I am flying back to Virginia from Arizona in about a week. An old friend of mine (the drummer from a band we had in the mid 90s) is turning 40 and invited me to his party. He wanted to "get the band back together" and we all agreed to a reunion show at his party. Sounds like good times! For a while there we were really tight, and I'm really excited about seeing everyone again. We're going to play to around 75-100 people and since this is all about the drummer's birthday, it's probably not going to be an event where the band is playing and everyone is mingling and not really paying attention - instead everyone will be watching, I think.
So, initially I was going to take my main guitar, the black CU22. But now I'm getting cold feet. In the mid 2000s I was in a band that did a lot of flying and I would take partscasters in gig bags, stick em in the over heads, no problem. They were semi-disposable instruments, intentionally, so I wouldn't have to worry so much if one got mangled. The last time I flew with a guitar was to Florida in 2011 and I took my SE Santana. That gig was just guitar and bass with a drum machine, and there were people as old as 96 in attendance, so great tones were not essential.
Never once in a few dozen plane trips with a guitar have I had an issue. My paranoid side is tell me that this one time, I'm going to take a great guitar (CU22 or Mira) and it'll get mangled.
What would you do? Here are your choices: (between the Santana SE, the Mira or the CU22)
Maybe this would sway your decision, I'm probably going to be playing through a red-knob Fender M-80 solid state amp from the late 80s.