If you are looking to send your guitar somewhere ( or just wondering how to ship a guitar ), you better make sure that it’s properly packed. Many people make a critical mistake thinking that the post office will magically treat their guitar different that any other package and just recklessly send the instrument without any preparation, resulting in a lot of bad things.
Those bad things can be anything from minor scratches to full-on neck breakage that renders your instrument useless. Therefore, we decided to make a little guide for you and explain how to ship a guitar in the most effective and budget friendly manner. Let’s do this!
Stuff you’re going to need
Basic things, really:
2) Packing material (towels, newspaper, bubble wrap, etc.),
3) Packing tape ( We recommend Scotch Long Lasting Storage Packaging Tape ).
Prepare the guitar
First things first, you will need to secure the guitar itself. Start things off by loosening all the strings on the instrument. This will reduce the tension on the neck and make the guitar less prone to damage.
Then, secure all of the movable parts. Tremolo bridge, whammy bar, tuners (the entire headstock actually), anything that is loose needs to be secured, preferably with bubble wrap. As the final step, you will want to separate the strings from the neck by wrapping them up with a thin cloth.
Prepare the casing
You will need to secure the guitar to not be able to move within the casing during the shipment. This means that you will want to take a bunch of towels or a lot of bubble wrap and just stuff the whole package so the six-string is tightly packed and strongly secured. Don’t overstuff the package either, just make sure that there is no room for the instrument to move inside.
Prepare the whole package
Then, find a box that suits the package the most. Don’t take a box that’s too small so the casing will break it, but don’t take something too large either because you don’t want the case tumbling inside either. Once the perfect box is found, you will still need to apply the same procedure described in the paragraph above and stuff it with disposable packing material such as newspaper or thin cardboard.
Finally, seal that puppy with packing tape nice and precisely, and leave no room for tumbling.
And that would be it then. The final step would of course be taking the package to the post office and sending it on its jolly way.
We hope that you have found the info you have searched for in our brief article. We don’t think that there is much else left to say and we did out best to keep the data as concise as possible. We believe that these steps are essential and that you should NOT neglect a single one of them. So take your time, do the job right and send that puppy to its destination!