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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2014, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

Hey guys,

I'm in Tokyo and ill be flying JAL out.

Just bought a ibanez rg and was given a soft case.

Anybody has experience on handling the oversized luggage rule?

I really don't wanna buy a hard case and check in.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2014, 11:33 AM
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

Often, an electric guitar in a soft case can lie on top of other soft-sided luggage in the overhead bins. It's often shallow enough to fit. But I don't know what JAL procedures are. If they're really strictly enforcing the limits, they may not even let you try to fit it in a bin.

What I would do . . . since we're talking about a bolt-on neck, and assuming we're talking about a foldable "gig bag" style case, I would first separate the neck and body. Then wrap the body with clothing like t-shirts, scarves, boxer shorts, etc., and place in case. Then wrap the neck with socks, tees, shorts, and slide it in on top of the padded body. Fold the neck portion of the gig bag over the top of the neck and secure with a few wraps of masking tape.

Good luck! Oh, and what kind of RG? Post some photos and give us a shopping report!


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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2014, 11:37 PM
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

Hi bigrockshow!

check out the forum link below for some info. Chances are that if you are flying a japanese airline you'll be good to put it in the overhead bins.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 02:00 AM
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

Forget about overhead bins. You'll probably see a suit compartment as soon as you board the airplane.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 02:07 AM
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

Did flight from Croatia to Japan and back,few months ago, bought flight case, some times they did let me take it with me, sometimes did not, but guitar survived in flightcase without damage.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 10:27 AM
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

I hand carried my RG721 with me on the plane. I refused to check it in. It wasn't an issue at all as they just stuck it in the closet for me. There should be room somewhere, and whatever you do don't let them check it. Load of BS if they try to force you. They have room. Oh I brought it back this past December so it was recent. Plus JAL is an awesome airline they should be more than happy to help.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

Thanks for advice! Did the hand carry with soft case. Broke down the neck and body and folded it and it worked. No issues at all.

Probably will need a hardcase in future for neck through guitars

JAL is a cool airline to fly
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 01:28 PM
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

Flew for the first time last week. My guitar and soft-case even fit in the overheads of a tiny CRJ-200. I was also on a MD-88 and MD-90, where it fit as well. Be careful though, and try to be in the front of the line when you are allowed to board. Overheads fill up very very quickly!!!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 03:04 PM
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Re: Flying out of Narita , guitar in hand

I took my bolt-on neck strat and took it apart with the bolts and simply put the two parts into suitcase. I am sure in post-9/11 times the truss rod could look like a barrel of a rifle. I hope somebody here knows about that, too. At least on board they could inspect guitar and know it's just that. But this would never make it:
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