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Hasta La Vista! With Your Guitar

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Personally, I don’t go anywhere without my trusty GS Mini from Taylor. It’s small, durable, portable, and I can stuff the case with extras like a good book and a bathing suit! I can leave my valuable guitar in its case at home with its  Planet Waves Humidifier System and not worry about it while I am away. Even if I'm gone for a good stretch, those high tech packets will do their job. Buy yourself a travel guitar! We have many to choose from and we'll ship it to you free freight! When packing, don't forget a clip-on tuner, truss rod adjustment wrench, and extra strings!

Here's a word of caution when traveling by car: guitars do not like heat or extreme cold. Be careful to place your guitar in a place where it will not cook in the sun or be exposed to freezing temperatures. When you park and find that you’ll be away for a while, take your guitar with you. Watch out for a sudden change in temperature when opening the case of your guitar. It needs to come up to room temperature to avoid the possibility of finish crackle. Guitars are manufactured in a space that is 45-50% relative humidity and at Northern Lights Music we store the guitars at that same level. Whether heading to the desert or the tropical rain forest, a  Planet Waves Humidipack in your case will maintain your guitar by either adding or pulling out necessary moisture. With the packets in place, your guitar will stay at the proper percentage and you and your guitar will stay happy.

What about getting on a plane? For carry-ons, the guitar must fit in the overhead bin or other approved storage lo- cations in the cabin, based on available space at the time of boarding. Hopefully most airline employees are already very sensitive to the regulations regarding instruments. This may have something to do with the bad publicity United Airlines received after breaking Dave Carroll's Taylor guitar when his song “United Breaks Guitars” went viral on YouTube! Taylor's GS Mini and Baby fit in the overhead of most planes. The Federal Aviation Administration laid down the rules in Section 403 of the  FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. An instrument is considered a carry-on, but make sure you are the head of the line so you can get first dibs on the storage. Too large to fit in the overhead? Consider shipping your guitar ahead. We always have extra Taylor boxes available for shipping. That’s better than buying an extra seat for your guitar. It would have to be buckled in and could not be found to obscure the view of those tiny fasten seatbelt signs on the aircraft.

If you do decide to travel with your cherished instrument, be aware that crossing over international borders with woods such as Brazilian Rosewood could cause you problems. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, a.k.a. the Washington Convention) was created to protect endangered plants and animals. If you do have to travel with a guitar built with endangered wood, have a document with you that will prove that it was crafted according to the law from the manufacturer. Better yet, leave it home!

Imagine you have come into our store while vacationing and fall in love with the guitar of your dreams in our American-made showroom. You may want to play it in your hotel room while on vacation but would rather not battle with the airline when you head back home. We will send it to you free of charge while coinciding with the day you get back to the ranch. That's also a nice consolation to having to return to reality!

Have a nice trip!