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posted: 4/19/2005 at 10:16:08 AM ET
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I'll be moving to Germany this summer and am in the dilemma of knowing what to do concerning getting my guitars and Yamaha electronic piano there in good shape. The movers will do a good job of packing them, protecting them, and getting them there. However, they'll be in transit (truck? ship? plane?) for up to two months and possibly under various temperature differences. I have three guitars: Godin nylon electric, Alvarez Yairi acoustic, and Fender Tele. I'll only be taking one with me in my personal travels on the plane (I haven't decided which one yet). Does anyone have any experience in shipping their guitars in this manner? The outcome? Does anyone have an alternative method of getting them there that they feel is better?

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posted: 4/20/2005 at 4:43:25 AM ET
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The obvious first step is to loosen all the strings, be it's surprising just how many people don't think of it, and end up with a neck like a ski-jump.
The second important step is anti-dessicant, and the more the better.
The third is to use the service available at most airports now and clingwrap the case.
And, given the situation of corrupt baggage-handlers world-wide, I'd carry the Tele.
The others arn't obviously resaleable to a know-nothing light-fingered thug.

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