Packing musicals!

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by nikolic, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. nikolic

    nikolic Been here awhile

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    Well, thought about it, but still haven't found a solution! How to pack
    a guitar amongst all other thing on my bike!! Am planing a bit longer trip
    which would probably include working in the run to earn for gas! So i
    figure, year or more would be a long period without my favorite instrument,
    and by the way, I can earn money by playing along :D. Anyone tried? Successes? Ideas?

    Saw this one in pics thread, but violin is quite smaller!

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  2. Sputzrunner

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    Hey,

    when I go bike camping I usually take my soprano ukulele! It's not quite a guitar, but you are guaranteed to get a smile whenever you play =] I bought a cheap Mahalo uke (like $25 AU) and put some Aquila strings ($12) on it to make it sound like I'm not torturing cats, and pack it in a soft case on top of my gear bag. If I have a bingle, I've only lost a cheap uke which is replaceable anywhere.

    There are heaps of modern song tabs out there, and how-to's on line, although it shouldn't be a problem to pick up for a guitar maestro like yourself!:D
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  3. nikolic

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    been thinking of some small guitars, but haven't try'ed if it's really guitars
    or just toys :D . ukulele you say, will be taken into consideration. And thanks
    for an idea! plus is if I have a bigle as you say :D that i don't cry over it :D (and i do have a binge hire and there :deal :freaky )
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    just get a soft case and strap it on. granted, a banjo is a bit smaller than a guitar, but i didn't have any problems.

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    Switch to harmonica?

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    Saw a lad in bike gear playing the violin in Cardiff town centre a couple of weeks back. He was really good; concert level and was busking. He had clearly come by bike. What made it even more impressive was that it was an electric violin and there was an mp3 player/similar providing a backing track and he had a 12"x12"x12" amp too. :)

    I saw his bike a bit further down the road and it looked like he was a jobbing musician who happened to travel to gigs, rather than someone who was touring for a significant amount of time and took an instrument along with him.

    For me, a netbook is not only my camp radio, but with Reason 5 installed and a pair of headphones, a whole studio that comes with me on the road. :clap
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  10. nikolic

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    Well, it fits fine, I'm fitting the side cases this year. so maybe the full size guitar fits within the size of cases!
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    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    I have a taylor baby which is a 3/4 size and a soft case I have been considering
    A hard casefor the same reason
    It is quite a bit smaller but still bigger than a viola
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    Does a 3/4 fit on the top of sidecases? I mean, what's the lenght of 3/4, my bike with side's is about 115-120cm
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    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    The soft case [which is also called a gig bag] is about 36"
    I think the hard case would be slightly longer, I don't have the hard case to verify, but I know someone who does and I will ask them to measure it [it will be a few days]
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  14. Motopapillon

    Motopapillon Eppur si muove

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    Going for a few weeks or more without playing a guitar is not good for my emotional equilibrium. Being a luthier, I made a small camp guitar a few years ago, with a sort-of-mandolin-shaped pancake body and short string length--the effect was like playing a standard guitar capoed at the 4th fret. Instead of a case or a gig bag, I wrapped my sleeping bag around it, bungied the whole into a tight wad, put it in a plastic bag inside the Motofizz. This had the advantage of protecting it from violent changes of temperature and humidity as well as physical knocks, but casually strumming a few bars at a roadside pee-stop was out of the question.

    When there are other campers around, music is a great way to meet people and break the ice.The down side was that it still took up space--a lot of space--even if I didn't play it every day.

    Music rocks.:rofl

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    Well, 36'' sounds right! Papillon, c'mon photos! :D Let's see that invention.
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    A guy on a motorcycle with a guitar. Girls will be all over that. I'm envious of you guys who can actually play an instrument. And that was NOT a euphemism.
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    With time you can learn it too, it's a easy via youtube lessons really :)

    If you can go long distance travel, you surely can try out guitaring? :)
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    I'm too left brained. :D
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    Try a Steinberger or LSR with a mini processor like a Korg PX4D connected to your IPod speakers
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  20. nikolic

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    Yeah girls adore them, they heat up while you play, and then someone who's not playing take's 'em in their tents... :D
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