Vintage Gibson guitar mangled by airline baggage handlers

It was a musician’s worst nightmare.

At least that’s how Dave Schneider, guitarist and singer for Hanukkah-themed rock band The LeeVees, described it when his guitar—a 1965 Gibson ES-335—got jammed in an elevator by baggage handlers at a Detroit airport.

Such a sad story.



  • stsk

    Paging Dan Erlewine, Paging Dan Erlewine, please pick up a white courtesy telephone….

  • JohnDoey

    Most guitarists won’t travel with a guitar that valuable for exactly this reason.

  • simongarlick

    That’s not sad, that’s stupid. Complaining that your unprotected guitar got damaged during air transit is like complaining that you got hurt while playing in the NFL naked.

    A $50 flightcase would have broken the elevator before the guitar got hurt. No sympathy.

    • stsk

      The guitar was in a hardshell case (Gibson hardshells are damn sturdy) and he intended to carry on the guitar, not check it. He was prevented from doing so by the airline, not by choice, contravening Federal law. Delta BENT A METAL BEAM with the guitar. If it had been in a fucking Anvil case it wouldn’t have survived either. But thanks for your contribution, Delta employee.

      • simongarlick

        No sane touring musician would travel with a 65 335 in a hardshell case (there’s a reason why they’re known colloquially as “eggshell” cases) assuming that he could just carry it on the plane. That’s nuts.

        IMHO there are three ways to travel with a guitar. ONE: if it has a bolt-on neck, pull the guitar apart, pack it in baggage, reassemble at destination. TWO: put it in an Anvil-quality flight case and check it on. THREE: buy a ticket for a second seat and put the guitar, in an Anvil-quality flight case, in the seat.

        And of course there’s rule zero: don’t travel with a valuable instrument.