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walshb
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Nov 15th, 2017 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is there a local music store you can check with? They might have a spare shipping box they'll give you.

I save all the boxes my guitars were shipped in, and store them in the attic "just in case"! ;)

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Nov 15th, 2017 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Go to your local Guitar Center or other local store front with some inventory and see if you can bum or buy a couple of boxes. Yes two boxes. One to box your guitar/case/bag, and another to box the box. Believe me, you cannot be too careful shipping a guitar, particularly the distance yours is going to travel.



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Nov 15th, 2017 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And another thing, make sure the contents of your boxes is stabilized with packing paper or other filler (but don't use peanuts, please) to keep things from moving around inside. You want to cushion your contents as much as possible. This goes for the second box, as well.

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Nov 15th, 2017 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Slacken the strings two full turns. Wipe down the guitar and strings with a clean cloth.

Since it's a non-nitro guitar, place it in a garbage bag (taped closed) to guard against moisture. If it's shipping in a gig bag or case, place the guitar in the bag/case, and place that in the garbage bag and tape it closed.

Wrap in a generous amount of bubble wrap. Tape that securely.

Double box it as described above. Use rolled-up bubble wrap or scrap foam to prevent the guitar from moving about in the inner box.

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Nov 15th, 2017 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sent a Gibson J45 via UPS no problem. They sell the boxes and all the materials and bubble wrap and such. Not a big deal.

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Nov 15th, 2017 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Order a guitar online. You’ll receive it and see how to pack one. And you’ll have the boxes and necessary packing materials. Just add tape.


You’re welcome in advance.

Dadzmad

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Nov 15th, 2017 11:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yes two boxes pack the space between the inner box and the outer box with wadded up newspaper fairly tight so the inner box does not move around.

I've gotten reports where the outer box was beat up pretty bad and had several holes punched in and the guitar was fine in the inner box.

call around to music stores and ask to buy a box for the inner one. many times they just gave me one.

walshb
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Nov 16th, 2017 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Leftee for the win! ;)

ejm

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Nov 16th, 2017 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What Peegoo said, but I'd make a couple of additions.

Whatever, however you pack it, I'd wrap/pack the guitar so that it doesn't move around. For example, if it's in a case, maybe wrap it in towels or something to prevent it from shifting/moving.

On the outer "box" I'd try to fashion some kind of a "handle" for the workers to grab onto, versus no handle to grab thus making it easier to throw your package.

If it's an expensive/sentimental piece, if possible I'd have it marked/shipped "Hold for Pickup". When it arrives the recipient will be notified and they will go down to the UPS/whatever facility and pick it up in person. This does two things.
1) They can inspect the box and if necessary the item at the site. If the box doesn't have any puncture wounds or tire tracks on it then the contents are probably OK.
2) If the driver delivers it to your house, and you're not at home, there is a good chance that they will leave it on your door step. Especially at holiday time, these are easy targets for thieves.

As for what firms have a good reputation, good luck. This subject comes up constantly on the steelguitarforum dot com. Pedal steels are HEAVY and expensive. UPS, USPS, FedEx.....they all get trashed and/or praised.

Insuring the contents? This comes up all of the time, too. Some shippers have a $$ limit. Some will not insure it unless they pack it. (Would you trust some total probably non-guitar playing stranger to pack your '59 Les Paul?) My gut feel, based upon no experience: If you pack the item so that it will withstand a nuclear blast, you probably don't need to worry about insurance. Unless it's stealable a '59 LP, of course.


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Nov 16th, 2017 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I worked for a music store and shipping guitars was part of my job. Go with the UPS/FedEx guidelines for packing (they are good and there for a reason). We chose UPS over cheaper postal services (e.g. USPS equivalents) because the higher loss/damage rate of cheaper services.

Guitars in serious hardshell ABS cases or flight cases can be shipped in a sturdy form-fitting carton without anything else. Everything else needs to be packed well enough not to move around in the box with at least one full inch between the item and the box walls. One sturdy box is usually enough. Ask at one of your local music stores for one of the boxes that Fender, Gibson, Music Man, Taylor ship their instruments in. Gibson and Taylor boxes have nice features that keeps guitars in gig bags from flopping around.

Taylor and Music Man recommend leaving the guitar strings at full tension as that is what the guitars are designed for. (They usually arrived in tune too).

(This message was last edited by DrKev at 03:16 PM, Nov 16th, 2017)

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Nov 16th, 2017 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I save all the boxes my guitars were shipped in, and store them in the attic "just in case"! ;)"

As do I.


Sweetwater generally double boxes their shipments and if I have the option, I will as well. Cheap insurance IMO.

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Nov 16th, 2017 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I basically agree with the double-box method. I like bubble wrap better than newspaper, though.

A number of years back, when Fender still owned Guild, my high-end Guild (acoustic) needed to go to their custom workshop (for both Fender and Guild) in Nashville. I was up in Boulder having the guitar checked at Woodsong's Lutherie (excellent place). I carted it over to the UPS Store and some young guys really got enthusiastically involved in wrapping my Guild. It was in its factory hardshell case. They then chose a box usually used for shipping bicycles and bubble wrapped the living daylights out of it. It got to Nashville just fine. When Fender/Guild shipped it back, they sent it FedEx Priority Overnight (I can't imagine what that must have cost--they paid the whole deal). They also said they only ship during the 1st part of the week as they don't want expensive high-end guitars sitting in a warehouse or a truck over a long weekend. Fine with me.

Another time, my #1 Strat (still) came to me via USPS shipped **just** in its molded plastic case (those late '90s, tommy-gun shaped cases) with a bunch of Priority Mail tape wrapped around the case. That's all!! And it was just fine.

Lucky, I guess.

jay1vinton

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Nov 17th, 2017 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys, I don't want to seem the dimwit and I've never ordered a guitar on line for shipment. I have a chain here, Easy Music Center that probably has all the boxes I could desire for a small fee.

The rest is bought at the UPS store right across the street. I hope to have it to her by Christmas or at least the first of the year. I have to overcome the "no you don't want to do that, cause you'll want another" angle at home...;-)

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Nov 18th, 2017 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For a non nitro instrument, I also lay a sheet of bubble wrap inside the length of the case, place the guitar on top, and then another sheet on top. This should leave you enough space to close the case but also fills the case so that there’s no movement of the guitar inside the case.

I also place sheets of paper between the strings and the fretboard, just so I’m sure the strings, having been slacked and somewhat compressed by the packing material, don’t mar the frets or fretboard.

Leftee
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Nov 18th, 2017 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dude,

I had you a new guitar. What happened???

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Nov 18th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Earlier this year I sold one of my bass guitars to a friend who arranged for a local shop that deals in vintage guitars to package and ship it. I just dropped it off and they packed it and shipped it. It arrived after it's 2500 mile trip in excellent condition. If you don't want to tackle the job yourself it is another approach to your situation.

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Nov 18th, 2017 10:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The last few times I needed to ship guitars I’ve sold I drove down the alley behind Guitar Center and fished suitable boxes out of their dumpster. Perfect and the price was right!
I did double box them but even that was free. 😜

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Nov 21st, 2017 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would not unwind the strings.

Leftee
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Nov 21st, 2017 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’m waiting for the NGD post.

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Nov 22nd, 2017 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For Fenders the option is always there to remove the neck prior to shipping. You can wrap everything more securely that way and you can fit it all in a much smaller, easier to procure and handle box. On the other end it can be reassembled and set up as necessary.

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