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  1. #1

    Join Date: Mar 2010
    Location: Maribor, Slovenia
    ME: Schecter Tempest
    MA: Cort Dread
    Rig: VSTs. :(

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    What size car do I need to move my rig?

    I'm currently saving up for my first car, since I'm going to have a 50 mile daily round trip once I start university in September.

    Problem being? I don't want to get something I wouldn't be able to cart all my musical equipment around in, but I also don't want to get something huge (Van/Estate) if I don't need it due to the fuel costs. And since my Dad's cars for the last 12 years have all been Renault Scenics, and I've only ever driven a Ford Fiesta, I've got no idea how big a "normal" car is anymore.

    Whatever I get will have to be able to fit:
    1 Amp head
    1 2x12 or, if possible, 4x12 speaker cab
    1 Pedalboard with flightcase (30"x19"x6")
    2, maybe 3 guitars in various hardcases

    Any advice on what I should be looking for?

  2. #2

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Phx, AZ
    ME: Custom Tele
    MA: Guild GAD F150
    MB: Fender Jazz Bass 24 V
    Rig: Jet City JCA-22H

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

    For music gear hatch's are the way to go. The rear seats fold down so you can usually fit a ton of gear plus a passenger.

    I have a Mazda 3 Hatch and I can fit about 6 guitars in cases, a 4-12, my head and my PT-Pro pedalboard (34"x18"x6")

    Since you are in the UK there are a few more options like the Fiesta Hatch and some other VW ones that can usually be had on the cheap used and a manual tranny plus FWD is fun to drive and safer-ish for winter driving.

    They usually get 25ish MPG (US Gallons)

  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Woodbridge, VA
    ME: KxK ProtoVii-7
    MA: Martin D-28
    Rig: Mesa/Boobies Stiletto

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

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    I got more than that into '96 VW GTI. Hatchbacks are having your cake and eating it, too. Just fold down the rear seats, and they swallow gear.
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  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Black Swamp, OH
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    MB: SR500
    Rig: Massive/Boobies

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

    My Chevy Malibu Maxx is a hatchback, and I can fit a ridiculous amount of gear in it; about 2x what you've listed. There's another car in the UK that uses the same chasis, but I can't recall the name of it...

  5. #5

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Manhattan
    ME: Warmoth Warhead
    MA: Blueridge BR-40
    MB: Dingwall ABI, Kubicki
    Rig: Budda SD30

    iTrader: 12 (100%)

    You can get all of that in a Camry. 4x12 in the trunk, everything else in the back seat. Hatch is the way to go though.
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  6. #6

    Join Date: Jan 2011
    Location: Pennsyltucky
    ME: MIJ Tele
    MA: Guild GAD
    Rig: None.

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    +1 to hatchbacks.

    I personally own a Chrysler Concorde lxi and I can fit TONS of stuff in it. The record stands at:

    2 electric guitars
    2 acoustic guitars
    1 bass
    2 vox ac15's
    1 Peavey TNT 115
    4 piece drumkit
    High hats and ride cymbal
    all the drum hardware
    Line6 M13 in a case
    all the cables

    This was between the trunk and backseat, so I still had room for another passanger.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Manhattan
    ME: Warmoth Warhead
    MA: Blueridge BR-40
    MB: Dingwall ABI, Kubicki
    Rig: Budda SD30

    iTrader: 12 (100%)

    For my old band, we fit in the back of my guitarist's Subaru Outback:
    -1 Fender Super Reverb 4x10
    -1 Fender Deluxe Reverb 2x10
    -1 Fender Rhodes Electric Piano (this thing was gigantic)
    -1 Nord Electric full-sized keyboard synth
    -1 gigantic two-tiered custom-built pedalboard (about the size of a Dual Reverb)
    -1 acoustic guitar in a hard case
    -2 electric guitars in hard cases
    -1 full acoustic drum kit (1 bass drum, floor tom, snare + stand, two rack toms, cymbals, stands, pedals, throne)
    -3 bandmates

    I usually had to drive in separately (I lived in a different town) with a bass 2x10, bass 2x12, electric cello, and two basses in hard cases in my Camry.

  8. #8

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: IL
    ME: JS2000/Warmoth
    MA: Seagull S6
    MB: Ibanez SRC6
    Rig: Mesa ROV25+V:25+Mesa Cab

    iTrader: 0

    This is my car:

    And it does really well with cargo space. Dunno if they're available over there though.
    Disclaimer: I work ultra part-time for a local music gear dealer

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