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Old 09-05-2010, 06:03 AM   #1
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Packing musicals!

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 . Anyone tried? Successes? Ideas?

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

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Old 09-06-2010, 02:57 AM   #2
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Bluhduh How about a ukulele?

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!
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:10 AM   #3
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been thinking of some small guitars, but haven't try'ed if it's really guitars
or just toys . ukulele you say, will be taken into consideration. And thanks
for an idea! plus is if I have a bigle as you say that i don't cry over it (and i do have a binge hire and there )
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:43 AM   #4
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:37 AM   #5
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cool! but costs more then my DR :(
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:35 AM   #6
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:52 PM   #7
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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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Old 09-06-2010, 11:57 PM   #8
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Switch to harmonica?

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Old 09-07-2010, 01:18 AM   #9
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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.

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Old 09-07-2010, 02:41 AM   #10
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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.

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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Old 09-09-2010, 07:56 PM   #11
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 02:44 AM   #12
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 03:11 PM   #13
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 08:06 PM   #14
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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.

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:08 AM   #15
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Well, 36'' sounds right! Papillon, c'mon photos! Let's see that invention.
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