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A musician had his $3500 Taylor damaged during a flight. When the airline refused to pay to have it fixed he wrote a song, made a video, and posted it on YouTube. It became so popular that they eventually did pay to fix the guitar:



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I say more power to him. The airlines have a crappy attitude towards their customers in general,and musicians in particular. Some of them barely begrudge you a bag of peanuts these days to eat!

And I have definitely heard horror stories of baggage handlers/demolition artists!

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This is why some musicians would rather have their instruments shipped to a particular location, instead of subjecting it to a passenger airline. Or, just drive themselves over to the place with the stuff.


I've never encountered any problems with going through Greyhound, or Amtrak. At least the Greyhound fellas are much nicer with the goods than the airline bots. ;)


The only other solutions here are to rent/borrow something, get good insurance, and/or invest in some super tough ATA style flight cases.

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Well, lucky for this victim he is a full-time band member with experience and some resources. If it had been some poor solo artist who had everything tied up in his guitar-I`m thinkin S.O.L.

Well without wanting to step in a mine field here, but for example I just got the last seat on a plane to N.Y. next month, but it`s a U.S. carrier. That means, get the stupid wallet out if I want a drink, definitely bring my own headphones, no movies on demand-`nuff said.

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Heard about this on the radio this morning &thought the vid had actually footage of the incident but this is still good.

Reports are that United wants to buy the vid & use it as a training tool.

I'm sure that wouldn't have anything to do with then having authority to withdraw it from public viewing, though. :rolleyes:

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Love that reverb on Dave Ellefson's vid!


The Allman Bros used to just buy an extra ticket & have Reddog strap a few guitars into a seat, smilin' all Georgia-Peach-style at the steward(ess).

As airlines (non of which has had an unprofitable year in the past decade, despite calling for govt. subsidies following 2001) continue to raises fees for baggage, etc., is that not a workable choice ?

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Dave is a good buddy of mine. I've performed with him many times, he is a super guy, great singer and songwriter and I couldn't be happier for him. The video is great and very humorous creative lyrics!

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I just found out that folksinger Tom Paxton wrote a similar song a number of years ago:


Thank You Republic Airlines


Flying through the Michigan skies

with a song in my innocent heart

I placed myself in professional hands

Masters of the traveler's art

When I opened my guitar case

at the end of a beautiful flight

I'm sure you can imagine my feelings

as I beheld this beautiful sight


Thank you Republic Airlines

for breaking the neck on my guitar

I arrived to do a concert with the Kingston Trio

opened my guitar case with a smile "con grio"

Thank you Republic Airlines

What a joy to a musician you are

What a zest you've added to pedestrian skies

It was boring to be flying where the wild goose flies

But the tedium was broken by your wonderful surprise

when you broke the neck on my guitar


Thank you Republic Airlines

for treating my instrument with care

There can be no greater happiness for a musician

than to find his instrument in this condition

Uh-oh, Republic Airlines

in the firmament of travel, you're a star

for you treat each piece of baggage like a child of your own

When you come across an instrument, it's dropped like a stone

May you waken every morning with a new broken bone

like you broke the neck on my guitar


Now I've been traveling most of my life

and the thrill is a long time gone

and the sight of another DC 10

just fails to turn me on

But I feel my heart start pounding

when I get to the baggage claim

and when I see how you handled my instrument

the thrill is still the same


Thank you Republic Airlines

for splintering the neck on my guitar

My guitar case was so strong that nothing could go through it

Way to go Republic, only you could do it

Crash bang Republic Airlines

in the field of demolition, you'll go far

for you took it as a challenge when I turned in my case

and you saw the fragile stickers glued all over the place

May a team of mad flamingo dancers do to your face

what you did to the neck on my guitar


There could no satisfaction greater than if

you should be the next to go the way of Braniff



Unfortunately, they didn't have the technology back then for millions of people to hear it online!

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