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      Posting guitars - Tips on packaging and sending a guitar

      Iím looking for some good pointers on how to properly package a guitar for shipment. Iíve recently sold a couple of my own nice ones and donít want them to arrive in any less condition than they are now.
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      I work in a music store and we ship guitars out all the time. Iíve even shipped out a few from my own home, so Iíve got this down to a science. Although you canít make sure nothing will happen during actual delivery (unless you drive the guitar out yourself), packing it right is the best way to ensure you did all you can.

      Packing the guitar in its case

      If you donít have a case for the guitar, get one. Iíve heard of people wrapping the guitar in a ton of bubble wrap and then sticking it in a box, but I would never recommend shipping a guitar like that.

      Working with a case:

      ē Take the guitar out and check it for loose items (whammy bars, pick-ups, bridges). Take these off the guitar and wrap them up together to be stored in the accessory compartment of the case. Tape this to make sure it cannot open up.
      ē Check the case for any loose items including screws, picks, etc. You donít want anything to hit the guitar while itís heading toward its destination.
      ē Take off or loosen the strings. Guitar strings put a lot of tension on the neck and can easily snap or crack it during shipment. Again, check for loose items because of loosened strings.
      ē Wipe the guitar down with polish or a slightly damp rag.
      ē Put the guitar back in its case and examine where there is space between it and the box. You donít want ANY movement of the guitar inside its case.
      ē Now insert crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap into and around the areas that need it. DO NOT attach any adhesive you use to the guitar itself.
      ē Now close the case, pick it up and give it a few shakes. If you can hear or feel something moving, you need to re-check the inside and adjust or add packaging as necessary. If you cannot close the case, go inside and remove some packaging. Repeat until nothing moves inside when the case is closed.
      ē Make sure the case is closed and locked securely.
      ē Print out the shipping information and stick it inside the case. Also, print out a copy for yourself.

      Packing the case in the shipping box

      You can easily get a guitar-sized shipping box in good condition from a local music store. There are usually tons lying around. If this doesnít work out for some reason, a properly sized box can be purchased.

      ē Put about 4-5 inches of either crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap at the bottom of the box.
      ē Place the butt of the guitar case down at the bottom and suspend it within the middle of the box, with the neck and head floating at the top.
      ē Fill the rest of the box with packing peanuts, making sure to shake gently as you go in order to fill any air gaps. Leave a few inches at the top.
      ē Now use bubble wrap, foam padding, or a cardboard suspension top (some guitar shipping boxes come with this) to secure the tip of the case against the sides of the box, so it doesnít see-saw during delivery.
      ē Close the top and give the whole thing a little shake, making sure everything feels snug inside.
      ē Tape up the box (top and bottom) with professional packing tape.
      ē Finally, in a top corner, tape the other shipping label.

      Finally, youíre ready to take it to the post office. Make sure you insure the package and that ďFRAGILEĒ is stamped all over it, so that it is easy to see.
      And there you have itóyouíve done your part in making certain that this guitar reaches its new owner in the same condition as when you sold it.
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      I would also snap a few pictures of the guitar before and during packaging, so the new buyer cannot argue with you that you didn’t do it right. Getting a damaged guitar makes people so angry they want to start pointing fingers immediately!

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      Thanks for the tips. I feel way more confident about this now.

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