Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Vai's guitar "BO" Snapped by airline.
What a nightmare. Cringing.
Do you know how much force it takes to snap maple? I understand mahogany getting snapped but the Floyd nut holes probably weakened the neck since this break never happens to regular strats and teles.
I would travel with guitars just for the road and not such special ones that I recorded hit stuff with. I would have a cache of studio gear I would keep there and never travel with.
There are some who, despite huge collections, will travel only with their most prized guitars, like Jon Bonamassa who seems to like to travel with his '59 burst. But having had electronics issues, he has redundant rigs on different continents and his massive rigs, worth hundreds of thousands, costs a pretty penny to transport and is very expensive to replace if broken. A guitar is a little more manageable but still, a '59 Les Paul on the road? Also Roy Buchannan liked to travel with just one special Telecaster which was impossible to replace if anything happened to it.
I am in situation where my band, just for fun, may travel halfway around the planet to play some small gigs. I plan to simply buy a cheapo Ibanez or ESP there and play gigs, and then sell off guitar cheap or leave with relatives. While I don't have anything expensive at home, I still don't want my main gear to travel since I am so used to those specific guitars. Playing live, while it's nowhere as accurate as the studio demands, can be done with a close enough axe to get the job done. Let's say I had a J Custom or Prestige RG, then on my budget I would buy a regular stock RG if I traveled to Japan for gigs at a store in Japan. Ibanez is so well made and set up that an RG300 or 400 series is more than adequate for live stuff. There's no need to travel with your #1 or #2. I feel bad for Steve but with his big collection am shocked that he travels with such a key guitar. He seems happy that it was fixed but I would have been shaken.