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Anyone brought a guitar through customs?

  1. rodbargee
    rodbargee
    I will be buying a cheap old parlour guitar while on holiday in the States this Novmber and I intend to bring home on the plane. Anyone know if I'm likely to get stiffed for import duty etc, its only going to be $225 so 110 or so. Its a pressy for my son who will take it to Uni with him, so hence it has to be cheap!! Thoughts anyone?
  2. go_slow
    go_slow
    See people with guitars come through customs quite often. As long as its not brand spanking new and in a box then you should be okay. Get him a soft bag for it and bring it home in that.
  3. rodbargee
    rodbargee
    Quote Originally Posted by go_slow View Post
    See people with guitars come through customs quite often. As long as its not brand spanking new and in a box then you should be okay. Get him a soft bag for it and bring it home in that.
    Might take an old hard case in preparation, bet they wont let it on as hand luggage
  4. Twigman
    Twigman
    Quote Originally Posted by rodbargee View Post
    Might take an old hard case in preparation, bet they wont let it on as hand luggage
    No they don't.

    I always use a flight case - and lock it.
  5. rodbargee
    rodbargee
    Well went to "Fat Dawg's" guitar shop in Berkley San Francisco and he's a bit (a lot) of a wide boy, still, I bought this little "put back together " parlour guitar (old Stellar) it has a new pin bridge and shitty new machine heads and plays like the $170 he wanted for it. But it does have the sound ! of an old 20-30's guitar because most of it is that old! Smells like an old chest of drawers! He ruined the original wood finish with a coat of some kind of crap but the finger board is original.

    Customs never batted an eyelid ....didn't even look in the case or even mention it....... it was the most battered skanky case I could get hold of and had lots of Travel "patina" but it was only a $170 axe



  6. Twigman
    Twigman
    I've carried a guitar through customs many many times and never been stopped because of the guitar. However carrying a guitar through with others carrying their guitars, while all being stick thin, emaciated with pointy suede boots and drainpipe jeans and big crimped hair (it was the 80s) may prompt a full cavity search.
  7. Nique
    Nique
    Quote Originally Posted by Twigman View Post
    I've carried a guitar through customs many many times and never been stopped because of the guitar. However carrying a guitar through with others carrying their guitars, while all being stick thin, emaciated with pointy suede boots and drainpipe jeans and big crimped hair (it was the 80s) may prompt a full cavity search.
    Whatever....you were still high....the guards were actually groupies

    You were confused

    You loved it

    Admit it to yourself


    My guitarist regularly takes his guitar back and forwards to Italy with no probs....just make sure you play it a bit (so its got some finger marks on it) and take the labels off...just in case
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