that dilemma in the summer with my band... have to pass up an awesome day because of the space issue...
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Even with the best case, I'd only carry cheapo guitars. Cheap to me means a guitar I could live without.

Now, how to we lug the Marshall half stack around??
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Don't take an expensive guitar with you and go with a backpack style. Remember you're in front of it so wind resistance is very minor, unless you're riding for 6 hours at top speeds I don't see what damage can be done to the neck. As fat as temperature changes, if you were to put you guitar in the trunk of your car it's pretty much the same thing as having it outside. Unless you have the first car to have a heated trunk. I'm a traveling musician and have done so much winter touring (hate it!!!) and all the guitars need is a little while to warm up again once we reach our destination. And that's after 6 to 10 hours of driving with the gear in a trailer... I wouldn't stress over it, but I would take a less expensive electric guitar for 2 simple reasons. 1-smaller body 2-the fear of something happening to the guitar accidentally. Leave the good gear at home. Unless you have a gig and need your amp and other things, then just take your car. That's my 2 cents... either way, have fun riding and playing!!!
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Marshal half stack? get yourself a sound system onto your bike, plug you guitar into it and then roll that som'***** on stage when you gotta play!!!! Judas Priest style!!! hahaha
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