In the early days, when you are starting out with your guitar lessons, you may not need to take your guitar out with you very often. You will most likely opt to stay home and practice. But there comes a time when you will want to take your guitar out with you and play for your friends and family. When that time comes; you need to prepare how you will carry your guitar with you.
What to Consider
For most guitars, the primary materials used in its production are metals and wood. These two materials are sensitive to climate changes. Thus, a slight change in humidity or temperature can affect your guitar. Also, guitar necks are prone to twist when the weather is too cold or hot, and the strings tend to go sharp when used in an air-conditioned room. The question now is how you handle and transport your guitar when you are going out to prevent these damages mentioned above.
First, you need to invest in a sturdy hard-shell guitar case or a guitar bag that is heavily padded and fits your guitar smoothly. This may seem like obvious advice, but you will be surprised the number of people that string along a naked guitar in their trunk. If you don’t currently have the budget to invest in a guitar case or padded guitar bag, you can use a heavy blanket to cover your guitar when taking it outdoors.
Also, it is best to assess your current situation when you are trying to choose the best option for transporting a guitar. For instance, if you go for guitar lessons, and you do leave your guitar in the car for a long period; you will be less concerned since you are not exposing your instrument to harsh weather conditions. If, on the other hand, you have a gig to play with a local band, you may need extra caution. Don’t allow your guitar to be thrown in with other instruments on your way to play the gig.
For the Professional Musicians
For road musicians, there may be a need to take flights occasionally. Contrary to what most people think, placing your guitar between your legs may not give it the protection it needs. It is best to put your guitar in a cargo hold when you are on a flight. Also, for road trucks, a cargo hold comes in handy too. It will keep your equipment in place when the truck goes juggling over portholes.
One other precaution you need to bear in mind when transporting your guitar is, when you take your guitar from the hot summer weather into an air-conditioned room, allow the guitar to stay in the guitar case with the case lid slightly open. Allow it to stay this way for a few minutes before you take it out. This gives the guitar the chance to get used to the new climate change. Also, avoid leaving your guitar in your car trunk; this can crack the guitar’s finish. It doesn’t require rocket science to transport your guitar. With these tips here, you will do just fine.