Yes, it would be a brave thing to do given they can't know how it will be (mis)handled, whether the case was already carrying damage, whether the instrument was especially prone to breakage etc etc. Good marketing though.Michael.N. wrote: ↑Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:54 pmI don't think case makers are in the business of offering guarantees for guitars. You'll get a guarantee for the case though, usual defects against materials and manufacture. Of course if someone throws said case from a height of 10 metres don't expect a refund from the case maker.
Yeah, they do seem to enjoy hoying people's stuff around.Francisco wrote: ↑Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:01 pmIn any case (no pun) I would be very very aprehensive about checking a guitar as if it were a suitcase, because I’ve seen how they treat suitcases, and it is not a pretty sight The risk of damage is significant, even with a sturdy case. There is without a doubt an element of sadism in the way some of those guys throw luggage around.
If you really love or care a lot about your guitar (aside from its dollar value) and you can't really bear the idea of it being broken during one of those throwing contests the luggage people like to engage in, then it will be prudent to look around for something that you find playable enough to use during your trips, but the destruction of which would not cause you major bouts of gloom, or a persistent desire to kick yourself where it hurts most. At least that's what I would do. Because it is a kind of russian roulette you will be playing, in the sense that a guitar that is repeatedly checked as luggage will eventually get seriously damaged.Rasputin wrote: ↑Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:23 pmYeah, they do seem to enjoy hoying people's stuff around.
I will be travelling a lot with work over the next few years, to various different places, for a few weeks at a time. One of the advantages of this arrangement is that I will have lots of practice time I can't count on being able to rent a guitar at the far end, so I need to decide whether to travel with my existing guitar (value about $3k) or whether buy a cheaper one. I expect I would have to check it as if it were a suitcase most of the time.
I am thinking it is better to get a good case and maybe one of the covers that astro64 is talking about, and take the risk, than to spend money on a second guitar that I don't really want. Still, I will be gutted if it gets broken...
I've been flying with Calton cases for many years. The last one I bought about 8 years ago was around $700. Never had a problem with the Caltons -- they seem airline proof. Of course, even the best case doesn't help if the airline loses/misplaces your instrument. So I try to carry mine on whenever possible or else gate-check it, so it's back in my hands ASAP.