I mean…literally crushing it.
Did you hear this story? This guy checked in his 1965 ES-335 Gibson (contrary to his better judgement) and here’s how he found it:
The article claims it was worth around $10k and sustained $2k in damage. That’s a pretty hefty loss but as I look at this photo that guitar will never be the same, and there’s also the loss of value to consider – let alone the repairs. Here’s the article: http://now.msn.com/delta-air-lines-crushes-vintage-gibson-guitar-of-musician-dave-schneider. Poor Dave Schneider. I would be happy to give him free admission to the Sonic Valley Guitar Show to find another one…or introduce him to a good luthier / miracle worker I know.
That reminds me…
I remember coming come with a 1959 Les Paul I had bought on a business trip in Orlando. When I asked if I could carry it on at the gate they said no. I asked them very, very nicely and explained the value of the instrument…still no. I was a bit troubled I have to say. They gave me a bag check tag and I made my way down the jetway. I looked back and guess what…they were watching me all the way down the ramp to make sure I left that guitar case for the luggage linebackers. So I stopped at the end where you leave luggage and set the case down. I fumbled around my pockets as though I was looking for something, and then rummaged through my bag. The gate agent wasn’t going to watch all of that nonsense and she left her post. I snatched my guitar back up and walked onto the plane where I politely asked the flight attendant if I could store it above. She thought it was really cool and was definitely sympathetic to my cause. It traveled snugly in the overhead until I got it back to Pittsburgh unscathed.
Do you have any crazy travel stories with guitars? email me. firstname.lastname@example.org