Before shipping, it is absolutely essential to package your guitar correctly to ensure its safety and security during delivery and transport handling.
The shipping company you use should provide you with the appropriate packaging materials for postage. If they do not, you should either bring your own or contact the courier company for additional packing materials.
Each guitar is different, so make sure you know the size of your guitar and the size of the postage box needed to send it. Your courier company will likely have a packing list that you can use as a guideline. The list includes all of the necessary packing materials.
Packing the guitar
Once you have the packing materials, you will need to pack your guitar in a way that protects it from damage during transport. Each guitar is a unique instrument and has unique needs when it comes to shipping. Some guitars are best transported in a hard case, while others may need extra padding.
Packing your guitar in a case
When sending a guitar in a case, you may need to remove the neck from the guitar. If the guitar is in a hard case, this may not be necessary. When sending a guitar with a soft case, it may be best to remove the neck.
If the guitar is too large for the case, you may need to remove the body from the neck. Be sure to attach the neck to the body with a strong cloth or rubber band. Place the body inside the case.
If the guitar has a strap, you may want to remove it. This will help protect the guitar if the case is dropped during postage.
Place the neck in the case. You may want to have a cloth or soft protective material to place between the neck and the body of the guitar. This will help protect the neck from the body.
Place a layer of padding on top of the neck. You may want to use a layer of foam or bubble wrap.
Place the body of the guitar on top of the padding. Place another layer of padding on top of the guitar.
Wrap the case with several layers of bubble wrap. Place the case in the box and fill in any extra space with packing peanuts.
Packing the guitar in a soft case
When sending a guitar in a soft case, it is best to remove the neck from the guitar. Follow the same steps as if the guitar was being transported in a hard case.
How to pack a guitar with a soft case:
- Fold a sheet of bubble wrap in half.
- Place the folded bubble wrap on a flat surface.
- Place the neck on top of the bubble wrap.
- Place another sheet of bubble wrap on top of the neck.
- Place the body of the guitar on top of the sheet of bubble wrap.
- Place another layer of bubble wrap on top of the guitar.
- Wrap the guitar in several layers of bubble wrap.
- Place the guitar in the case and close it.
- Place the case in the box and fill in any extra space with packing peanuts.
Insuring your guitar for shipping
The most obvious and most important way to protect your guitar when sending or traveling with it is to have insurance. If you don’t, and your guitar is damaged in shipping or when it is delivered, you may be out of luck. You will have no recourse, and you will be out the money you spent on the guitar and delivery.
When it comes to insuring your guitar for delivery, there are two options: 1, insuring it through the postage company through which you are transporting it; and 2, insuring it through your guitar insurance policy.
Most delivery companies offer insurance on guitars. The insurance is generally optional, and it’s usually offered as part of the postage cost. If you’re sending your guitar on a pallet, the shipping company will probably require that you purchase insurance.
If you’re sending via a courier company and you choose not to insure your guitar, you will be responsible for any damage to the guitar during shipping.
If you decide to insure your guitar with the courier company, you should know that it’s very likely that the courier company will require that your guitar is packed in a hard case. They won’t insure your guitar otherwise. This is because guitars are awkward to ship, and are more likely to be damaged if shipped without a proper case.
If you have your guitar insured through your insurance policy, you have to take care of the packing part. You’ll need to pack your guitar in a hard case, properly.
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