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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Tips for transporting musical instruments


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not today
Jul 19th, 2017 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

It is important to ensure that your instrument is secure when travelling with it. What do you guys do to safely transport your musical instruments in a vehicle? Do you guys use car and truck accessories to keep it secured in place?

I've found these nice reads about this topic.



truck accessories

(This message was last edited by JJ236 at 11:11 PM, Jul 19th, 2017)

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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Jul 20th, 2017 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Guitars are usually wedged between heavier equipment, or behind the front seat.
I worry occasionally about whether soft gig bags are sufficient if I get into an accident, but if my car ends up upside down, I've probably got bigger worries!

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 20th, 2017 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use a Subaru Outback or a Nissan Frontier. I put 1" foam under my amps and on the front/back of them. Guitars ride up front in the truck. I just bungey cord everything so it won't move around. Never had a problem



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jul 20th, 2017 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

About 10 years ago I had a 60 mph head on collision on the way to a rehearsal when a guy pulled across me against a red light. My nissan 200sx was written off, though miraculously I was more or less uninjured and all my gear was fine.

Scared the sh*t out of me though.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Jul 21st, 2017 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

The linked articles are talking about air travel and having a moving company pack your instruments up. Are you talking about this kind of move or hauling your gear to a gig? If the question is do I use any special precautions to pack my stuff into the vehicle, then the answer is no. Other than road cases that my PA gear is in and the instrument cases themselves that is.

All of my stuff gets loaded into a Mazda CX9. PA equipment takes up the majority of the space and guitars go behind the front seat as mroulier explained. I also agree with him, that if in a serious accident, I've got bigger worries than if my Les Paul survived the crash. My vehicle has been rear ended once with my gear loaded and nothing was damaged other than the vehicle itself.

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The rain sounds like

a round of applause
Jul 21st, 2017 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Fender guitars travel by truck/car in gig bags because I handle them and nobody else does. My Gibsons travel in hard cases or thick, heavy leather gig bags that contains neck support.

Acoustics are always in a hard case.

Never had a problem.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Jul 22nd, 2017 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

If someone else is handling them, road case.

If I'm handling them, gig bag is typically fine.

I don't have to deal with it these days thankfully!

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

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Jul 23rd, 2017 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I cram as much as I can in the back of my SUV. I try to make sure that anything that can shift is held by looping one of the back seat "passenger restraint belts" over it...but I rarely click the belt, just wrap it in a loop over the legs of the stools or over the speaker stands, etc.

In the "PA for Hire" days, it was a well choreographed floor plan so that everything was wedged into its place but still easy to put in or load out.

When we did some out of state events and the number of "musicians personal transport vehicles" was an issue, I invited the drummer and the harmonica player (adds up to almost a musician...but takes two seat spaces) to ride and I acquired a trailer for most of the gear. Same wedge grid pack...worked fine...other than the trailer I acquired leaked in the rain. We put a tarp over everything in the trailer and carefully removed the tarp at journey's end. And it is still "don't ask-don't tell" where those milk cases came from that were used to keep the amps off the soggy carpet on floor. Knowd whut Ah mean?

Same true for when I had the LARGER PA and had to rent U-Haul. Wedge cabinets together to make an interlocked grid. Rarely in a U-Haul box truck did I ever have to put "stuff" on top of the first layer of cabinets. (160 pound subwoofers do not want to move very far...but if they do...road cases will not protect whatever that sub hits.)

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jul 24th, 2017 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Three block haul to play in a bar. Stuck new guitar in an old pillow case as I didn't have the funds for a case for it back 40 years ago. If we had just tied down the Bass amp I would've been OK. As it was I had to play with a snapped headstock with duct tape layers to hold back on the headstock to keep it in one piece.Believe it or not it stayed in tune. I will refrain from giving advise on this subject.

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