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How to Ship a Guitar

Posted in Shipping on Jan 28, 2015, tagged with special care

Nothing is more important to a musician than the safety of their musical instruments and equipment. Not only do these items often have high sentimental value, they are also quite expensive, so ensuring they arrive safely and undamaged is top priority when shipping them. Because of their unique shape, guitars are often vulnerable to damage and packing them properly is key. Here’s how to ensure your guitar gets to its destination undamaged:

Pick up the right packing materials

The first step in shipping your guitar to gather the packing material. You will need:

  • a box that fits your guitar case
  • bubble wrap
  • newspaper
  • packing tape

Prepare the guitar for shipping

With your packing materials in hand, the next step is to carefully prepare the guitar for shipping. You will need to:

  • Loosen the strings to prevent unwanted tension on the strings during the shipment.

  • Secure any parts of the guitar that may move during transit.

  • Wrap loose items such as tremolo bridges in newspaper or other packing material that you may have.

  • Wrap the headstock. This is a very sensitive part and needs to wrapped tightly. We would recommend using bubble wrap for this particular part of the guitar.

  • Using newspaper, separate the strings from the fretboard. This prevents the strings from scratching up the fretboard during the shipment.

  • Fill in empty space in the case around the guitar. Empty space equals the opportunity for shifting and sliding, so fill the empty spaces with bubble wrap and newspaper.

Box it up securely

The last step is to box the guitar case in a shipping box. The same rules apply to shipping a guitar as it would shipping any box. You want the box to be filled—if it isn't filled to the top it will have more of a tendency to get crushed—but not so filled that it puts pressure on the seams. Overfilling could cause them to seems to rip or burst during shipping and potentially result in damage to the guitar. Put enough packing material in the box to prevent movement and to fill the box an appropriate amount.